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#509787 - 08/05/19 09:23 AM Bentonite vs. rubber liner vs. well pump
SwedishPimple Offline


Registered: 02/16/15
Posts: 10
Loc: SE Michigan
Our HOA dredged a 2-3' deep 0.25-acre pond to 6-8' last year; however, the pond is not holding water sufficiently (pic attached) as of late July (had a really wet spring here in Michigan).

What is the best option between bentonite, liner or a well (and pump)? I've heard mixed reviews for each, but need to do something as neighbors are complaining. If we go the bentonite or liner path, I will also need to find a vendor that services SE Michigan.

Thanks for any guidance!


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#509789 - 08/05/19 09:45 AM Re: Bentonite vs. rubber liner vs. well pump [Re: SwedishPimple]
jason7858 Offline
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Registered: 10/18/09
Posts: 165
Loc: illinois
Here is the link to a small pond like that I did with billboard tarps. No issues at all since install. I have a larger one I still pump to but will be adding the liner later. I don't like the idea of bentonite around here because of burrowing crawdads. One burrow and my bentonite layer is worthless. They cant get through the liner though. Good luck.


http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Main=36221&Number=473890#Post473890

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#509796 - 08/05/19 10:31 AM Re: Bentonite vs. rubber liner vs. well pump [Re: jason7858]
SwedishPimple Offline


Registered: 02/16/15
Posts: 10
Loc: SE Michigan
Jason, this is great and your pond looks like a similar size/shape to our pond. You and the fam want to visit Michigan? wink

Good point about the crawdads as well -- we have plenty of them.

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#510026 - 08/08/19 06:16 PM Re: Bentonite vs. rubber liner vs. well pump [Re: SwedishPimple]
jason7858 Offline
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Registered: 10/18/09
Posts: 165
Loc: illinois
Would love to! But not sure I would be interested in repeating that experience. :-) Actually it wasnt too bad. Planning is the big piece I think. Get it drained, dried up and get to work before you get more rain. That's the key. Thing holds like an aquarium still two years later. I nailed a piece of that material to a tree so I can track to see how long it starts to deteriorate. Nothing so far. Looks like the day I nailed it up. Good luck man!! And post pics whatever you decide.

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#512539 - 10/09/19 12:17 PM Re: Bentonite vs. rubber liner vs. well pump [Re: SwedishPimple]
canyoncreek Offline


Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 2093
Loc: West Michigan
SwedishP - any updates on your pond? Did you find a solution? How are water levels this year?

My ground water pond had great success with soilfloc and I'm happy to share details and encourage you to consider that as a option.


Edited by canyoncreek (10/09/19 12:18 PM)

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