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Things To Do After Replacing Your Pond Liner

Once your liner is fully installed and securely anchored, you’re ready to get back to normal.

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How To Replace a Pond Liner

Now that your excavation is fully renovated and ready for action, it’s time for the main event:

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10 Great Fish Species for a Garden Pond—Plus Fish to Avoid

Looking for the right fish species to keep in your new garden pond? 

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Considerations for Both Large Pond Liners and Small Pond Liners

As you’re researching the best ways to build a pond, you’ll run into a lot of conflicting ideas and information.

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How to Choose Pond Liner Thickness

Knowing how to choose the thickness of your pond liner is crucial.

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Top 11 Reasons to Use RPE Pond Liners

Among pond liner materials, RPE, which stands for “reinforced polyethylene,” is one of the most popular, both for smaller garden ponds and large recreational or industrial use ponds.

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Top 10 Reasons to Use HPDE Pond Liners

If you’re building a pond, there are lots of options available, from RPE liners to EPDM, HPDE, and even rigid plastic pond liners.

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Best Materials for Pond Liners

If you’re thinking of building a pond, whether it’s a small garden pond or something larger, you’ll find that there are a variety of pond liner materials available.

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10 Reasons Not to Use Preformed Pond Liners

On the surface, it seems like a preformed pond liner might be the best choice. 

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How Many Mils Do You Need for a Pond Liner?

The thickness of any particular liner, including pond liners, is generally measured in mils. 

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Fish and Plant Safety for Pond Liners

Pond liner selection needs the most attention when you’re planning to add fish and plants to your finished pond. 

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Underlayment for Pond Liners

It’s easy to assume that a single layer of pond liner is all you need to keep water in and protect your pond from erosion.

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Your Flexible Pond Liner Material Options

Even once you’ve narrowed down your liner choices to a flexible material, you’re still left with plenty of options. 

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Why Pond Usage Matters for Liner Selection

Some pond liners work well for all uses, but others are strictly limited to specific applications. 

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Pond Liners - Plastic Liners vs Natural Materials

When aiming to mimic a natural environment for rapid growth of valuable fish or plants, it’s tempting to choose natural pond lining materials over flexible plastic liners. 

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Concrete vs Flexible Pond Liners

Concrete is often portrayed as a permanent or nearly indestructible option for lining your pond. However, it’s not quite as durable or easy to use for pond lining as you might assume.

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Flexible vs Stiff Pond Liner Materials

Large commercial ponds require some kind of flexible or poured-in-place liner since they’re simply too large to cover with a pre-cast cover. 

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Should I Line My Pond or Not?

It’s easy to assume that excavation is the most challenging part of building a small to medium sized pond. However, a properly shaped and compacted pond will still lose water and cost too much money to keep filled unless it’s lined.

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Choosing a Liner for Potable or Agricultural Use

Many commercial pond liners are marketed as being compatible with potable drinking water supplies or agricultural uses. 

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Preventing Valuable Pond Water Loss Through Seepage

Every gallon lost from a groundwater storage pond represents wasted energy and a reduced volume available for irrigation or drinking water. 

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Lining a Retention Pond the Right Way

Storm water retention requires runoff is held for a specific period of time, to give sediment a chance to settle. 

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Retention vs Detention Ponds

It’s easy to confuse retention ponds for detention ponds or basins when you’re exploring storm water management options. 

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The Basics of Retention Ponds

Retention ponds are often as simple as holes dug in low lying dirt areas but can also reach high levels of complexity with multiple compartments, advanced filtration systems, and extensive overtopping protection for floods. 

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Risks of Algaecide from Liner Materials

Before you install any old pond liner you can find in your new algae ponds, check out the material. Many pond liners, even those that are fish-safe and plant-safe, feature algaecide treatments to control the growth of these tiny plants.

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The Importance of Pond Liners for an Algae Pond

Pond liners aren’t optional for algae ponds. While you may be able to grow fish or plants in mud-bottomed or clay-lined ponds, this won’t work for commercial algae production.

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