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    Hmmm... This seems too good to be true.

    Hey All,

    GREAT SITE!!! I recently purchased my first above groud pool (still waiting for it to arrive). It's an oval shaped 15 x 30 & 52" deep. I was planning on filling it with 13,500 gallons of trucked in "city" water to the tune of $700. I live in the country & don't want to fill it with my rusty well water.

    Here's the deal. A "friend" at work said I could fill my pool with water from my POND!!!
    Do you REALLY think that is possible?!?!?!?! Here is a little background on my pond. VERY CLEAN water. You can see down 4 feet. I use Aqushade (blue dye) to block sunlight into the water & help stop any algea growth. And I used one application of Karmex herbicide back in April to kill any & all aquatic weeds. No chemicals added since April. Karmex is safe for humans. The pond looks clean & clear. The kids & I have swam in it every year. Just wanted to make the move to a "real" pool.

    My new pool is equipped with a 1.5 HP pump & 22" sand filter.

    I've seen opening pics that look WAY worse than the water in my pond. See below.

    for-those-who-doubt-the-bbb-method-t14503.html

    So, do you think I should try to save the $700.00 & fill it with pond water?

    ANY and ALL help or comments are appreciated!!!
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    Re: Hmmm... This seems too good to be true.

    Welcome to TFP!

    There have been one or two folks who have used pond water to fill their pools. However, I am not sure about the chemicals you have put in... is the Shade like bluing? Does it fade over time? I know bluing can stain.... I would look into them a little more before taking the plunge, pardon my pun!

    I'm sure a chem guru will be along to offer more help soon!

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    Re: Hmmm... This seems too good to be true.

    Mermaid Queen,

    THANKS for the reply to my first post. Yes, the Aquashade does fade over time due to either drain-down of the pond after heavy rains or evaporation in hot weather. I normally add a half gallon of Aquashade in the spring (March or April) and another half gallon mid to late summer (July or August). Like I said in my original post, I added Karmex to my pond in April & NOTHING has grown in my pond since! No algea, aquatic weeds, nothin'.

    And my pond is filled with the best SOFT water of all... Rain water.
    15 x 30 AG - 13,000 Gallons
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    Re: Hmmm... This seems too good to be true.

    I have filled my large pool twice from my pond. Chlorine and filtration turned the water from murky pond green to crystal clear in about 4 days.

    That said, I would caution the use of your pond water until I found out a little bit more about Karmex. Whatever is in it, you should be very comfortable drinking it because someone swimming in your pool will be doing that.

    Secondly, the aquashade (which I used in my pond about 15 years ago and some of my neighbors still use it) is I think a very, very powerful dye. To my knowledge, it only fades from the pond thru water replacement and I doubt your swimming pool filter is capable of filtering it out.

    If you can get comfortable with those two drawbacks, filling a pool with pond water is a piece of cake......usually simpler than ridding a pool of algae-infested, stagnant water. All it takes is chlorine and filtration....(a sand filter will be the easiest if you decide to do this)
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    Re: Hmmm... This seems too good to be true.

    I googled Karmex and it is pretty scary stuff. And, it is NOT approved for aquatic use. There is a long thread at Pondboss.com that discusses this stuff.

    I don't think I would use that water in my pool, nor would I go swimming in that pond after reading some of the stuff! Spend the $750 !!!!
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    Re: Hmmm... This seems too good to be true.

    Cost to fill my 13,500 pool using city water here in central FL - ~$80

    $700? Yikes.
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    Re: Hmmm... This seems too good to be true.

    Not sure what I was thinking. I'm going to have the water hauled in. My families safety is worth WAY more than $750. Thanks for helping me get my head screwed on straight.
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