We bought a 12x24 doughboy for $100.00. Aside from needing a liner it came with everything including a high end one year old filter and newish gas heater. Even has a vacume a floating skimmer thingie, solar cover on a roller and a heavy duty winter cover. It's four years old and it appears that it was taken down very carefully and even rolled backinto the origional box. I even got two bags of sand for the filter. So basically we could install it, fill it and go BUT.... I really want to do a biological swimpond. Even though I found this: http://inhabitat.com/natural-swimming-p ... micals/and it sure looks like a AG pool, I have done enough research to before I bought the pool to know that (so far) no one advised this pool be dug into the grown in the ceneter of a giant hole and overfilled with water but I have found some natural pools where you build two pools one for the plants and gravel filter and another for swimming. I figure that if it doesn't work out I'll buy some fish for the pond and used a traditional system for the swimming pool.
What I was wonder is if anyone here has doen this or seen it done?
http://inspirationgreen.com/natural-poo ... ponds.html
Our house is built into a hillside so its one story in the front and two stories in the back. I plan to built the pool into a sloping hillside, the bottom of the pool will be on the lowest elviation of the yard which (conviently) is 50"-52" lower than the (future)middle terrace. This way we can access the pool from our deck (the middle terrace). I plan to put the bio pond on the (existing) upper terrace. The pool is 12'x24'x48". The biopond will be ~ 4'x 24" x? along the fence line.
I would love to hear any thoughts or concerns before we get started in March.