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Been looking into natural pools and found this with a search for pond liners.
http://billboardtarps.myshopify.com/collections/pond-liners

Anyone have experience with these? Would the vinyl be leached into the water? Is this better than plastic or rubber? I would think reused is better than new.
 
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I have used them for a number of things, pig shelters, chicken tractors, hay drying, concrete forms, etc.

Here is my latest favorite use: http://velacreations.blogspot.com/2011/12/rapidobe.html

I would think that they could leak stuff into the water, and I wouldn't be comfortable with it. That being said, if you washed it out real good beforehand, it might do better.
 
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also, I think anti-mildew means it has fungicide or something on it.
 
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John, funny you should ask. Tomorrow I am getting ready to revamp my little pond made with a billboard liner. Will post pics and details. Right now I'm sitting for a minute before dinner but will fill you in more later.
 
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John, I didn't want to totally hijack your thread so I posted info about my pond on my 'projects' thread here: http://www.permies.com/t/14906/permaculture/Jeanine-permaculture-projects#135184

I really enjoy the pond. I have had small 40 gallon contraptions for years. I always try to make sure that there are very shallow areas and moist rocks to land on for butterflies, birds, dragonflies and lizards.

The only time I ever 'clean' it is after all the leaves are off the trees and then I will just take a net and scoop out the major chunks of leaves. Also the waterlily roots can become massive so I will divide them every couple of years or so. You just have to remember that wildlife have laid their eggs in these leaves and roots so when you 'clean' you are destroying a bit of habitat. I just like to overflow a bit and I don't worry about algae or clear water. Natural ponds are seldom crystal clear. I have had fish living in a 40 gallon pot for three years until a dog climbed into it and destroyed everything. No more dog.
 
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We have several of the billboard tarps. Very heavy. I think it could work well, as long as there is a thick layer of sand over it and no animal traffic or other pokies. However, a real pond liner is much thicker and will self-heal to a degree. Best of all, clay in the soil.

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-Walter Jeffries
Sugar Mountain Farm
Pastured Pigs, Sheep & Kids
in the mountains of Vermont
Read about our on-farm butcher shop project:
http://SugarMtnFarm.com/butchershop
 
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PVC phatalates are maybe the worst, but there are a lot of warnings about this on the aquaculture web sites.

Inks, sealants, coatings, uv resistants, other plastacizers.

just think of it as an experiment ......
 
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Nice thing about a used billboard tarp is it has spent years out in the weather getting washed by the rain.

Dilution is the solution to pollution.

In other words, it's probably not going to leach much.
 
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