story continued from 10 October.…In the end we gave in and instead of trying to patch up the hole or holes we bought 4 x 4 metres or waterproof lining for about £52. It took us 3 hours to fill the pool with water and then mother nature came along and rained for 4 hours. It does not look very beautiful at the moment but we are letting the mains water breathe so it’s not too much of a shock for the goldfish who are happily living in a small tub, being fed regularly with fish food.
Normally, they feed themselves on the living creatures in the pool but we have disturbed their ecology so I must feed them manually in for the next week or some such period until the pond recovers.
The sequence was this:
- remove fish and provide them with some nutrition
2. empty the pond and inspect. We found two small holes/cracks but enough half empty the pond in 24h. We bought some new liner.
3. Lay a new layer and yes there will be wastage. The weight of the water pushes the bumps down so it does not look too untidy. Start filling with water. (will take a long time).4. Pond is full. Put some plants in including oxygenation specimens. Re-introduce the goldfish.
5. replace border stones and cut the plastic to shape