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Posted by MiserMike on April 15, 2003 at 14:57:20:
In Reply to: Pond Liner....Guarentee Safe or Roofing Liner? posted by Yonkers on April 11, 2003 at 08:53:13:
:Now for from what I gather as a very contriversal issue. What to use as my liner. I know it has to be a 45 mil rubber liner but can I use roofing liner or does it have to be a guarentted pond safe liner?
My cynical view is that as soon as something is labelled hobby equipment the price goes way up. When I used to have a darkroom, Rubbermaid developing trays tripled in price if purchased at the photo store. Most likely, the pool-safe guarantee is valid but unnecessary as I suspect nothing different is done in manufacturing the pool-safe stuff. I've seen a couple of pond books that recommended EPDM roofing rubber, and -- being MiserMike -- decided to use it for my Koi pond because it cost less than half as much. In the six years I've had it, one fish died, and that was because he swam up a sloping hollow driftwood log and couldn't get his head back in the water. Heck , for a couple of years I've even summered my turtles in 6x6 foot outdoor pools made from scrap pallets and lned with cheapo plastic tarps from Menards / Home Depot / wherever. I replace the tarp every spring, and have only had one midsummer leak, when a ten-pound snapper got rambunctious. The turtles likewise seem to thrive, but I don't keep anything very exotic or delicate, except one mata mata. If NOT getting the official, guaranteed-safe product makes you uneasy, hey! peace of mind is worth paying for. Me, I get psychological satisfaction out of 'beating the system'.