Saturday, June 30, 2012

Natural Swimming Pools

It’s summer, and the heat is on in full force. Heading to the pool is one of the best ways to cool off. Ever dreamed of swimming in the pool with your fishes? Don’t try plopping a goldfish into your typical chlorinated pool. There is a new trend on the market: natural swimming pools. Instead of using chlorine to clean (or should I say disinfect) they use natural ecological processes to keep the water clean. These types of pools rely on lots of fast-growing plants, large surface area for good bacteria, and proper water movement. (Do these principles sound familiar to you?) They are basically a very lightly stocked pond with a large open area for you and your friends to swim.

The regen area is typically filled with plants like lilies and cattails. (fncponds.com)

While you won’t be able to have a whole school of goldfish or tons of massive koi in the water, between 5 and 10 fish are acceptable depending on the size of the pool. These fish should not be fed as this will add more waste to the system. Goldfish are very adept at finding their own food in a system like this. If you add fish make sure you only add one gender as they are notorious for reproducing. The aim of these systems is to create a balance. With goldfish constantly reproducing, you’ll have a hard time doing that.

Every natural swimming pool is different. They come in many designs from a traditional pool with the natural regeneration area to something that could easily be mistaken for a koi pond if it wasn’t for the diving board. I know that if I ever have the funds, I’ll be looking to install one of these beauties in my backyard.

Typical swimming pool with a regen area on the left. (Enricoslasheric @ Wikipedia)


Natural pools are functional in the summer but are still an attractive landscape feature in the off season.

Very natural-looking pool with regen area in upper right (ecolagoons.com)

I can post pictures here all day long. I love looking at these things because every single one is different. They also give me ideas for how I would design a natural pond.

4 comments:

  1. Establishing a natural swimming pool is an excellent way of providing a comfort zone in your place and at the same time creating a habitat for your fishes. Since a natural pool does not use chlorine and uses natural ecological processes to keep the water clean, your fishes can safely establish their sanctuary in your pool. It is also a nice activity to immerse yourself in a body of water while watching your fishes swim.

    Shona Martinez

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  2. Wow! Beautiful pools! I would like to have these kind of natural swimming pool. Is it expensive to have that? Anyway, thank you for taking time to share this post. I hope I can read more great blog like this.

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  3. Swimming with your fishes seems cool! Having a natural swimming pool is both fun and functional. Functional in the sense that it's a wonderful landscape idea that can definitely make your house a standout. And fun in the sense that... well, who wouldn't want to have a natural swimming pool right at their own backyard? :) This kind of pool will make you feel like swimming in the ocean or sea, which makes it more exciting.

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  4. This is a great idea! I’m sometimes annoyed by the chlorinated water when we swim in public pools. Now that we’re already planning to have our own pool, I think this will be number one in my wish list. If the fish will be there to swim with us, I’ll conclude that our swimming moments will be merrier. As they say, the more, the merrier, right? :D

    -Cathy Newman-

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