Cleaning an in ground water tub?

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    09-08-2010, 09:49 PM
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Cleaning an in ground water tub?

How would you go about that?
Also, it has an automatic waterer on it, how do I turn that off? Just shut off the water spigot? The property owner guy isn't around much, so getting a hold of him to ask is kind of a tall order...

I've cleaned above ground ones before, but never one that's in the ground and I've never messed around with an automatic waterer... And I'd hate to do it wrong/break something!

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    09-08-2010, 09:51 PM
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I'm not quite picturing what you are talking about. Is like a mini pond or something? The horse just walks up and drinks it from the ground?
    09-08-2010, 09:54 PM
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It's basically a 30 gallon tub, I guess like a really small pond liner thingy, that, yeah, they can just walk up to and drink out of, like it's a natural body of water, only not. It's also filled with "good" green algae and lil' Miss Prissy Pants [Lacey] doesn't drink water unless it's pristine. Hahaha
So, I would probably leave it except that she would probably dehydrate herself instead of drinking it (I've seen her do that, silly girl!).
    09-08-2010, 09:57 PM
Green Broke
That's odd. Especially since they could walk up and kick dirt in to it.

I'd scoop the water out, turn off the watering spigot and then buy a couple of big tubs and use them instead.
    09-08-2010, 10:03 PM
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Wow, I didn't even consider buying a tub myself but I could totally do that! The current situation is inside part of the shelter (maybe that's how nothing gross gets in there? Since llamas evidently only poop in one place, ever...) and the whole thing was originally built for miniature sheep so maybe that has something to do with why it's so low and everything? I don't even know, but I completely agree that it is weird.

Good idea about buying a big tub! I will for sure look into that tomorrow.
    09-09-2010, 06:59 PM
The ones we have at our farm are lifted up a bit so there is actually a plug at the bottom. What I do is unplug it with the muck bucket under the hole and scrub out the alge. I just hold up the sensor so the bucket thinks its full!
Its a hassle but she refuses to drink out of the bucket that we got her.

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