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A work in progress. Hopefully tomorrow will have the liner/manifold/pea gravel in and be able to give it a test run...hopefully that is. Then it's a rock hunting I will go! Friends of ours have an acreage with a large pond and a hole bunch of ferrel rocks I can have. Gonna set up a rock hunting possie with my kids and a couple trucks in the next week I hope!
 

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glad to see im not the only one that uses a wagon for a wheelbarrow awesome
looking good so far nice job
 
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Looking good! Love a rock hunting possie, have a great time. We hunt for rocks everyplace we go.
 
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Yes I'm bad at picking up rocks in every state we go through on vacations lol...we always come home a hundred pounds or so heavier. My trusty ol wagon didn't fail me yet again and she's as old as I am (was mine as a kid). I haven't completely glued the manifold together as I'm wondering if I should put a check valve or some sort of back flush valve onto it yet if I ever have to drain it for some odd reason or another.
 
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It's looking great.

If your bog is higher than your pond, which it looks like it is, it will probably drain back into the pond if your don't have a check valve or siphon break. I put a bleed valve on mine (tee with a 1/2" valve).
 

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My bog is higher, but it will not drain back into the pond past the level of the waterfall rock. The piping feeding the bog goes up higher than the pond level which keeps it from back draining into the pond
 
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My bog is above my pond with the piping going up out of the pond and over the side of the bog, then down into the manifold running the bog bottom. When I first set it up, without the gravel, I tested my bog to see if it would back flow into the pond. I used a 1/2" valve for the siphon break. I closed the valve, then shut off the pump. The bog drained back into the pond all the way down to the manifold, just very very slowly. When I opened the 1/2" valve a crack the siphon stopped and it only drained down to the outlet pipes. Just as you said, no back flow.

Andy1 - Do you have a check or a hole drilled in your return line? If not, not sure why it wouldn't drain back.
 

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nope no hole drilled in the piping. I can turn off the pump, no back flow. Logically it should.
I have had it off for quite a few hours, and the level stays the same.
 
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nope no hole drilled in the piping. I can turn off the pump, no back flow. Logically it should.
I have had it off for quite a few hours, and the level stays the same.
If it's working for you, that's all that matters.

Was it you that had a leaf basket on your bog line? If so, maybe there's some air in there, breaking the siphon when it turns off. I remember my pool pump basket used to have air in it all the time.
 

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Yes my external pump has a huge leaf basket/primer basket, bet that is what happens. Never really thought about it lol
 

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I have a sump pump check valve on my bog line as it sits about 5-6 feet higher than the pond, no problems at all with it draining my bog.
 

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I don't have a check valve on my bog, but do have one on the deck pond. It does not drain the pond, but that is a lot of line to refill. I do have an air gap where the piping enters the deck pond.
 
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Oh Lord...your confusing me lol...yet I think I'm going to put something to be able to shut off the water from going back through the pump from the bog when I need to shut the pump down. I got another ton of pea gravel this morning as I had to be to work at noon to nine tonight so didn't get to get anything done with the new bog today. Not amused as it was 80 here today and going to be raining and cooler sat/sun and got stuck working saturday and sunday too. Guess next week I'll resume my bog work! I found that 1000 lbs of pea gravel only filled up the new bog about 1/3 rd so this time I got a ton of it! Maybe the rain we get this weekend will help to clean it up some before I have to wash it bucket by bucket before putting it in...just hoping it's not a hard rain that washes away the dirt work I did as I dont want to have to wagon it back where it belongs! I did cover most of it with the new liner though so that should help.
 

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We are on a well and I had a lot of pea gravel and it was a dry summer. We started to wash it then quit after the 3rd bucket load. Just put it in dirty. I need to find my records, maybe it was 28000 lbs not 2800, It was one of those huge dump trucks.

Pea gravel won't wash with rain, get maybe the first 1/2in a tiny bit cleaner.
 
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Well the pump I had did all it could to fill up the bog and it's just trickling out right now...needless to say a 90 mile trip at 8 pm to get a new bigger pump and hose at menards ensued after that discovery lol. Sure would be nice if this town had stuff I need! I was hoping for the lil pump to just get the water to the top until I could get a bigger pump...well it did but just not enough push. Today the winds howling and it's raining lightly...and could snow tonight. SOOO not amused! It wont last as it's suppose to get back up into the 50's on tuesday and then by the weekend back into the 70's. I have tuesday off so guess what I'll be doing! Mother nature needs a psychologist I'm thinking around here...Or PMS meds!
 

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We braved the rain and put the new pump in and so far so good it pushes the water up and over at a good pace. Had trouble with my skimmer falling over as it pumped what it needed to fill the bog completely so had to readjust that again and block it in so it doesn't do that again until I can get to the rock work. The last pic is of the water just starting to come out of the bog and now it's pouring out at a good pace. My word this has been an adventure! I have an algae bloom trying to start and am hoping with the bog running it will stop it. Hopefully tues I'll be able to get the bog plants in as I don't think it's going to be warm enough tmrw and have to go to work here in an hour. Some one please tell me one day I'll look back at this and laugh...when it's all done that is I'm thinking...(ya we braved the rain and cold temp of 46 degrees)
 

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that is why we take pictures to remind us of what we did.................the craziness.
 
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Mine looks like it's got an algae bloom too. The water is greenish in color. Can't say we've got cold temps here, it's almost 80 today. Good luck with your build, it's really taking shape.
 
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well believe it or not it is now snowing...80 yesterday and snowing tonight and it looks like I wont be able to work on it until thursday...as one employee quit to go to another job as of tmrw and another had to leave state due to her mother and an illness....heck I'll be lucky to have time to sleep this week the way it looks. Oh well I guess at least the weather here sucks for the next couple days...:(
 

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