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My 1200 gallon or so pond ran all winter, freezing and thawing several times. It has now been fully thawed for about a week and a half and I was a little surprised to see how much the water level has dropped.

During the winter and after the first major snow melt the water level in the pond was pretty high. After only a week of "warm" sunny days it seemed like the pond dropped 2 or maybe 3 inches.

I'm adding water to it today and will monitor the level closely but I'm curious if this is a normal spring chore others do when the first few warm dry days hit.
 
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Once mine is melted, I loose a lot of water during this time. The warm pond water is sucked out by the cold dry air and winds we are having. It has dropped by up to 4 inches in a few days. Now that I turned the bog on, flowing water over a big surface it is dropping even more. I add water every few days. Adding some more today, run the hose for a hour plus to refill. I know it is not a leak, the level stayed decent until I turned the pump back on.
 
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Yup! Warm, sunny & dry, especially if it's a bit windy, causes evaporation to increase no matter what time of year. We've been having a string of really nice Spring weather lately & I had to toss the hose in to add a bit of water a few days ago.
 

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LOL I loss so much the first 24 hours the pump was on, I went down and checked for weeping, low liner, pipe break..........nothing
Except 17f during the night wind howling warmish pond water flowing (44f)

Pond is now 48 we have had a few real sunny warmer than normal days.
 

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My 1200 gallon or so pond ran all winter, freezing and thawing several times. It has now been fully thawed for about a week and a half and I was a little surprised to see how much the water level has dropped.

During the winter and after the first major snow melt the water level in the pond was pretty high. After only a week of "warm" sunny days it seemed like the pond dropped 2 or maybe 3 inches.

I'm adding water to it today and will monitor the level closely but I'm curious if this is a normal spring chore others do when the first few warm dry days hit.
when you add, do it very slowly so as not to change the current water temp too quickly (unless source temp = pond temp!) as this will only add stress to your fish.
 
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Fortunately no chlorine in my tap water, makes my indoor tank maintenance easy too. Good tips though!
 

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I ran the hose for over 2 hours, slow flow from the deck ponds down to the big pond, a flushing of the deck ponds and stream, stream ponds. Added 2 inches of water to the hot tub pond.

Pulled out a ton of parrots feather, even though frozen in ice it is all growing. Needed to decrease the amount in two of the ponds.
 
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Oh yes. We have had really sunny, breezy days with "high fire danger" warnings. Even though it hasn't been hot yet, the air is very dry. I've noticed the pond water evaporating a lot! I added two inches of water.
 
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I still can't believe how much I'm having to top this pond up. I'm hoping things stabilize more on the evap front when warmer weather comes otherwise I might have to look into continuous fill options. Fall wasn't like this, now I'm having to top it off at least once a week.

But like yall have said it has been sunny, dry, windy high fire danger kinda weather so I guess it's normal.
 
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I might have to look into continuous fill options.
I set up a lawn watering system, a controller , pvc pipe to the pond , I set the water to come on for xx amount a time, less in the spring more in the summer. We are on a well so I did not want a float valve system that would trigger our pump a lot.
 
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That's a good idea... I have an old watering timer I could use and everything. Wish I thought of it before we graded all the land around the pond but if I have to trench it won't be that long a run and it won't have to go very deep since I won't need it in winter. Thanks for the ideas as always addy!
 
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We purchased an autofill when we were building our pond, and when we were done there it was... still in the box. Forgot all about it! Ended up selling it as a retrofit just wasn't in the cards. I do regret not installing it as it would make the pond 100% self sustaining for weeks at a time.
 
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I'm getting so paranoid! The last few days I've lost almost 3 inches of water overall. I can't wait for the humidity to rise so I can stop thinking about this. If it weren't for my chicken water bucket evaporating like crazy too I'd be beside myself. As it is, I'm just preoccupied with it.
 
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My water level is pretty low right now, too. It's been an entire week long string of very warm, breezy, and DRY (humidity levels super low) weather. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, though, so I'm holding off on topping it up with the hose.

When I find myself wondering if water loss is just 'normal' evaporation or a leak, what I do is use the hose to fill it up completely very late in the day, then check it again first thing in the morning. If it loses significant water overnight, then I start investigating to find where it's leaking from. Usually, though, it's still all full & then I can relax.
 
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The way I see it, the pond totally full all winter, still full with turn on. Then warm windy dry water drops don't even think about it. If no rain add water
 
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This probably doesn't exactly pertain to this post.

I left my bog running all winter. Yesterday I pulled the pump out to clean it. It had a lot of debris and blanket algae covering the intake holes. My pump has a bunch of holes on both sides for the intake.

After cleaning it, the water volume returning from the bog to the pond increased dramatically and the water level of the bog itself also increased.

This increase of bog volume lowered the pond water by a couple inches. That additional bog water had to come from somewhere!

I just figured I'd mention this observation.
 
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That is an interesting observation poconojoe! I'm trying the fill it up later in the day move today. It does seem like it has lost almost a quarter of an inch even in the last couple hours of daylight but I'm holding out hope till morning. I did fill it way up tonight so it's possible there are some folds or something that cause it to "leak" when the water is way high but not at a slightly lower level.

It's now dark and I've taken note of where the water is at so we'll see what the morning brings!
 
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Ok so, definitely lost at least an inch or an inch and a half overall. It's windy this morning and I wasn't out there right at sunrise but it does seem like I might have some kind of leak given that volume of loss....
 

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