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Hmmm..... Losing an inch or more overnight would have me looking for where the water was escaping from. Check edges for wet spots & also look in 'splash' zones.
 
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The water was up to that circled area of the rock last night at 9pm and by 730am this is where it's at. It is windy so IDK maybe gotta test again on a calm day
 

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Yeah, I'd start checking edges. Most "leaks" turn out to be folds where water is wicking or low edges where water is escaping. Check all around the pond first, looking for wet spots. Then check your waterfall edges - a shifting rock can push an edge too low. Next stop is your plumbing - check for leaks along the line at at any connections. If you suspect the plumbing or waterfall, turn everything off for 24 hours. If you have still lost water with the pump off, then you need to check the pond itself.

Just take some comfort from the fact that an actual "leak" (aka hole or tear in your liner) is far less common than most people would assume. If you used 45 mil EPDM that stuff is tough to tear or rip.
 
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Think I found it, this side of the bog is tiiiight on liner and instead of being curled up against a rock this spot was folded under.
 

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Think I found it, this side of the bog is tiiiight on liner and instead of being curled up against a rock this spot was folded under.
Yup! That looks like it could be your problem spot. Hopefully once it's pulled up a bit your excessive water loss will stop & you won't have to keep worrying & looking further.
 
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I found one other fold that was wicking next to the intake bay. Funny enough it's right next to that rock I was using to gauge water loss :-D

I filled it back up and checked again and I'd say the water loss if it's happening at all is minimal. I'm going to keep an eye again after tonight! Fingers crossed.
 
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I think there's still a small leak happening some where but the water loss is noticeably less this morning. I'm going to do another evening test as it's humid and not very windy today.

The constant refilling has definitely helped track down the wicking edges! It's really interesting to me that this problem is "new". It's either due to lots of rain and snow in the fall/winter keeping the pond regularly refilled or maybe there's just some settling that has happened and made the wicking worse than it was at the end of last year. I know due to all the evap issues I've definitely been "overfilling it" to try and collect data which probably has contributed to. Still trying to get it dialed in for where my ideal water line is I guess.

Thank you all for your support and good ideas!
 
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Fortunately no chlorine in my tap water, makes my indoor tank maintenance easy too. Good tips though!
I don't know of any tap water that does not have chlorine or cloramine that's added maybe very small private water depts might be able to get away without them
 
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Record date and time . Time should be the same time every day. Record temp and humidity. How windy or sunny etc start a history.. And how much the water dropped.in 12 or 24 hrs
 
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Things definitely can settle over the winter, but you're also right about the "free pond fill ups" that happen when you get lots of snow or rain. When it goes dry you're suddenly aware of how much water you can lose without that help from nature!
 
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My community has all small municipal services for water and power and we live on the very outside edge of the water system. So even though they do put a really low level of sodium hypochlorite in the system at the well by the time it gets out to us it's almost imperceptible. I have some friends that live in the center of town near the wells and was shocked at how much you can tell the difference between their water and ours. So while it's probably not true to say "no chlorine" it's certainly reduced from what you'd get in most larger city or regional water systems and hasn't caused any issues for my tanks, pond, or fermentation projects we do.
 
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GBBUD good call on being more scientific with the observations! It does seem at this point the bulk of the water loss is solved and I'm thrilled for that. The main issue in my pond design is that if the water falls below the intake bay edge my pump goes dry and every couple of days we were getting really close. It would lose a lot at first then slowly the rest to a "stable level" that was too low for my liking. Makes sense now that I've seen the wicking stuff.

Phew what a ride!
 

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Phew what a ride!
I have had low edge issues like just search and search and find the issue. I need to turn my stream on but first I need to walk the stream to fix deer damage, junk accumulation in the stream bed etc. A bit behind on getting it running but all is ok.
 
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How do you top off your ponds in cold weather and ensure you're not changing the water temp drastically? I have a small pond which I plan to run a deicer, breather, bubble and pond breather as well as covering with clear plastic. All to ensure my shallow 125 gal. pond doesn't freeze but it may alter the temperature of the pond water from that of what comes out of the hose?
 
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You might want to start a new thread about this, but I solve the temperature adjustment problem by not adding water in really cold weather. Since the pond you're talking about is small I'd suggest using a bucket and running water from the bathtub or getting attachments to run a hose from your sink inside so you can get the temperature mix right if you're concerned.

Alternatively only ad a little bit of water at a time. Are you finding you have to top off this fall? I haven't had to add any water since spring ended (and I fixed my leeching issue).
 
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We over flow the pond for one min. every other hour due to evaporation and leeching from the waterfall. This is also how we deal with our water changes. Husband says it wont evaporate this winter but I'm concerned it will. I think there's a liner leak.
 

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We over flow the pond for one min. every other hour due to evaporation and leeching from the waterfall. This is also how we deal with our water changes. Husband says it wont evaporate this winter but I'm concerned it will. I think there's a liner leak.
you'll find with a winter tent, if you make it more or less air tight, you'll not lose water. There's no dry, windy air to help evaporation out. As a matter of fact, when the sun does shine, you'll probably see droplets on the inside as the humidity is caught and held. And the idea of the tent is to also keep water temps up from what the winter temp typically is.

Now, if you have a leak, that should be found and fixed before winter hits.
 
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You should do what I did in this thread and painstakingly check all your liner edges. The amount of seep leakage that was happening in our pond was kind of hard to believe and very noticeable once I corrected the liner issues.
 

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