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    Kias

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    Hello!

    New guy here. Just received a pond with the new place we're moving into. The pond is 10x8 and about 1.75 feet deep, though unknown amount of muck at the bottom. The house has been vacant for 2 years, so there's been no maintenance on the pond for at least that long, and who knows how much neglect before that. I'm gearing up to get it back into shape. Right after I get the hot tub moved and working, you know, before I also have an ex-wife.

    I guess the only real question I have at this moment is can anyone ID this pressure filter? I'm going to need new filter media for it, not sure if there's generic media for this thing or not, haven't looked that far yet. There are no markings anywhere on it.
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    Other than that, here's some pics of what I'm dealing with. This was taken before we closed on the house. That metal sheet is covering a fire pit.
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    Here's a nice little fire we got goin' one night.
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    I couldn't stand the dirt anymore...
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    This is the upflow filter for the waterfall. It appears to be full of lava rocks and zeolite (Or some substance) I still need to figure out where that conduit looking pipe goes on the left. It does not enter that plastic box to the left, there's nothing but a drain valve in there. Which is kind of silly, since there's no check valve in the system and it all drains back through the pump anyway. Gonna need to put one in before I get any sort of life in the water.
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    Here's the waterfall working. I've adjusted it a little bit since this photo, but for the most part it's just like this.
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    Feel free to post any suggestions or observations. This is my first pond, and it was a lot of fun just figuring out how to get the waterfall working! Mostly because I didn't install it...

    Thanks!

    Rob
     
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    Welcome to a fellow Buckeye :) Your pond is situated nicely with your yard as a back drop and the fire pit...well, I'm jealous!

    I'm sorry I can't help you with the pressure filter. What kind of pump do you have?
     
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    Hello and welcome. Very lovely setting, but ditto what @Tula said about helping. You'll get more comments, though.
     
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    Thanks! The pump is a Danner/Pondmaster 02650 2000 GPH variety. I had to take it all apart and clean it out, but it fired right up after that. I had drained the pond at one time, up until my pump just wouldn't pump anymore. Too much muck... As I was pondering how to get all the muck out, the liner started drying a little too much for my comfort, so I just filled it back up while I ponder it some more.

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    I actually fell in that muck, there's about 9 or so inches. Fully, right on my back. Grosss...
     
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    Shop Vac.
     
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    Put on some rubber boots and either use a shop vac, or a pool net, to remove the muck.
     
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    Hmmm... Shop vac. Pool net. Pond company 2 miles down the road.

    Decisions Decisions...
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Plastic snow shovel
     
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    peter hillman Let me think for minute....

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    Nice pond, love the fire pit!
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Well, looking at your avatar...... A nice glass of wine is great for helping ME make decisions, LOL! And if I had the money --- pond company 2 miles down the road -- but all are good choices (just be gentle with the liner -- they're tough, but not indestructible).
     
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    Ha! I make hundreds of gallons of wine at a time, but if I actually drink a whole glass of wine... Forget it, I couldn't make a decision if I tried. Two glasses, I can barely walk! My wife says I'm the cheapest date ever!

    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I could probably swing having the company down the road come clean it up, but I've always had issues paying someone else to do something I know full well I can do. I did think of the shop vac and pool net, but figured I'd completely break the net, and there's some really big stuff in there that I don't think a shop vac would get. Never thought of a plastic snow shovel as I only have a metal one. I think I might go that route. Maybe a plastic shovel like the ones they make for grapes, though I'd definitely want a different color. That would be a serious and very expensive mistake if I ever mixed those two shovels up. LOL!
     
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    That's what the adjusted waterfall looks like. I like it better.
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    Welcome. Nice setting for a pond.
     
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    Hello and welcome! Love your pond setting and firepit :)
     
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    Today we clean out the pond! Got this nice plastic shovel so as to not confuse it with the grape shovel.

    Wish me luck!
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    So gross... A foot of Muck.
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    I notice there are a lot of leaves in your 'muck'. Once you get your pond cleaned out, be sure to get a net on your pond before the leaves fall!
     
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    Yeah, the house has been empty for two years. So there's at least that much in there. No telling how this was taken care of leading up to the evacuation.
     
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    And it's done!

    Now the dilemma is, do I adjust the water for fish, or do I adjust the water to swim in it? It's hot out!

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    For the fish, of course. A little risky to swim in a pond that has fish.
     
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