Bought a house with a pond. Total Noob...

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    Hi all,

    been reading the forums and searching, but didn't find an answer.

    Bought a house with a larger pond/waterfall.

    Have an Evolution pump and filter.

    Waterfall comes 12' down a rock hillside from 3 outlets (pipes) at different levels.

    After I backwash the filter, I get good flow out of all 3 outlets. Within an hour or 2, the upper 2 outlets stop flowing and all the water comes only out of the lowest outlet. If I backwash again, I'll get another 2 hours of good flow.

    I just empltied and cleaned the pond (8'x4'x2'). I can't see any obstructions, or leaks.

    Prev. owner says he overbuilt the system and it looks like it.

    Pump is an Evolution ESS 7600. Says it should be around 6000 GHP at 15'.
    Filter looks like an EBF4000.
    Both should be up to the task of running a 300 gallon pond.

    The pressure guage on the filter is always maxed at 60. Is this bad or is that how they work. I got no instruction manuals, and evolution doesn't seem to have a website.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks everyone.

    CD
     
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    Just my guess it's the laterals in the filter that are getting plugged. Those little black snails are notorious for that. Looks like a filter tear down to me.
    Can you see anything coming out as you backwash it?
     
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    It's pretty clean coming out. Thanks for the reply.
     
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    Thanks. Gonna post a few little posts now so I can get my count high enough to post picts.
     
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    See what I can do.
     
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    Post padding #1
     
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    What would you like to see photos of?
     
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    12 foot drop, that is impressive. Can't wait to see it.
     
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    Oops, think I misspoke. I drops down a rocky slope from a height of about 12 feet. Not a straight vertical drop. That would be cool.

    Where does everyone put photos? Is there a standard website?
     
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    Did this work? 2 attached images?
     

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    You got it, do you have any video of it running?
     
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    Here's one of the pond body as we were cleaning last weekend.

    What else should I take a picture of?

    Thanks gang.
     

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    Hey DrDave

    Negative on the video, don't have a camera.
     
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    Surprising, most digital cameras do video as well. Too bad. how many gallons is the pond?
     
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    Here is a current picture of it before I did a backwash.

    Only the lowest stream is running (directly below tree about 8 feet)

    Upper streams are dry.
     

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    Here it is after a 60 second backwash.

    Upper stream on the left side is running well (to right of cheesy pink bird, talk to the wife)

    Lower stream is running well.

    Upper right stream is dry. To the right of the tree up top.

    Sorry for the picture quality.
     

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    Think it works out to 250-300 gallons.

    Wow, I did not know my camera did video. Thanks.

    It doesn't seem to want to upload an .avi file. Any other way I can get it to you?
     
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