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I am very new to pond building. Live in the North East New Jersey. So far I have done everything wrong. I'm thinking I could get water to run up (humor)

I have 4 water falls, 1 large 4.5ft drop, 3 few inches drop. 2 ponds that have the ability to hold 700 gallons.

At this time I'm not looking at having live stock because of the depth of the ponds are only 19-22inches and have the potential of freezing solid. Yes I could run heaters and aerators (?sp) 24-7-365 but not looking for the higher energy bill and also knowing we experience power outages 3-5 times a year.

This is a work in progress.

I have viewed many posts and photos of the set-ups you here and I believe I am among some spectacular artists.

one question I'd like to ask is why are Protein skimmers not used in the filtering cycle

Photos coming soon.
 
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Welcome! I have shallow ponds also, so I bring my goldfish in for the winter. Coming from an aquarium keeping background I have the equipment at hand. Some folks I encountered would buy feeder goldfish in the spring for their pond and bring them back at the end of the year to the pet store.

Because freshwater is less dense than salt water, you don't get as good results from protein skimming but it will have some effect. Here is a post where some have done it but not the prettiest setup:


Check out the excellent results on this forum from bog filter installations.
 

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Welcome Beercan! Interesting question about foam fractionators (protein skimmers). Are you experiencing excessive levels of DOC such as a large foam covering or just curious as to why fractionators aren't very common in ponds? Your ponds sound fantastic. Please post some pics. Cheers!
 
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Welcome to the GPF!

Did you say you're using sump pumps from your basement to circulate your pond water? Can you explain how this is set up?
 
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@Lisak1 because i'm still in the "build" faze 2 - 50' 3/4 id contractor garden hoses. this is not the permanent set up. eventually the pump system will be a 1.2hp 230volt 2.5" piping.
 
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Ah. Gotcha. I was just going to say - don't rely on sump pumps long term. That's not how they're intended to be used and they will burn out.
 

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