Ah! A statue makes sense! They had some kind of plumbing leading to a statue. It may have spit water over the side into the water feature, or it was not connected at all. I'd keep looking - somewhere you should find some kind of plumbing or electrical that might give more clues. What fun!Thanks! I’m pretty sure the plumbing (spigot was the only word I could think of!) was for the pond as it sit at the top edge of the waterfall wall. It has two holes where it looks like hoses would attach. When we first looked at the house before buying it there was a statue sitting over it but that statue disappeared before we took ownership. I’m thinking we’ll need to set up our own system and forget about what’s existing. We just need to find out how much it will cost to operate and what we need to buy. Any advice is appreciated!!
Thanks for the great advice. We don’t need crystal clear water and yes, some plants would be nice. No fish. We want to keep water moving, avoid green slime, create sound to drown out the noise of our neighbor’s pool equipment and to actually use and enjoy this focal point of our yard. Do we need a skimmer (and what does that do?) and how much power in a pump if we want to push water up about 6 feet (7 1/2’ from bottom of pond) to create a moderately vigorous flow for the most splashing sounds? Thanks!As for what you need, that’ll depend on what you want to do. A pump is a given. Keeping the water moving keeps bugs from breeding. Do you want plants like water lillies? Do you want crystal clear water? Perfect clean bottom? Personally, id add a mini water lilly, spitting status, and just net any leaves out. As small as that is, one hour a week in the summer if that, maybe once a day in the fall, and some other water friendly plants. The plants pull nutrients from the water to prevent the dreaded algae blooms, a small pump to move water to the statues, for sound and movement, and a pool net to remove debris that falls in. Do spend the money for a good pump, but you’ll have to pull it and any plants for winter if it is just 18” deep. Otherwise it will freeze in winter.
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