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Oh Wow! I'm looking forward to seeing how this all turns out. That is a beautiful water feature!
 

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Any slight chance the original owners would chat with you about it? Maybe call the realtor and ask?
I was getting calls about my house in AZ after it was sold for a few months.
 
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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!!
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!
 
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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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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.
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!
 
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A skimmer is something I’ve never used, it drains just the surface of the water to pull in floating debris, typically used before the pump. Most are built in, but there are free floating skimmers. I’m running short on sleep, so can’t say what size pump you’d need. It’s based on the gallons of water in the pond. If you google pond volume calculations, you can input the dimensions and depth, it’ll say how many gallons you have in your pond. Then find a pump that will move twice that volume in an hour- gph. That’ll give you food flow.
 
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I hope it’s okay to ask all these questions in the Introduction forum. I think I’ll cross-post in Newbies.

New, accurate dimensions:
6’8” round x 22” deep = 479 US Gallons

The calculators at pond.com tell me we have a 479 US Gallon pond so the minimum pump required is 240 GPH. The water will need to be pumped about 6 ft up (8 ft from bottom of pond). I estimate we will need 7’-10’ feet of hose to go from pump to top of waterfall wall depending on whether we have a submersible pump or an exterior pump. I know the Friction Head formula is 1 ft per 10 ft of hose. How do I figure what the Static Head is? Also, do I need a filter in addition to pump? Thank you!!
 

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