Hi - old garden - new pond adventure

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Hi

My name's Steve and I have just embarked on a project to upgrade, enlarge and enhance a garden wild life pond that I dug over 30 years ago and is well past it's sell by date!

The main improvement I want to make is to add moving water in the form of either a cascade or a (very) short stream and waterfall. I here confess that I have absolutely no idea how to do this. I know I need a pump! I have somewhere gathered the idea that the best way to have a pump is in a "sump" or tank separate from the main pond. How big a pump I need, and how to make the separate sump or tank , are beyond me. Articles I have read all seem to assume that I already know stuff that I don't know. Any advice gratefully received.
 
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Hello and welcome! Why don’t you post some pictures of your pond — and maybe include a diagram to give us an idea what you are thinking about. Yes, I know what you mean about the articles “that assume you already know.” So frustrating!
 
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welcome to the group there is a bunch of post on the forum that have lots of info on how too.
 
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Welcome welcome welcome! I'll second @Mmathis in the request for a picture of your current set up and your future plans. There are as many ways to build a pond as there are pond owners, but we can surely get you started with some ideas!
 
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Thanks for the replies and welcomes. Unfortunately I'm unable to upload photos - the board just reports an error every time I try. In the absence of images I won't bore you with verbiage for now!


 
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Oh - now I see a little "image" icon with a red cross on it just below my post - does that mean I'm not allowed to post photos?
 
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Describe for us what you have; sizes, gallons, pumps, filtration, plants and fish, then do tell us how you want to modify it. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in absence of pictures, words will have to do!
 
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Hi - I did try to post a description last night - but by then I couldn't upload anything. Trying again now What I have at the moment is a hole in the ground! - here's a couple of photos (I hope)
 
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If you right click on the picture while it's still on your computer desktop, and choose "properties", what does it say?
(Size and type)
 
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Anyway - This is to be a largish (compared to our old pond) garden wildlife/ornamental pond. I want there to be a short (very short) stream and a small waterfall back into the pond. No fish - so I'm wondering if I need to bother with a sump / filter box or if I can just have a submersible pump that lifts water to the top of the stream and let it run down back into the pond? If I do need a reservoir/ tank at the top of the stream. do I have to have an expensive filter, or could I just have a plastic tank with a layer of gravel for the water to pass through?
 
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ok, you should be able to just drag and drop it into the same message area that you type your replies.
 
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While you are trying that, all you need is minimal water movement from the bottom of the pond to the top of your waterfall. You can accomplish that with a pump and hose attached.
A lower flow pump will last longer without cleaning, a faster flow pump will need cleaning more often.
Hopefully you can get your pictures working, otherwise we can work with what description you can provide.
Size and depth of the pond you are working with will help us suggest a size of pump for you.
 
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