Pond water level keeps dropping


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I had a major water loss problem a couple months back. My waterfall is the spill over from the bog. I had a plant in that bog which was trying to take over the world. It had caused water to back up at the rear of the bog, and dribble out.
Years ago when I worked for an aerial application service, we had a 500 gallon tank which we would use for water storage. When it was pumped dry, we'd fill it overnight with a garden hose, valve set to just drip. Next morning it would be over flowing and untold gallons flowing on the ground, creating quite the "lake".
 
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Since you turned off your pumps and the water is holding. Then it’s either the plumbing or the waterfall.

The first thing you should do is turn your pumps back on.

Then I would start by looking for wet spots or soft/muddy ground.
If there is no sign of wet or soft ground were your plumbing runs.
However it might not cause the ground to become wet or soft if the water is being absorbed into the ground quick enough?

If nothing looks wet or none of the ground feels soft
Then I would look into the waterfall.
Otherwise you might want to dig up your plumbing for the hell of it

Wait is your plumbing clear hose?? And does it just run under the rock??
Hard to tell in the pictures.
Can you get better/clearer pictures
 

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Looking at the pics and the way the waterfall sits on the edge of the preformed pond, the water is probably running under the lip of the waterfall edge and out where it sits on the pond edge.
 

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I learned even roots from plants can divert water .I think the plants are trying to save the plant friends outside the pond from drying up and meeting a horrible ending .The plant roots are life savers . ;) :)But they give us a headache and stress us out
 
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im gonna agree with jhn i noticed this and 1 other thing right off .hes right.take a close look there first.i also noticed the netting , so im guessing you had a heron issue at one time? those critters can poke a hole in a liner!!! i would recommend if the waterfalls is not the issue i would shut falls down and if the water continues to drop you got a hole. you may need to remove fish till the water drops to the spot of the tear. then you will be able to find it pretty easy patch and refill. hope this helps. im new here but i got 40 years of dealing with ponds.
 
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Hi. I was wondering if anyone can help me. I have had my pond for 6 years now but have recently brought fish this summer. In the summer months the water level was great, it rarely decreased. Now in the winter months the water level is decreasing very quickly ! I would fill my pond up to the top with the hose and in about 2 days the level would just drop till under half the amount ! As the water level is so low my filter creates an awful noise as there is no water above it.
I have no idea why the water keeps decreasing at such a fast pace , I do have a waterfall and a net ... could this cause the level to drop ?
Please help !!
Do you use a liner?? If so some one or thing has poked a hole in it. I had this problem with moles...
 
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Do you use a liner?? If so some one or thing has poked a hole in it. I had this problem with moles...
It is a hard plastic liner and hard formed waterfall, the pond holds water when the waterfall is shut off, so it is in the waterfall/plumbing.
 
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Pkb there are a few things that could be loosing water the first is as JHN said the hard plastic tub does not have a large lip from the ones i have ever seen they are an inch as best and the water could roll right under the rock and your leaking. the other the way the water shoots out the pipe at the side of the falls is surely splashing and that can add up as well. And just from these observations wouldn't lead me to believe there's much of a liner of some sort under the rocks / stream /falls concrete absorbs water and or wicks water, thus losing water.

My two cents would be to start over pull out all the rocks along the top of the pond and stream edging. Get some epdm 45 mil rubber that will sit in your tub and up over all the sides and have it so that the rubber is one piece. run it all the way up to the top of the falls and BEYOND. Then you can start to build edges along the stream pitch the rubber so it runs into the tub that is now just a form for the new rubber. Read the many posts here go to you tube and find the Pond digger and Aquascapes ,Team Aquascapes and Atlantis water gardens between those 4 you will find a video where you will see what you need to do. get some ideas and then throw some ideas back at the good folks here. I believe it will be a lot less work and a whole lot more rewarding in the long run. Then it will be chasing leaks
 

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