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Not sure how your pump could hurt your fish. Unless you have tiny fish.
If I just dropped the submersible pump into the bottom of the pond, couldn't the draw suck them in?
 
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Sigh normal clear water here...............
Here as well crystall clear a little string in the stream some fuzzy wuzzy on the rocks but all sold and I am not surprised with the string in the stream my water level is almost half what it should be i have a lot of algae and some plants dieing even though I am hosing them down every day. The wife and I almost want to keep the level this low . but then the addition would be pointless.. large dry stream maybe
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I did a big water change on one pond as a power loss caused a filter and the bog to backflush!
Other then back flow presenters there are also cheater valves they are like a back flow preventer but instead when the power goes out the pressure to the same type of flap opens but it let's in air. Thus it breaks the syphon
 

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If I just dropped the submersible pump into the bottom of the pond, couldn't the draw suck them in?
If you have really small fish, yes. You would need to do some kind of prefilter. Course filter media, netting or something like the plant baskets.
 

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Other then back flow presenters there are also cheater valves they are like a back flow preventer but instead when the power goes out the pressure to the same type of flap opens but it let's in air. Thus it breaks the syphon
I have holes drilled as air breaks but the spring algae had clogged them. Making sure now to put those on weekly list of things to check. Have had bad luck with check valves.
 
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If I just dropped the submersible pump into the bottom of the pond, couldn't the draw suck them in?
it can but I had my submersible running while I looked for leaks . no one got sucked in that I am aware of .
 

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If you are worried about them getting sucked in you could set the pump into a plastic pot and surround it w/matala media or wrap netting all around the pump while it sucks the muck. You will have to pull the stuff out and clean it off when it gets dirty and full of gunk tho.
 
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I have another question I realized I don't know the answer to. I have a big waterfall filter with lots of spring/tape style filter media and two matala pads inside. I'm still waiting for the water to clear up. We have had some COLD nights but I think Spring is going to be here to stay now. We're going back up into more seasonal high 80s for the highs and mid-60s for the lows. Here is the question: do the helpful bacteria that consume nitrogen/waste need the warmer temps to thrive? If so, that would make sense as to why my water is green right now. As I mentioned before, there's not much plant debris in the water and the pond is not overstocked with fish. (I'm still trying to find encouraging thoughts to keep me patient with this yucky water.)
 
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Sorry to hear that mrsclem and a lot of work for you to do but all will come out the best .I have harbor freight pumps and never had a problem with them harming my fish .I have 1 in each filter on the bottom of my stock tank filters and plug them in to back flush and clean out the filters .I have to turn off the pumps in the pond that go to the filters but a lot easier to clean thew filters
 
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I have another question I realized I don't know the answer to. I have a big waterfall filter with lots of spring/tape style filter media and two matala pads inside. I'm still waiting for the water to clear up. We have had some COLD nights but I think Spring is going to be here to stay now. We're going back up into more seasonal high 80s for the highs and mid-60s for the lows. Here is the question: do the helpful bacteria that consume nitrogen/waste need the warmer temps to thrive? If so, that would make sense as to why my water is green right now. As I mentioned before, there's not much plant debris in the water and the pond is not overstocked with fish. (I'm still trying to find encouraging thoughts to keep me patient with this yucky water.)
Bacteria will thrive more in the summer months so long as there is enough oxygen in the water column. You know plants can help with the green water so why not add some plants to the equation.
 
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Bacteria will thrive more in the summer months so long as there is enough oxygen in the water column. You know plants can help with the green water so why not add some plants to the equation.
I do have tons of plants! Just waiting for the weather to stay warm so they can take off. I have pickerel, water celery, lilies, lotus, iris, parrot's feather, water Hawthorne, marsh betony, bog bean, frog bit, and water willow. Today I told them all to hurry up and get growing. But I'm not sure they are ready to listen to me. Soon, though!!!!!! We have just had such weird weather with a cool spring. Not complaining about the temps, though! It will help a lot with this year's electric bill and the AC.
 
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Yay! The water is clearing up! I can see down to the bottom again! I was noticing that my large hydrangea just now has small buds. Usually by this time, it is in full flower. I think the unusually cool weather in May made everything slow to get going.
 

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Yay! The water is clearing up! I can see down to the bottom again! I was noticing that my large hydrangea just now has small buds. Usually by this time, it is in full flower. I think the unusually cool weather in May made everything slow to get going.
What is the name of your hydrangea, and is it one that tolerates some direct sunlight?
 
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@Mmathis - I don't even know. It is the only plant that was here when we bought our house over 20 years ago. We call it a Grandma Shrub, since we have no idea of the variety. It does tolerate some direct sun, but it sure gets wilty looking when it gets hit by it.
 
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I put a hydrangea in my bog left it in the pot and it see's 4 hours of sun at least It's yellow with the red center
 
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You know, I just read my last post and see that it might have been unclear. The hydrangea is just in the yard. Not in or near the pond. My remark about that was more a comment on how the strange weather this season has affected ALL the plants. Typically, my pond water starts looking good around the same time that they hydrangea is beginning to bloom. Both are about a month late this year!
 
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