Small solar powered pond build


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It looks like tar but it's one gallon of fish safe liquid rubber. That should seal it.

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The guys came back and placed the gravel back in the pond. This time they the placed the manifolds and the clean out bucket at the bottom of the bog.

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I ended up placing clear liquid rubber from an inch below the black rubber to the top and any place that comes in contact with water.

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My wife couldn't wait any longer so she placed the plants back in the bog. I will fill it up tomorrow after the rubber fully cures.

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It looks like your plants are in pots. Are they planted in soil? The bog will work best if the plants are planted directly into the gravel. The roots of the plants do all the work.

Thanks for the info, I'm working on it. We filled up the bog this morning and I waited a couple hours just to make sure there were no more leaks. Then I fired up the two pumps to the bog and let it get started. It sure clouded up the pond but that should clear by tomorrow.

Most of the plants are potted in clay. Like my hydroponic garden before I left the top part of the clay in place to hold the plant together and pulled the bottom of the clay so the roots can grow free.

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The water was nice and clear by this afternoon. Then I planted the rest of the plants into the bog. You can't see the bottom of the pond anymore.

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I had another leak where the skimmer was bolted and siliconed to the liner. I decided while I have it apart to convert it into a small intake bay instead. What a pain in the butt that turned out to be. I used a cleaner, Firestone primer, 3" seam tape and it works very well but is very sticky and messy. I think working in such a small area actually made it more difficult.

I placed a large liner patch underneath as well because of the bolt holes from the skimmer then had my wife hold up the liner as I put it in place. After a few hours I cut the liner to fit (intake end) and used Loctite poly under the edges and over to seal it as well as it could be done. I don't want any more leaks.

I will let it sit like this overnight before I do anything else so the Loctite can cure.

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Still leaking. GRRR! It is on the left side of the first picture above, top on the second. I could see at night with a floodlight where the swirling was. It always drops to the same level.

Today I lowered the water and made a patch to cover the area. After the patch was set I used Loctite to cover the seams and used the rest of the cartridge to fill my gloved hand and smear it in the area that I could not see well between the flagstone.

Hopefully that is enough to stop the leak.
 
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Well so far so good. I will let it sit like this until tomorrow and hope the water level does not lower.

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Still leaking and so frustrating. It is in the same area and is hard to pinpoint because it is hard to see where it is. I added some water tonight and dropped in food coloring to try and see where it is leaking. It looks like it is dead center but I can't be sure.

It is harder since my work hours have me home after 8pm so my only time to work on it is Saturday. Then I have to wait and hope my fixes work by Monday, if not I wait until the next weekend.
 
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Yay! the leak was finally stopped. I ended up pushing pavers under the liner to make a hard surface to work with. I then discovered a small flap that somehow did not have any adhesive between the old and newer liners. I filled it up partially late in the day yesterday and this morning it was in the same exact water level. This evening we filled it up most of the way and got the pumps going after three weeks of being down. I will finish it up next weekend.

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i have had a couple of home improvements in the last year. one was all new windows and new showers. when i called them on their sub par ( half ass ) installation jobs they cry we can not get good help it is not us. i call bs on that. the level of craftsmanship and pride in ones job has slid a lot in the last 10 years. now if you do not watch them they will slide one in you deep, with no remorse. and take your hard earned money for it.
Yeah, my daughter had a company install the flue for her wood burning stove last year.
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Still leaking and so frustrating. It is in the same area and is hard to pinpoint because it is hard to see where it is. I added some water tonight and dropped in food coloring to try and see where it is leaking. It looks like it is dead center but I can't be sure.
Leaks are a royal pain.
Not only hard to patch, but you have find them first.
That's why neither my pond nor my bog have any holes cut in their liner.
And....all my plumbing is within the pond and bog. No water can escape the system, even if there's a major break in the piping.

Years ago, before the bog, I had serviced one of my pressure filters. I had failed to tighten one of the clamps and overnight most of the water had been pumped out of the pond. I lost one huge koi. That's why I'm so paranoid!
 
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It has been a few weeks and the leak is still there. Today I did what I was hesitant to do but it had to be done. I bought a diamond cutoff wheel and removed the flagstone that was in the way so I could see what was going on.

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It did not take long to find where it was leaking. I could not see this with the flagstone when it was in place.

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It is now patched and hopefully the end of this saga.

One thing that completely threw me off guard was as I was pumping the water out into many tubs to save as much of the good water and place my plants into them I found out I have two small minnows in my pond. I have no idea on how the got in there. They are 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" and look like mosquito fish but I have no idea on how they got into there.

Even with the pains to get this pond 100% there is always neat things I am finding along the way.
 
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How is your solar setup working? I would like to do something similar for my little pond, that has a 600 gph pump cycling 30 min. on 30 min. off, with about a two foot lift. Do you think a marine battery would run it all night? I know nothing about electricity, but we have lots of sunshine here in Florida. If nothing else, maybe it could be a backup system when the power goes out.
 
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How is your solar setup working? I would like to do something similar for my little pond, that has a 600 gph pump cycling 30 min. on 30 min. off, with about a two foot lift. Do you think a marine battery would run it all night? I know nothing about electricity, but we have lots of sunshine here in Florida. If nothing else, maybe it could be a backup system when the power goes out.
The solar is working out great.

With one 12V-100W cell and a 100AH marine battery you should be able to run a 660GPH pump continuously 24 hrs a day in Florida.

A 12V-100W solar cell provides about 5.8 amps at 18V in the sun. The 660 pumps running off the battery only use 1.4 amps max.

The solar cells actually provide 18V to the controller. They will charge the battery up to 14V.

The pumps are variable 12-24V and will pump more water when the batteries are at full charge in the day and slow down when the battery gets down to 12V in the middle of the night.

I have my big pumps (660 x2 waterfall) on a timer and they run from 9am until 10pm. The smaller pumps (240 x2 bog) run 24hr/day.
 
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