Get this pond DONE already!
This is the summer I finally finish my pond but just have a few questions...
Do skimmers necessarily need to be installed outside of the pond liner - if I found a way to secure it in a stack of rocks at the right height in a corner of my pond wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt that work? I could fill in the gaps around the rocks with black foam. Obviously IÃ¢ÂÂd lose some pond area but is there any other reason why not to do this?
I thought of a way of installing it outside the liner but then the outflow hose would be outside the liner to return the water to waterfall area. I had a hose burst recently for no apparent reason, so I would not want a hose going outside the liner. Does anything flexible exist that would be more durable and not deteriorate if it is in the ground? I just havent found much info about the plumbing aspect of ponds online any tips you might want to share about that, what exactly to use pvc pipes? But then those have glued connections wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt you have to worry about the ground freezing/thawing/shifting.
Also... I need some kind of circulation at the bottom of the pond. I thought of having a second pump or retrofit drain down there to pull water up and into the waterfall but what about just diverting some of the outflow from skimmer down to the bottom - would that be enough to push the debris back up and (hopefully) into the skimmer? Or would the muck just cloud up the pond and float around without going into the filter.
Pond capacity = 800 gallons, the pump would be either a 1800 gph in the skimmer + 1200 at the bottom OR one 2600 in the skimmer. Distance from pump to waterfall head = 10 feet at most.