Pond CSI

Goldfish and shubunkins (by RPOP)

I’ve had to keep refilling the pond every couple of days this spring, and I was worried that there had to be some unfixable leak in it somewhere. After reading this very reassuring article from Aquascape, I had a plan!  After filling it up again last night, I unplugged the pump and marked the level of the water (3/4 of an inch above the overflow in the skimmer – guess I went overboard with the sprinkler).  Despite worrying that the fish would be starving for oxygen, they were just fine overnight and through the day.  The water level went down to the level of the overflow valve…and didn’t go any lower.  Ah ha!  The waterfall and stream will be getting some revisions this weekend, which should be a simple task if the giant rocks lining it can be moved without destroying the wild geranium and Pennsylvania sedge planted around them.  The fix itself should just be shoving some extra soil under the liner.


4 responses to this post.

  1. I have no idea what any of this means but I’m glad you found the problem!


  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on May 30, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Believe me Gina, tell someone with a pond that they might have a leak, and you’ll see them panic…


  3. yeah, the same thing happened to us at our old house… we kept loosing water… major freaking out took place, then we discovered that all we had to do was adjust some of the rocks in the waterfall…. fwew.


  4. Posted by lakechicagoshores on May 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I’m hoping it’s quick, Jessica! I’ve already tried moving rocks to my prime suspect area in the waterfall, but that didn’t make a difference. On the other hand, the wild geraniums by that spot look really good this year….


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