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    pond leak or honest evaporation

    Los Angeles is not the most humid places in the world but it seems my pond seems to be going down faster than I it seems in the past however we had some major plumbing issues so I may be hyper-aware.

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    You can fill up a pail of water and place it beside your pond. See how much water is lost in that pail of water as compare to the pond water.

    If I am not wrong, if the pond water loses more than 2 inch of water per day, it will most likely be a leak somewhere. IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ..5.. View Post
    Los Angeles is not the most humid places in the world but it seems my pond seems to be going down faster than I it seems in the past however we had some major plumbing issues so I may be hyper-aware.
    How much is the water dropping?

    Sunny

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    has to be a leak, I am in Corona(1 hr from LA) and see no evaporation at all in a 12,000 gallon pond in this temp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tosai_Sunny View Post
    How much is the water dropping?

    Sunny
    Not dangerously fast by any means. Will take numbers later.

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    if you haven't had rain recently--look around the ponds edge for wet spots--especially around the filtration and waterfall/stream area if you have one....
    Lawanna

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    Any 'splash out' from a fountain or overly active 'waterfall' in a koi pond can add to a water level drop in surprisingly short amount of time as well. My avatar is a case in point. Note the always wet stones surrounding the filter return basin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ..5.. View Post
    Los Angeles is not the most humid places in the world but it seems my pond seems to be going down faster than I it seems in the past however we had some major plumbing issues so I may be hyper-aware.
    I had the same problem in my cement pond so know the feeling, it turned out to be a leaking slide valve on the drain of a vortex so good place to start.
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    Eugene

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    Since the pond has a shelf I put a drinking glass there with the water the same level as the pond if the pond goes down faster it is a leak which is unfortunate since the only places left 'to leak are the drain at the bottom or the underground pipe up to the pump.

    It is not out of the question that the evil mega tree is culpret. I hate that tree I have hated it for decades, it broke into the water pipes under the slab and the bill to repair was not cheap by any measure.

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    If there is a leak and it is very slow, before digging up everything trying to find it, add 'koi clay' (montmorillonite type clay) to the pond water daily for a couple of weeks. Sometimes the clay will suffice to fill little gaps in plumbing connections where a drip can begin. Of course, if tree roots are attacking the plumbing, either the tree or the pond will have to go.

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