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Old 09-04-2012, 06:14 PM
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Bottom drain installation

I have a potential customer that wants his pond to be converted to a bottom drain. I've never done a bottom drain so I need some advice on installs and materials, drain etc.

I'm not a fan of cutting holes in the bottom of a liner but it's his pond so I need a good source for the materials etc.
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Ive put tons of bottom drains in and they are very simple to install.. they go together just like a skimmer faceplate. Easy pro has kit that has everything you need.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:35 AM
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This guy is actually not too far from me:
http://www.suburbanponds.com/shop/li...php?parentId=9

His filter system uses a very large bottom drain (ideally, a 4" PVC pipe), which slowly feeds water into a cyclone separator before the water gets stirred up by the pump.
The cyclone is actually a really good system, if it is gravity fed, and from what I've seen, is about as efficient as it gets for removing solids from the water.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:17 PM
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Bottom drains, as Gregg says, are really not that difficult to install .....ON A NEW PROJECT. Retrofitting a BD on an existing pond can be a real PITA.....pond needs to be drained; liner and underlayment must be pulled back to proposed location of BD, trenching must be done for drain line, etc. De-construction and re-construction of a goodly portion of the pond is unavoidable.
Although the piping will be exposed, Tetra makes a BD that can be placed on top of the existing liner.
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It will basically be a rebuild. He wants the pond to be bigger and deeper. Basically it will go from an ecosystem pond to and outdoor aquarium.
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It will basically be a rebuild. He wants the pond to be bigger and deeper. Basically it will go from an ecosystem pond to and outdoor aquarium.
All new everything, I presume. Demo and rebuild....good size project.

Check this site for some installation and product info--
http://www.easypropondstore.com/Bott...s-sc-2301.html
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All bottom drains that i install are the combo diffuser drain.. for not much more money the upgrade is better especially w
us in the north for winter purposes its cheaper than a 1500 watt heater.
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All bottom drains that i install are the combo diffuser drain.. for not much more money the upgrade is better especially w
us in the north for winter purposes its cheaper than a 1500 watt heater.
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Good idea. Additional insurance.
I keep forgetting that you guys have to deal with really cold weather and that 'white stuff'.
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Good idea. Additional insurance.
I keep forgetting that you guys have to deal with really cold weather and that 'white stuff'.
That's starting to be up for debate her is STL!
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