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Patio Pond with Bog Filter | Pond Pump Installation & Maintenance – Part 5

Patio Pond with Bog Filter | Pond Pump Installation & Maintenance – Part 5


[SOUND] [MUSIC] So, we’re ready to begin plumbing. The first tip,
I want to give you before we get started is, I have all of my fittings and
parts laid out in front of me. So, basically, I have everything roughed in. I don’t want to get down in there and
get, climb inside the hole and then not have all the parts that I
need right at my, my fingertips. So, let me explain to you before I get
down in there, what’s happening here, so, you have a good idea before we get started. I’ll give you an orientation before we do it. One of the most important fittings is,
we’ll start at the top here. This is the fitting that we’re gonna
put in the bottom of the top tank. So, it’s gonna, we’ll drill a hole through. And this, rubber grommet right here
is gonna give us a watertight seal. So, this is gonna go through there,
that tank and then, we’ll bolt this guy down and be tight. Then, this simple fitting right here,
it’s a male pipe adapter street 90. It’s gonna screw in and
that’s gonna glue with a, just a short piece of pipe
to our grid assembly. So, the inside of that tank will be
complete as far as, the return goes. Now, out of the bottom of it,
we’ll put another pipe adapter. And a quick little elbow like this. So, this is gonna be hanging below the tank. And here’s the check valve
that we talked about. This is a one-way valve that allows
water to go into the filter. And if you shut the pump off for maintenance,
the water doesn’t back-flow through there. So, our one-way valve or a check valve
will be set up down there below the tank. Now, I prefer to put it in
the vertical orientation. Cuz we have more pressure when,
when water pressure’s on in there. What you have inside is,
it’s a hinge, if you will. It’s a hinge and
it has rubber attached to it. So, when, when the pump’s pushing
water into it, the hinge opens up. Water goes up to your filter. When it shuts off, the hinge drops back down. Now, vertical orientation is pretty simple. It opens, it closes. Water pressure holds it closed. If in this, in this sideways orientation,
you wanna make sure that hinge is on the top, so, the water shoots in, it opens,
and then it closes this way. If I have it upside down, then when it’s shut
off, that hinge is gonna wanna fall open, so, it even says this side up on here, but
I want you to pay close attention to that. So, once I have that installed, I have a quick little bushing
here in a barbed fitting. And then,
we’ll connect that to some vinyl tubing and that’ll swing over to the bottom tank which
where we’ll have another bulkhead fitting. And we’re going to sneak
this into the side and run all of our pipes behind the tanks,
in between the wood. We’ll just have this
cool little fitting here, we’ll use some Teflon tape, and,
we’ll have our bar fitting. I even have our hose clamps set up,
so, we can do that, so that’s a, a quick and easy deal. Now, on the inside of the bottom tank,
we’re gonna have another bar fitting. A little piece of, vinyl tubing, it’s black,
so, it kind of blends into the tank, and that will take over to the heart and
soul of the, the, which is the motor, will have the pump inside there. This is the Laguna Powerjet, I chose this small pump,
it’s got a really cool cage on it. [SOUND] So,
fish aren’t going to get sucked up into it. Debris is not gonna float around in there and
get caught in the impeller, so, I have all of this surface area for stuff
to land on, and it, it protects the pump. The cool thing about this pump
is it’s super energy efficient. It’s rated at 32 watts, so,
when you kick this thing on, it might pull 32 watts, but
it has a smart chip inside of it. So once it gets running and it finds it’s
sweet spot, the watts will drop down and this might pull 28 or even 25 watts
when it’s running in continuous duty. So, it makes this little
patio pond super efficient. Before I get this thing installed, I wanna show you how to
maintain this cool little pump. That way, once I get it up and flowing, I don’t have to take it apart
to show you how to do it. So, that’s what I’ll do next, I’m gonna show you how to clean this
thing real quick before we install it. [SOUND] The maintenance on this pump’s
gonna start out really easy because this fitting right here is gonna
be what’s attached to the pump and that’s gonna shoot water to all of
the fittings that I was explaining. Now, when you wanna service the pump, you’re going to push that knob in,
you’re gonna release the pump. We’ll leave that attached. You’ll be able to pull the pump right out of,
out of the pond and set it on a bench. Now, if you’ll notice, down in here,
you’ll see these little yellow tabs. They look like screws. And they’re not really screws,
they’re just a, a release pin. And this tool comes with the pump. So, you’re gonna reach in there and
just do a little twist, and you’ll see it pops right
out when you do the twist. Twist it and it pops.
[NOISE] So, those four screws, and this whole thing comes off. Super sweet and easy like that. You can get to the pump right away. Now, this guy comes apart. [SOUND]
Super simple, see how easy this stuff is? A little bushing right here. Now, every now and then, I’m gonna want you
to pull this pump out at least a couple of times a year, and just clean it up. This little o-ring can get cleaned. It’ll probably get some calcium on there. This is the, this is the impeller. And this thing is, is a magnet,
so, this is a mag-drive pump. This is the magnet that spins, so,
when the, when this motor starts, the magnets on the inside get this
thing to start spinning like that, so, if it starts to get some buildup on here,
it won’t spin so clean. So, if you wanna take that out,
you can clean this with some vinegar. And make sure that these guys don’t
have any algae growing up on them, or maybe some snails or something like that,
and then, down in here, you can run something in there,
and get that clean. Just drop this guy back together. Push it in. This is a ceramic stem right here, so, you wanna be careful not to break that,
when you’re taking it in and out. So, this guy’s gonna come
back together like so. [SOUND] It’s really too simple. This guy’s gonna drop back in here. [SOUND]
The cord has its hole spot that comes out, [SOUND]
Comes back on [SOUND]
Just like that. It’s really that simple. Once again, this is, anything that gets
through these holes is usually gonna get, pushed up to the,
to the bog filter that we talked about, so this casing can suck water in
from all these different spots. So, the casing’s pretty important, and you
just be able to snap it right back like this. Maintenance is done, so, let’s go ahead and
get this thing plumed up, and we can install this guy. So, we’re on the inside of the tank. You can see our fitting’s
gonna go right here. This is my little deal, and we got a little
stub we’re gonna have to cut an inch and a half pipe. But for starters,
I’m gonna go ahead and drill this guy. [NOISE] let me give you a tip before I drill. I always double check this [NOISE]. This is the right fitting right there. [SOUND]
See how I did that? [SOUND] So, now we’re ready. [NOISE] Barely made it through on that one. Did you notice how I was, I was just barely
giving it a swirl like this on plastic? It tends to make a nice clean
cut when I do that, so. That was just a little
trick I do in the field. [SOUND] I’ll be able to, I’m not gonna
use Teflon tape on the inside of this. Cuz this is gonna be full of water. My waterproof seal is here
on this rubber piece. And, just not necessary for
me to put any on here. So, I got that nice and tin, tight. I’m gonna slide that guy through. Then I’ll reach underneath,
I’m gonna put this bolt on. [SOUND] Okay. Got that guy on there. Before I drop it in place,
I’m gonna go ahead and put some Teflon tape on this and
get my first fitting on here. [SOUND] So, a rule of thumb right here is, I typically go as,
as tight as I can with my hand. [SOUND] And then, just give it a little,
little turn more. [SOUND]
All right. That’s good.
I’m gonna go ahead and drop this piece down. The next time I get in here,
I’m gonna have to climb underneath and, and glue it together while it’s in place. Back inside the tank, you’ll see,
we just need to make a, a quick little connection here. I need approximately a three-inch
piece of inch and a half pipe. I’ll cut that right now and
then we’ll glue this together. [SOUND] [NOISE] Okay, before I make this last connection, I wanna remind you that all of our slotted, slots are on this downside here, okay? So, making my last glue connection here. [SOUND]
And then, this guy will be in place. All right, now, we’re ready to
go to the lower end of the tank. [MUSIC]

26 comments found

  1. great sir nice video series please will you do a detailed video on the plants and all other stuff that is to go inside of the upper tank of this patio pond…..?

  2. Your videos are really incredible! I have been watching every one of them! Question though: I am thinking that I might like to make a pond similar to this one on my property. You used the Laguna Powerjet filter, but which one? How much flow is needed to push all that water through the bog? I just know there are so many pumps and I don't know what you really need. Thanks!

  3. We will shoot comprehensive details on planting this bog filter for sure! We even have plans of shooting video a month after completion so you can see the development of the system. Stay tuned.

  4. We are using the smallest Powerjet on this pond. It is a 600 gallon per hour pump. The body of water we are filtering is only 100 gallons so we are turning the water approximately 5 times an hour once we have total flow. You should be looking to turn your body of water a minimum of one to two times an hour on smaller ornamental backyard water features. Don't forget to calculate the loss of flow from pipe runs and the lift of water from the lower pond to the upper pond. Best of luck to you!

  5. hi ya. i watched u do the pound pump in to a bog filter can u do it to a koi pond and would it help my pound. from William

  6. I just bought the laguna max flo 2900 gph says 112 watts but so far on watt tesater it is reading 106 watts .This pump is big enough to fill a 60 gallon stock tank filter and a 40 gallon tank filter and they come out to 2 waterfalls and extra for making the waterfall even bigger .I figure the cost of the pump will be covered inn a year since my other pump used 370 watts .I am impressed by these pumps and the 4 year warranty is just the add on .Only thing is where is that tool because I did not see it in my pump .I got 2 quick fit adapters

  7. Very nice demonstration for the installation of pond pump. I am thankful to hear these tricks and tips. These stuffs could really lessen the maintenance of the said pond to your garden. 

  8. glad you showed how to maintain it and how to release the cage around it .That info was very helpful.Looking at the books pics are not as good as seeing it live .

  9. Love the patio pond video. Building a similar setup in backyard. Have small 90 gallon preformed pond. Want to push water through a bog filter and over a spillway back into pond via small stream. Stream is maximum 8', and bog container will be 4' above pond. Bog container is 24'' diameter, round, 12" deep, with spillway. What size pump would I need and what size pvc pipe? Thanks so much for you help.

  10. How does that pump stack up against a pump like the Oase Aquarius Universal 2000 25W pump @530 Gal/h?

    http://www.oase-livingwater.com/en_EN/water-garden/products/fountains-fountain-pumps/fountain-pumps/aquarius-universal.html?tx_zsproducts_pi1%5Bproduct%5D=73&cHash=c7849b0b89c02c3c1e17b3cc06180d0d

  11. Sometimes it helps with running the drill in reverse to melt through the plastic so you don't get the plastic chunks everywhere. 

  12. I am having problems with the 1-way check valve I got at home depot.  It leaks and doesn't hold the water in the bog when the pump turns off (my pump is solar so doesn't run at night).  What brand/model of check valve did you use?

  13. Loved this, created one myself and its working wonders for my gold fish pond. I have a few videos of it on my page. Used a harbor frieght 40 dollar pump, and its amazing so far

  14. Two questions:
    1. Are there any alterations to the design if you are including a spillway in your bog? I know I need a much bigger pump because my head is higher and I'm going to have about a 16" weir. Will a high flow pump just stir up the gravel too much?
    2. I noticed you didn't include a cleanout in your design. Is that optional? I have a relatively large pond with quite a few fish and it seems like sludge could build up in the bog plumbing.

  15. Thank you. That turned what looked like an impossible impeller replacement into a five minute job.

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