Schweiss Family backyard waterfall and pond

15 Aug

What happens when you tell your 18 year old son he can build a pond in your backyard? Why this of course! This is the almost complete version just a little more work to do… there are two 7500 gph pumps(they draw about 17amps combined) with 2″ piping for each pumping water to the top which has about 17′ of head and the pipes are about 60′ in length… the bottom pond is anywhere from 5′ to 2′ deep in parts… this has been my summer project and I’m just about to finish it up!!
Video Rating: 5 / 5

This spring we entirely tore up our pond, re-excavated the shape and size (making it larger and deeper, now to hold approx. 3500 Liters) as well as replacing the old liner with a new one, and replacing all the old sandstone rocks with new quartz sandstone type rocks. We deepened the stream and filled around all the edges with a washed riverstone gravel. the whole process took a couple days of work, with myself, my sister and my Dad. To see a bit of what the old pond looked like, see my older video: I can’t wait to let Squirtle swim free in the new pond… I think she’s going to love it. 😀 In a few days we’ll be able to return the pond goldfish to their rightful home.


9 Responses to “Schweiss Family backyard waterfall and pond”

  1. Erikbomb August 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    @Trickmaster180 Thanks!

  2. Trickmaster180 August 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm #


  3. Erikbomb August 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    @Zippetydoda There are two 8000 gph pumps

  4. Zippetydoda August 15, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    what size pump did you use for this waterfall?

  5. GiftedFormula August 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

    That’s a pretty nice waterfall! I can picture how the completed project will look! Good job!

  6. millmanturtle August 16, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    well it just looked like there was dirt on the bottom

  7. foogiesamadesu August 16, 2010 at 1:09 am #

    It’s really for the yard, as an aesthetic thing, though we keep fish in it and I let my turtle swim in it during the day… The bottom is a black rubber pond liner, it comes as a big roll which you spread out over the hole you want to make into the pond.

  8. millmanturtle August 16, 2010 at 1:18 am #

    and what exactly did u put on the bottom to make so real looking

  9. millmanturtle August 16, 2010 at 1:41 am #

    so is it for ur turtles or fish? or both

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