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#568032 06/19/24 05:08 PM
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I am looking at a semi trash pump to remove some floating weeds like duckweed and algae. Also I want to use it to remove muck.
My question is 2"or 3" I plan on using a dewatering bag or two to have the water flow back into the pond.
Probably a HF model.

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If you plan on pumping very much pond bottom muck I think the standard trash pump would be a better choice as it is a little more expensive and would cause fewer pumping problems with heavier coarser sludge type of materials. As I know it a semi-trash pump is more of a clear-muddy water pump. The pond bottom could easily have some sticks, heavy leaves, and small stones in the muck. Additionally IMO and experience the 3" model will be well worth the extra money for bottom muck.

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Ditto what Bill said. Run the numbers re: gallons per hour moved vs gallons of water that's in the pond. Just so you don't suck the pond down too far.


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That is one of the reasons I was going to use a 2". I don't expect to this in one session but over time.

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Whatever hose size or semi/full pump you decide on, babysit that pump when the muck gets milk shake thick. The thickness and weight can keep the pump from lifting, and it just churns the muck. If the pump housing is aluminum, it looks at muck like sandpaper. Yes, I've been there with a track hoe operator sitting in the cab watching it.

Afterthought: If you buy the Harbor Freight pump, make sure a replacement pump housing is available. Northern Tools do offer them on their pumps, but they're not HF cheap...

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It is a small pond maybe 1/2 acre. I will be doing it in stages with some raking in between. Just as you said I do not want to pull out too much water at on time. The pond is only fed with run off and drain from the roof of the house.
That and I read where the 2" was used by well people for sucking out mud.


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