Step 1: Ensure the area has a level surface. Map out the shape and size of the pond using a rope or string. The space will determine the size.
Step 2: Begin digging the pond. Use some of the previously dug dirt to help with leveling. Create an elevated 6”-8” ledge around the perimeter to keep out unwanted water.
Step 3: Determine the location and desired height of the first tier. Build this tier with stacked cinder blocks. Fill in all voids with dirt.
Step 4: To create the following two tiers, position the next piece of slate approximately 10” under the flow path of the first tier. Build this tier firmly with additional cinder blocks and dirt. Ensure all slate is level from left to right with a downward slope to channel water to the next discourse.
Step 5: Remove the two TotalPond® 13x20 pond skins® Pond Liners from the packaging, unfold and cover the pond and waterfall. Remember to place the smooth side of the liner down. The liner should extend at least 10” past the elevated edge.
Step 6: Add the slate to the waterfall. Continue adding large stones around the edge to anchor the liner. Trim and bury the excess liner or cover with stone and rock.
Step 7: Tuck the liner tightly in all areas, while continuing to smooth the liner and adding various types and sizes of rock. Place rocks in the bottom of the pond and around the edge until the liner is no longer visible.
TIP: Thoroughly rinse all landscaping rocks to avoid water turning murky upon contact.
Step 8: Place the TotalPond® 3600 GPH Professional-Grade Waterfall Pump in the pump barrier bag and at the base of the pond.
TIP: Sit the Waterfall Pump on top of a brick or flat stone. This eliminates the pump from sucking in debris at the bottom of the pond.
Step 9: Run the 1 ½-inch Corrugated Tubing and cord of the pump within a fold of the liner, over the edge of the pond, and nestle at the top of the waterfall in order to create a steady flow of water. Try to minimize the number of turns in the tubing to maximize water flow.
Step 10: Install the TotalPond® Complete Pond Filter with UV. The corrugated tubing will run from the 560 gph Pond Pump (which will be located in the pond) Filter with UV and from the Complete Pond Filter with UV to the pond (which can be located in or out of the pond).
TIP: Try to minimize the number of bends in the tubing to maximize the flow of water. Place the Pond Pump at the base of the pond also.
Step 11: Add the Set of 3 Low-Voltage LED TotalPond® Pond and Landscape Lights at this time, nestling at the base of the waterfall. The cord can be tucked into a fold of the liner and hidden. Use the rocks in the bottom of the pond to help stabilize the lighting.
Step 12: First, Spray TotalPond® Waterfall Foam Sealant along the edge of the waterfall to create a water-resistant seal and ensure efficient water flow over the rocks. Then, fill the pond with water while continuing to smooth the liner and placing additional rocks as needed. Enjoy!
TIP: We also recommend adding Chlorine Remover before adding any fish or plants to water. Chlorine Remover detoxifies heavy metals from water and instantly removes chlorine and chloramines. Add TotalPond® Water Clarifier to ride the water of any debris.