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Question before purchase (existing pond)

Wandering if I can get a 3" pipe connection. Also trying to visualize if the pipe (hopefully will accept 3" flex pvc) can connect to the "Tetra Vacuum Bottom Drain" and from there, run uphill above water level, over edging stones and back down to pond level (outside the pond) into a settling chamber, and then to a bio/mechanical combo filter U.V. etc., with the pump at the END of all of the above, not before. (I don't want dirty water churning through a pump first before it gets to filters, this method doesn't work) which then takes water to the waterfall and back into the pond. I cant visualize if it would work like that, coming up over edging rocks (ABOVE water level). Im wandering if I would have to cut a hole in the liner and use a bulkhead to keep the flex pvc below pond level the entire route described above. The answere is probably simple but I can't get it through my head how these things work. Thanks.

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You don't need a bulkhead if your liner is EPDM. You can use a boot that is attached with adhesive that will seal you pvc piping. I don' t see a problem with dirty water going thru the pump before the filters. for some diagrams of settling tank installations see:
http://www.koipondfiltering.com/koi_pond_filters_diagrams_intermediate.html
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