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I am stumped. I have a rather large water garden in my back yard, approx 20 x 20 and around 2 1/2ft deep. The pump pushes the water up a slight incline approx 30 yds long to the filter, and the water runs down a "stream" from there back into the pond. When I run the pump over night the water from the pond is almost totally gone the next morning, yet I see no wet areas around the edges of the stream, I have looked carefully at the liner and don't see any holes. The hose from the pump to the filter is partially buried anywhere from 2 to 12 inches deep, but I would think that this much water would show up if it were leaking from the return hose. Same with the receptacle for the filter, it appears to be intact and will hold water overnight. Anyone else ever experienced this and any suggestions? The garden is about 11 years old now.

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It sounds very much like a deep slow leak from your garden or in the stream bed. The pump is probably sinking do to its overall weight and vibration when it is running. I would recommend probing the area and look for pooling or mud. If it is a subduction leak it can eventually threaten structures in the area.

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