I inherited four small ponds (the largest being roughly 500 gallons) when I purchased my house three years ago. The location of the ponds has them out of sight and often out of mind, so after the first summer, I kind of let them go; the second summer was worse; and last summer I didn't even run them. In the meantime, much of the equipment has gone bad and no longer works -- I estimate much of it is 10-15 years old.
Anyway, at present, I've ripped out all four ponds (three preformed and one soft liner) and am moving the largest to a location closer to my house where it will become a focal point and not a hidden nuisance.
I'm at the point now where I'm looking for a pump that will provide enough flow to keep the water quality high enough that I can put some fish and/or tadpoles in it, while also maintaining the ability to flow a waterfall that will require probably 10 feet (max) of hose with an incline of probably 4 feet (from the bottom of the pond).
I'm also on a budget and can't get into anything high end at the moment. Under $100 is a must, and more in the $50 - $75 range is much more fiscally pleasing to me.
Can anyone help? Is a waterfall pump all I'll need? Do I need any kind of filter, as well?
Thanks in advance!