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I am posting this to document what I have found so far in case it helps anyone else, but am leaving the question open in case someone more knowledgeable has something better to contribute! Both this and this explain the principles behind how pumps perform and how to select one really well. My understanding is that with a centrifugal pump the flow rate ...


Put the pump in a 5 gallon bucket with two bricks in it; something to keep it off the floor of even it. Improvise some kind of intake screen if necessary. Install a 'T' fitting on the output, valved, so that you can bleed off the desired amount of over pressure in the line directly back into the pond. It's probably clogging where you have it choked down ...

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