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  1. Looks awesome. I wanna see some pics of the...

    Looks awesome.


    I wanna see some pics of the flat head T-bucket rat-rod too !!!! :like:
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    yes.

    yes.
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    Nah, he took off like $150

    Nah, he took off like $150
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    That's me. Still working on that project, but it...

    That's me. Still working on that project, but it will work correctly.

    The Apex controller has an optional add-on module called the "Break Out Box". It is a simple ground switch box. Gives you 5...
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    Instead of the Arduino computer you might...

    Instead of the Arduino computer you might consider using a Neptune System Apex aquarium controller instead. It can activate the cleaning cycle via switched input sensors, is web enabled, the new...
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    Cant wait to see this done. You're going to have...

    Cant wait to see this done. You're going to have your own little indoor rainforest fish paradise !


    Let us know when the party is ! I'll bring the Staropramen and guacamole !
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    I would never ever use those buffers. 99% of...

    I would never ever use those buffers. 99% of freshwater fish will adjust and live in just about any pH within reason, as long as it is consistent. Using those acids is nothing but trouble in any fish...
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    Carpet algae is normal and good. The koi will...

    Carpet algae is normal and good. The koi will "graze" through it looking for bugs and it sets up a natural bio filter that supplements the system. Unless it's getting over run with string algae I'd...
  9. Thread: My dream KOIpond

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    Is that a DC pump in your pocket or are you just...

    Is that a DC pump in your pocket or are you just happy to see me ?

    509623
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    as long as you put a valve on it to make it run...

    as long as you put a valve on it to make it run in full siphon, then 2" is more than enough.
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    My stuff is exposed as well. No problems. But I...

    My stuff is exposed as well. No problems. But I also have outdoor rated pumps/motors. My air pump has been sitting out exposed to the elements for 2 years .... still humming along.
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    "sump pump" .... you can find them at Home Depot...

    "sump pump" .... you can find them at Home Depot and Lowes too.
  13. Thread: pump vortex?

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    I knew I had seen the hard data somewhere ........

    I knew I had seen the hard data somewhere ..... found it

    http://www.waterco.us/downloads/Brochures/ZZB1278%20MultiCyclone%2016.pdf
    ...
  14. Thread: pump vortex?

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    It will never be as good as an RDF. Flow rate is...

    It will never be as good as an RDF. Flow rate is critical for the MC50 to work at optimum efficiency as well. I think 4,000 to 5,000 gph is the sweet spot if I remember right. Filter maintenance...
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    They are nice. If I remember right the 2-High is...

    They are nice. If I remember right the 2-High is 27-30" tall X 12" wide exterior with a 8-9" wide basket that is 20-24" tall. The inlet/outlets have 1.5" female thread or you can do 2" slip fitting -...
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    There are also purpose made 2 and 3 high basket...

    There are also purpose made 2 and 3 high basket strainer like the DIY bucket one as well.

    http://www.koipondcentral.com/products/filtration/purflo.php
    I have used these Purflo filter housing in...
  17. Thread: tinted water?

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    It's hard to tell. But basically when it stops...

    It's hard to tell. But basically when it stops removing any more tannins, which can be hard to tell. The Purigen turns from an off white color to a dark brown, so it's easy to tell when it is ready....
  18. Thread: tinted water?

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    Carbon can not be "cleaned and reused" once it is...

    Carbon can not be "cleaned and reused" once it is saturated with contaminates it is trash.

    Bulkreefsupply has some really good pricing on their high efficiency ROX Carbon. They did a great...
  19. Thread: tinted water?

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    First off we are not talking about regular pond...

    First off we are not talking about regular pond maintenance in this thread .... are we ? No, we are talking doing a one time large water change to help with the op's complaints about an obvious build...
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    Officially nominating you for the "2014 pond dig...

    Officially nominating you for the "2014 pond dig from hell" award.
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    3" to 1.5" reducer and then use a pool vac hose.

    3" to 1.5" reducer and then use a pool vac hose.
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    I dont put fish in your toilet so dont pee in my...

    I dont put fish in your toilet so dont pee in my pond ?


    That's definitely going on a sign next to my pond .... ROFL
  23. Thread: tinted water?

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    I was meaning 10% is not any kind of meaningful...

    I was meaning 10% is not any kind of meaningful dilution rate to see any change. Give it a couple of 50+% water changes.
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    Thats not a water change, thats topping off evap....

    Thats not a water change, thats topping off evap.


    You will need to order some bulk GAC carbon and rig up some kind of tickle flow filter through it. It's going to require quite a bit. Probably a...
  25. Thread: tinted water?

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    You could try carbon. Water will pick up tannins...

    You could try carbon. Water will pick up tannins from leaves, pollen, fish poop and the like over time. Looking through 6" of water in a glass you can't see it. Looking through 3' of water and it...
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    bearings can develop flat spots if left sitting...

    bearings can develop flat spots if left sitting for years. can happen with car engines too.
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    I could see using something like that on a...

    I could see using something like that on a drainage pipe, but not on a fully flooded pipe under pressure, even if it is just static pressure of the pond above it. I'm with the others, take some time,...
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    You might just have to break it at the end of the...

    You might just have to break it at the end of the day and buy a new crystal
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    If your water is high in hardness and iron it...

    If your water is high in hardness and iron it precipitate onto the quartz, my guess is you waited too long to clean it and it has built up a layer of minerals thick enough to keep from removing the...
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    1. What is your budget ? Koi filter systems can...

    1. What is your budget ? Koi filter systems can get expensive real quick if you want self cleaning 40 micron super filter or a sand filter made out of a used 55 plastic barrel

    2. How much time do...
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    The more research I do on the stuff the more I...

    The more research I do on the stuff the more I like it. sprays as liquid, bonds with just about anything and sets up in seconds into a thick film liner.

    ...
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    This is going to be so sweet. The whole floating...

    This is going to be so sweet. The whole floating edge deck off the house surrounded by pond is my dream install.

    Definitely look into a spray in polyurea liner. It will give you the clean look you...
  33. Thread: plumbers putty

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    Pool supply places sell a putty/epoxy that cures...

    Pool supply places sell a putty/epoxy that cures under water for sealing small cracks and leaks. No idea on its fish safety though
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    http://www.northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/images/...

    http://www.northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/this_thread_is_worthless_without_pics.gif
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    Well at least you have a good excuse to rip it...

    Well at least you have a good excuse to rip it all out and re do it bigger and better in 5 years like everyone always does ?
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    flexpvc and pvcfittingsonline are the two best...

    flexpvc and pvcfittingsonline are the two best places I've found. bulkreefsupply has a good selection of the 2" and smaller stuff as well.
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    Only women and babies need sleep ! You can sleep...

    Only women and babies need sleep !
    You can sleep when you're dead ?
    Maybe they can just go ahead and bury you Hoffa style in the pond ?

    Keep at it bud.
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    great vision. turned out very nice.

    great vision. turned out very nice.
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    There is always polyurea spray in liners too. Or...

    There is always polyurea spray in liners too. Or fiberglass lining the pond. Several ways to skin this cat. You don't have frost heave problems in So.Cal so you should not need as strong of concrete...
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    Would a polyurea spray in liner work ? I really...

    Would a polyurea spray in liner work ? I really like the idea of that stuff the more I read on it.
  41. Thread: new pond build

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8yr_StC3uw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8yr_StC3uw
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    that's good algea. dont vac it out. it should...

    that's good algea. dont vac it out. it should stay attached to sides and bottoms of the pond though, more or less. If your fish are rubbing the sides and bottom enough to be kicking it up into the...
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    :like:

    :like:
  44. Go ahead and square up the sides and make it a...

    Go ahead and square up the sides and make it a large rectangle instead of the quasi L shape you're going for. You'll be glad you did in the long run and when you go to put the liner in.
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    Ich .... yep UV kills it Koi Herpes .... yep UV...

    Ich .... yep UV kills it
    Koi Herpes .... yep UV kills it
    Fin rot bacteria ... yep UV kills it

    Increase water redox ..... yep UV does that too


    there's more to UV than just killing green...
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    and probably using less than 50 watts You...

    and probably using less than 50 watts


    You can get more head height out of an airlift if it is designed for it. bigger pipes will give more flow but less head height and smaller pipes more head...
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    Won't work. You need a zakie sieve in place of...

    Won't work. You need a zakie sieve in place of the S/C.
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    It can move a LOT of water for VERY little...

    It can move a LOT of water for VERY little electricity.
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    3.8 liters to the gallon

    3.8 liters to the gallon
  50. I would put that bamboo in pots.

    I would put that bamboo in pots.
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