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    Short and wide is not best for the S/G filters,...

    Short and wide is not best for the S/G filters, tall is best. Bury the S/G filters behind the waterfall as suggested.
    Yes the S/G filter will support Bio as well as a skippy.
    For what your doing I...
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    I can help you with a new pump, give me a call...

    I can help you with a new pump, give me a call and we can discuss your needs. 541-408-3317
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    Fiberglass Shower Tray "Molds" For Sale

    As many of you know I can no longer produce my popular fiberglass shower trays. My fiberglass shop went out of bussiness and there are no others in my area I can go to. I have two molds, the large...
  4. Yes, I am gravity flowing close to 10,000 gph...

    Yes, I am gravity flowing close to 10,000 gph through something similar at about that distance and drop.
  5. Jeff, Drawings are a bit confusing to me. Single...

    Jeff, Drawings are a bit confusing to me. Single lines for pipes would be better.
    I still go back to what I have been suggesting all along and that is to meet the new upper pond separate from the...
  6. Beautiful gazebo.

    Beautiful gazebo.
  7. Your ponds look really nice Jeff.

    Your ponds look really nice Jeff.
  8. Here's a picture of a typical shower drain. ...

    Here's a picture of a typical shower drain. Works like a bulkhead.
  9. I also disagree about not having 90 degree...

    I also disagree about not having 90 degree corners. Lots of ponds are built out of wood, concrete, or block with 90 degree corners. No problem at all. And if your bottom is flat and sides are...
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    You would have to do the window portion your self.

    You would have to do the window portion your self.
  11. Oven cleaner works pretty good also.

    Oven cleaner works pretty good also.
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    There's da big girl doing what she does best,...

    There's da big girl doing what she does best, Eating!
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    I would eliminate your DIY Bead filter and use...

    I would eliminate your DIY Bead filter and use your barrels for DIY Sand/Gravel filters. The bead filter with out a blower is probably packed by now, and makes a lot more head pressure than the S/G...
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    You might get some settling but probably a waste...

    You might get some settling but probably a waste of time.
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    You bet, thank you.

    You bet, thank you.
  16. Thread: Our filter

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    Very nice looking ponds.

    Very nice looking ponds.
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    Looking good.

    Looking good.
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    Yes.

    Yes.
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    A lot of nice ponds have been built this way, BD...

    A lot of nice ponds have been built this way, BD and skimmer fed straight to a pump, use the priming pot/strainer as your pre-filter. Then pump feed through your UV to a pair of DIY Sand/Gravel...
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    pm me, e-mail me, or give me a call and I can...

    pm me, e-mail me, or give me a call and I can work you up a quote.
  21. Thread: Feather Rock

    by birdman
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    I like baseball size pieces. Large rocks are...

    I like baseball size pieces. Large rocks are easy to break up with a hammer and 3" chissel.
  22. Welcome to the forum. I have long felt BD's to...

    Welcome to the forum. I have long felt BD's to Sieve to shower is the best BD filtration you can do. This is what I run on my ponds and love the simplicity and efficiency of it.
    I feel the More...
  23. Please take a few minutes to read this. ...

    Please take a few minutes to read this. Hopefully it will seed some light on what you need to keep Koi healthy.
    http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showthread.php?93019-Filtration-Basics
  24. Thread: Feather Rock

    by birdman
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    A bit high, I usually see it sell for 50 cents a...

    A bit high, I usually see it sell for 50 cents a lb.
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    Get Ready For Spring Sale

    Free Shipping to continental US on everything we sell except bead filters.
    Take an additional 10% off on all orders over $500
    Offer good through Feb.
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    If you go with a 2 BD design which for your foot...

    If you go with a 2 BD design which for your foot print would be best, then I would go with 3 barrels for filtration, and the ES 8500 pump. One barrel for the waterfall, one for the center TPR...
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    Or do you have any room for pump and filtration...

    Or do you have any room for pump and filtration at some remote location like in or along side the garage? Your pump and filtration does not have to be right next to the pond.
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    I also like #2. BUT, the ultra sieve 111 will...

    I also like #2. BUT, the ultra sieve 111 will flow a lot of water. Like Steve suggested run both BD and skimmer to it. Then the pump, I would suggest the Evolution ES 4500, then UV, something like...
  29. Fiberglass ponds have been done for years in the...

    Fiberglass ponds have been done for years in the UK where they are very popular there.
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    I would just use a single 55 gal S/G filter, that...

    I would just use a single 55 gal S/G filter, that will be more than enough. And if you heat your basement, not the water, and keep the air temp higher than the water temp that will help with the...
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    While I can quote several great success stories,...

    While I can quote several great success stories, like my own pond which is holding up well, I also know of a couple nightmares. Probable due to incorrect prep or installation. But not being there or...
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    I've always used a thin pea gravel concrete mix...

    I've always used a thin pea gravel concrete mix to fill block cells.
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    Showers with feather rock.

    Showers with feather rock.
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    Have to agree with all the advice above.

    Have to agree with all the advice above.
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    This pond (1200 gallons) could be done a lot...

    This pond (1200 gallons) could be done a lot simpler. Settlement chambers are nice, but you could just run the BD and Skimmer to the suction of a pump, using the priming pot/strainer as a...
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    If you are following my design you would flow...

    If you are following my design you would flow from the top of the S/G to the bottom inlet of the M/B, then out the top outlet of the M/B.
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    Pretty amazing.

    Pretty amazing.
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    You can gravity flow from the S/G through the M/B...

    You can gravity flow from the S/G through the M/B but not the other way. Or flow a little more and run them in parallel.
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    That will work, my S/G filters are 70 feet from...

    That will work, my S/G filters are 70 feet from my pond.
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    Yes, with a tee so they are running in parallel.

    Yes, with a tee so they are running in parallel.
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    Set both S/G and M/B so the outlets are at least...

    Set both S/G and M/B so the outlets are at least 12" higher than pond water level, 16" is even better. Then run 2" outlines from the two filters to two separate 2" TPRs.
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    I'm not sure about the S/G filter your building...

    I'm not sure about the S/G filter your building but a typical 55 gallon S/G filter will handle floating skimmer waste just fine. Like Steve suggested I would not run the skimmer through the settling...
  43. Thread: Our Pond

    by birdman
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    Still a great looking pond Doug.

    Still a great looking pond Doug.
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    Very nice Monte.

    Very nice Monte.
  45. Thread: Best Wishes

    by birdman
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    Thanks all for the kind wishes. And here's...

    Thanks all for the kind wishes. And here's wishing everyone the best for the coming year.
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    I would say yes for strength of the pond but no...

    I would say yes for strength of the pond but no to Koi, it's much to small for Koi.
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    The fun of having a pond.

    The fun of having a pond.
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    Very nice.

    Very nice.
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    You don't want the skimmer to go into the Vortex....

    You don't want the skimmer to go into the Vortex. Vortex's are for settling out heavier than water sinking waste, why put floating waste in it, that will only hurt it's efficiancy. Tie the skimmer...
  50. Thread: Best Wishes

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    You got that right! Yes it is tahiti blue. And...

    You got that right!
    Yes it is tahiti blue.
    And yes it is a sport, but I'll go you one farther, it's also a real "John Cooper Works"! One of the only 250 built and as far as we know one of only 3...
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