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    I agree, your pond looks really nice.

    I agree, your pond looks really nice.
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    Keeping the water flowing is always best if you...

    Keeping the water flowing is always best if you can. If it supplies a waterfall bypass the waterfall. Waterfalls can freeze and divert the water, draining the pond. And if you do shut down the...
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    Skimmer does not go into settling tank. A...

    Skimmer does not go into settling tank. A settling tank settles out heavier than water solid waste. Skimmer waste floats. Tie your skimmer line into the exit line coming out of the settling tank. ...
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    You don't need a ESS 9600. Way to big for your...

    You don't need a ESS 9600. Way to big for your needs. And if you install your pump in a filter pit after your settling tank you don't even need a self priming pump.
    I am a big fan of the DIY...
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    Pump or pumps are determined by the filter needs....

    Pump or pumps are determined by the filter needs. As an example a 4000 gallon pond could be filtered by two S/G filters. These can be supplied by one 4500 gph pump, like the Evolution ES 4500,...
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    That's what I thought, being born and raised near...

    That's what I thought, being born and raised near Bellingham, WA. I know where Kelowna is. Your sig doesn't have the BC so I wasn't sure.
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    Settlement tanks need "Dwell Time" for the...

    Settlement tanks need "Dwell Time" for the heavier than water to settle out in them. You won't have any dwell time flowing 3500 gph through a 55 gallon tank. Rule of thumb is 10% of flow rate. So...
  8. Looking good.

    Looking good.
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    What country is Kelowna?

    What country is Kelowna?
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    Yes your pond is way under filtered. And a...

    Yes your pond is way under filtered. And a settling chamber for a 3" BD might nor be worth while. Your not going to get much gravity flow out of a 3" line with out a lot of dray down.
    Build a 350...
  11. That really turned out nice.

    That really turned out nice.
  12. Just lay the barrel on it's side, then sit on it...

    Just lay the barrel on it's side, then sit on it to oval the opening and the screen will go right in.
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    Congrats on getting your new fish.

    Congrats on getting your new fish.
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    That's how I always have done mine.

    That's how I always have done mine.
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    I've always built my ponds close to my back...

    I've always built my ponds close to my back patio. I like just walking out the door to the patio and Koi. Never been in favor of putting it out in the "Back Forty".
    Every yard is different, but...
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    Looking good.

    Looking good.
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    I drill a 4 1/2" hole in mine and use a 4" elec....

    I drill a 4 1/2" hole in mine and use a 4" elec. conduit adapter.
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    Thank you.

    Thank you.
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    I have been very happy with my Sieves. Both of...

    I have been very happy with my Sieves. Both of your BDs could go to a single Aqua Forte 111 sieve, then pump to shower, M/Bs, or S/G filters.
    What about your skimmer? Do you need to do anything...
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    Somethings not right here. Two S/G filters on a...

    Somethings not right here. Two S/G filters on a 2000 gallon pond should be more than enough. What color is your water? Do you have a UV?
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    I don't think even a 4" line will keep up with...

    I don't think even a 4" line will keep up with trying to draw 5,000 gph.
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    Keep the room warmer than the water and you won't...

    Keep the room warmer than the water and you won't have condensation problems.
  23. I like to use one on the pump outlet going to the...

    I like to use one on the pump outlet going to the S/G filters, to keep dirty water from flowing back to the pond during a power outage.
  24. I know a lot of ponds that are run this way. ...

    I know a lot of ponds that are run this way. They have no problems. Shut down lines scare me, it's so hard to get them drained completely. With my old ponds I would lower the pond level below the...
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    I'm running away and hiding from winter!

    I'm running away and hiding from winter!
  26. Thread: Dismantled S&G

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    I have dismantled several S/G filters over time...

    I have dismantled several S/G filters over time and have not seen that mixing in mine. I would guess to much air when flushing.
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    A heaping 5 gallon bucket will give you 3"...

    A heaping 5 gallon bucket will give you 3" layers. I then use about 150 lbs of grit.
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    Take a look at the EVO 55 UV, much better choice...

    Take a look at the EVO 55 UV, much better choice than the Savio drop in's.
  29. Wow!

    Wow!
  30. Looking good.

    Looking good.
  31. Thread: Meet Brenda

    by birdman
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    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.
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    I make saw cuts outs in the top of the 2nd row of...

    I make saw cuts outs in the top of the 2nd row of blocks.
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    On the way, looking good.

    On the way, looking good.
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    2" will work, I designed it with 3" to be more...

    2" will work, I designed it with 3" to be more universal for different applications.
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    I usa a 22 caliber nail gun and fender washers.

    I usa a 22 caliber nail gun and fender washers.
  36. Thread: QT pond Build

    by birdman
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    Very nice.

    Very nice.
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    And the last two ESS pumps I got last summer had...

    And the last two ESS pumps I got last summer had the new EVO motors on them. I called Josh and he said the Marathon's were no longer available and all pumps would now be using the new EVO motors.
  38. Take a bit to read through the "Filtration...

    Take a bit to read through the "Filtration Basics" in the construction stickys. One S/G filter will handle a 2000 gallon pond both mech and bio. You will also want a UV, BD, and skimmer.
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    Off to a good start. I do horizontal #3 rebar...

    Off to a good start. I do horizontal #3 rebar every other row.
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    Yep, I'm running two pumps with two suction...

    Yep, I'm running two pumps with two suction outlets off my Ultra Sieve 111, no problems at all.
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    In the last couple of years Advantage had a lot...

    In the last couple of years Advantage had a lot of trouble with their motor manufactures. 1st with the import ES motors, then even the American Made marathon motors went down the S-Shoot because of...
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    I usually use a thin layer of gravel. It's not...

    I usually use a thin layer of gravel. It's not to bad cleaning it once a year.
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    I use sieves on all my ponds. I like the...

    I use sieves on all my ponds. I like the simplicity and being ably to leave them while on vacation. Also sieves are the only thing I have ever used that can keep up with a string algae outbreak and...
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    I would shield them from direct sunlight but...

    I would shield them from direct sunlight but don't cover them so much they are air tight.
  45. If adding two barrels I would go with two S/G...

    If adding two barrels I would go with two S/G filters.
  46. Thread: Hi guys :)

    by birdman
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    Welcome to the forum. Here's a helpful thread...

    Welcome to the forum. Here's a helpful thread worth reading.
    http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showthread.php?93019-Filtration-Basics

    We have all started out at some point, and most of us have made...
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    I have seen lots of QT's and even ponds up to...

    I have seen lots of QT's and even ponds up to 3000 gallons run off just one S/G filter.
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    Last Call for High Desert Koi Filter kits

    We will be on vacation starting the 1st of Sept for a while so I won't be able to build kits while I'm on the road. Pumps, BDs, Skimmers, and all accessories and of course free help will still be...
  49. Thread: Am I wrong?

    by birdman
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    Forget that, we don't want him!

    Forget that, we don't want him!
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    I would make the plant pond completely separate...

    I would make the plant pond completely separate from the koi pond. It can be made to look like it flows to the koi pond. Lots of tricks you can use. All you need on the plant pond is some...
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