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  1. Just guessing here but since nitrate is the final...

    Just guessing here but since nitrate is the final stage of the cycle, it could be that the amount of food being used figures into the equation.
    I know when my pond was lightly stocked with smaller...
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    To clean it off I used a spray from the hose, not...

    To clean it off I used a spray from the hose, not too strong or the media crumbles. Hold each cube in my hand and rotate under the nozzle until I got all the sides clean of the gunk build up. After...
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    Tom, this is a project I never got around to...

    Tom, this is a project I never got around to trying but it looks like it's worth a shot. I will be doing something like this by the end of summer is my guess. The cool thing about it is that it will...
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    Simple answer is no. Longer answer is that...

    Simple answer is no. Longer answer is that Umeda-san (Shinya) said much the same thing. He asked me if I'm always this happy and I said yes. I love life and this trip has been fantastic.
    Later on he...
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    Oh no! While a purse of some kind facilitates...

    Oh no! While a purse of some kind facilitates catching a Pink Beni Gosanke, violence is never used. :nono:
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    :wave: Hello from the land of INC Pink Beni. ...

    :wave: Hello from the land of INC Pink Beni.

    Today is the day we pursue Pink Gosanke. :yes:

    :shhh: Don't startle them. Yetis have a knack for honing in on this elusive and incredibly beautiful...
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    I have to say, the road travelled thus far has...

    I have to say, the road travelled thus far has been spectacular and today was a personal dream come true. I visited Torazo and purchased a Sanke from the breeder that started my love affair with...
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    Quite understandable, she is still under...

    Quite understandable, she is still under consideration by someone in our group, I think. She keeps good company, she was in the same tank as the Showa that attended the AJKS which was best Showa in...
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    Don't I wish! It was a treat to see the...

    Don't I wish!
    It was a treat to see the facility as a high number of my koi have come from Momotaro. It was impeccably maintained and the facilities were impressive in the extreme. I think it was a...
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    You put Tamaura on the map for me so a special...

    You put Tamaura on the map for me so a special thanks to you!



    What is not to adore about Sanke? :D: But honestly, I had already spent my allotted money at this location, these were gems that...
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    Lol, it's an amazing experience and a must for...

    Lol, it's an amazing experience and a must for any koi kichi that have the means to do it.
    It's a crash course in possibilities and dreams but wow, the level of quality and the number of possible...
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    The ladies left that to the lads this trip with...

    The ladies left that to the lads this trip with no complaint whatsoever. :lol:



    That might be a long ways off, Dennis. Of the koi I have purchased so far, only one is making the journey home,...
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    Thank you so much, this is a dream trip. Just...

    Thank you so much, this is a dream trip.
    Just wait until you see some more pics of our koi adventures. It's been fabulous and we're only on day 3? :yahoo:
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    Thanks Mike, he had lovely koi so it would be...

    Thanks Mike, he had lovely koi so it would be hard to pick a dud in that sea of beauties.

    Regarding being overwhelmed, I hit the ground running, lol. :redface:
    I think I was over my nervousness...
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    There's a certain comfort in being predictable....

    There's a certain comfort in being predictable. :D:
    I fully admit she was the very first koi I noticed in the tank but what sold me on her in the bowl was her beni. It is simply gorgeous.

    This...
  16. Hi Michael, I went with the larger of the...

    Hi Michael,

    I went with the larger of the axial flow pumps supplied by Allied Aqua. I bought two around December and have one in use currently. I spoke with them a lot the previous year compiling...
  17. They are an awesome addition and I knew I was...

    They are an awesome addition and I knew I was pushing its limits asking it to be a shower pump. When I'm in Japan I'm going to look more closely at their axial flow pumps.
    With the availability of...
  18. :yes: BWG, the reason I opted to have the...

    :yes:

    BWG, the reason I opted to have the axial flow go back to the pond directly was how I had designed my basin. It's less than perfect for what I was asking it to do.

    If the volume of the...
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    If the desired result was that we learn to seek...

    If the desired result was that we learn to seek quality and disregard the breeder name it makes me wonder why these posts caused such a kerfuffle earlier in the thread. :shrug:
    ...
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    This is simple to explain. The dealer I buy my...

    This is simple to explain. The dealer I buy my Momotaro from goes to Japan, hand selects his tosai and has an outstanding relationship with the Momotaro family which has developed over many years....
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    Tim, I haven't an issue with you but it's...

    Tim, I haven't an issue with you but it's abundantly clear to me you have one with me. That's all well and good but my comments here are no different than a lot of other respected people's in the...
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    Ouch! My apologies for contributing. No, I can't...

    Ouch! My apologies for contributing.
    No, I can't tell the difference in poor quality domestic or import koi. And it's not a skill set I'll be anxious to achieve.
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    I bought some domestic koi when I began in the...

    I bought some domestic koi when I began in the hobby ;) but no, I won't guess which are domestic or imported and the reason is in my original post. None of these exhibit qualities I seek in a koi I...
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    It's an interesting thread but the bottom line is...

    It's an interesting thread but the bottom line is as you outlined. Poor quality koi are produced domestically and imported. But is that what we strive for? Poor quality koi?

    The qualities that...
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    I think I can. Because the drum surface area is...

    I think I can. Because the drum surface area is submerged you are netting total use of the surface which allows a higher flow rate.

    Picture a bucket. You drill a few holes in it then fill it with...
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    Yep, I heartily agree. The upfront cost may be...

    Yep, I heartily agree. The upfront cost may be daunting but the equipment it's replacing easily cost as much and this is so simple and much more effective. It's odd not to do much more than go out...
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    I'm glad you're happy with yours. I am as happy...

    I'm glad you're happy with yours. I am as happy with mine and it's why I started this thread for those interested in understanding the BlueEco drum filter better.

    Some guff was made previously...
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    Hi Rayjay, I'll go ahead and write this up and...

    Hi Rayjay,

    I'll go ahead and write this up and if Russ needs to clarify something he will step in.

    As you probably know, the unit has four 4" inputs and two, one 6" and one 4", outputs.
    It's...
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    No, copper isn't needed and pvc could be used....

    No, copper isn't needed and pvc could be used. Because of the chance of someone knocking into the supply line, we opted to use copper as we thought it would hold up to accidental bumps better than...
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    BlueEco rotary drum filter update

    Hi all, I have had a number of people ask me how the drum was operating and if I was still happy with it.

    I am. :yes:

    I like the flexibility of the unit with a flow rate up to 16,000gph. You...
  31. Thanks Brian! Glad you saw the thread. I've...

    Thanks Brian! Glad you saw the thread. I've enjoyed chatting with you about the different products over the years. :yes:

    Paul, at this point I've opted not to have the axial flow pump try and do...
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    Precisely. It breaks down quite simply to quality...

    Precisely. It breaks down quite simply to quality costs more.


    Conformation is the highest determining factor followed by skin quality and then pattern.

    Think of it this way.
    You have a...
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    Sorry I missed this Kathy! Yes, I did purchase...

    Sorry I missed this Kathy!

    Yes, I did purchase my BlueEco drum filter through Paul at www.blueecofiltration.com :yes:

    You could always drop him a pm here too. The unit is being used not only...
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    Hi Kathy, I think it is as I remember watching...

    Hi Kathy, I think it is as I remember watching one of their videos at a koi show demonstrating this RDF.
    I have one and am very, very, very happy with it. Stainless steel, roughly 16,000gph and...
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    I have to read the directions each spring to...

    I have to read the directions each spring to refresh my memory. It's not the easiest to sort out but I do find the effort worthwhile.
    The only reason I know an approximation of feedings is I spent a...
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    Very nice! I'd love to see a thread about it.

    Very nice! I'd love to see a thread about it.
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    :rofl2: Those work, I can't remember what the...

    :rofl2:

    Those work, I can't remember what the parameters are on scheduling it but it's a decent feeder. ;) For free to boot.
    The problem I had with the feeders that spray feed as opposed to the...
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    Btw, this isn't really an endorsement of a...

    Btw, this isn't really an endorsement of a particular feeder so much as using an auto feeder that can help fill the gap on manual feeding.
    I know some had trouble using the FishMate but I've had...
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    The auto-feeder is. :yes: I use the FishMate...

    The auto-feeder is. :yes:

    I use the FishMate P7000 and it has a way to program it for "professional feedings". You tell it in units, explained in the directions, how many units you want it to give...
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    There should be nothing wrong with letting the...

    There should be nothing wrong with letting the food dry out after it's been tossed in the clay unless, by chance, it develops mold. It doesn't take all that much clay on the food to make a...
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    Hi Gloria, I don't show all that often but I'll...

    Hi Gloria, I don't show all that often but I'll give you a few of the generalities I do when prepping for a show. In a sense you have it a bit easier as the koi are all of similar size. It can be...
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    Mike, there was name calling involved and the...

    Mike, there was name calling involved and the superb mod/admin team addressed it already.
    What remains is not all that was there. You're looking at an edited version and what was removed certainly...
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    Ah, memories! Very cool! Stupendous show...

    Ah, memories! Very cool!
    Stupendous show coverage. I agree with Mike, this year it's even more spectacular. :bow:
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    I would say it's the SFF Kohaku with shimi. Best...

    I would say it's the SFF Kohaku with shimi. Best guess is she's 27"+ and the Momotaro uber Kindai 3 step Showa is close behind.

    The largest koi I had were rehomed last year.
    Kirby, the Chagoi,...
  45. :yahoo: It's so good to see this coming together...

    :yahoo: It's so good to see this coming together for ya, Dan. I have enjoyed our conversations about the direction we're taking our filtration set ups.
    Awesome build!
  46. I'm inclined to agree with you. The distribution...

    I'm inclined to agree with you. The distribution trays are pretty amazing, I've seen one in action and it's still on the short list for possible addition.
    Frankly, it's awfully tempting to drop the...
  47. Nano bubble technology is big in Japan. I think...

    Nano bubble technology is big in Japan. I think it was pioneered there. I have heard of a couple of major koi breeders in Japan trying out nano bubble systems on some of their tanks. So far it sounds...
  48. I'll try and get some more pics tomorrow and go...

    I'll try and get some more pics tomorrow and go into further detail but if anyone has a question, please don't hesitate to ask!
  49. Now on to that big old bin... I have scoured my...

    Now on to that big old bin... I have scoured my emails and found I went with this company and model:

    http://www.globalindustrial.com/product/itemKey/30709712

    The sucker is huge but I love that...
  50. So it should be apparent, these pumps don't work...

    So it should be apparent, these pumps don't work the same way as almost all of the current models we are familiar with do
    A simple analogy would be to that of swimming pools. Most pond people...
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