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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. :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...
  16. 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,...
  30. :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!
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
  33. 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!
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. Here is some of the information I got from this...

    Here is some of the information I got from this company via email about the pump:

    "The published flow rates for our Axial Pumps are rated at 1.5 feet, but we also provide "zero head flow rates" as...
  37. First, I'm not altogether sure that the axial...

    First, I'm not altogether sure that the axial flow pump it the best option for a shower but I had to try it out. Now will come the fine tuning... do I leave it as lifting to the shower or do I...
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    Thanks, Peter! Thank you, she made it to...

    Thanks, Peter!



    Thank you, she made it to the Portland Koi Show last year and got the Most Unusual award.
    You might enjoy this:
    ...
  39. That's a great idea, Paul. I'll do a more...

    That's a great idea, Paul. I'll do a more complete post with further information. I admit I scrambled a bit to get this thread together and didn't truly do it justice. I'm hoping those with questions...
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    Thank you, Kurt. Skin quality remains probably...

    Thank you, Kurt. Skin quality remains probably the first thing I still note on prospective koi though I've gotten better and having conformation be a close second. :yes:


    She is sumpin special,...
  41. Nice, thanks for taking and posting the pics! ...

    Nice, thanks for taking and posting the pics!

    Yep, all of that equipment will be listed in the Trader forum as I clean it and remove it.
    I need to make room for where the new pond filtration...
  42. Hi Nancy! :wave: There are so many projects...

    Hi Nancy! :wave:

    There are so many projects I'm trying to get sorted out my head is spinning but this one is by far the most enjoyable and closest to my heart.
    Getting the insulation done in...
  43. Lol, thanks Kirk! It's a decided step in the...

    Lol, thanks Kirk! It's a decided step in the right direction. I can't wait until you get to see it in action.
  44. There has been a flurry of activity around here,...

    There has been a flurry of activity around here, the greenhouse is just part of it. I'm still waist deep in lots of my dad's business stuff but I figure each day is progress. :D:
    Catching up on all...
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    Thank you everybody! It's interesting to see how...

    Thank you everybody! It's interesting to see how my tastes have changed over the years, how some preferences just don't go away (there are more than a few Maruten everything in there, lol) and how...
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    Looking good there, bub. :hug:

    Looking good there, bub. :hug:
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    And last but certainly not least, my INC Pink...

    And last but certainly not least, my INC Pink Beni Sanke
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    Some Momotaro Showa also made the short jaunt

    Some Momotaro Showa also made the short jaunt
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    A certain INC Kohaku named Pixie (short for pixie...

    A certain INC Kohaku named Pixie (short for pixie dust) is in there
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    As did a couple of Omosako Shiro Utsuri

    As did a couple of Omosako Shiro Utsuri
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