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  1. Boy am I slow, only a day and all the good...

    Boy am I slow, only a day and all the good answers have already been used.
  2. I would think there would be plenty of room for a...

    I would think there would be plenty of room for a 4" bulkhead in the bottom of the large Savio Skimmer.
    When bedding your skimmer with concrete, pour a base under the skimmer for it to sit on, but...
  3. I can help you, pm me or give me a call. ...

    I can help you, pm me or give me a call. 541-408-3317
  4. Agreeing with Mike I would go with the ESS 7800.

    Agreeing with Mike I would go with the ESS 7800.
  5. The Medo's are a piston pump that runs super...

    The Medo's are a piston pump that runs super quiet and will probably never need to be rebuilt.
    BUT
    I like separate air pumps for the BDs and Fluid Bed's. You never want to turn the air off to...
  6. Thread: Lets plan it!

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    If going with a raised pond I like 3 blocks high,...

    If going with a raised pond I like 3 blocks high, 24". It's a good sitting height and high enough to not be a tripping hazard. Split face block works good for the raised part, not to expensive and...
  7. Looking good Jeff.

    Looking good Jeff.
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    You shouldn't need a teflon tape on the pump...

    You shouldn't need a teflon tape on the pump unions. Some times they can be a bit hard to get tight so a little cooking oil on the threads will help.
    How much air is in the priming pot. A bit of...
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    If this is going to be a ground level pond, not...

    If this is going to be a ground level pond, not raised, the color will work just fine. Here's an example of a color pond I did.
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    If your going with the Aqua Forte 111 sieve this...

    If your going with the Aqua Forte 111 sieve this is what I would do.
    One 4" BD feeding one inlet of the sieve
    One 4" skimmer feeding the other inlet of the sieve.
    One pump, size depends on what...
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    Boy that is an old thread. You wouldn't believe...

    Boy that is an old thread. You wouldn't believe all the changes that have been made since then.
  12. It's pretty hard to beat a DIY Sand/gravel filter.

    It's pretty hard to beat a DIY Sand/gravel filter.
  13. You don't have to flush it that long. As long as...

    You don't have to flush it that long. As long as the air blower is going the water will never turn clear. I flush mine for a minute or two then turn the blower off. Then I watch for the water to...
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    Looking good Cheryl. And yes, just wall off your...

    Looking good Cheryl. And yes, just wall off your pit for the settlement tank. A square tank will work just fine.
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    Lots of good recommendations here. Like Mike...

    Lots of good recommendations here. Like Mike said your pond will do better with out the plants. You can make a wet bog along the back of the pond for perimeter plants. Just keep it wet with out...
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    I'll add to mikes comments. A self priming...

    I'll add to mikes comments. A self priming design pump is needed for the Zakki Sieve. In most cases the ESS 6400 will work quite well. A bit big for the sieves recommended 4800 gph flow rate but...
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    I'll chime in with my suggestions also. Go...

    I'll chime in with my suggestions also.
    Go deeper if you can, 4 feet is good.
    A 24 by 12 pond will take two 4" bottom drains. As mike said that's 7000 gph required for good flow. If using a...
  18. This is the skimmer I use for Sieve applications....

    This is the skimmer I use for Sieve applications. I enlarge the outlet to 4" and discard the basket.
  19. Yes, the wider the weir the better. Skims better...

    Yes, the wider the weir the better. Skims better and also harder for fish to get in.
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    Looking good Greg.

    Looking good Greg.
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    NO, it won't be enough. YES, DIY sand/gravel...

    NO, it won't be enough.
    YES, DIY sand/gravel filters work very well. One would handle your pond.
    Don't but the waterfall filter, just bury the S/G filter behind your waterfall and let it flow...
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    Like Mike said, stay with what you got.

    Like Mike said, stay with what you got.
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    16x10x3 is about 3500 gallons. A pair of S/G...

    16x10x3 is about 3500 gallons. A pair of S/G filters would handle this nicely. Maybe they can be part buried behind the waterfall like this picture.
    I don't see any trees so floating debris won't...
  24. Have you looked at the Evolution pumps? The ES...

    Have you looked at the Evolution pumps? The ES 4500 only draws 187 watts. And comes with the best warranty going. PM me for more info if you want.
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    You bet, glad it's working good for you.

    You bet, glad it's working good for you.
  26. BDs should go to some kind of mech....

    BDs should go to some kind of mech. pre-filtration, like a sieve or RDF. And some times the skimmer can also go to this pre-filter. Then from that the water is pump fed to what ever bio and fines...
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    I would keep it simple, for your size pond one 55...

    I would keep it simple, for your size pond one 55 gallon S/G filter would do it nicely. Both mech and bio. A 55 gallon barrel isn't going to help much for settling unless you fill it with strapping...
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    Very nice looking pond. Two S/G filters in...

    Very nice looking pond. Two S/G filters in parallel would work much better than the one lava rock filter.
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    Cheryl, one S/G filter would be more than enough...

    Cheryl, one S/G filter would be more than enough for this sized pond. You do not need to buy an additional filter.
  30. In your drawing, from which side will you be...

    In your drawing, from which side will you be viewing the fish from?
  31. Silica sand if course enough is fish safe. In...

    Silica sand if course enough is fish safe. In fact I have even herd the silica is good for Sumi.
  32. Another possible choice might be a variable speed...

    Another possible choice might be a variable speed pump. The Fluid Dynamics 110 volt 1 hp Vari Speed will go from 0 to 3450 rpm, 0 to 9000 gph @ 5 feet of head. The nice thing is you can dial it in...
  33. Jeff, sorry for not keeping up with your thread. ...

    Jeff, sorry for not keeping up with your thread. Had company and a big weekend at the race track. The placement of your return lines looks good. I think everyone else has pretty much answered your...
  34. If your not sure about what pump to give the best...

    If your not sure about what pump to give the best compromise between flow and power consumption you might want to look into a variable speed pump. You can adjust the speed of the motor, which will...
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    And remember a vortex or settling tank does nor...

    And remember a vortex or settling tank does nor remove the solid waste. It only traps it and holds it until the lazy human dumps it.
    This is the beauty of a sieve or RDF which are constantly...
  36. Congratulations to Jeff, (Catfish Whiskers) for...

    Congratulations to Jeff, (Catfish Whiskers) for his Grand Champion and Grand Champion B wins. Quite the accomplishment.
  37. The Advantage Evolution ES pumps with their new...

    The Advantage Evolution ES pumps with their new "EVO" motors are pretty much as quiet as any other pump.
  38. Also pump sizing depends on where the wage is...

    Also pump sizing depends on where the wage is going after the pump. Give me a call.
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    Glad to help Zaid. Don't hesitate to call if you...

    Glad to help Zaid. Don't hesitate to call if you have any other questions.
  40. I wouldn't go any less than 3 feet deep. Also i...

    I wouldn't go any less than 3 feet deep. Also i wouldn't make it so wide at the shallow end. Shallow to deep, narrow to wide.
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    Have to agree with BWG and Koiman1950. For what...

    Have to agree with BWG and Koiman1950. For what your doing a BD and skimmer feeding a ES 2500 feeding a 55 gallon DIY S/G filter is more than good.
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    Yes, put the UV after the pump before the S/G...

    Yes, put the UV after the pump before the S/G filters.
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    A bead filter takes a bigger pump than other...

    A bead filter takes a bigger pump than other filters because of built in head. I would go with the ES 3500 or possibly even bigger.

    Exactly what bead filter are you going to use?
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    Yes the Zakki Sieve is a direct suction sieve and...

    Yes the Zakki Sieve is a direct suction sieve and will work with a 2" line, and yes the water will be clean enough for the shower.
  45. Once you choose on your equipment and what flow...

    Once you choose on your equipment and what flow rates you want give me a call and we can discuss pump options.
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    Just use a 3 by 2 inch bushing.

    Just use a 3 by 2 inch bushing.
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    Zaid, pm me or better yet give me a call and I...

    Zaid, pm me or better yet give me a call and I can take the time to answer your UV questions and help you pick out what would be your best choice. There are a lot of good products out there but more...
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    The 2nd drawing with the pipe going in the side...

    The 2nd drawing with the pipe going in the side is the way to go.
    BUT
    A 55 gallon barrel is not big enough for a settling tank. To get proper dwell time to settle out the heavier than water waste...
  49. I love feather rock showers and use them on my...

    I love feather rock showers and use them on my ponds. My female pond is 16,000 gallons, 19 females 24 to 36 inches long and one shower set of 4 trays with 20 cubic feet of feather rock easily...
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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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