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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  4. 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.
  7. Wow!

    Wow!
  8. Looking good.

    Looking good.
  9. Thread: Meet Brenda

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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.
  14. Thread: QT pond Build

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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.
  16. 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.
  23. If adding two barrels I would go with two S/G...

    If adding two barrels I would go with two S/G filters.
  24. 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...
  27. Thread: Am I wrong?

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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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    Hamster ball M/B filters are good for 2000 to...

    Hamster ball M/B filters are good for 2000 to 2500 gph. Any more than that and the media will pile up against the outlet ball. Same with S/G filters, good for 2000 gph. What I like to do is build...
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    Excellant deal. Yes you can use the skimmer, But...

    Excellant deal. Yes you can use the skimmer, But I would replace the pool filters. The Aqua Flo pump is a good one. It has a standard waterway wet end. If you look at the gap of the impeller and...
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    What a bummer, sorry to hear this.

    What a bummer, sorry to hear this.
  32. Way to go, that really looks nice.

    Way to go, that really looks nice.
  33. Thread: DIY bio filter

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    These work good for strapping bio filters. I...

    These work good for strapping bio filters. I make a air blower manifold like in the S/G filters for flushing, BUT use 1 1/2" pipe and fittings. Then cram it full of 1/2" poly strapping. One tote...
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    That will work.

    That will work.
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    2" lines will work just fine. I designed the...

    2" lines will work just fine. I designed the filter with 3" for a more universal application and quicker flushing. But most people including myself neck them down to 2" for TPRs.
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    Looking good.

    Looking good.
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    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.
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    Neat idea.

    Neat idea.
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    Settlement tanks work really good if sized...

    Settlement tanks work really good if sized properly. Fo a 4" bottom drain you want to flow 3000 to 3500 gph. You want your settlement tank to be 10% of the flow or 350 gallons to give you enough...
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    Add a foam extractor to the outlet of your shower.

    Add a foam extractor to the outlet of your shower.
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    Very nice.

    Very nice.
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    Here's my list of what I would use. BD, 4" Koi...

    Here's my list of what I would use.
    BD, 4" Koi Toilet 1
    Skimmer, I need more info from you on this.
    Pump, one of the Evolution ES series pumps, size depends on filtration.
    UV, EVO 55, just can't...
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    I didn't take any pictures. To busy eating and...

    I didn't take any pictures. To busy eating and BSing with all the great people.
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    We had a really great time. Got to meet some...

    We had a really great time. Got to meet some great people, got to eat some great food, and just had a blast.thanks Steve n Rose.
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    Even though your weir is not bottomed out your...

    Even though your weir is not bottomed out your creating a small vortex in the sieve tank, which is sucking air. Put a 90 on the inlet or a shield like jeff drew and that will stop sucking air.
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    I think #12 is to fine my self. I like #8 or #1...

    I think #12 is to fine my self. I like #8 or #1 chicken grit.
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    Rent a gas powered concrete saw. Cut out a hole...

    Rent a gas powered concrete saw. Cut out a hole just big enough to accept the new skimmer. Install a gunite skimmer with water stops using hydraulic cement to bed it.
    Kind of like this.
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    Use 8"

    Use 8"
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    A proper filter shed, 2 by 4 walls, and insulated...

    A proper filter shed, 2 by 4 walls, and insulated can be heated with only a space heater. I have done this in mine and we have seen temps as low as 20 below. Put all your filters in the shed and...
  50. Very nice.

    Very nice.
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