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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  4. Congratulations to Jeff, (Catfish Whiskers) for...

    Congratulations to Jeff, (Catfish Whiskers) for his Grand Champion and Grand Champion B wins. Quite the accomplishment.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  8. 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.
  13. 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...
  17. 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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    I can help you with a new pump, give me a call...

    I can help you with a new pump, give me a call and we can discuss your needs. 541-408-3317
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    Fiberglass Shower Tray "Molds" For Sale

    As many of you know I can no longer produce my popular fiberglass shower trays. My fiberglass shop went out of bussiness and there are no others in my area I can go to. I have two molds, the large...
  21. Yes, I am gravity flowing close to 10,000 gph...

    Yes, I am gravity flowing close to 10,000 gph through something similar at about that distance and drop.
  22. Jeff, Drawings are a bit confusing to me. Single...

    Jeff, Drawings are a bit confusing to me. Single lines for pipes would be better.
    I still go back to what I have been suggesting all along and that is to meet the new upper pond separate from the...
  23. Beautiful gazebo.

    Beautiful gazebo.
  24. Your ponds look really nice Jeff.

    Your ponds look really nice Jeff.
  25. Here's a picture of a typical shower drain. ...

    Here's a picture of a typical shower drain. Works like a bulkhead.
  26. I also disagree about not having 90 degree...

    I also disagree about not having 90 degree corners. Lots of ponds are built out of wood, concrete, or block with 90 degree corners. No problem at all. And if your bottom is flat and sides are...
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    You would have to do the window portion your self.

    You would have to do the window portion your self.
  28. Oven cleaner works pretty good also.

    Oven cleaner works pretty good also.
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    There's da big girl doing what she does best,...

    There's da big girl doing what she does best, Eating!
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    I would eliminate your DIY Bead filter and use...

    I would eliminate your DIY Bead filter and use your barrels for DIY Sand/Gravel filters. The bead filter with out a blower is probably packed by now, and makes a lot more head pressure than the S/G...
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    You might get some settling but probably a waste...

    You might get some settling but probably a waste of time.
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    You bet, thank you.

    You bet, thank you.
  33. Thread: Our filter

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    Very nice looking ponds.

    Very nice looking ponds.
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    Looking good.

    Looking good.
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    Yes.

    Yes.
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    A lot of nice ponds have been built this way, BD...

    A lot of nice ponds have been built this way, BD and skimmer fed straight to a pump, use the priming pot/strainer as your pre-filter. Then pump feed through your UV to a pair of DIY Sand/Gravel...
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    pm me, e-mail me, or give me a call and I can...

    pm me, e-mail me, or give me a call and I can work you up a quote.
  38. Thread: Feather Rock

    by birdman
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    I like baseball size pieces. Large rocks are...

    I like baseball size pieces. Large rocks are easy to break up with a hammer and 3" chissel.
  39. Welcome to the forum. I have long felt BD's to...

    Welcome to the forum. I have long felt BD's to Sieve to shower is the best BD filtration you can do. This is what I run on my ponds and love the simplicity and efficiency of it.
    I feel the More...
  40. Please take a few minutes to read this. ...

    Please take a few minutes to read this. Hopefully it will seed some light on what you need to keep Koi healthy.
    http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showthread.php?93019-Filtration-Basics
  41. Thread: Feather Rock

    by birdman
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    A bit high, I usually see it sell for 50 cents a...

    A bit high, I usually see it sell for 50 cents a lb.
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    Get Ready For Spring Sale

    Free Shipping to continental US on everything we sell except bead filters.
    Take an additional 10% off on all orders over $500
    Offer good through Feb.
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    If you go with a 2 BD design which for your foot...

    If you go with a 2 BD design which for your foot print would be best, then I would go with 3 barrels for filtration, and the ES 8500 pump. One barrel for the waterfall, one for the center TPR...
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    Or do you have any room for pump and filtration...

    Or do you have any room for pump and filtration at some remote location like in or along side the garage? Your pump and filtration does not have to be right next to the pond.
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    I also like #2. BUT, the ultra sieve 111 will...

    I also like #2. BUT, the ultra sieve 111 will flow a lot of water. Like Steve suggested run both BD and skimmer to it. Then the pump, I would suggest the Evolution ES 4500, then UV, something like...
  46. Fiberglass ponds have been done for years in the...

    Fiberglass ponds have been done for years in the UK where they are very popular there.
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    I would just use a single 55 gal S/G filter, that...

    I would just use a single 55 gal S/G filter, that will be more than enough. And if you heat your basement, not the water, and keep the air temp higher than the water temp that will help with the...
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    While I can quote several great success stories,...

    While I can quote several great success stories, like my own pond which is holding up well, I also know of a couple nightmares. Probable due to incorrect prep or installation. But not being there or...
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    I've always used a thin pea gravel concrete mix...

    I've always used a thin pea gravel concrete mix to fill block cells.
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    Showers with feather rock.

    Showers with feather rock.
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