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  1. Sounds like that guy is just trying to get rich...

    Sounds like that guy is just trying to get rich off you. A properly designed koi pond will not need chemicals.
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    Run everything in parallel, with a ball valve...

    Run everything in parallel, with a ball valve going to each. No harm in going 2000 gph to each barrel and 1000 gph to the spitter.
  3. There are several nice small pumps you can use,...

    There are several nice small pumps you can use, give me a call if you want to discuss your options. 541-408-3317
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    Go out the bottom, the sides are double walled.

    Go out the bottom, the sides are double walled.
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    It's always best to go large on the suction side....

    It's always best to go large on the suction side. In fact, if you went 4" you have the option of adding a sieve later on if you wanted to.
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    ok

    ok
  7. Gravity filtration is best if you have room for a...

    Gravity filtration is best if you have room for a filter pit. Basically you can make better gravity flow filters than what you can buy.
    A 13 by 25 foot pond would work good for a river flow design,...
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    Me too. 2" lines should be big enough. Can you...

    Me too. 2" lines should be big enough. Can you line out your exact flow such as skimmer to pump to barrel, and where you want more flow?
  9. Thread: Uv light

    by birdman
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    Look at the EVO UVs. They are very well made,...

    Look at the EVO UVs. They are very well made, work good, and a bargain compared to other brands. And down the road when you need to replace the bulbs they also are a bargain.
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    When Craig left Advantage and started Fluid...

    When Craig left Advantage and started Fluid Dynamics He sent me a couple of his pumps to demo, knowing I wouldn't sell anything I didn't use my self. I ran these two pumps for over a year before I...
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    This is why I have never had on line ordering. I...

    This is why I have never had on line ordering. I want my customers to call me so I can give them their options and ensure they know exactly what they are getting.
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    Liner End Cuts For Sale

    30 mil, BTL PPL Liners
    6x11
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    $25 each plus shipping.
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    Boy ain't that the truth.

    Boy ain't that the truth.
  14. No changes from me anyway. The layers are still...

    No changes from me anyway. The layers are still the same. 3" or a 5 gallon bucket of each layer of gravel, then 150 to 200 lbs very course sand. #1 fine granite chicken grit or #8 course sand...
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    Looking good.

    Looking good.
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    I would suggest going one more row of blocks, to...

    I would suggest going one more row of blocks, to keep ground water from running into your pond. I would also add a skimmer, waterway make's a nice little skimmer that fits in the space of one block....
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    Actually they are still selling pumps like the...

    Actually they are still selling pumps like the ESM but as Pearl said with their new import motor. I have seen these pumps and they sound nice, still much better than the cheap ES motors.
  18. I use baseball size pieces, and have never had to...

    I use baseball size pieces, and have never had to replace it.
  19. You did a very nice job, your pond looks great. ...

    You did a very nice job, your pond looks great. How many gallons is it?
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    Pump to Tee to one barrel off each side of the...

    Pump to Tee to one barrel off each side of the Tee.
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    You don't! You have to plan for the worse, add a...

    You don't! You have to plan for the worse, add a overflow pipe some where where you can direct the run off over flow water.
  22. I like to plan for future improvements when...

    I like to plan for future improvements when possible. The 3" BD will work just fine now but if you ever want to add a sieve later on down the road you will wish you had the 4".
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    If you want to run multiple barrels run them in...

    If you want to run multiple barrels run them in parallel.
  24. Thread: Flex coupler

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    Only use fernco's on the gravity floe or suction...

    Only use fernco's on the gravity floe or suction side of the pump. Trust me, the voice of experience,if used on the discharge of a pump the day will come when they will come apart.
  25. Thread: Uv light

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    Is your water green or brown?

    Is your water green or brown?
  26. I would suggest going to a 4" BD. Even if you...

    I would suggest going to a 4" BD. Even if you don't need the flow now some time in the future you might want it.
  27. Most likely it's something in the impeller of the...

    Most likely it's something in the impeller of the pump. Take your pump apart and check the impeller.
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    I use about 250 gallons when flushing my filters....

    I use about 250 gallons when flushing my filters. This winter my filters went 4 months while I was away and they worked great. Came home to a sparkling clear pond. yes the filters were dirty but a...
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    Yes, if the height of the S/G outlet is higher...

    Yes, if the height of the S/G outlet is higher than the water fall basin.
    From your pump, use a swing check valve, then UV, then tee. Each side of the tee needs a single union ball valve, with each...
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    Just remember your BD line can only go up from...

    Just remember your BD line can only go up from the BD to settling tank. It can not go up then back down, that will trap air and not flow water.
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    Elevate your pump so it's straight into it from...

    Elevate your pump so it's straight into it from the Cetus.
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    Good luck with your new life John.

    Good luck with your new life John.
  33. Thread: Spring Sale

    by birdman
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    Spring Sale

    Time for your new pond, or up date your old pond. We can help. We offer Free advice and competitive pricing.
    Now through the end of the month, Free shipping on
    Sand/Gravel Filter Kits
    Aqua Forte...
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    I would pipe them in parallel.

    I would pipe them in parallel.
  35. Looking good.

    Looking good.
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    I really stress making it bigger than you think...

    I really stress making it bigger than you think you need. Pre plan by dry fitting everything out on the lawn. You'll be surprised how much space 4" 90s and valves take up.
    Also I always make my...
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    That's foam, excess organics. Many people make...

    That's foam, excess organics. Many people make foam fractionators to get ride of it. Also some people do routine PP treatments to get rid of it.
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    Good to see you back at it.

    Good to see you back at it.
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    Your pond and fish look great. Thank you for...

    Your pond and fish look great. Thank you for your service and enjoy your leave home.
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    Probably, a lot of people run just pump priming...

    Probably, a lot of people run just pump priming pots for pre-filters before S.G filters.
  41. ok!

    ok!
  42. One question, why are you still using the bead...

    One question, why are you still using the bead filter. The two S/G filters will do much better than the bead filter and it's multi port valve creates alot of head loss.
  43. I think #12 sand is to small my self. If using...

    I think #12 sand is to small my self. If using sand try and find #8. The best bet is fine or even medium granite chicken grit. Stay away from oyster shell.
  44. If you can go 4 feet deep that would put you at...

    If you can go 4 feet deep that would put you at 2600 gallons. I would suggest the BD and skimmer be tied together. You can run the BD through a settlement tank or just feed them both to the suction...
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    Yes it can, as long as it's going to the pump and...

    Yes it can, as long as it's going to the pump and not gravity flowing to a 2nd container like a M/B.
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    Sieves are really nice, I love mine, but you...

    Sieves are really nice, I love mine, but you don't have to have a sieve. Many ponds have been built with just sand/gravel filters alone. Check out this pond I did a while back. Very basic, 3000...
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    For a pond your size you really want two BD's. ...

    For a pond your size you really want two BD's. And of course separate lines. Now's the time to bite the bullet and do what ever to do it right. You'll just be kicking yourself down the road is you...
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    Looking good.

    Looking good.
  49. The Koi Toilet 11 dome does not un screw. It is...

    The Koi Toilet 11 dome does not un screw. It is held in place by 3 pegs, so it will have to be pried off.
  50. Thread: sand filter

    by birdman
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    As I suggested on the other forum, go with a DIY...

    As I suggested on the other forum, go with a DIY Sand/Gravel filter. The filter you pictured will be nothing but trouble on a Koi Pond.
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