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  1. 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.
  6. Thread: Feather Rock

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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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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
  9. Thread: Feather Rock

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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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    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...
  14. 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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    Have to agree with all the advice above.

    Have to agree with all the advice above.
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    This pond (1200 gallons) could be done a lot...

    This pond (1200 gallons) could be done a lot simpler. Settlement chambers are nice, but you could just run the BD and Skimmer to the suction of a pump, using the priming pot/strainer as a...
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    If you are following my design you would flow...

    If you are following my design you would flow from the top of the S/G to the bottom inlet of the M/B, then out the top outlet of the M/B.
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    Pretty amazing.

    Pretty amazing.
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    You can gravity flow from the S/G through the M/B...

    You can gravity flow from the S/G through the M/B but not the other way. Or flow a little more and run them in parallel.
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    That will work, my S/G filters are 70 feet from...

    That will work, my S/G filters are 70 feet from my pond.
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    Yes, with a tee so they are running in parallel.

    Yes, with a tee so they are running in parallel.
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    Set both S/G and M/B so the outlets are at least...

    Set both S/G and M/B so the outlets are at least 12" higher than pond water level, 16" is even better. Then run 2" outlines from the two filters to two separate 2" TPRs.
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    I'm not sure about the S/G filter your building...

    I'm not sure about the S/G filter your building but a typical 55 gallon S/G filter will handle floating skimmer waste just fine. Like Steve suggested I would not run the skimmer through the settling...
  28. Thread: Our Pond

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    Still a great looking pond Doug.

    Still a great looking pond Doug.
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    Very nice Monte.

    Very nice Monte.
  30. Thread: Best Wishes

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    Thanks all for the kind wishes. And here's...

    Thanks all for the kind wishes. And here's wishing everyone the best for the coming year.
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    I would say yes for strength of the pond but no...

    I would say yes for strength of the pond but no to Koi, it's much to small for Koi.
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    The fun of having a pond.

    The fun of having a pond.
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    Very nice.

    Very nice.
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    You don't want the skimmer to go into the Vortex....

    You don't want the skimmer to go into the Vortex. Vortex's are for settling out heavier than water sinking waste, why put floating waste in it, that will only hurt it's efficiancy. Tie the skimmer...
  35. Thread: Best Wishes

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    You got that right! Yes it is tahiti blue. And...

    You got that right!
    Yes it is tahiti blue.
    And yes it is a sport, but I'll go you one farther, it's also a real "John Cooper Works"! One of the only 250 built and as far as we know one of only 3...
  36. Thread: Best Wishes

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    Best Wishes

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for the coming year from us.
  37. Thread: Our first pond

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    Now that is nice.

    Now that is nice.
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    That's a nice looking rebar job.

    That's a nice looking rebar job.
  39. If you figure price per pond my fish are fed...

    If you figure price per pond my fish are fed better tun I am!
  40. Thread: Our first pond

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    Nice looking little pond. Now show us what you...

    Nice looking little pond. Now show us what you got now.
  41. Welcome to the forum. You can do a lot of good...

    Welcome to the forum. You can do a lot of good by removing all the rocks on the bottom. All they do is trap dirt. Depending on how much water is flowing through your pond your current filtration...
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    The chicken grit I use is granite. Normally I...

    The chicken grit I use is granite. Normally I use #1 fine nut #2 medium would flow a little more water before fluidizing.
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    I have used a shop vac.

    I have used a shop vac.
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    Look at the Medo's, they will last. I've never...

    Look at the Medo's, they will last. I've never seen one fail.
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    I have not had any of mine wear out.

    I have not had any of mine wear out.
  46. Thread: s&g filter or?

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    S/G filters are pretty hard to beat for basic...

    S/G filters are pretty hard to beat for basic mech. filtration. They are low head, so you can use a smaller pump, pretty easy to build, and pretty cheap to build. ESP on small ponds. Larger ponds...
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    Many small ponds have been done with BD and...

    Many small ponds have been done with BD and skimmer tied together and going directly into the suction of the pump. With the priming pot/strainer acting as a pre-filter. Then pump through a UV then...
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    Awesome!

    Awesome!
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    How do you know you "Need" more bio? What are...

    How do you know you "Need" more bio? What are your nitrate readings? How fast do they climb? I would think two S/G filters would be more than enough for a 2000 gallon pond.
    One easy addition...
  50. The 55 gallon S/G filter is just a good size with...

    The 55 gallon S/G filter is just a good size with all things worked out for you. Going down to a 30 gallon size isn't really that much smaller and you have to figure out everything your self.
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