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    Thread: Looking to redo my 55gal Barrel Filter - Which option should I do?

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      Looking to redo my 55gal Barrel Filter - Which option should I do?

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      The only difference between 2 and 3 that I see is the inlet pipe location. Since the barrel is up on blocks and not buried then the lower inlet pipe creates a little less head.

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      Option 3 would be a typical way to do a sand and gravel filter as long as the inlet is pump fed. It looks to be your best option of the four. Birdman has a thread on these to build them the best way and answers all questions you might have on materials, flow, cleaning, etc.

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      Bottom of my barrel is about 2-3 course of blocks higher than my pond. Everything is ran with pvc till it meets the water, then its flexible hose to my pump. I have too much bypass in my current setup, so 2 weeks after a cleaning it, it goes to crap again. And it doesnt help that the pond is in direct sunlight 8-10hrs each day. My current pump clogged and my barrel drained and in my barrel was my UV, so that motor burned up.

      I'm shopping around now for a 2000-2300gph pump as my current pump is only around 1000gph. I'm assuming the price range I am looking at for a pump, the gph's are exaggerated in the descriptions lol. I want to run an inline uv right before the barrel but the gph's are too high for what most uvs recommend. I found one uv that says 1000gph recommend, maybe put my current pump on that and buy another 1000gph for the pond run them to a Y that goes to the barrel? (1000+1000=2000gph)

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      Quote Originally Posted by Vulcan900 View Post
      Bottom of my barrel is about 2-3 course of blocks higher than my pond. Everything is ran with pvc till it meets the water, then its flexible hose to my pump. I have too much bypass in my current setup, so 2 weeks after a cleaning it, it goes to crap again. And it doesnt help that the pond is in direct sunlight 8-10hrs each day. My current pump clogged and my barrel drained and in my barrel was my UV, so that motor burned up.

      I'm shopping around now for a 2000-2300gph pump as my current pump is only around 1000gph. I'm assuming the price range I am looking at for a pump, the gph's are exaggerated in the descriptions lol. I want to run an inline uv right before the barrel but the gph's are too high for what most uvs recommend. I found one uv that says 1000gph recommend, maybe put my current pump on that and buy another 1000gph for the pond run them to a Y that goes to the barrel? (1000+1000=2000gph)
      So i assume you are using a submersible pump and which one?

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      Well I would really look into doing A retrofit drain to a external pump. The leaf basket before the pump will handle leaves and some algae. It won't clog and will be more reliable and power efficient as well.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Pond,James_Pond View Post
      The only difference between 2 and 3 that I see is the inlet pipe location. Since the barrel is up on blocks and not buried then the lower inlet pipe creates a little less head.

      steve
      The inlet is the only difference.

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      Quote Originally Posted by kevin32 View Post
      Well I would really look into doing A retrofit drain to a external pump. The leaf basket before the pump will handle leaves and some algae. It won't clog and will be more reliable and power efficient as well.
      Not sure what a retrofit drain is. I would like to keep the pump in the pond so I dont hear it run.

      Only one tree is around so no Ieaves till October

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      Quote Originally Posted by Vulcan900 View Post
      Not sure what a retrofit drain is. I would like to keep the pump in the pond so I dont hear it run.

      Only one tree is around so no Ieaves till October
      Well ive used this pump in the past and it worked pretty well.
      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QILRW0...a-316086433177

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      Quote Originally Posted by kevin32 View Post
      Well ive used this pump in the past and it worked pretty well.
      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QILRW0...a-316086433177
      Too much for a pump IMO. Nothing really gets into my pond other than algae and muck

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      Quote Originally Posted by Vulcan900 View Post
      Too much for a pump IMO. Nothing really gets into my pond other than algae and muck
      but your current pump clogged. got yah

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      Quote Originally Posted by kevin32 View Post
      but your current pump clogged. got yah
      Was late fall, the removable housing covering the inlet of the pump came off and I didn't notice it. So it sucked crap up.

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      As far as a UV, some articles say put it before the filter and some say after the filter. Which is best?

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      Putting the UV after the filter would be okay in a pressurized scenario but the s/g filter is gravity feeding back to the pond so
      careful consideration needs to used to prevent too much head created by putting it after the filter and overflowing the filter. Also
      you want to know the optimum flow through the UV and if your gravity return can achieve that.
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      Quote Originally Posted by icu2 View Post
      Putting the UV after the filter would be okay in a pressurized scenario but the s/g filter is gravity feeding back to the pond so
      careful consideration needs to used to prevent too much head created by putting it after the filter and overflowing the filter. Also
      you want to know the optimum flow through the UV and if your gravity return can achieve that.
      This UV SunSun CUV-136 36W UV Light Sterilizer Pond Water Clarifier https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CQVJJRQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_-btMAbKP1103D

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      Quote Originally Posted by Vulcan900 View Post
      This UV SunSun CUV-136 36W UV Light Sterilizer Pond Water Clarifier
      3/4", 1", 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" fittings... not gravity flow friendly.

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      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CQVJJRQ..._-btMAbKP1103D

      It says its recommended flow rate is less than 1200 gph and the largest port is 1 1/2" which is too small
      to try and gravity flow through. If you're going to use that one I'd only put it between the pump and
      filter and plumb a bypass to reduce the flow through the UV.

      The Grech CUV-136 36 watt UV Light Pond Water Clarifier for use with pumps up to 1188gph, in ponds up to 9250 gallons. High-performance UV bulb ensures professional power while ease of installation and maintenance make it the right unit for new or existing ponds or water gardens. Included 3/4", 1", 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" fittings. For peak performance, UV bulb should be replaced after 8,000 hours (about once every 11 months of operation).
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      I don't think you ever said what size your pond was?

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      3 would work best I think
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