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    Thread: Low cost pond muck vac

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      Low cost pond muck vac

      Possible low cost solution for pond muck cleaning using common 5 gallon buckets and wet dry shop vac.

      Not verified on ponds yet but looks very promising.
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      We have a dewalt self cleaning vacuum for grinding concrete. I dont believe your filter wont need cleaned with that. Using bags inside the shop vac is just fine.

      So how exactly will this work as a pond vacuum. Is there something we should add so it drains the water?

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      So would you just leave the drain port on the vac open? Wondering if it's big enough to keep up with the flow?

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      No you couldn't open the port on the shop vac or you would loose vacuum. Most of the muck water should empty in the 5 gallon bucket. Just have a few buckets on hand and switch out. Easy to clean out large opening bucket and they are easy to get. You would probably still get some water in the shop vac but buckets would be easier to transport and dump and most have a few on hand. It won't give you continuous operation but is simple.

      Our PondVac brand vac didn't last very long and doubt we'll ever replace it. Also get a good silt net. They work better than any pond vacuum.
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      I still can't figure out why someone hasn't come up with a powerful pump/vacuum that is simple to use , and could work with a hose ( similar to picture ) , and just discharge muck continuously through a discharge hose. I have a pond o vac and it starts and stops , loses vacuum some times, is bulky to move around, etc. I'd love to have something I could easily use to clean the bottom of the ponds and discharge directly on to my lawn. It would also create a regular water change . With all the DIY experts on Koiphen. someone should be able to figure this out.

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      Quote Originally Posted by stevek View Post
      I still can't figure out why someone hasn't come up with a powerful pump/vacuum that is simple to use , and could work with a hose ( similar to picture ) , and just discharge muck continuously through a discharge hose. I have a pond o vac and it starts and stops , loses vacuum some times, is bulky to move around, etc. I'd love to have something I could easily use to clean the bottom of the ponds and discharge directly on to my lawn. It would also create a regular water change . With all the DIY experts on Koiphen. someone should be able to figure this out.
      I used something like this:

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      Yes-- an electric trash pump with a large debree trap on a cart would be nice to have. We have a 2 inch trash pump on the farm we have cleaned the waterlily goldfish pools with and it works great. It's also too much capacity and a hassle setting up.

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