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      Exclamation DIY & MODs (do it yourself / make your own) 3rd edition.

      welcome to the 3rd edition of DIY & MODS thread.

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      INDEX by post #
      1. ( this post ) main index post.
      2. ( click here)
        • Barrells
        • Drums
        • trash can filters
        • fluid bed filters
        • moving bed filters
        • mechanical fine filters
        • sand and gravel filters
        • static filters

      3. ( click here )
        • pre mechanical filters
        • SC ( settling chambers )
        • settling chambers with static baskets
        • settling chambers with micro screens and spray bars for self cleaning micro screens.
        • vortex chambers
        • VMS ( vortex micro screen settling chambers )
        • seives
        • leaf basket pots / priming pots.
        • Tip. if you search for "septic tank", or "plastic tank" on your favorite search engine. you will find many places that sell large size plastic containers. that can be easly modified into any sort of filter chambers. also going to local farm supply stores. and agricultural stores. you can find tanks that can be turned into a filter chamber.

      4. ( click here )
        • Rubbermaid Stock Tanks
        • other Tanks

      5. ( click here )
        • TT ( trickle towers )
        • BS ( Bakki Showers )
        • general type of shower filters

      6. ( click here )
        • FF ( Foam Fractionators ) with or without ozone
        • PS ( Protien Skimmers ) with or without ozone
        • ozone

      7. ( click here )
        • pressurized filters
        • bead filters
        • conversion of sand filters to bead filters

      8. ( click here ) old school filteration
      9. ( click here ) misc type of filters
      10. ( click here )
        • BD ( bottom drains ) (( plumbing under the liner ))
        • retro bottom drains (( plumbing inside the pond itself ))
        • clean out drains

      11. ( click here )
        • TPR ( trigental point returns )
        • GPR ( gap point returns)
        • MWP (mid water pickups)
        • MWR (mid water returns)
        • SSR ( shelf sweep return )
        • pipe boots
        • bulkheads
        • tank connectors
        • toliet flanges
        • shower drains
        • diy bulkhead wrenchs

      12. ( click here )
        • skimmers
        • diy skimmers
        • skimmer modifications

      13. ( click here )
        • UV ( ultra violet lights )

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        • MISC. / OTHERS
        • anything that just doesn't fit into any above filter catagories

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        • filter pits
        • filter pit access
        • decks with hatchs
        • filter pits with lift up lids
        • filters that are burried in the ground.
        • pump enclosers
        • dry chambers for stuff that should not get wet.
        • sump pits / sump pit chambers / trash pumps or sump pumps.
        • TIP trash pumps are not ordinary pond pumps. but pumps that can handle a certain size piece of muck before clogging. example 1/2" in size.

      16. ( click here )
        • Fake Rocks ( making your own )
        • Faux rocks ( making your own )

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        • pond windows

      18. ( click here )
        • winter-rizing and shading your pond.
        • winter covers
        • solar covers
        • shade sails
        • green house covers
        • keep hole in the ice during winter

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        • those thinking, that it is just digging a hole and dropping in a liner, is all it takes, for a pond

      20. ( click here )
        • structure and liners for ponds
        • concrete collars
        • DIY concrete block pond shell creation.
        • poured concrete
        • EPDM liners installation
        • dealing with folds

      21. ( click here )
        • ** mostly pictures **
        • (Quartine ) QT tanks
        • Temp tanks
        • hospital tanks

      22. ( click here )
        • ** actuall construction of the tanks **
        • (Quartine ) QT tanks
        • Temp tanks
        • hospital tanks

      23. ( click here )
        • old stuff that is on a short leg of getting removed from this thead.

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        • waterwheels
        • home made diy fountains
        • home made waterfall weirs
        • waterfall basins
        • streams

      25. ( click here )
        • air lifts
        • jets (aka sending high speed water into a slower flowing water in a larger pipe. to move more water.)

      26. ( click here )
        • plumbing how to's((suggested reading))
        • pressure testing plumbing ((suggested reading))
        • valves
        • stand pipes
        • extension handles for valves
        • dealing with different types of leaks.

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        • Updates
        • misc info upon thread.
        • an attempt to spure on additional info.
        • additional links not yet added to the main catagerios / posts above.


      p.s. if you have a question or not understanding something. ASK! this is what this forum is all about! if it wasn't for folks asking and helping one another this forum would be dust, without a lick of water in sight!
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      Barrells / Drums / trash can filters

      Barrells / Drums / trash can filters
      Static & Moving Media Combo Filter for QT by Ronin-Koi aka Wayne (Pg.5)
      a wealth of information of details and pictures. For this DIY Nexus. At post 85, Ronin-Koi gives a good follow up and suggestions based on his oringal design.
      Vortex Filter (55 Gallon) by palerider23 (pg.1)
      a simple vortex filter. Filter lacks possible upgrades to pre filter baskets or micro screen. Due to outlet postioned high on barrel. Special note I for see possible air being sucked down the pipe as a possible problem for some folks, note the vortex of water spinning just above the outlet.
      55 Gal Drum Sand and gravel filter by Kent Wallace (pg.1)
      dail up users it is worth the wait of seeing all the pictures. This is ment as a fines filter that is pump feed. Special note I like the inlet water manifold and air cleaning manifold in bottom.
      Dale & Patti's QT - archive by wcstory by Gene (Pg.2)
      abit of old school filteration , but for a QT tank, combo filter, and general shower filter. It has worked for them and others.
      strainer / Colander / easter grass filter by MrPIG
      double check yourself with his warnings about easter grass, beyond that, nice little setup for a QT tank.or any small size pond!
      the "Lexus Eezy-Breezy" by B
      a descent amount of info and pictures. But for a complete novice you may want to look at other filters first, then look at these 2 filters, to get idea of whats going on.
      moving bed bio filter by anthonym
      basic moving bed filter. Good read for anyone making a moving bed, and dealing with water currents and getting the media to churn. Special note. There around post 44 / 45 I want to say, there is a key post that may be of intrest and getting the media to churn and boil. in that is ageing of the media.
      oystershell fines filter by birdman ( Steve )
      a simple fines filter using oyster shells as media. Some varying problems that had to be worked out.throughout the build. Side note ya gotta checkout those cleaning pictures of the filter from Robert! Awe easy cleaning of a filter indead! And then a nice comparsion of Birdman cleaning his DIY oystershell filter.
      oysterhshell fines filter by Robert
      he has a couple good shoots of air cleaning manifolds in the bottom of a couple filters, along with some good pictures of his oyster shell filters. Info is inter mix with birdmans thread
      creating a cone bottom for containers by JR Johns ( www.gardenendeavors.com )
      a wealth of details and information detailing of putting a cone into a bottom of a trash can. From looks the cone goes inside the trash can. And there is no cutting of the bottom out. Pic is of him cleaning his oyster shell filter
      Cone for 55gl Vortex by modan (Pg.5)
      the cone itself worked, but after some time the cone seperated from the barrel, it is a good read for those that are trying to comprehend cone bottom filter chambers.
      combo static, moving bed filter by Moneypit
      not much for details, gives good pictures showing atep by step doing for the filter.
      combo filter by shortypen
      not much for details or descent construction pictures,
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      Sand/Gravel Filter by Birdman
      Description: n/a yet.
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      Fluid Bed Filter by Birdman
      Description: n/a yet.
      Click Here
      water polisher by Johns ( www.gardenendeavors.com )
      Description: n/a yet.



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      SC / Settling chambers / vortex chambers / pre mechanical filters / and of the like

      SC / Settling chambers / vortex chambers / pre mechanical filters / and of the like
      Static Kaldnes K1 chamber by Andy (www.koicymru.co.uk) (Pg.3)
      abit hard to understand were holes are made and slots are made for the unit, for those just want to see something in operation this would be good for you.
      Static Kaldnes K1 chamber by Mick (www.koicymru.co.uk) (Pg.3)
      a unquie way to build a pre-filter basket for a settling chamber, using the netting.
      Static Pre-filter by Kent Wallace (Pg.1)
      dail up users it is worth the wait, the pre filter basket is a manufactored item that Kent makes and sells. Some good pictures of pvc shavings are also in the thread.
      S.I.M.P.L.E. (Easy) thread by B.Scott (www.koiquest.co.uk) (Pg.3)
      pre-filter basket for a settling chamber, link also has some more details for a moving bed and a settling chamber with another pre basket, for a small qt tank, that may be of intrest.
      Static Kaldnes Chamber (EAzy) by CarolinaGirl (Pg.3)
      not a lot of construction details, if you have seen the oringal manufactored nexus with the easy option, you wuold fully understand how it all works.
      Humble Filter Re-do by team Cindy (Static and fluid K1) (Pg.5)
      from foams and matt media that were a pain to clean to new school filteration. Gotta see those first pictures to truly understand how messey it is to clean foams and mats!!
      VMS (microstrainer) Microscreen by Ryan S. (Pg.3)
      suggest reading this first, before looking at ( mekoi ) microscreen build. Both are filled with details and pictures!
      DIY. Microscreen by mekoi (Pg.3)
      suggest taking a look at ( Ryan S. ) micro screen build first, then taking a look at this thread for more comments and questions that may help you build a DIY micro screen.
      500 gal ag tank / vortex filter by birdman ( Steve )
      it is well worth it, in checking out this DIY settling chamber with pre filter basket! More so for you folks with big size ponds! Perhaps the hurdle is getting over 55 gallon drums and moving into the bigger sized tanks for better settelment and higher flow rates through your filters. for the bigger size ponds.
      Fiberglassing a Vortex Filter by B (Pg.1)
      good details and pictures. Project seems to have come to a hault and not completely finished.
      DIY seive by mpageler
      good amount of details and pictures. Would suggest digging up old threads on seives before building your own, scince this is the currently only diy seive to be had.
      diy micro screen by rdm757
      a wealth of info and pictures, this also includes a COUPLE VIDEOS!! of the screen in action!!!
      diy micro screen by mississauga ponder
      not a lot of direct info, and is inter mixed with rdm757 build of diy microscreen
      N/A SC with static basket by maxxreebo1
      only a couple pictures. see these 2 posts. (( Post A, Post B ))



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      Rubbermaid Stock Tanks / other Tanks

      Rubbermaid Stock Tanks / other Tanks
      R.M. Stock Tank Waterfall Filter by Gene Winstead (www.koiclay.com) (Pg.3)
      from a part list, to a very detailed explanation of a step by step guide to building, then to cleaning and maintaining. The filter! Worth a read
      Wakin pool filter contruction by Cowiche Ponder (Pg.1)
      good details and pictures in this step by step guide. The filter is for Wakins = a type of goldfish.
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      trickle towers ( TT ) Bakki Showers ( BS ) general type of shower filters

      trickle towers ( TT ) Bakki Showers ( BS ) general type of shower filters
      Shower Filter by KoiBoy (pg.1)
      a basic closed sided shower filter. With using the catch basin ( tub ) to there advantage.
      Combo TT & Aerated Moving Bed by Ryan S. (pg.2)
      a little of it all in this combo filter. TT filter, moving bed, and foam fractionator built in a small foot print. A lot of details and information. There has been a few other builds based off Ryan S. desgin.
      Trickle Tower/ Protein Skimmer by L5Vegan (Pg.3)
      good details and info. Would suggest checking out the wine glass picture, yum! Partially mention in thread. Would suggest doing searchs for "counter current" foam fractionators as well.
      Trickle Tower / Waterfall Wall by Carloskoi (Pg.2)
      if you into climbing, and want a rock wall, this might be a very intresting read. Lots of pictures and details!
      closed sided trickle tower by jadigger / vipidy ( jerry / marie )
      a little indoor TT for there QT tank, not a lot of construction photos, but does bring up a few problems that you may experence yourself. When building your TT, such as air flow and nitrates.
      from scratch Trickle / shower tower by birdman
      as of current TT is still in the making.
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      bakki shower by henryc
      Description: n/a yet.
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      bakki shower by farne23
      Description: n/a yet.



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      Foam Fractionators ( FF ) Protien Skimmers ( PS ) both with or without ozone

      Foam Fractionators ( FF ) Protien Skimmers ( PS ) both with or without ozone
      Click Here
      overview of different design styles by boggen
      much like this thread. But dealing with FF's and PS design styles.
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      manufactored setup. But worth reading and asking about. by stephen
      his setup is abit scattered across multi threads, due to upgrading helping others. And would suggest reading / looking through the threads by stephen, in the ((overview threads)) located within the given link for more details. Or simply ask him about his setup.
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      unsure design style FF / PS. But will have ozone. by anthonym
      at current point in time, unit still being built. At later date will update this portion. A small caution. Is ventalation should be provided. Along with ozone air moninter installed, with this unit being inside an enclosed filter room.
      black dragon FF (general shower filter with foam collection) by B
      a wealth of details and information
      general shower filter with foam collection by L5vegan
      a wealth of details and information. Yes that foam = docs and other foam stuff coming out of the pond water!
      looks to be manufactored by phil hunter
      not much for details. perhaps asking him will bring out some more details.
      2 liter soda bottle !!! Ya!! Air diffuser style by mekoi
      a wealth of information and details, would like to see a taller version, but abilty to just toss this into some filter makes for cheap easy testing of an FF for anyones pond.
      pipe ff, guessed air difffuser style by jungleman9941
      very little detail or type of filter. am guessing air diffusser design. May give you an idea of or 2 just looking at the pictures.
      pipe ff, air diffuser type. by Ryan. S
      verly little detail. But may give ya some ideas
      larger diy scaled air diffuser setup. by fishbone
      a wealth of info and pictures. Larger scale pond version compared to many of the other smaller size versions.
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      a ventrie designed VIDEO by unknown
      see oringal post that koizlla posted to here http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1038019&postcount=328
      static ozone mixer by stephen
      look for ealier notation of stephens setup above.
      static ozone mixer by rihana
      not much for details, perhaps asking will encourge more details to come out about his setup.
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      needle wheel / chopper blade VIDEO by unknown
      not much for details. But may be of some intrest. Click link for oringal post that koizilla posted this find to. http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1038560&postcount=355
      febi by rickgrippner
      a lot of info and pictures. compared to other designs, uses many small tubes to bring foam up into the collection cup, instead of a single large tube / pipe. His design is abit spread out. See linked to post to find the additional threads.
      diy multi tube FF air diffuser design. by garret
      a lot of pictures and details.
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      FF by richard holub
      Description: n/a yet.
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      Show Tank 55 gallon filter w/ Protien Skimmer by B
      Description: n/a yet.



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      bead filters / conversion of sand filters / sand filters

      bead filters / conversion of sand filters / sand filters / pressurized filters
      Sand Filter Retrofit by Tim (Pg.5)
      sand filters themselves used on pools just don't cut it on ponds. Due to clogging up so quicklly, So this is one of many sand filter to bead filter conversions. Good details and information.
      Low head bead filter by luke
      the 3 muskateers. ( garret, steve, luke ), if you read one ya better read the other 2. all 3 builds roughly started at same time. With each of there own problems and doings.
      Low head bead filter by birdman ( Steve )
      the 3 muskateers. ( garret, steve, luke ), if you read one ya better read the other 2. all 3 builds roughly started at same time. With each of there own problems and doings.
      Low head bead filter by from the guy who started it all, Harveythekoi (Garrett)
      the 3 muskateers. ( garret, steve, luke ), if you read one ya better read the other 2. all 3 builds roughly started at same time. With each of there own problems and doings.
      pressurized mechanical fines filter 55 gallon drum by johnwolfeiv
      details are not the best. And would suggest looking at birdman or roberts chiken grit / crushed oyster shell gravity flow barrel filters. Then looking at this thread for additional info in how pressurized filter was maintained using a 55 gallon drum.
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      pressurized filter by B
      oringal doing with a 55 gallon drum with screw on lid was a bust, he then goes into showing a change over to a different filter body. A wealth of info and pictures of this little saga.
      Click Here
      55 gallon drum bead filter by Larry Lunsford
      a wealth of information and pictures. It does have advantage over normall high head bead filters. In that this will prolly provide less head loss.
      Click Here
      55 gallon drum bead filter by mpageler
      from my take based off of larry lunsford design. Not much detail or pictures. But may give some idea's.
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      old school filteration

      old school filteration
      brush holder. by Claude ( www.catson4ponds.com )
      great details and pictures, for this simply brush holder, than can make life simplier in cleaning brushes.
      Hangers for sheet media by Claude ( www.catson4ponds.com )
      great details and information on a very usefull foam / mat holder for channel filteration.
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      misc type of filters

      misc type of filters
      aquacube in pond filter by Bill OTMS
      while I am not a big fan of in pond filters, the use of the aquacube and how it was done is unquie in itself. Good details and information. Perhaps the aquacube could be used in channel filtering and remove it out the pond.
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      bottom drains (BD) (( plumbing under the liner )) retro bottom drains (( plumbing ins

      bottom drains (BD) (( plumbing under the liner ))
      retro bottom drains (( plumbing inside the pond itself ))
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      overview thread by leekinneykoi
      like this thead, but it is directly geared to high lights on bottom drains. and why you want them! Along with installation and other info upon bottom drains
      Spindrifter clone (Bottom Drain) by Harvetthekoi aka Garrett (Pg.2)
      good step by step details with pictures. For this simple modification.
      DIY Bottom Drain by Graham Hawkins (Pg.1)
      basic use of toliet flange to make a leak proof seal going through the liner.
      modified bottom drain with air by Surgarloafkoi
      a modified bottom drain that matt sells
      from scratch a fully built aerated drain by Sellis/Stan
      no modifications here, from blue prints to final creation. A wealth of pictures and information in a step by step guide.
      multi retro drains by kent wallace, meg, jla110661
      while not really consttuion of the drains, simply showing of different domes used for the drains, would suggest checking eath25 build for some good hows on retro drains.
      normal dome moded for air by harveythekoi
      instead of an air diffuser disc, dome is modded for a soaker hose.
      salad bowl dome by MrPig
      one of many things one can create a dome from. Not much for details. Or photos, just a simple salad bowl with some notchs cut out to form some legs
      same salad bowl but with air by MrPig
      just a little air disc added to dome. Nothing special. Simply and easy
      retro drain by Eathan25
      A good read with many pictures and detailed info. even if you are not intrested in a retro drain, you may pick something up.
      diy plant pot dome by kent wallace
      showing the underside of one of the drains in the multri retro drain threads.
      aquart retro drain mod for air by kent wallace
      moding one of aquart retro drains for air. Simply and easy.
      concrete retro drain by tom&zuma
      I don't think a single person nor fish could move this heavy weight of retro drains. Take a look it may give you a few ideas.
      Click Here
      manufactored bottom drains by manufactors
      showing off a few manufactored drains, while they are manufactor drains, the info talked about does bring up insights not brough up in other DIY / MOD threads on bottom drains. And should be of some intrest to most of you.
      do NOT do it this way! by kpung019
      many times this has been asked, and wondered about. Click on the picture and find out why you should NOT !!!! Run air line inside the other pipe.
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      QT tank bottom drain. by mrpig
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      TPR's / mid water pickups / mid water returns / pipe boots / bulkheads.

      TPR's ( tragental point returns) / GPR (gap point returns) / mid water pickups / mid water returns / pipe boots / bulkheads / diy bulkhead wrenchs
      pipe boots by harveythekoi
      bulkheads, unsieals, flanges, toliet flanges. Are so expensive. And when ya have that budget that we all do, this little gem can save you some cash. When you have a liner pond.
      mid water pick up by HarveyTheKoi
      ** Saftey device for fish and kids alike **
      if something gets in front of one of the inlets. You won't get stuck to the inlet. If a kid were to get stuck to something that didn't have this MOD, they could drown.
      mid water pick up dome by kent wallace
      think bottom drain but on its side and put into the pond wall.
      mid water pick up by danzcool
      grating over the pipe. Note pond was sprayed with some sort of pond liner and reason why it is all black.
      kiddy pools and like when liners streach by naturescall
      some things to think about when using a kiddies pool or like. Were the liner streaches some when filled with water. Could cause a leak around a bulkhead. Gives info to get around such a problem DIY style.
      uniseals, and installing by birdman
      a few tricks of the trade, to install a uniseal, in this step by step guide, good information and lots of pictures
      patented bulkhead nut wrench by leekennykoi (Pg 2)
      oil wrenchs, chain wrenchs, pipe wrench, a hammer and a screw driver, BAH TO ALL OF THEM!. This patented wrench works on those oversized bulkhead nuts like a champ and wins every time!
      DIY nut wrench for bulkheads by steve amy
      when that bulkhead is leaking water all over your house, and you need that one wrench you do not have to tighten the bulkhead right that second that you need it, this wrench could be made in a couple minutes. Hopefully a picture = a 1,000 words.
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      mid water pick up by ronin-koi
      MWP (mid water pickup) using 3" drains
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      bad doings with a mid water pickup by kwickcut
      ment to be a MWP (mid water pickup) but the given drain does not give any sort of way to hold the actual drain into a concrete wall. meaning most likely after a couple years. if this was to be installed, it will push out and away from wall. which whould end up causing a leak....



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      skimmers / skimmer modifications

      skimmers / skimmer modifications
      Savio Compact Skimmer Mod. by Kent Wallace (Pg.2)
      Kent wasn't satisfied with the high frction loss and draw down in the skimmer. So he modded the skimmer to handle higher flow rates
      waterco skimmer mod by kent wallace
      one of many of kent's wallace MOD's, in this installment, wanted to convert the pool skimmer into a gravity flow skimmer for a pond. Good details and pictures like always!
      indoor no-niche skimmer by Koi is the Best
      makes new meaning of a stand pipe, for that is really all it is. A 90 and a piece of pipe. For indoors were you don't have deal with leaves. And want to remove that scum crust layer on top of the water, this would do it!
      utility sink skimmer by Karl Schoeler
      a good step by step guide with pictures and details. One of the oringal lets see what we can find laying around the house and make something with. Take a reading you may get some idea's of your own from this one!
      Savio skimmer mod for larger basket by Kent Wallace
      guessing he had some problems with leafs, because he wanted a bigger leaf catching basket. So kent did a little modding, and then gave a good step by step guide as usual for this mod.
      modding a normally skimmer for gravity flow of water by schildkoi
      title says it all (( in one of the pictures the black thing = a fernco fitting ))
      diy skimmer by www.waterbugdesign.com
      different approach in how to create a leaf basket for a skimmer than other skimmers. Would be intresting to see like leaf basket put into a modified settling chamber. So one could run a few gravity flow skimmers to same filter.
      N/A not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
      a cheep pool skimmer that has no leaf basket, with skimmer that is modified for gravity flow ((normally larger outlet)) water and leafs goto a static basket settling chamber.
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      DIY skimmer. by jonathan
      just the basics. might be handy for fall times. when all the leaves go poof into our ponds.
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      savio skimmer mod, by stephen44
      using toliet flange for larger size pipe connection. a Q/A thread. that lead up to the actuall Mod thread. (( click here ))
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      DIY skimmer by jonathan
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      UV ( ultra violet lights )

      UV ( ultra violet lights )
      descussion and a couple builds by by Phil hunter
      a more in depth descusion on UV lights, that revolve around that actual mechanics of a UV. Such as ballests, finding the right fitting, etc.. To build your own out of basic stuff.
      descussion and a couple builds by by Gene
      a more in depth descusion on UV lights, that revolve around that actual mechanics of a UV. Such as ballests, finding the right fitting, etc.. To build your own out of basic stuff.
      Diy UV by birdman
      simply basic design, by adding a UV ballast and bulb to a filter / pipe.
      barrel UV filter using savio sleevless uv. by birdman
      not much info, pretty simple design.
      mutli tube UV by by Garret
      multi light, single body, from scratch to final unit. Full of pictures and details
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      UV by pass by unkletim
      not to crazy about the 3 way valves, due to normally higher head loss vs some ball valves and a tee. But in any case the simplistics of how he has the by pass. Makes one wonder. Bypass = good for maintance or for winter.
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      Diy UV by birdman
      using something else than manufactors main body to house the UV.
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      Savio UV Adapter by Birdman
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      Misc. / Others

      MISC. / OTHERS
      portable air supply for transport by Cindy (Pg.2)
      pictures are worth a 1,000 words with this little on the go air supply
      Under Water Viewer by Harveythekoi (Pg.5)
      have a glare problem? Need to get a little up close and personal? This may just be the key to takeing a better look at the fish to see if there something wrong with them, without catching them.
      water level by ronin-koi
      trying to get those filters just right, so the water level in those gravity filters is just right compared to the planed pond water level? This is the gadget to make your worries a lot less in this detailed step by step guide. ( side note: this thread gives some info in how to use a water level CLICK HERE )
      cooling your pump house by Claude ( www.catson4ponds.com )
      for those of you that live hot climates ( example desert country ), and you like tinkering, this maybe just the DIY MOD for you.
      under water camera, mount for camera by BruceP
      not much to it. But the thread goes into details of possibly making a DIY rotating camera mount, that may be of some intrest, to ya tinkers out there!
      DIY muck mop by www.waterbugdesign.com
      good details and info and pictures. Not a fan of the idea, of just using a filter sock to capture gunk. For a lot of stuff will still get back into the pond water, and may cause some problems for fish that are still in the water. By means of stirring up the muck on bottom of pond. and due to this would recommend removing all fish before using this device. and checking and if needed treating water before putting fish back into the water. for a watergarden with no fish in it. this would be a nice device!
      DIY silt vac by www.waterbugdesign.com
      has direct requirements for a certain type of trash pump. But one could prolly easly use a couple connections between inlet pump and outlet of in-line leaf trap, to allow other pumps to be used. With that would suggest to use a trash pump for this setup ((a pump that can handle solids)) and not a normal every day pond pump.
      predator protection for her wet pets by faith65
      wealth of info and pictures. For those that have 3 feet plus deep ponds I think this would be abit of a waste. But for those that do end up with those shallow ponds. This might a nice product, more so if ya dealing with some nasty predoters.
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      filter pit access / decks with hatchs / filter pits with lift up lids / filters that

      filter pit access / decks with hatchs / filter pits with lift up lids / filters that are burried in the ground.
      hatchs built into your deck by aartwmich
      when clicking on picture is just takes you a single post showing off some hatchs and access panel. If you want to read over the entire thread ( CLICK HERE ) there are many other diagrams and info about access panels and hatchs, that should give any DIY'er a run for there money.
      N/A not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
      one of them things I have taken for granted, and am now looking for good threads and projects, to place here.
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      not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
      long list of deck / filter pit ideas and doings.
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      not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
      long list of deck / filter pit ideas and doings.
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      not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
      long list of deck / filter pit ideas and doings.
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      not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
      long list of deck / filter pit ideas and doings.
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      not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
      long list of deck / filter pit ideas and doings.
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      sump pit by www.suburbanponds.com
      some Q/A's for 55 gallon sump pit installation / usage
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      deck building by james,pond_james
      alot of info and pictures.
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      eletrical by unknown creator
      eletrical needs for a koi pond
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      winter covers by unknown creator
      winter covers. and should you run diffusers on bottom drains in winter yes or no and when.
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      winter cover by txmesquite
      Description: n/a yet.
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      winter covers by unknown creator
      Description: n/a yet.
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      winter covers by unknown creator
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      filter pit eletrical hatch opener. by stephen44
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      Fake Rocks (making your own)

      Fake Rocks (making your own)
      Fake Rock by koibie (Pg.5)
      a lot of pictures and a lot of details. As koibie goes through making fake rock for the entire pond surroundings.
      fake rock creation by www.waterbugdesign.com
      good info and pictures, if ya got an extra bag of concrete laying around. Try it out without color just to see what ya get, what is it going to hurt?
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      pond windows

      pond windows
      koiphenett looking through window by the koiphens
      the love birds themselves that have created this great forum, showing off there window in there QT pond. While not a lot of details on this thread about the window and qt tank,compared to there actual start to finish threads, it is refreshing to see the rarity of windows in ponds. and may give you a idea or 2 of your own.
      yet another window being put into a pond by mekoi
      not much for details, but may give you an idea or to, in install a window into your pond
      putting a window in your pond by ronin-koi
      a wealth of info and pictures
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      window put into a Q-tank by auntiesue
      a wealth of info and pictures over the entire Q tank build.
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      winter covers / solar covers / shade sails / green house covers / and the like

      winter covers / solar covers / shade sails / green house covers / and the like
      floating solar covers by ryan s
      looks like one hug sheet of bubble wrap or something like it. He goes into details about long slits being cut, so as to allow the koi if they ever to get on top, a way to exscape and get back into the water.
      basic wood A frame with plastic over it by anthonym
      no detail or information, its pretty simply doing, that the pictures should be able to get across.
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      not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
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      green hose covers by www.pvcplans.com
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      winter covers by richtoybox
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      not sure what to call it. by a few folks
      winter green house covers
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      fall neting of pond and covers
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      those thinking, that it is just digging a hole and dropping in a liner, is all it tak

      those thinking, that it is just digging a hole and dropping in a liner, is all it takes, for a pond
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      BIG MISTAKE by auntiesue
      She has some great courage, no doubt for posting this info! Itís a good read for any person. Wanting to build a pond. While a picture may be worth a 1,000 words. This is one thread, that a single picture and the details ya just going to have to read, to find out the story behind it all. and what she went through.
      what ya should not do. ( QT tank ) by sdgeorge
      one of those uth oh's, as you can see from pic, and the bowing of the plywood, and the seperation at the corners. Id be one scarried puppy day in and day out, as I wonder if it is still holding water, and I didn't have a blow out. Not much details or anything, the pictures should be enough to get ya to start asking questions.
      side cave in from heavy rains by beckesj
      no direct disaster picks, but just another one of them, uth ohs. As wet muddy side walls give way.
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      plumbing failer by unknown creator
      basment flooded due to plumbing failer.
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      short stories of mistakes by unknown creator
      varying short stories of things that have happen to varying folks
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      concrete collars, DIY concrete block pond shell creation.

      concrete collars, DIY concrete block pond shell creation.
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      not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
      Tip see START TO FINISH POND PROJECTS ( click here ) were much more detail can be seen in preping and installing structural support for varying ponds.
      N/A na by na
      one of them things that I have taken for granted. And now am looking for good threads, that give detail, and building.
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      dry stacking blocks by unknown creator
      dry stacking blocks, and use of surface bonding cement
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      not sure what to call it. by unknown creator
      tips and tricks and howto to installing a EPDM or like type liner.



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