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    Thread: Getting back into koi - 4600g DIY build in a tiny yard

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      Quote Originally Posted by jcardona1 View Post
      Thanks! Static as in converting it to a S&G filter?

      No , using the same plastic media as a moving bed , but without the aeration that keeps it moving . It will be a solid mass of media , and will collect almost as much debris as a S&G filter. Then use air to clean it by building the same bottom air manifold as a S&G filter , and use air to boil the media to clean it.

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      How did you make the mortar stay on the dirt wall? Chicken wire?

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      So glad you're okay after the nasty accident!

      I'll be interested to see how the RDF waste tray works out and what kind of flow
      you're able to get from the 55g bio barrel, either static or aerated.

      Great progress!
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      That filtration set up is no joke

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      Quote Originally Posted by catfish whiskers View Post
      Oy , glad Your OK
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      No , using the same plastic media as a moving bed , but without the aeration that keeps it moving . It will be a solid mass of media , and will collect almost as much debris as a S&G filter. Then use air to clean it by building the same bottom air manifold as a S&G filter , and use air to boil the media to clean it.
      Thanks! Interesting concept. I'm sure I have enough bio so it's probably worth considering. I'll play around with it once I get it running.

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      How did you make the mortar stay on the dirt wall? Chicken wire?
      Just directly on the dirt. Mortar has a very sticky consistency when you mix it right. My intention was to simply keep the walls from collapsing or eroding away under the liner.

      Quote Originally Posted by icu2 View Post
      So glad you're okay after the nasty accident!

      I'll be interested to see how the RDF waste tray works out and what kind of flow
      you're able to get from the 55g bio barrel, either static or aerated.

      Great progress!
      Thank you! It was definitely a scary accident. Had no warning and never saw it coming which was probably better as my body was in relaxed state.

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      With all this rain keeping me indoors I remembered that I had another important project to work on...filling the totes with media! I picked up 2x 150lb bags of 4-6" feather rock for about $32 each. These were purchased from Roundtree Rock in Sacramento.

      The pieces were a bit too big overall so I broke them down into smaller chunks. Almost effortless with a hammer and mason chisel (and gloves + eye protection!). Once filled the tote weighed 46lbs which isn't bad at all, easily manageable.

      1 down, 5 to go! If I have some leftover rock, I may put a few pieces in the shallow water distribution trays. But I'm sure 8+ cu ft of media will be sufficient.


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      Still no end in sight for the rain. Yesterday I tried to put down the underlayment in the pond but the ground is way too saturated. With my heavy clay soil, the water simply won't drain and causes a soupy muddy mess.

      So I've been keeping myself busy with other random projects like finishing up the fluid bed filter, air pump connections, electrical, etc.

      Here is a final shot of the 55g fluid bed filter and electrical hookups. I had this electrical box laying around for years from another project and ended up being perfect for the pond. This has its own dedicated breaker in my circuit panel. Made a hanging PVC platform for the Hakko 25L pump. The filter has 3 returns that feed the 3 TPRs.



      Here you can see the Periha pump and leaf basket. As a reminder this pulls directly from the Zac's no-niche skimmer.



      And filled it with 4 cuft of K1-style media to let it start soaking.

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      I have concern about the small size of your discharge piping leaving the blue barrel, and its ability to handle the flow of your pump without overflowing the barrel. Am I missing something, is the top of the barrel to be sealed?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
      I have concern about the small size of your discharge piping leaving the blue barrel, and its ability to handle the flow of your pump without overflowing the barrel. Am I missing something, is the top of the barrel to be sealed?
      No, it won't be sealed. This one will take some experimenting because I have some concerns too. That's why I have a ball valve on the pump's outlet so I could cut it back if needed. With that said, I would like to try and run these 3 outlets as close to full siphon as possible then see if needs an emergency drain during pump startup. On my aquarium setups I have been able to run 2000gph through a single 1.5" pipe under full siphon but it did have a backup emergency drain. From my research, here are the flow rates by pipe size when under full siphon. The greater the head height the more it can flow which is why I elevated the barrel a bit on concrete blocks. We'll see how it works!


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      Great build and nice filter set up. Can't wait to see the final product. And I am glad you were OK after the accident. I was involved in one last year and my truck was nowhere close to the damage you got there and It took me little time to recover.

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      Any details you can share on the mortar. Did you use any chicken wire or steel? Electric mixer? Premix bags and type? I have to do something similar and could use some guidance.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Justajdavis View Post
      Any details you can share on the mortar. Did you use any chicken wire or steel? Electric mixer? Premix bags and type? I have to do something similar and could use some guidance.
      I just simply used this stuff: https://www.lowes.com/pd/QUIKRETE-Pr...ar-Mix/3026898 and applied directly on the dirt. My goal wasn't to build walls out of concrete, it was merely to give the clay soil a bit more strength under the liner so it doesn't give away over time.

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      So I don't want to jinx myself but I truly believe I'm on the home stretch now! Forecast looks like clear for the next 10 days and I have had the pond covered with a tarp for almost a week so I'm hoping the soil should be pretty dry in the next few days.

      In the meantime, I cleaned up the area around my RDF. Built a mini 'pit' for it and made a walkway so I could get to shower filters without stepping in mud.



      I also built the bracket to hang my Sweeny Koi Cafe over the pond:




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      Looking great!
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      Wow look at that fish feeder looking good with the rdf

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      It's finally happening!!!!!





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      Video video !!!

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      I just enjoyed going back through this whole thread again. You have done and are doing a great job!

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