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    Thread: Should I add a retro bottom drain

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      Should I add a retro bottom drain

      Still very new. Pond came with the house. 11◊16, 3 feet deep in middle. Plant shelves on the side. 1000 gallons. I'm wanting to put shubunkins and plants in the pond. If I'm putting pots at the bottom of the pond for lilies, do you still recommend installing a retro botton drain? I thought it worked best with a clear bottom? Thanks for any input

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      So no pump no filtration? If there isnít a true bottom drain then I definitely vote for a retro fit one
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      Yes, it has some filtration. There is a skimmer box. It contains a net, matala pad, and a submersible pump. That gets pumped to a waterfall with biological filtration (more pads and tubules).

      My husband and I are looking at redoing the waterfall. We purchased an 18w uv light to add. I've been reading a lot about filtration on here and was also planning on adding a birdman s and g filter. Again, since I would be putting pots on the bottom, I wasn't sure how effective a retro bottom drain would be.

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      The pond floor should be clear so wastes/debris can move toward the BD
      Iím not sure what ďpotsĒímeans but they should be only on the plant shelves
      A picture of my Rhino RT-BD this thing swept the whole pondfoor surface without skipping a beat
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      Quote Originally Posted by NLG View Post
      Yes, it has some filtration. There is a skimmer box. It contains a net, matala pad, and a submersible pump. That gets pumped to a waterfall with biological filtration (more pads and tubules).

      My husband and I are looking at redoing the waterfall. We purchased an 18w uv light to add. I've been reading a lot about filtration on here and was also planning on adding a birdman s and g filter. Again, since I would be putting pots on the bottom, I wasn't sure how effective a retro bottom drain would be.

      If you are not doing Koi, and only Shubunkins, I see no problem with having pots on the bottom of the pond. I do think a retro bottom drain is still important though as you are trying to remove as much waste as you can from the bottom of the pond.
      people like to vehemently defend their purchases and find it incredulous that anything could be better

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      Thanks for the feedback. I'm wanting pots at the bottom for lilies. I'm not doing any koi just shubunkins

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      Ok. Thank you for the feedback.

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      You can put each pot up on two bricks that are lying flat on the bottom and have a space between them. This will help keep the bottom swept a little better, especially if you orient the bricks right - sort of pointing at the bottom drain, in the direction of the flow.
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      Quote Originally Posted by GoldieGirl View Post
      You can put each pot up on two bricks that are lying flat on the bottom and have a space between them. This will help keep the bottom swept a little better, especially if you orient the bricks right - sort of pointing at the bottom drain, in the direction of the flow.
      Awww.... great idea. Thanks for the help

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