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Old December 19th 04, 09:28 PM
ex WGS Hamm
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Default DIY external filter

I plan to buy a new pump next year for my 2000 gallon pond. It has goldfish
in and one koi. I would like an external filter but as the pump will cost a
fortune and the pond only exists because I rescued the fish last year from
someone who was about to dump them in a river I don't want to spend more
than I can afford. The pond cost me enough in labour and liner and plants
etc. So, has anyone ever built their own filter or does anyone know where I
might find a 'how to'?


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Old December 19th 04, 10:50 PM
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someone who was about to dump them in a river I don't want to spend more
than I can afford. The pond cost me enough in labour and liner and plants
etc. So, has anyone ever built their own filter or does anyone know where I
might find a 'how to'?


Skippy Bio-Filter
http://www.skippysstuff.com/

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Old December 20th 04, 12:25 AM
Jim and Phyllis Hurley
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I suspect that most of us have put together filters of various sorts. Ours
are veggie filters (small ponds with a slow water flow and loads of plants.
The muck settles and the plants and bacteria deal with the nitrites. Ours
get drained (2" bottom drain) each spring. No filter material to clog.
Ours can be seen on our website. Let me or rec.ponds know if you have
details to ask.

Can you do a veggie filter? We think them the easiest. Others may
vehemently disagree.

You will get loads of other suggestions.

Jim
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"ex WGS Hamm" wrote in message
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I plan to buy a new pump next year for my 2000 gallon pond. It has goldfish
in and one koi. I would like an external filter but as the pump will cost
a
fortune and the pond only exists because I rescued the fish last year from
someone who was about to dump them in a river I don't want to spend more
than I can afford. The pond cost me enough in labour and liner and plants
etc. So, has anyone ever built their own filter or does anyone know where
I
might find a 'how to'?




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Old December 20th 04, 04:10 AM
J.D. Stone
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"ex WGS Hamm" wrote in message
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I plan to buy a new pump next year for my 2000 gallon pond. It has goldfish
in and one koi. I would like an external filter but as the pump will cost
a
fortune and the pond only exists because I rescued the fish last year from
someone who was about to dump them in a river I don't want to spend more
than I can afford. The pond cost me enough in labour and liner and plants
etc. So, has anyone ever built their own filter or does anyone know where
I
might find a 'how to'?


I have a couple of links to ideas on this page:
http://www2.itexas.net/jdstone/pondlink.htm


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Old December 20th 04, 07:51 PM
~ jan JJsPond.us
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On Sun, 19 Dec 2004 20:28:57 GMT, "ex WGS Hamm" wrote:

I plan to buy a new pump next year for my 2000 gallon pond. It has goldfish
in and one koi. I would like an external filter but as the pump will cost a
fortune and the pond only exists because I rescued the fish last year from
someone who was about to dump them in a river I don't want to spend more
than I can afford. The pond cost me enough in labour and liner and plants
etc. So, has anyone ever built their own filter or does anyone know where I
might find a 'how to'?

click on "My Filter" and "Demon Pond Filter" ~ jan
http://users.owt.com/jjspond/

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Old December 21st 04, 08:36 AM
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" I would like an external filter but as the pump will cost a
fortune "

A submersible pump running to a out of pond DIY filter should not cost you a
fortune. I like azponds.com. In fact right now they have a 2100 gph Laguna
for a $100. A search will give you many DIY filters. The skippy idea is
very common = pond water empties into the bottom of a container and the
'dirt' is trapped as it rises to flow out. The material that traps it also
serves as a medium for the good biobugs. Many would advise against it, but
my filter is similar to a skippy except I use pea gravel instead of
scrubbies. The advantage is it cleans great and is really low in initial
cost. The disadvantage is it clogs up and must be cleaned much more often
than the scrubbies. Jan's demon pond filter is terrific but it aint cheap.
Generally the more you invest in your filter, the less maintenance will be
required.
HTH
Bill



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Old December 22nd 04, 06:48 PM
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I have had all kinds of home mades... and the veggie filter is the easiest and least
time consuming for cleaning, and frankly, cheap.
http://puregold.aquaria.net/mypond/2000/p2000.htm
http://puregold.aquaria.net/mypond/2000/details.htm
Ingrid

"Jim and Phyllis Hurley" wrote:

I suspect that most of us have put together filters of various sorts. Ours
are veggie filters (small ponds with a slow water flow and loads of plants.
The muck settles and the plants and bacteria deal with the nitrites. Ours
get drained (2" bottom drain) each spring. No filter material to clog.
Ours can be seen on our website. Let me or rec.ponds know if you have
details to ask.

Can you do a veggie filter? We think them the easiest. Others may
vehemently disagree.

You will get loads of other suggestions.

Jim




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Old December 24th 04, 06:48 PM
ex WGS Hamm
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"Newbie Bill" wrote in message
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" I would like an external filter but as the pump will cost a
fortune "

A submersible pump running to a out of pond DIY filter should not cost you

a
fortune. I like azponds.com. In fact right now they have a 2100 gph

Laguna
for a $100. A search will give you many DIY filters. The skippy idea is
very common = pond water empties into the bottom of a container and the
'dirt' is trapped as it rises to flow out. The material that traps it

also
serves as a medium for the good biobugs. Many would advise against it,

but
my filter is similar to a skippy except I use pea gravel instead of
scrubbies. The advantage is it cleans great and is really low in initial
cost. The disadvantage is it clogs up and must be cleaned much more often
than the scrubbies. Jan's demon pond filter is terrific but it aint cheap.
Generally the more you invest in your filter, the less maintenance will be
required.

Thanks all for the advice. I will take a look at everything suggested.



 




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