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    Winter filtration

    Lets open a can of worms here . I stand by never ever switching filters off at all . But where do you stand with uv ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Lets open a can of worms here . I stand by never ever switching filters off at all . But where do you stand with uv ????

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    Never switch anything off bud runs exactly the same 24/7 365

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    Thought so mate . Just starting to think about winter more every day now . Get it set up and as insulated as much as possible need to box in filter and cram with bubble wrap ect

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    Thought so mate . Just starting to think about winter more every day now . Get it set up and as insulated as much as possible need to box in filter and cram with bubble wrap ect

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    Yeh me too, time to close it in with the double glazed windows I have they fit perfect , Just need to build a shelter for the nexus and the seive to keep the worst off

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    Just had a look in garden and got loads of fencing so that'll box filter and pipes in then work on a bit insulation bubble wrap or polystyrene sheets . Then top of pond to think about keep coming up with ideas then the wife gos and dose some it silly like booking a holiday and spends the pond money bloody woman

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    Just had a look in garden and got loads of fencing so that'll box filter and pipes in then work on a bit insulation bubble wrap or polystyrene sheets . Then top of pond to think about keep coming up with ideas then the wife gos and dose some it silly like booking a holiday and spends the pond money bloody woman

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    Lol I bought a large gazebo from rapid DIY at the end of the season , was 50 quid, then bought polythene sheet from eBay the stuff for poly tunnel was about 30 quid, Just used the apex part of the gazebo which sat over the pond then put the polythene over, made it like a poly tunnel and that worked for few winters before I put the roof on

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    Funny I've just been looking at that stuff . Got timber for frame work just seen just polystyrene sheets on ebay and I was in 2 mind for the polytunnel stuff or found some heavy duty black and silver therm tarp about 30quid ??

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    Thought of just buying a tunnel 4x6 which would just is sit in side to watch them and have filter inside as well think it was 150 quid or some it but garden steps a couple times round the pond so no good like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Funny I've just been looking at that stuff . Got timber for frame work just seen just polystyrene sheets on ebay and I was in 2 mind for the polytunnel stuff or found some heavy duty black and silver therm tarp about 30quid ??

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    I bought two lots of the polythene in the end so it had a air gap and atleast you can keep an eye on them without taking cover off and letting the heat out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Thought of just buying a tunnel 4x6 which would just is sit in side to watch them and have filter inside as well think it was 150 quid or some it but garden steps a couple times round the pond so no good like

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    Just started thread of winter covers, few pics of last years winter defence lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Thought of just buying a tunnel 4x6 which would just is sit in side to watch them and have filter inside as well think it was 150 quid or some it but garden steps a couple times round the pond so no good like

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    3*2 build a apex cover with polythene job done lol

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    Next year when I get round to making proper polycarb cover i was going to rest 3x2 on coping stones would drilling a few 10mm holes in frame on back sides where weather isn't going to get to it aid in the gas off ??

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    Next year when I get round to making proper polycarb cover i was going to rest 3x2 on coping stones would drilling a few 10mm holes in frame on back sides where weather isn't going to get to it aid in the gas off ??

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    Have you got air discs in the pond?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuffyrat View Post
    Have you got air discs in the pond?

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    Had a couple . Now in mb as a hate that look in my pond I like the still ness and calm look .

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    Had a couple . Now in mb as a hate that look in my pond I like the still ness and calm look .

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    Put few in for winter they will force bad gasses out just don't put on the bottom of the pond as disturbs the warmer lower layer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuffyrat View Post
    Put few in for winter they will force bad gasses out just don't put on the bottom of the pond as disturbs the warmer lower layer

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    won't make any difference in a pond, the pumps are mixing the water and for a cold water inversion thermocline to happen the densest and warmest water would need to be 4oC
    the slow pond build thread

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    won't make any difference in a pond, the pumps are mixing the water and for a cold water inversion thermocline to happen the densest and warmest water would need to be 4oC
    Do why do so many people have mid water returns for winter and shut bottom drains off??

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    it might have a very limited impact, but that's probably more to do with chilling, but water is at its most dense at 4oC every thing above and below is less dense and so mire buoyant, so the water its self will have a slight movement.


    personally I run every thing the same as summer, and continue with the same food if they show signs of wanting to eat.
    the slow pond build thread

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    My UV goes off from October through till April. Did this last year and got no algae whatsoever between those times.

    With Pond covers does it matter if they block all the light? Will the Koi lose their colour if it does?

    I had a cheap pond cover idea and the only reason I haven't gone with it is due to it blocking light but if I can get it on good authority that lack of light wont cause any problems I'll probably go with it.

    Get 2 tarpaulin sheets with eye holes, lay the first one flat and put around 200 metres worth of bubble wrap in it, then a plank of wood in the middle that is the width of the pond to create a slope for rain water. Then lay the 2nd tarpaulin sheet on top and sew them together. Place on the pond and attach bungee cords through the eyelets to hold it down.

    What do you think?

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    A like it I've had about 10 ideas for covers and dismiss every one. I would like to know about the darkness also .I used a tarp last year but the mrs kept shouting to take it off during the day unless it was snowing for the day light ???. Think I'll be going down the way similar to yours that steve has said build a apex and use polytunnel gear over that that way it let's light it it's just basically a self build polytunnel at a fraction of the cost . I have toyed with bubble wrap underneath the poly aswell to just help that little bit more

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