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    Quote Originally Posted by Skoosh88 View Post
    You could do the same as mentioned above but in your skimmer depending on what one you have. It would be very unlikely that you will ever sell on your skimmer but you might want to change your filtration at some point, I try to leave filtration units untouched so that the are easily sellable if I want to change / upgrade, I bought a second hand seive that had been moded and although after buying a few blanks and sealing it up it worked fine just looks terrible...


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    Ah, skimmer! Now thereís a good ideal. My skimmer ainít going anywhere as itís concreted in and has a large slab on it! I think Iíll go with this as itís neat and tidy, which is what I want, and keeps the Nexus crisp.

    Also gets round the problem mentioned above about the water level in the Nexus outlet area being lower than the pond level. Perfect.

    Nice one Skoosh. Gray's Pond Build Diary
    Last edited by Gray; 22-12-2018 at 11:48 AM.

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    The water was running great and looking gin clear until the other day...

    Itís now started to go green.

    Iím surprised as itís been beautifully clear for months. It was a bit green when I started it all up and I expected that but itís now gone green again Gray's Pond Build Diary

    Checked my parameters and all looks good aside from the Nitrate which has gone from 0/0.1 to 5.

    With the odd weather Iím thinking maybe itís due to my sporadic feeding?

    Iíve changed 15% of the water and now started to feed more consistently.

    Just FYI - I have some mid-size goldfish in the pond to get the filters running. They ainít big at all. No Koi yet.

    Iím thinking that maybe some plants in rock baskets might help? Saw Fredís post about this hence my thinking.

    I donít want a shower or similar but I could hook some nice looking plant baskets in the pond if this would help.

    Thoughts?

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    hi gray. i have stopped my upper pond return to the lower pond. for the winter. and installed a bypass to the lower pond.
    to stop the wind chill and waterfall shute chill. with covering the pond. and my nitrates altered as well. plants do keep the nitrates down.
    but it could also keep the green going. my uv s do a job on that though.
    so could it be your uv bulbs need changing mate.
    on the postive side your pond sounds as though it is maturing.
    keep an eye on the weed growth though. if it gets to long. put some aqua resolve in there. unless you want to keep the algae.
    all the best for the new year mate.

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    Cheers Fred. I did wonder about the UV but itís only been running for 5-6mths and is a twin bulb EA 110w so Iíd like to think the bulbs (or at least one!) are still ok.

    I have noticed a couple of bits of string algae have appeared, nothing major, which is what lead me to think maybe the Nitrate level is a bit high.

    Not too sure where Ďnormalí should be for Nitrate. Ideal is obviously zero but guessing thatís probably not totally achievable on my current set-up?

    What would be the best plants to pop in some baskets to help? Iím not that green fingered so plant advice is very welcome!!!

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray View Post
    Cheers Fred. I did wonder about the UV but it’s only been running for 5-6mths and is a twin bulb EA 110w so I’d like to think the bulbs (or at least one!) are still ok.

    I have noticed a couple of bits of string algae have appeared, nothing major, which is what lead me to think maybe the Nitrate level is a bit high.

    Not too sure where ‘normal’ should be for Nitrate. Ideal is obviously zero but guessing that’s probably not totally achievable on my current set-up?

    What would be the best plants to pop in some baskets to help? I’m not that green fingered so plant advice is very welcome!!!

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    I have iris rushes. dutch rushes. they look like green bamboo. also water lillys. and they seem to work for me in the upper pond. I have always had nitrate readings. but only low.
    I will put a photo on to give you idea on plants

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    The thick leaves are iris rushes.and have yellow flower. In the summer.
    The thin green ones are dutch rushes.
    My water Lilly have died off for winter. But come back in spring
    I change my uv bulbs on 6 months
    If you have string algi already uv will not kill it. Get some resolve that should kill it.
    Hope this helps

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    Cheers for the advice and pics as always Fred. Really appreciated.

    Iíll look up some of those plants and they do look good.

    Iíll also look up the Resolve as well.

    Iíll get some new bulbs for the UV, swap them out and see if this makes a difference. Iíll keep the current ones just in case they are still ok.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray View Post
    Cheers for the advice and pics as always Fred. Really appreciated.

    Iíll look up some of those plants and they do look good.

    Iíll also look up the Resolve as well.

    Iíll get some new bulbs for the UV, swap them out and see if this makes a difference. Iíll keep the current ones just in case they are still ok.

    Cheers.
    When i used the resolve in spring time. My algi is only fuzzy. I do a half dose. Then 6 months later another half dose. And thats how i keep on top of it. So upto now i hope it will be once a year. But it never got to the stage of long and stringy. So you might have to do a full dose over a week say. I would do a half dose. See if that kills it. If not then another half dose.
    I bought them iris 2 years ago and a new lot this year. They grow quickly.
    Mine are not in soil. They are in baskets of half inch to a 1 inch size pebbles. And the neutrants from the food and fish feed them. Works great.
    If you use a soil you need Hessian cloth. To stop the soil and hold it.
    Plus it clouds your water. Just use pebbles. But wash the pebbles down first.
    Hope this helps
    Fred

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    Here you gou go mate
    https://www.pond-planet.co.uk/pond-c...QaAkVmEALw_wcB

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddyboy View Post
    Here you gou go mate
    https://www.pond-planet.co.uk/pond-c...QaAkVmEALw_wcB

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    Spot on. Cheers! Gray's Pond Build Diary

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