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    Terry Wright "Wrighty's" DIY RDF is anyone else building it at present?

    I purchased the plans for this straight away, at 25 they are a steal as they have links to every item required and where to buy it. Then a separate plan on how to build it with a series of instructional videos.

    Was just wondering if anyone else is building one?

    Filter can be seen here:-
    https://youtu.be/YHQnm4lsGeA

    For some strange reason he runs it pump fed instead of gravity so changes will have to be made for me.

    Plans van be purchased here if interested, all delivered instantly by e-mail with full support from Terry.

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    I don't earn anything from this I just think the system is great and he built a 26" inch drum combi filter for less than 600. So thought I would share.


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    No, since I am in the beginning of planning quite a large pond I am trying to learn everything about pond filtration. What I do not understand is why the RDF and the DIY PRO of Wrightys isn't combined. As I understand that would be the best solution instead of the moving bed module that are built after the RDF. Perhaps the only reason is space, and I have fully respect for that, but as living at the country I have the possibility to combine both.

    I also look at gravity feeding but as for now I do not have the knowledge to understand how the RDF must be modified for accepting gravity feeding. I am planning to buy both plans if this is adviced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    No, since I am in the beginning of planning quite a large pond I am trying to learn everything about pond filtration. What I do not understand is why the RDF and the DIY PRO of Wrightys isn't combined. As I understand that would be the best solution instead of the moving bed module that are built after the RDF. Perhaps the only reason is space, and I have fully respect for that, but as living at the country I have the possibility to combine both.

    I also look at gravity feeding but as for now I do not have the knowledge to understand how the RDF must be modified for accepting gravity feeding. I am planning to buy both plans if this is adviced.
    The reason is because an RDF is new cutting edge technology that removes the dirt from your pond water and filter when it is necessary. This means that no solids are left submerged in your water causing pollution.

    The DIY pro is based on the Nexus where the dirt is captured by the K1 media and kept in the water until someone physically cleans it. This defeats the purpose of the RDF. The moving bed is a better option.
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    I fully respect your willingness to give this a go dave Terry Wright "Wrighty's" DIY RDF is anyone else building it at present? with what you have put your hand too already i cant see why you couldnt build this and really better/improve on it imo Terry Wright "Wrighty's" DIY RDF is anyone else building it at present? as always lots of pics and details when you start mate and best of luck Terry Wright "Wrighty's" DIY RDF is anyone else building it at present?


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    This is gonna be interesting...
    Cant wait for the build pics...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee63 View Post
    I fully respect your willingness to give this a go dave Terry Wright "Wrighty's" DIY RDF is anyone else building it at present? with what you have put your hand too already i cant see why you couldnt build this and really better/improve on it imo Terry Wright "Wrighty's" DIY RDF is anyone else building it at present? as always lots of pics and details when you start mate and best of luck Terry Wright "Wrighty's" DIY RDF is anyone else building it at present?


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    Cheers Lee,

    Truth is fella I have already started this project, I wasn't going to do a sort of build thread if you like as it may take away from Terry's hard work in creating the plans for sale.

    I will of course update with a few along the way shots and the finished product. It will be a while though as I am on with so many at once as well as building the new pond out back.

    Thanks for stopping by
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    I quite like the look of this and might give it a go myself next spring when I start my new pond my main concern is the amount of wood involved I realise it’s to keep the cost down but timber and water is not a very good mix ..I would also like to have it gravity fed but have no idea what would be involved hopefully I can get a few tips from you Dave along the way ��9

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    If i where to even attempt a make build like this RDF which involves wood i would seriously look into fibreglassing the inside.......

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    I would like to build a mini-drum....and I mean 'mini' for a c. 1000L grow on / QT / hospital tank in garage. Does anyone have any thoughts on how easy it would be to scale this right down?
    Ian.

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    That is not a bad idea Ant 62 I had not thought of that and it could work quite well


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant62 View Post
    If i where to even attempt a make build like this RDF which involves wood i would seriously look into fibreglassing the inside.......
    Hi Ant,

    I am a big fan of creating my own stuff and I do, it is part of the fun. I like Wrighty's stuff and it all makes a load of sense and for me has worked in the past. Then someone put a drum on the market that cost less than 1000, filtered up to 22,000 litres (and maybe even more), contained an (expensive) Amalgam U.V. and was reasonably compact. What's not to like there? So I purchased one and apart from a few small issues have been like the cat that has got the cream ever since. Wrighties wooden drum costs around 600 for the parts and from a build it yourself point of view is fabulous. However it is too big for me, would have to sit outside (oops it is wood) and from a financial point of view it doesn't cost in if you add in the cost of the Amalgam U.V. and adding a fibreglass skin compounds that.

    Blackbird,

    I have a drum (AEM Easy Drum 22) and kept my two static bed blue barrels behind the drum (I also have Anoxic in my sump). I am finding that the static blue barrels are an extra set of braces too far. There ain't any dirt comes out when I "clean" them even if I leave it for a month. So I guess the drum is doing it's job, what surprises me is how well it is doing it's job! Thinking about letting the 100 litres of K1 float around the sump as a moving bed - pushed around by the incoming flow of water, or, doing away with the K1 altogether.

    Kenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handy Kenny View Post
    Hi Ant,

    I am a big fan of creating my own stuff and I do, it is part of the fun. I like Wrighty's stuff and it all makes a load of sense and for me has worked in the past. Then someone put a drum on the market that cost less than 1000, filtered up to 22,000 litres (and maybe even more), contained an (expensive) Amalgam U.V. and was reasonably compact. What's not to like there? So I purchased one and apart from a few small issues have been like the cat that has got the cream ever since. Wrighties wooden drum costs around 600 for the parts and from a build it yourself point of view is fabulous. However it is too big for me, would have to sit outside (oops it is wood) and from a financial point of view it doesn't cost in if you add in the cost of the Amalgam U.V. and adding a fibreglass skin compounds that.

    Blackbird,

    I have a drum (AEM Easy Drum 22) and kept my two static bed blue barrels behind the drum (I also have Anoxic in my sump). I am finding that the static blue barrels are an extra set of braces too far. There ain't any dirt comes out when I "clean" them even if I leave it for a month. So I guess the drum is doing it's job, what surprises me is how well it is doing it's job! Thinking about letting the 100 litres of K1 float around the sump as a moving bed - pushed around by the incoming flow of water, or, doing away with the K1 altogether.

    Kenny
    How ya doing kenny !
    Quite interesting what you say in your post about the drum and how its taking away the waste from the pond and the blue barrel system is hardly getting a look in..
    Just goes to show how efficent an RDM can be.....
    Are you going to add a blue barrel to work as a fluid filter after your RDM !
    I have seen plenty do that........
    But i wouldnt stop using the mature k1 i would like you add it to something as the mature media is invaluable.......

    The amalgam UV is an expensive item........
    What about an inline uv would that not be much more viable and cost effective......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant62 View Post
    How ya doing kenny !
    Quite interesting what you say in your post about the drum and how its taking away the waste from the pond and the blue barrel system is hardly getting a look in..
    Just goes to show how efficent an RDM can be.....
    Are you going to add a blue barrel to work as a fluid filter after your RDM !
    I have seen plenty do that........
    But i wouldnt stop using the mature k1 i would like you add it to something as the mature media is invaluable.......

    The amalgam UV is an expensive item........
    What about an inline uv would that not be much more viable and cost effective......
    Ant,

    I have the blue barrels sitting in a sump with 2000 litres of water, I have 12 Anoxic filtration baskets in the sump which does the job of a fluidised barrel (and possibly better). I am actually thinking of doing away with the blue barrels altogether and just letting the K1 float around the sump. I already have an inline 110 watt Evolution Aqua U.V. which is still there and in use in the pipeline back into the pond, I have to assume that it was doing a good job before but should be less of a requirement now with the Amalgum U.V. in the drum on the pipeline on the way into the sump. It may be an idea to take away the U.V. on the way back to the pond to allow all that good bacteria to get to the pond itself and also increase the final output from the pump (which is in the sump). Pondering on that one! The point I was making mentioning the Amalgam U.V. is that it comes as part of the Easy Drum set up so if you take the cost of the U.V. away from the drum (1000) then the drum itself is only 700 or less.

    All the really good U.V's are expensive and in my mind there must be good a reason for that, maybe they are just better (a bit like a Jag!). Even the E.A. 110 watt model was not cheap.

    Got to say though that the Easy Drum outperforms my old Compact sieve with the blue drums hands down, my pond has never been so clear. I can see all the way down to my bottom drain which is 7.5 feet down and the pond at night with the underwater lights on isn't a white-out. I have just today added a pipeline in from my skimmer to the second inlet on the drum (a pipe run of around 45 feet @ 2") and I am hoping for even better results all round. My sump which used to collect a lot of fines (as a settlement chamber) is looking clearer as well at the moment. I think it is all going in the right direction and I am hoping this will be reflected in the health of the fish. I am definitely a fan of removing the crud from the water completely.

    Kenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handy Kenny View Post
    Ant,

    I have the blue barrels sitting in a sump with 2000 litres of water, I have 12 Anoxic filtration baskets in the sump which does the job of a fluidised barrel (and possibly better). I am actually thinking of doing away with the blue barrels altogether and just letting the K1 float around the sump. I already have an inline 110 watt Evolution Aqua U.V. which is still there and in use in the pipeline back into the pond, I have to assume that it was doing a good job before but should be less of a requirement now with the Amalgum U.V. in the drum on the pipeline on the way into the sump. It may be an idea to take away the U.V. on the way back to the pond to allow all that good bacteria to get to the pond itself and also increase the final output from the pump (which is in the sump). Pondering on that one! The point I was making mentioning the Amalgam U.V. is that it comes as part of the Easy Drum set up so if you take the cost of the U.V. away from the drum (1000) then the drum itself is only 700 or less.

    All the really good U.V's are expensive and in my mind there must be good a reason for that, maybe they are just better (a bit like a Jag!). Even the E.A. 110 watt model was not cheap.

    Got to say though that the Easy Drum outperforms my old Compact sieve with the blue drums hands down, my pond has never been so clear. I can see all the way down to my bottom drain which is 7.5 feet down and the pond at night with the underwater lights on isn't a white-out. I have just today added a pipeline in from my skimmer to the second inlet on the drum (a pipe run of around 45 feet @ 2") and I am hoping for even better results all round. My sump which used to collect a lot of fines (as a settlement chamber) is looking clearer as well at the moment. I think it is all going in the right direction and I am hoping this will be reflected in the health of the fish. I am definitely a fan of removing the crud from the water completely.

    Kenny
    When you think of the price difference between having an amalgam uv and not its a huge price difference.....
    Then if you price compare yours without the UV to the DIY version which is about 100 then besides the joy of making one etc then really i would prefer to purchase the commercial version...

    If and when i decide on an upgrade to our pond i will add another barrel to the setup.....
    I can see the benefits of the RDM and the compact version i really can.....Perhaps i may one day go down that route who know what tomorrow brings....

    The DIY barrel system i have and many of you will know from the topic on this forum as changed the water parameters completely and si ce the change over i havent lost a fish......except one that jumped the other week which you cannot do anything about tbh....
    Also since the DIY installation ive not had to use my UV and the water is crystal......
    I still have the new improved fluid barrel to install as ive not had time or the inclination to do so......

 

 

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