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    What are these

    Sorry if this is in the wrong place. Still trying to understand tapatalk.
    Noticed the pond didnít seem to be running well at all barely a trickle.

    Anyway after the last post I thought Iíd check the filters and they are best described as one huge soggy muddy mess.I tried to use a half becket if the pond water to clean them and got nowhere. I think they need replacing but I donít know what they are or so canít even search for them. The box is full of these little porcelain things.





    I also think the main pump is clogged. How fast should water come out if this hole
    I would assume it should squirt out into the top filter tray


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    Evening Domb

    The little porcelain things are your media where the friendly bugs are. . these just need a flush dont need scrubbing just get the brown stuff out

    The other mats are filter and come in three stages usually green and blues for the gradual filtration . . you can buy these on amazon / ebay / or local pet/aquatic store
    and would recommend you replace as those look dated and potentially not come clean
    one of them may have been carbon at a time a long while ago but not really needed

    hope this helps

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    AllPondSolutions Pond Filter Foam Layers, 18 x 25-Inch, Pack of 3



    similar these would help and cut to size, look up and measure yours and buy larger to cut
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    just a thought have you checked your pump

    as you said a trickle, connect and look at flow now

    if still trickle may be needs the impellor replacing (the spinny thing) that drives the water they can wear down and break
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    Blagdon pond oxy 640 ltr/hr

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    Thanks, I take it you just cut to size and arrange in order, is there any ďconditioningĒ they need. Tried ringing them and just no letís start fresh and do it right.

    Iím expecting the pump to be clogged. Again I take it just drag it out if the pond. Should I worry the fish might get a bit spooked?

    In terms of the actual pond itís got tons of crud in it. I was thinking about just getting a very fine mesh net or just a tub with a few holes in to scoop it out. Will the fish be alright with it cloudy? I guess so as they cloud it up themselves


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    I would place the pump in a bucket and flush through

    Cut the filters to size for your filter body

    As for the crud you do need to remove it as it can harbour parasites and will change water parameters as it decays

    so a quick clean and short shock is best . . . do you have a kiddies paddling pool or similar and place the fish in that with pond water ??

    then you will cause minimal stress as you bucket out the crud

    any crud floating will be caught by the pump and then to the filters

    once your at a low level of crud there are additives called sludge/mud muncher or similar they will neutralise the crud but I think by the sound of it you are too far gone at the moment for that

    also once clean you can use bio balls to help get the filters going again

    hope this helps . . and get those hands dirty lol
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    Hi domb,
    Yes I would definitely try and get as much of the crud off the bottom of the pond as possible.
    A future option might be to buy a second hand pond vacuum cleaner and keep on top of it.
    The crud is where all the nasty bacteria and parasites thrive so getting rid of it is a good thing.
    Donít worry too much about spooking the fish itís inevitable- just try to minimise the impact by not chasing them around the pond!
    Youíre pump. Might just need clearing out - they usually strip down quite easily for you to see whatís up.
    Cheers
    Ady


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    Just waiting for the filters to arrive.

    I donít have a paddling pool but by if I was going to remove the fish Iíd be inclined to go postal and replace the entire pond with a bigger deeper pond and sort out the crappy garden around it. Dont quite have the time for that at the mo without the fish being in their temporary home for weeks.

    I think cleaning the crud out and giving the pump a good going over is the start of this journey


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    Ok pal

    no worries, was just thinking couple of hours in paddling pool would be less stress than you diving in and out with buckets for that time

    would allow you to give it a good clean down to bottom

    but as said once you clean it you will need to go look at filter pads soon as you will get a lot of crud suspended in the water which your pump and filters should clear

    try and test for nitrate/nitrite and ammonia as these may change with disrupting the sludge ie release things held within the bottom crud

    so a couple of filter pad washes wont go amiss

    heres hoping you get sorted soon
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    Pond Vac would be less stressful for the fish get the crud out and not mess the water as much as a bucket

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Pond Vac would be less stressful for the fish get the crud out and not mess the water as much as a bucket

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    It deffo would however I think our man is on a tight budget at the moment

    put it on the list for things for a future day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wain View Post
    It deffo would however I think our man is on a tight budget at the moment

    put it on the list for things for a future day
    Ah fair play. A different route I've used is the pump it's self if the pump can be run out of water as well is a hose in water and a pipe to discharge on to flower bed

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