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    Draco drums

    Hi guys,
    looking to change over to a drum filter, seen the draco minima dual unit anyone use one or have any views on them please.
    thanks guys..



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    Very happy with my solum 25 and couldn’t fault it. I switched the screen to higher micron, super clear water and had a 20k pump at 55% and 30k pump at 95% with 25 minute cleans.

    It is for sale now but only because I closed the pond and would recommend highly for the value and availability of parts…


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    Only thing keep the controller box out of the rain. The controller is common to all the models.
    1700 litres on 50 watts
    Eco Pond 2.0: 13,000 litres, 58W airlifts, 1300l anoxic, Solum 16. No pump.

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    Ive been running the Solum 16 for a year , now , and really happy with it .

    A couple of weeks ago , I had an issue with a leak that developed on part of the pipework . I messaged them , and received the replacement parts the next day .
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    Draco Solum 16 , 400l Bio Chamber

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    Another here with solum 25 and large Bio, been really pleased with it so far

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    Thanks guys for the info..

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX koi View Post
    Hi guys,
    looking to change over to a drum filter, seen the draco minima dual unit anyone use one or have any views on them please.
    thanks guys..
    just had a look at draco minima combi unit,
    and it's rating of 2000 gallons with maximum of only 40 litres of media.
    seems a bit small to be fair,
    i'd go for one of the larger units.

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    Thanks Dave,
    Iv only got a small pond 1300 gallons, I thought it might be a bit on the small side, I’d be looking to at least have double the filter capacity to pond volume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX koi View Post
    Thanks Dave,
    Iv only got a small pond 1300 gallons, I thought it might be a bit on the small side, I’d be looking to at least have double the filter capacity to pond volume.
    fair enough if you add some extra bio,
    i ran my old 1000 gallon pond with 100 litres of K1 micro, and 100 litres of shower media submerged.
    i have 350 litres of media on my current pond, but will probably expand that at some point...

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    I just made my own moving bed to come off the Draco alongside my shower. Better to over filter than under.

    My drum is still for sale …… cough cough!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapleyr View Post
    Very happy with my solum 25 and couldn’t fault it. I switched the screen to higher micron, super clear water and had a 20k pump at 55% and 30k pump at 95% with 25 minute cleans.

    It is for sale now but only because I closed the pond and would recommend highly for the value and availability of parts…


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    what did you switch it down to as the mircon level that they come supplied with is quite low.

    Did much flow get through?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimJones View Post
    what did you switch it down to as the mircon level that they come supplied with is quite low.

    Did much flow get through?
    I increased the micron to increase flow to a 77 mesh. Much more flow and little to no effect on the water quality


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    I had a power surge that fried my controller unit but I was under garuntee and Tony was brilliant . Repaired it and sent it back to me within 6 days.

    Taking his advice I put a surge protector in circuit before it as mine is powered off a plug socket. tenner of the net for a decent one .

    Cant fault them and once you have a drum you realise how you ever lived without one !

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    Hi guys,
    after much searching and reading Iv gone for the QK25 Drum, it’s being delivered on Thursday.
    thanks to everyone for their help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX koi View Post
    Hi guys,
    after much searching and reading Iv gone for the QK25 Drum, it’s being delivered on Thursday.
    thanks to everyone for their help.
    you won't regret it,
    especially when you see the build quality for a £1325 drum. (minus the £70 you get back in reward points)

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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    you won't regret it,
    especially when you see the build quality for a £1325 drum. (minus the £70 you get back in reward points)
    Do they still have a 6 month delivery window

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    No I ordered Monday it’s coming Thursday ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbs View Post
    Do they still have a 6 month delivery window
    no, the panic buying is over lol!
    but the QK35's are out of stock now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    you won't regret it,
    especially when you see the build quality for a £1325 drum. (minus the £70 you get back in reward points)

    Wow that cheap.

    my draco drop in was same price 2 years ago

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimJones View Post
    Wow that cheap.

    my draco drop in was same price 2 years ago

    Jim
    a lot of people are put off by the 120 micron mesh screen,
    but honestly my water is gin clear, i'm very happy with it.

    a lot of the smaller particles in pond water will be algal diatoms that get killed by the UV and settle out.
    but diatoms can be as small as 20 microns. and no drum will catch them....


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