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    Eight months on......... update

    Back in June 2020 I eventually completed the pond renovation/extension and transferred my fish all 30 of them from a small holdings tank to their new 4500 gallon home.
    At first it was a little bit of a bumpy road but with loads of help from this forum and a lot of patience....... I mean a lot of patience from my wife it all came together and is now pretty much maintenance free.
    Basically I have a 3inch bottom drain that is gravity fed into my suction pit. Before the pond water enters the suction pit it initially is passed through my Solum 25 Dragor Drum that has been modified by me whereas instead of relying on a float switch to trigger the wash cycle I bought a simple timer that starts the wash cycle every 16 minutes for 35 seconds.
    There are two 1 and 1.5hp pumps that suck from the suction pit one going to a home made 4 tier barrel bio filter system (consisting of one settlement tank two moving beds and lastly a netting tank that catches anything that passes through the first 3 barrels. Off that same pump it feeds my Bakki Shower also home made that consists of 3 towers filed with coral and white superfine pads that we change out once a week. The second pump goes through a converted swimming pool sand filter that is filled with glass beads.......... this filter does an amazing job of keeping the water crystal clear but needs backwashing at least every second day........ took a while to get her to understand how to do it but this job has been added to the maids choresEight months on......... update
    After the water passes through the sand filter it goes through a pond jetting system or can be diverted to the main waterfall which serves as two purposes.
    First it looks and sounds amazing, second it has a small water leak so I use it to add some fresh water to the pond every few days.
    My auto feeder is a godsend, it chucks 15 seconds of food into the pond 5 times a day........ I also manually feed them depending on how many beers Iíve had......... they seem to enjoy that time of dayEight months on......... updateEight months on......... updateEight months on......... updateEight months on......... update
    My skimmer is a mesh sock that also gets changed twice a day by the maid. This keeps any floating material ...,,.food leaves algae frogs from getting into the suction tank.
    So there you have it........ happy ponding
    Neil









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    A maid!

    Why didn't I think of that - every koi pond should have one

    Glad it's running smoothly for you Neil.

    Jim
    I don't keep fish, I keep water. I don't keep fish, I keep water. I don't keep fish I kee........

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    Glad you got out the other end of your issues.

    Pond looks great,

    You must have a fair amount of dead spots in there, do you have any problem whit waste on the floor?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeh83 View Post
    Glad you got out the other end of your issues.

    Pond looks great,

    You must have a fair amount of dead spots in there, do you have any problem whit waste on the floor?


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    Mike I had the air turned off for the pictures, normally I have 4 large air stones on 24/7 along with the jets so no waste settling on the bottom also the floor slopes down to the bottom drain.......im really chuffed with the way its turned out.
    Usually after golf I turn the air off and chill with my fish having a few beers and snacks while listening to some nice music..........retirement is great

    Neil

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    Looking good. Is this the tempest prototype

    9000 litre, fibreglass, BD/skimmer, Nexus 220, Draco, Remora i9 ASHP, Econbead 50 bead filter.

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    Here is a picture with the air and jets running


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spongebob View Post
    Looking good. Is this the tempest prototype

    It works great but doesnít produce any protein/muck so itís turned off
    Neil


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    That looks great, pleased to hear it has settled down too

    I see you have a couple of sails up, what did you use may I ask, I am tinkering with new fabrics at the moment and after some thoughts from others ??

 

 

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