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    Quote Originally Posted by rolo View Post
    good morning all and a happy new year. Im in the planning stag of pond MK 2. Having read all 17 pages on the draco drum is everyone still happy with the performance of the drum . im looking at the solum 25 only problems that kept coming up is water level and cleaning intervals both of which have being sorted by yourselves.

    keith
    I've had my Draco 16 since May 2020 so been running just ovrer 3.5 years.

    I wish I had gone for the Draco 25 as I've not been able to get the flow rate I've desired on the smaller Draco 16. As for quality, not wishing to tempt fate but not had any failures that I can remember. I am one that changed the mesh to the lesser micron and this did help the ridiculous number of cleans per hour albeit its still alot in the heart of summer; my pond is about 8000 litres and in full sun. The water quality is okay, not as good as I had hoped from having a drum but there may be other factors involved such as food I'm using or stocking level.

    Would I buy another? If I did, it would be the bigger Draco 25. But as I was expecting more from it, and I've had to downgrade the mesh to stop it cleaning every couple of minutes in the summer, I'd certainly look at other options before I bought another. But it's not an outright no.

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    I'd second what Mcwatson said.

    Mine has ran since October 2019 without issue.

    I also swapped to a less fine mesh (around 77 microns iirc) to reduce how often it cleans and also wish I'd gone for the 25 too.

    My water clarity is really good most of the year, but does get a bit crap through summer.

    I think it's the case that my pond is just overstocked, rather than it being the drums fault (given the amount of waste it can reasonably be expected to handle with such a small mesh on it).

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    many thanks for replies.
    what size are your ponds, plan so far is 3m x 1.5m x 5m internal dimension if maths right 22.5 cu/m or 22500 lts.
    do like the look of drum with separate bio chamber and stand for the drum looks neat and tidy.

    keith

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolo View Post
    many thanks for replies.
    what size are your ponds, plan so far is 3m x 1.5m x 5m internal dimension if maths right 22.5 cu/m or 22500 lts.
    do like the look of drum with separate bio chamber and stand for the drum looks neat and tidy.

    keith
    Mine is box shaped and 3m long, 1.5 wide and about 1.7m deep so about 8000 litres.

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    I have 3000 gals on my solum 25 and I wouldn't go any smaller as in the summer it cleans every 30 mins.
    I am over stocked though.
    John

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    I have 3000 gals on my solum 25 and I wouldn't go any smaller as in the summer it cleans every 30 mins.
    I am over stocked though.
    Yep, hence my almost immediate regret on getting the smaller Solum 16. 30 mins per clean in the summer would have been perfect but even with the lesser micron mesh, its still sometimes cleaning sub 10 mins when really bad. Usually solved for a week by a jetwasher clean of the mesh but drums were meant to be almost maintenance free so cleaning the cleaner is a bit backwards.

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    My pond is 13,000 litres (including filters etc).



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