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  1. I posted a similar story a couple of years back....

    I posted a similar story a couple of years back. I had a uv light that I had bought from them satisfactorily but then I ordered a replacement bulb. When it arrived it was literally sandwiched between...
  2. Thread: Amalgam uv

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    I had a similar situation. I had a temporary...

    I had a similar situation. I had a temporary filter running while I finished building my drum. I put some extra sealer round Amalgam cable connection and it ran submerged in the filter tank for 3...
  3. I would doubt the first zero test was accurate....

    I would doubt the first zero test was accurate. My pond has run for a year with minimal water changes( maybe equivalent to two changes in a year) and Nitrates remain at a steady 20-25ppm. Fully...
  4. Thread: Acrylic Window

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    It would be interesting to hear from anyone who...

    It would be interesting to hear from anyone who has an acrylic window in use for a year or more. My glass window needs a good scrub once a week to remove algae- how does acrylic handle this I wonder...
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    Looking good, I like the idea of covering top of...

    Looking good, I like the idea of covering top of baskets with nylons:D. I just used gravel but I think your idea would work better.
    Do you have something to space the baskets apart where they are...
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    Thanks. I would add that they are held down...

    Thanks.

    I would add that they are held down with bungee cords as I made them as light as possible(in 3 2m sections) and wind would pick them up! Also have not had any significant snowfall on them...
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    I built a wooden frame and covered it with...

    I built a wooden frame and covered it with greenhouse grade polythene sheet. Also has bubble wrap layer stapled across the inside. Has done 3 seasons so farbut hope to find some second hand polycarb...
  8. Thread: Daily Pic Thread

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    Had a day off so pulled the koi fry out for their...

    Had a day off so pulled the koi fry out for their first selection. Out of 152 that arrived from New Forest Koi there are 146 survivors, kept 38 and moved on 108 to a mates pond(lake:rolleyes:). Dont...
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    Its still bugs- just different ones. Treatments...

    Its still bugs- just different ones. Treatments will have the same effect on anoxic as "normal" bugs afaik. Also they are just as temp dependant.
  10. Thread: First ever koi

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    As a beginner, who made a hash of it first time...

    As a beginner, who made a hash of it first time round, I would say be very aware of "new pond syndrome" and start slow. Ideally "fishless cycle" using Ammonia to start filters off before adding the...
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    I really don't know how you manage it Dave, well...

    I really don't know how you manage it Dave, well done sir.
    My 150 are growing happily in my lily pond and starting to show a bit more colour now- I am going to find it very hard to throw 145 of them...
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    I did not find making baskets too hard. First...

    I did not find making baskets too hard. First find (and test by soaking for a few days) cat litter- in my case wilko budget cat litter. Then sieve the litter , I used a 1.5-2mm hole sieve and did...
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    I cant recommend fishless cycling enough. You can...

    I cant recommend fishless cycling enough. You can just do filter media but I did it whole pond, 1litre of strong ammonia off ebay, 6-7 weeks, job done. All fish in at one go, no stress, happy days....
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    Thanks, I wanted something to put in the top...

    Thanks, I wanted something to put in the top "lily" pond in order to keep the insect larvae down and inspired by your breeding program I thought why not give some fry a go:D. It is around 2000L and...
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    Oh no, not again, that did not take long... ...

    Oh no, not again, that did not take long...

    Hang on in there Dave. Just taken delivery of 150 fry and was hoping for a bit of advice on feeding, culling etc.
  16. Thread: Pond Window

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    Welcome, join the fun! My advice would be...

    Welcome, join the fun!

    My advice would be rebate and glue it in. I used
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Idealseal-Auto-Marine-Black-Polyurethane-Sealant-Adhesive-300ml-/283339845420?var=
    cheap and...
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    These are available:- ...

    These are available:-

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hessian-Hair-Shirt-Cilice-/163426132028?var=

    just in case anyone needs one...
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    Pond capacity in litres / gallons: 21000L -...

    Pond capacity in litres / gallons: 21000L - 18000 main pond, 2000 lily pond, 1000 filters/pipework


    How many koi over 30cm: 0 :(


    How many koi under 30cm: 23 -most close to 30cm now

    ...
  19. Thread: Daily Pic Thread

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    Summers Here

    Hello again, not been posting for a while but here are a couple of pics of pond Mk2, 11 months since restocking and garden construction all but finished
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    Always good to see an update from your "fish...

    Always good to see an update from your "fish farm" Dave, still have memories of a very pleasant visit a couple of years back. Good luck with this years hatch and I hope to maybe buy a couple of your...
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    Hi I had a home made solar water heating panel...

    Hi

    I had a home made solar water heating panel running for a while but it is currently awaiting a rebuild after a few pipe problems. While it was working it added a reasonable boost to temps but I...
  22. Thread: Koi pond clay

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    Good info from Syd as usual ...

    Good info from Syd as usual

    https://koiorganisationinternational.org/koi-articles/science-behind-using-clay-ponds

    Dont tell anyone but Bentonite clay is also known as Fullers Earth- available...
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    You need surface area to maximise the efficiency...

    You need surface area to maximise the efficiency of the baskets, water must flow around all sides plus top and bottom ideally. The "action" all takes place fairly close to the outer surface of the...
  24. As others have said, pressure is in fact minimal....

    As others have said, pressure is in fact minimal. Ordinary household pipes/glue are perfectly capable. I have even used push fit fittings on 110mm bottom drain pipework with no problems or leaks- as...
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    Fishless cycling for me, every time, if you can...

    Fishless cycling for me, every time, if you can wait for fish arriving. See www.mankysanke.co.uk/html/fishless_cycling.html
    Took me 6-7 weeks and at least you dont put the fish through hell while...
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