Here Are A Few Of The Questions I Get Ask And The Answers.
WHEN I’VE PAID FOR THE PLANS, WHEN DO I GET THE DOWNLOAD?
Once you have gone through the PayPal secure checkout and made the payment, my website has to receive a release email from PayPal. This is normally done in 1 or 2 minutes and your Invoice containing the download links is sent. There are times when PayPal is busy (weekends) and it can take a little longer. If you have waited longer than 10 minutes, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will sort the problem asap and send you the links. Also please check your SPAM folder as some systems security may place it there as it contains links.
CAN I GET THE FILTER BUILDING PLANS IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE?
Open the Plans.
Now open your browser and go to: https://translate.google.co.uk
Highlight and copy the section you wish to translate from the plans.
Go to your browser and paste it into the box on the left hand side of Google Translate.
Now on the right hand side, select your language from the drop down menu and it will translate for you.
WHY DO I NEED A POND FILTER?
Fish produce solid waste that you can see and remove from your pond with a filter. But they also produce waste you can’t see. They give off Ammonia through there skin which is very toxic and has to be removed as they are living in a small enclosed environment. A good mature filter will turn that Ammonia into Nitrite and then into Nitrate which is a lot less harmful to your fish and good for your pond plants which help remove the Nitrate.
WHAT IF I BUY A FILTER AND IT’S TO BIG FOR MY POND?
This is not a problem. You can’t over filter a pond. It’s very easy to under filter and that’s when you get problems. Make sure when you buy a filter it’s bigger than you need. That way you know you’re safe.
WHY WON’T MY MEDIA CIRCULAT IN THE MOVING BED?
When this media is new it’s whats called Positively Buoyant and it will want to float. Putting your media all in in one go will result in it sitting on the top and not circulating. You have to be patient. It takes time for the media to become Neutrally Buoyant. When adding the media to the moving bed, do it in stages over a period of time (a week or more). Adding just enough to keep the media in the tub circulating. It can take over 8 weeks for the moving media to fully mature. It will start to slowly turn a brown colour. That’s when it really starts to work. Don’t have the media circulating too fast (looking like it’s boiling) or the bacteria will not attach. You’re looking for a nice steady simmer on the media.
HOW MUCH MEDIA DO I PUT IN THE FILTER?
This is not as easy to answer as you’d think. A lot depends on your fish load and how many. A high fish load will require more media. If you have less fish, then less media is needed.
I would look at 50% in tub 1 and 2. and 40% in tub 3 for a heavy fish load. With a light fish load 40% in tub 1 and 2 with 30% in tub 3. You can add more at a later date if you find you need it.
HOW MUCH MEDIA CAN THIS FILTER HOLD?
I would say the maximum you would want to have in each tub is 65% of the water volume for the filter to work correctly. Anymore and cleaning becomes difficult.
DO I NEED ANY OTHER MEDIA LIKE FOAM OR BIO BALLS?
No. This media will do everything you need to run your pond and provide a healthy environment and clear water for your pond. It is now used in water purifying plants all over the world for well over 15 years.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU CLEAN YOUR FILTERS?
I have a heavy fish load on my pond (30 plus) and one or two are quite large and a small shoal of Roach. I clean my filters every 7 to 10 days. But with this system, cleaning only takes 15 minutes so it’s not a problem, and I don’t even get my hands wet. You should do regular water changes on your pond so this works well with that.
WHAT IF I BUILD THIS SYSTEM AND FIND IT’S NOT BIG ENOUGH?
With any filter system you buy, if you find it’s not big enough and not doing the job, you either buy another one or buy a bigger system. The difference with this system is you simply add another tub. That’s one of the things that makes this system unique. But if you contact me I will tell you what size you need so this won’t happen. email@example.com
WHAT SIZE POND PUMP ARE YOU USING?
I use a Blagdon Force Hybrid 16000 Submersible pond pump. It’s rated at 15000 lph. But don’t forget that this is reduced by head pressure. (Gallons per hour lost by pumping the water above the pond water level, T’s and bends also slow the flow).
WHAT SIZE IS YOUR UV FILTER LIGHT?
I run a 55w UV clarifier filter light which is probably too big for my pond according to the specification’s, but I have never had green water since I fitted it. A lot of these manufactures will give you figures what the light will cope with that just don’t work. I have found over the years it pays to over size, then you know it will do the job you need it for.
WHAT SIZE AIR PUMP DO I NEED?
The air pump I use for cleaning the filters, pumps 35 lpm (litres per Minute). and on the Mk1 filter this also works the moving bed, running a 6 inch air stone. On the Midi and Pro system I use the 35 lpm for cleaning, but a much smaller aquarium pump due to the design of the moving bed. Thus making a big saving on running costs.
I HAVE A UV LIGHT AND MY WATER IS STILL GREEN, WHY?
Could be one of several things. This is with the understanding that the UV is in good working order and has no electrical defaults.
The first thing to check is the bulb. When did you last replace it? UV bulbs should be replaced at the start of every season, to ensure it’s working correctly. UV’s not only kill bloom algae (floating algae that cause Green water) they also kill pathogens that live on your fish and in your pond water.
Check your flow through the UV from your pump. A manufacturer will give you a flow rate, but to be quite honest I would reduce this by one third. You can have the flow through the UV too fast and it won’t have time to kill the algae or pathogens.
And finally as above. Always buy one plenty big enough for the job.
WHAT SIZE POND PUMP DO I NEED FOR THIS FILTER?
The size of your pond pump is not related to the filter. When sizing your pond pump it must be done on the volume of water in your pond. You need to look to cycle your pond water volume once every two hours. So if your pond was say 2000 gallon, you would look for a pump around 1000 gallon per hour. But having said that don’t forget to add some for head pressure loss. So you’d be looking for a pump around 1300 gallon per hour to do the job.
If you have a large pond you can stretch the turn over to every three hours, but no more.
I recommend every two hours for good filtration and circulation. You will find a pond volume calculator at the top of the page under the Koi & Pond Beginners tab.
WHY IS MY NEW MEDIA SITTING ON THE TOP OF THE WATER?
This media is made from virgin polyethylene which naturally wants to float. It’s what’s called positively buoyant. It has to be in water some time to mature and become neutrally buoyant. In mechanical filters this could take one or two weeks. You have to be patient.
In the moving bed it will take much longer to mature and start collecting the bacteria you need to kill the ammonia that fish produce. 8 to 10 weeks at least. Once the media starts to change from pure white to a brown color, that’s the bacteria starting to settle on the media. You can speed this up slightly by adding bacteria balls to your filters to help the process. These are gel balls that slowly dissolve in your filter, releasing the good bacteria.
WHERE CAN I GET THE PARTS FOR THIS FILTER?
A list of parts needed and details of the suppliers are in the filter building plans.
WHERE CAN I GET THE TUBS?
You can get them on Ebay, but a lot of farmers do sell them. Also food factories and breweries use them. I got mine from TANKS & TUBS. He has a small advert on the Home Page on my website with all his details. When purchasing these tubs, do make sure you know exactly what has been in them. Ask the seller as it is important as they might have had toxic chemicals in them that are not removed with a wash out and could harm your fish.
DO I HAVE TO USE 63mm PIPEWORK?
No. You can now use 2 inch pipework. I wouldn’t say yes before until I had tried it myself and know it does work. Also for bigger pond pumps, one or two are now using 3 inch pipework with great success.
CAN I USE TAP WATER TO RINSE OUT MY FILTERS?
NO. You must never use tap water to clean your filters. Tap water contains chemicals to kill the very bacteria you are trying to produce. If tap water is used you will be starting your filters from new all over again. NEVER USE TAP WATER IN YOUR FILTERS.
HOW CAN I GET RID OF ALGAE?
I have done several trials with algae treatments with no success until I tried CLOVERLEAF BLANKET ANSWER.
It really works. I must admit it’s a bit scary when you first put it in your pond as your water looks just like milk or washing up water. But it does just what it says on the tin. Plus it’s harmless to your filter. Harmless to your fish and does not harm the plants in your pond. You can also leave your UV light on.
DO I NEED A WATER TESTING KIT?
A water test kit is probably one of the most important tools a fish keeper can have. It’s the main tool for keeping your fish healthy. Do you know how to treat your fish if they get sick? Then keep them healthy and happy and know just what they are swimming in.