Help please - uv clarifier

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    Hi, been doing some research and realized my UV clarifier (tetrapond 9 watt) is WAY too small for my pond (figured out my pond is between 2200 and 2500 gallons).

    I'm in the process of looking to buy another clarifier, however, the tubing I have set up with my pond is 1 3/4 flexible tubing. All of the clarifiers I'm looking at have either larger or smaller fittings. I'm at a loss about what to do. Are there adaptors that can be bought? Does anyone have any suggestions on which clarifier I should buy that would work with my flexible hose size?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Laura
     
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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    for your size pond you'll be wanting to look for a UV that's in the 20-36 watt range. Most come with a adapter that fits four size hoses. You can always adapt up or down with PVC fittings if needed. On the adapter pieces that are on most units you would slide the flex line over the largest size nipple that you can, Mark it and cut off the smaller nipples that are not needed for your application. One thing I look at when looking at Uv lights is bulb replacement. there are bulbs that can be replaced for $12 and there are some that can cost $100+ for the same size bulb different manufacturer. This is where the biggest expense of the unit comes into play.
     
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    Thank you - it's like I want a decent brand, but I don't really know which are good, medium, and horrible. I'm reading too much info online and I'm getting totally confused. Some say to put the clarifier before the filter, some say after. Some say I need more than 40 watts, others differ. This really should not be so hard to figure out! Some say buy submersible, some say out of pond (which I prefer). Scared of make the wrong decision as they all seem to cost over $200. Thanks for your input

    Laura
     
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    How often do you think you need it? does your water clear soon after your using one? does it need to be run all the time or are you looking for one to clear the water then turn off? Any pics of the pond?
     
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    Do you still have a lot of plants in your pond and is it green water or clear?
     
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    I would use it all summer, I think. My bulb was done this year and as soon as it stopped working, my pond turned green in a day. I have a lot of submerged plants, as well as floating, which should help it stay clean. I don't have pics of the pond from this year yet - didn't see any sense in taking pics of a pond where you can hardly see the fish!! I'll upload a pic of the pond from last year.
     
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    Lots of plants - murky and green water.
     
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    I found a pic from April of this year when the water was pretty clear. The second is a pic of the full pond:
     

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    Sorry, I meant the first pic is from last June, the second pic is from April 2011
     
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    I found your first pic in a older post. Nice fish BTW!
     
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    Thanks - I'm starting to get too many fish in the pond now - had a ton of babies last year, and hoping I don't get more this year. Don't have the heart to get rid of them!
     
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    There becomes a point when too many make the others unhealthy. It looks like from the sounds of it you might want to start picking which are favorites which aren't. and possibly finding someplece for some to be relocated to. I know, I'm in the same situation. Hey, you can always add another pond and keep them all! :fish::lol:
     
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    I'd love to build another pond but my husband would freak! We've already expanded this one last year (or the year before, can't remember any more!) I doubt fish stores would take the koi, and I'm not sure I could move them to another natural pond in the area? Maybe that's even illegal!! Have to find someone else in the area with a koi pond.
     
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    Did you mention if you have a bio filter? I was going to hook my uv back up and did some filter work instead. Water is almost crystal clear 4' down in two weeks.
     
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    Releasing them in a natural pond is not only illegal it can be be a enviromental nightmare.
    better suggestions, try seeing if there is a local Koi club or water gardening club. If not craidlisy or local add in the newspaper might help. also ask the petsores and dealers, they may not take any but they may know someone that is looking for a large lot of fish for stocking a pond.
     
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    Yes, I do have a bio filter - but I don't think that's the problem. Didn't think it might be hard to give the fish away, but hopefully there will be no babies this year!
     
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    Laura, very pretty pond! Too bad you live so far away, as I just filled my first ever pond 2 weeks ago, and planning to add my first "test" fish this coming weekend! I had green water (actually allowed it to go that way on purpose, since water was straight from well) and now it is clearing up, although not clear enough to see to the bottom (4'), so was also thinking about a UV light. Thanks for your post. I also learned from it. :) Good luck in relocating your fish. Try an ad on CraigsList in your area, might get them sold and have the money to purchase a new UV light.
    Fishin, care to share which light bulb is the cheapest to replace? I would love to know this info as well. I'm like Laura, I read and get confused, sometimes it's so much easier to get the "real" info from others "in the know". Thanks!
     
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    I wound up buying a 40 watt UV clarifier - just got it so will try to install it tomorrow. The pond water is still pretty bad, so I'm hoping this will do the trick.

    I just ran into someone today who has a family member with 2 big ponds, so he's going to ask him if he wants some more fish - so hopefully that will work out, especially being that one of my fish looks pregnant!
     
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