90-250 gal pond: worth a tank filter?

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    I am new to site but have my first pond. Currently it is only 90 gallons with a 330 gph pump inside a stock filter casing I got from home depot. I am going to rebuild the pond into 200+ gallon pond with a pond liner instead of the prefab lining. Is it worth building a tank filter for this size, and would I be able to conceal it? Plan would be to build it in back and have it built into the waterfall. Would my little 330 GPH pump still be enough? I realize i would be making a small 20-30 gallon filter for this. Pond is currently very cloudy and out of sync, but I have 2 small koi and 6 goldfish in there. here are the pics
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    To clarify talking about the DIY Doc bio filters. I spent about 6 hours reading posts on here today and didn't see many small ponds. Bunch of hard core pond owners in here :)
     
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    They grow on you!

    The pump you have will turn over a pond of 200 or so gallons every hour. So the pump is fine. A diy filter will help keep the pond in great shape, conceal it with rocks, wood etc. I would make the filter as large as you can, it will help you balance out your pond.

    And your little pond looks great btw
     
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    Welcome to the forum
    You can make a smaller version of the doc filter
    Steve knight has some pics of the one he has been working on the last few weeks
    its in pond construction and equipment
     
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    I might consider upsizing a little, once you cut the hole for your overflow, it won't hold 70 qts anymore, but the idea should work out well. And who am I to say? Anything will work, if it is not enough, just build a bigger one, right?
     
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    those are all around. but I am thinking something taller would work better. got a rubbermaid fliptop garbage can today for 16.00 like two 5 gal buckets tall. I want one with a bigger bottom drain and I will glue the fittings in.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I have a few of those laying around, nice and durable, survived arizona sun for around 5 years.. Like they say if it is not big enough you could make it bigger.
     
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    thanks koisrus, that is exactly what I needed to see ;)
     
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    We have a recycling place here that carries 15-gal food-grade plastic barrels. They are more narrow and tall than the bucket you linked to and look like they'd be perfect for a smaller filter. Maybe you have some place locally that resells these?
     
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