iam going to build my own bio filter skippy style


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that may be why, i used it as the bottom layer followed by scrubbies and it didnt seem to work for me, maybe if its the bottom layer it falls apart with the turbulance or something
 
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what i plan on doing is useing 3 layers like 3 inches of the green filter.
should i take it back to home depot ?? and get something else
 

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I would try using up to three different courses of filter material, the most course on top and the finest on the bottom. Between Home Depot, Lowe's, and your local pond supply, a variety of different types of filter mediums can be found and utilized for filtering your pond water in a variety of applications.

I love this 'do it yourself' (DIY) stuff, you can get quite creative with some shopping around and some good old fashioned creativity.

Happy ponding,
 

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youve got the right concept oldmarine but its an upflow filter. so corse on the bottom getting finer as you get towards the top.
 

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I am building this set up I found on the net. I bought 4- 55 gallon barrels for $100.
First one is mechanical, second is biological and minor fines.

Two of them I cut in half longways for my aquaponic garden.
 

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ok this is what iam going to do i will do what oldmarine and koiguy1969 said.
use different types of filter mediums and i will take back the green stuff
to home depot. even though the lady from flanders filters told me
its the same one as the blue but a different color. i dont wana take any chances
on the filter breaking down in my pond
 
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koiguy1969 said:
youve got the right concept oldmarine but its an upflow filter. so corse on the bottom getting finer as you get towards the top.

Koiguy, Thanks for clearifying that. My boi-filter happens to be a 27 gallon, trickle down type boi-filter, and so far I am quite happy with the results I'm getting. The only thing I'm doing different this year is, I didn't attach and run the water through the UV clearifier from Lowe's.

Happy ponding, :lol:
 

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iam a little confused now can i use these Matala Mats on the bottom
of my skippy and will they collect the muck? and then i will use the baci twist
on top.
 
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ok i tested my filter today and i have a small leak out the bottom drain
should i take off all the silicone and start over or just patch it?
the way it looks to me is the drain is not as flush as the top one
but that could be the way the drum is shaped also..
so when my other brother comes over tomorrom we will work on it
 

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In the past I've had the same problem. I tried patching, but it didn't work for me. I ended up draining, drying, and then re-sealing the spot that leaked.

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i went to the hardware store and i got more gaskets so i will add one to the front
and the back. and reseal the whole drain and make sure it tight
 

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ok i have my skippy up and runing here are some pics
i still have to do some work with the water fall
 

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ok i will ffix it but u said it was 4 feet in your guide i guess i miss understood u lol... but for now its working. so does
it pass the test lol?? but i followed on what u said
i cant belive how good this thing runs
its awesome

do u think when i make the inlet hose shorter
it will be faster iam haveing no problems with
the 1000 gph pump
 

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yeah! i think you really misunderstood.. there is no mention of a 4' up pipe anywhere in my build thread. its in the list of parts..about 4' of 1&1/2" pipe total...meaning about a 30" peice for the down pipe and 2 pieces about 9" for the botom pipes.....cut it down and fix it your flow will be better, 'more and stronger!!' ...if the water wants to come out the top of the tee for more than10 seconds or so when you first turn on the pump you can slide a 4 inch peice into the top side
 
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is there any media in that thing?

You've sort of created a down flow model versus an upflow one. At least that's what it looks like from here...
 

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