Just broke pond pump. Need biofilter anyways. Any cheap setups recomended? Wife mad at my spending;)

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    This will feed a small waterfall. I had an 800 gph pump and I just broke it like an idiot. I am told that the drip or trickle style biofilter is best. Does this actually sit outside of the pond? Do I need a seperate pump for that and another for the waterfall? I had a beckett biofilter before and it was fixed and submersible. I am told that it is junk. Please advise a decent setup I can get at Home depot or off of amazon.com. Thank you!!!
     
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    I am looking at something like this model. Sunterra I had this before and it sucked. Beckett
     
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    deadringer303, it really isn't junk. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Even if you were to get an external filter, I'd still keep the Beckett as a pre-filter to prevent gunk from blocking your pump intake. The simplest thing would be to get a replacement pump of the same kind, you can always build your own or buy an external filter later.
     
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    It actually still runs. I jsut put the stock cover back on it and actually broke the attachment that goes on the intake to attach to the beckett. I will get the replacement part and use it again for a pre filter. I do however want to get the large bio filter. I want to build one. Or should I get a UV filter? Or do I need both. I did stock my small waterfall with rocks to hopefully get the bacteria growing on that for now. I dont want the pond to be too stagnant.
     
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    Don't buy it! Okay... I personally have not used that filter before, but I have one sitting in my shed that my grandpa gave to me because he said it was junk. Mine actually has a uv light in it also. Check out the diy section, you can build a much better filter yourself for cheaper.
     
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    JohnHuff Friends call me Dr. Sir John Huff

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    UV filter: Some people swear by it. I don't use one just because I don't really like the idea of an extra thing to think about and supposedly the UV that kills algae also kills beneficial bacterial.

    Building your own bio-filter is one of the funnest things to do, go for it!
     
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    Check out the Cheap pond filter media thread.

    A waterfall is a kind of trickle tower, just not as much surface area for the same foot print. A trickle tower can be placed inside the pond on blocks so the tower is above water. Could be placed in a stream or it's own deal that drained back into the pond. Could be at the top of a waterfall so you'd need one pump. Possibilities are endless.
     
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