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I took this picture yesterday. I have taken out my old pump and biofilter. I am using the old pump to just help circulate water and I am just running my main filter in the garage with the external pump. Yay... my water is finally starting to get clearer. I can almost see the fish a foot down now.... I have been cleaning my filter every 5-7 days and I think that has helped a lot. I normally never clean a filter so much but the water was pretty hazy before I started running it. All the fish are doing well and I'm starting to see some of the Koi really start to grow! Also saw a few baby goldfish! That's always exciting and I know there is at least one green frog in the pond along with my bullfrog tadpole.
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Thanks Tula... but I’m so sorry I didn’t buy larger equipment. It has been a continual struggle to clean my pond water. At first I was cleaning my filter once a week and now I am doing it every 3 or 4 days because once a week wasn’t enough.. My pond is around 3000 gallons. I read somewhere that you should about double it when you buy equipment.. ie a pump and filter for 6000 gallons. It would have cost me a lot more money but so far I feel my 4000 gallon filter/pump setup is totally inadequate. I spoke to someone at Webb’s water gardens that this setup would be perfectly suitable for my pond. That’s why I ended up choosing it even though I ended up buying it from someone else. I even got the blower motor that goes with the aquadyne 4000 filter. The whole system is clogging up in less than a week. Before I do anything else I may get a UV filter which I don’t have yet. I did get a prefilter because I was worried about the system sucking up baby fish. It’s slowly getting better but is taking way more time and work than I anticipated!
 
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Darn sorry to hear you are having issues with your setup. To bad you don't have room for a bog......................
 
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Thanks Addy. I could convert part of the pond to a bog but I’m not sure if that is the best idea. There is no room for additions to the pond per my wife! Next year I may put in some netting so my plant area does better. I noticed most of my water hydrenga had their roots eaten so that might help things a little. It’s definitely different now with Koi in the pond. There are seven Koi total. I vacuumed the bottom yesterday and was shocked how many small goldfish were running around my hose. I had no idea there were so many babies in the pond!
 
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@CometKeith , I too am having trouble with my filter clogging this summer. I run a sand & gravel filter and it's not supposed to happen :( I read where they call the clogging " channeling" of the media. We took out quite a bit of the granite grit and rinsed it well, but we're thinking we need to remove it all before next Spring and take a look to make sure something hasn't clogged the inlet.
 
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@CometKeith , I too am having trouble with my filter clogging this summer. I run a sand & gravel filter and it's not supposed to happen :( I read where they call the clogging " channeling" of the media. We took out quite a bit of the granite grit and rinsed it well, but we're thinking we need to remove it all before next Spring and take a look to make sure something hasn't clogged the inlet.
Hi Tula. I run a few pumps just for water circulation and once or twice a year I have to remove from one of the pumps a snail that clogged the inlet.
 
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Hi Tula. I run a few pumps just for water circulation and once or twice a year I have to remove from one of the pumps a snail that clogged the inlet.
Hubby bought all new granite chicken grit today. He wrote the man who designed this filter with a question regarding rock size. We're thinking of emptying it, checking it and refilling it with fresh media when we do the "great koi round up". I've never removed the 4 adults from the pond, or at least not since the current pond was built. I've been seeking information on how to house them safely in my 110 gallon stock tank for a few hours while we do this...but it makes me nervous !

Hubby has been reading up on bogs and I think we're close to doing it....just hope it's this season. I'll feel better with both the sad & gravel filter and a small bog for filtration......kind of like "belt and suspenders".
 
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Hubby bought all new granite chicken grit today. He wrote the man who designed this filter with a question regarding rock size. We're thinking of emptying it, checking it and refilling it with fresh media when we do the "great koi round up". I've never removed the 4 adults from the pond, or at least not since the current pond was built. I've been seeking information on how to house them safely in my 110 gallon stock tank for a few hours while we do this...but it makes me nervous !

Hubby has been reading up on bogs and I think we're close to doing it....just hope it's this season. I'll feel better with both the sad & gravel filter and a small bog for filtration......kind of like "belt and suspenders".
Tula. That sounds nice. Good luck with it! I took a few pics today around feeding time. Slowly the pond water is getting clearer.
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lol make sure you don't feed during spawning time! OW I see a overload of fish down the rd.
 
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Wow, beautiful herd ! I'm glad to hear the pond is clearing for you, give it time. You're heading into a slow time of year, so can take some time to think about filtration over the winter :)

The Great Koi Round Up of 2019 is underway and hubby is emptying the ugly barrel of media that is the sand & gravel filter:spitoutdummy:
 
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lol make sure you don't feed during spawning time! OW I see a overload of fish down the rd.
Hmm..... There must be 10 or 20 babies in the pond. That's funny because I did not see a single fry all summer long. I know there is at least one small green frog too... yay!
Looks very nice and clear @CometKeith
Sorry to hear your new filter isn't doing it for ya.
Thanks jw. It's slowly doing better. I found I need to clean it at least twice a week. It's more work than I expected!
Wow, beautiful herd ! I'm glad to hear the pond is clearing for you, give it time. You're heading into a slow time of year, so can take some time to think about filtration over the winter :)

The Great Koi Round Up of 2019 is underway and hubby is emptying the ugly barrel of media that is the sand & gravel filter:spitoutdummy:
Thanks Tula. I actually had a long talk with my wife the other day about filtration. She didn't know exactly how much I spent this year and I told her and mentioned if I had spent double things would be a lot better now. She didn't seem to upset by any of it which is good.
Good luck with the roundup. What are you going to do with all of them? Trade them for supplies at pet stores?
 

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I saw the crazy fish chasing yesterday. Don't they know winter is coming!

Yeah about the green frog! Maybe there is another hanging out somewhere.
 
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Good news on filtration conversation with wife :)

No local pet stores in our area will take in fish :( Years ago I had a nice family owned place that loved taking them, but they were bought out by Petco and they won't take fish.

I've actually heard from a fellow GPF member @Nevermore44 , that he may be interested in seeing them. If not, I'll take them to a nice nursery that lets me release them in their big outdoor pond. Currently they're in my plant filled deck pond, which is small, so I want to get them to a new home soon.

I was nervous over night about my 4 adult, but all looks good this morning !
 
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Pond is looking good! I have not been on the forum much this summer. Your pond has really come along since I last seen it. :)
 
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I saw the crazy fish chasing yesterday. Don't they know winter is coming!

Yeah about the green frog! Maybe there is another hanging out somewhere.
I'm happy about the green frog. i did buy a bullfrog tadpole a few months ago, but I think it is too early for it to become a frog. My fish have no idea winter is coming either. The pond water is still pretty warm and they are eating like crazy.
Good news on filtration conversation with wife :)

No local pet stores in our area will take in fish :( Years ago I had a nice family owned place that loved taking them, but they were bought out by Petco and they won't take fish.

I've actually heard from a fellow GPF member @Nevermore44 , that he may be interested in seeing them. If not, I'll take them to a nice nursery that lets me release them in their big outdoor pond. Currently they're in my plant filled deck pond, which is small, so I want to get them to a new home soon.

I was nervous over night about my 4 adult, but all looks good this morning !
The pond is starting to get clearer. i didn't really need to clean my filter today but did it anyway. I can finally see the fish! Yay!
Good luck with your roundup. I'm glad your "adults" are doing well. Are they still growing?
Pond is looking good! I have not been on the forum much this summer. Your pond has really come along since I last seen it. :)
Thanks haver for the compliment. Last year I added two Koi. I added 5 more this year. I'm not looking to buy any more Koi now. It was way more work getting a larger pump/filter and maintaining it than I anticipated! To top it off it looks like their are a lot of goldfish babys in the pond this year too!
 
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