Pond Van Advice

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by KerplunKuK, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. KerplunKuK

    KerplunKuK Guest

    I have a pond that is 5m * 5m * (0.4m-1.5m) deep. It has turtles and fish
    in it.
    I am looking for a pond vac to use with this, but there seem to be so many,
    with so little information.

    Can anyone here recommend what they use, or advise to not buy a model for
    any reason?

    I am located in the UK, so model available here would be helpful.

    Thanks Scott
    KerplunKuK, Mar 28, 2007
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    Kurt Guest

    I use a Muckvac. Works well for me. Inexpensive, too. They sell on eBay
    and online. Do a Google search.
    Kurt, Mar 28, 2007
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    Reel McKoi Guest

    "KerplunKuK" wrote in message
    Avoid the Cyprio hand pumped vac. It's totally useless and of very poor
    quality. We threw away $50. The place selling them would not take it back
    so lost our business.
    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    My Pond & Aquarium Pages:
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
    ISP: Hughes.net
    ~~~~ } ~~~ }
    Reel McKoi, Mar 28, 2007
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    ~ jan Guest

    "KerplunKuK" wrote in message
    I'm not sure what you might call them in the UK, but here we call them shop
    vacs or wet & dry vacs. One takes the pleated filter off to do straight
    water. With my 12 gallon capacity I can suck up a lot of muck before it is
    filled. I did the lily pond this spring 6' X 15' and it took only 4-6
    tankful's. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Mar 29, 2007
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    NetMax Guest

    While a bit expensive, there is a company in the UK which makes a wet
    vac with a sump pump inside. While vacuuming, a float switch turns on
    the sump which empties the vacuum through a 2nd hose. It vacuums and
    empties itself at the same time. I have two of them (for work).

    Of course, if you only needed a continuously emptying wet-vac, it's
    just a water pump with 2 hoses. ;~)
    NetMax, Mar 30, 2007
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    Hal Guest

    Can we be more specific about what brand of pump will work, or at
    least specifications of a pump. I thought about a well pump, but it
    had pressure controls for a home water system and I'm a bit lost as to
    how to get around that.


    Hal, Mar 30, 2007
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    NetMax Guest

    More specific....
    Numatics, Somerset 01460 68480 if you wanted to go with the wet-dry
    sump vacuum ;~)

    The well pump pressure switch is easy to work around, but the pump
    itself is not suitable. An above ground needs to be primed and the
    foot valve would not suit your application, and the submersible is not

    I could break the requirement into 2 components, the electric motor
    and the water pump, but if you're not technically oriented, you could
    alternately see what is locally available to you. Post the specs and
    then perhaps someone can make some comparisons with pumps they are
    using now.

    Alternately, gravity drain and using your pond's pump/filters are
    methods of dredging the pond, but these depend on the grade of your
    property, and the types of filters being used.
    NetMax, Mar 30, 2007
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    Hal Guest

    Thanks, You've given me something to work on.


    Hal, Mar 31, 2007
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    BoyPete Guest

    Hi Scott :)
    Have a look at this.............

    That's a new model, but I bought the earlier one last year on ebay for £88.
    Goos machine :)
    BoyPete, Mar 31, 2007
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    KerplunKuK Guest

    In Scribbled:
    Thanks. Seen one of those in my local Garden Centre and was unsure due to
    the cost and staff with lack of knowledge. I shall go tomorrow and have a
    good look and maybe buy.
    I'll report back.
    KerplunKuK, Apr 1, 2007
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    KerplunKuK Guest

    Purchased the Oase Pondomatic and it does a great job especially for a sub
    £100 price-tag and a 2 year warranty.
    Can't recommend highly enough.
    KerplunKuK, Apr 11, 2007
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    BoyPete Guest

    Glad you're sorted :)
    BoyPete, Apr 12, 2007
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    last426 Guest

    I have the muckvac -- the thing that is sort of water powered. It did
    okay but seemed to take a lot of water to do a simple job. I like the
    wet vac idea but have not tried it yet -- but I soon will if I find a
    long enough rigid hose. Check out my first attempt at a pond at
    last426, Apr 12, 2007
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    Doug Brown Guest

    I've been wondering what a pond van is and whether it hasfuzzy dice or not.
    "BoyPete" wrote in message
    Doug Brown, Apr 13, 2007
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