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  1. Good.  Look for high efficiency submersible pumps in the range you want.  Laguna is highly respected and very efficient.  The one complaint I've heard about it is that the actual gph is less than other pumps with similar "claimed" gph.  I don't know if that is true.


    When going to larger pumps you should consider the possible need to adjust the diameter of your plumbing.  Currently I have changed most of  my pond plumbing from hose to pvc pipes.  I did it first on a little pond in which a too-long hose  kept collecting debris.  I hate to cut things just in case I want to reuse them.  So I decided to try some pvc going from the pump to the filter and put the hose aside for future use.  I didn't make it pretty, just convenient, with a pipe going up from the pump and then across the pond to the top of the filter.  When I turned it on, it blew my mind.  The pipe was the same diameter as the hose, but the flow coming out of the filter was about 4 times faster than what I had before.  Hoses get kinks.  They bend as you fit them into place.  Debris collects in the bends.  The larger hoses are corrugated.  All of these things increase friction and slow flow.  I knew this, but I didn't expect that much change.


    As a result of this observation, I have been replacing all of the hoses with pipes.  After I get the retrofit bottom drains and radial flow filters set up, I can run the pipes behind the ponds instead of having them floating in air above the ponds, LOL. 


    You can buy a retrofit bottom drain or make one yourself.  For more DIY builds go to Koiphen and search "DIY Retro bottom drain".  You'll get some simpler builds.  There are also some nice diagrams there that I have not figured out how to copy.  I take the bottom drain to a radial flow filter, which is a  kind of settling tank.  







    of a build of one of these.  I enjoyed when he pointed out how he closed off a hole in the wrong place.  I have a lot of those, LOL.


    My radial flow filter empties into an identical container that contains the pond pump.  The water has moved by gravity from the pond to the radial flow filter to the pump container.  The pump sends the water to the biofilter.


    I siphon the crud out of the radial flow filter daily.  The biofilter stays pretty clean.


    Is your pond in or above ground?  Lined or container?


    A slow reply from me, but I definitely took your wealth of knowledge into account and have been doing a bit of reading/youtube watching.  So, a few things:


    1. I definitely think you're onto something with swapping out tubing for pvc pipe.  It'll stay cleaner, and will keep my pump precisely where I want it.  I find the tubing never really cooperates and I have to fight with it to get it to sit how I want.  Its a constant source of annoyance for me.


    2.The link for DIY retrofit bottom drain - BANG ON.  The is exactly what I need.  Thank you.


    3. I like the idea of a radial flow filter.  With how bad the drought is here, running the bottom drain to a runoff pipe is not a very good idea, so having a settling tank/radial flow filter is a great option for here.  I take it they aren't for everyone from the comments on the videos I've watched, but it all about water conservation for me.  I can still use some of the water and nutrients for my plants, and save the bulk of it to go back into the pond.


    I've done up a very simple sketch up of a future (summer?) project based off of a few things, and am looking forward to incorporating a radial flow filter into it.

  2. How fun!  My fish love watching us through the pond window and all come swimming upto it when they see we've come outside...I wonder if they'd push each other to see who would get to hang out in the bubble.  The view would be so much better from it.  Haha, this is great!

  3. I want ALL the goldfish!  The more I have, the more I want.  The pond is the worst for me.  Seeing a dozen plus goldfish school together, in all of their beautiful colors and long, flowy tails, is one of the most beautiful things and I could watch them all day.


    I will never, ever, ever have just one goldfish now that I've seen how they live and interact in a "family."  I can't even speak highly enough for its beauty.

  4. Would you be able to catch her in another bucket if she's giving you difficulty?  I have one particular fish that I can touch no problem, but used to flail maniacally if lifted out of water.  I would catch him in another bucket, clean everything, then pour most of the water out of the bucket before putting him back into the tank.  It seemed to be the least stressful for him.  And I'd end up with only really a few hundred mL of water going back into the tank.

  5. Yes, we can see the picture.  It looks very uncomfortable :(  


    If you have a minute, could you please fill out the following checklist to give us a head start before a mod can give you a hand?  It may prove useful to know a little more about your tank, water parameters, the fish's history and tankmates :)


    Hopefully she feels better quickly!  I'm sure you'll get some great guidance shortly.


    • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrate level(Tap)
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • Other Required Info:
    • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
    • * Water temperature?
    • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
    • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
    • * How often do you change the water and how much?
    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
    • * Any new fish added to the tank?
    • * Any medications added to the tank?
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
  6. For a 600-700 gallon pond,  you need a pump of at least 1200 gph.  Have you ever shown us your pond?  With a pond of this size, you should consider putting in a retrofit bottom drain going to a settling chamber of some kind, and moving the pump out of the pond.  I'm currently doing this with all my ponds, no matter how small.  


    It costs more to run two pumps than one large one with the same gph.  There are a lot of good pumps out there, but the electricity to run them is a lot bigger expense than the initial price.


    For example, the Laguna Max-Flo 1350 uses 75 watts. The Total Pond 1200 uses 110 watts.  The Oase Aquamax Eco Classic 1900 (What a name to type!) uses 70 watts.  A lot of pumps of similar flow rates use almost twice as much energy and still claim to be energy efficient.


    The best thing I can recommend for in-pond prefiltration is to make yourself a larger version of one of these.  Get a tote with a latch cover, drill holes in the top, put the pump in the bottom and put layers of filter pads between the pump and the lid.  When you pull it out to clean it, the water inside will be filthy, but the pump will be fine.  This type of structure it makes it impossible to accidentally empty your pond, since once the water level drops below the top of the box no more water goes to the pump.


    The sponge prefilters actually do clean the  water before it goes into the pump.  Of course, you have to clean the sponge every day.


    Please get an electrician to install a proper GFI outlet with a cover against rain.  Electricity and ponds make a situation way too dangerous for DIY solutions.


    I'm looking more towards about 2000 gph.  I don't think 1200 is enough, and haven't seen much inbetween that is actually available right now.  I can dial down the GPH anyways if I need to, but I don't think it'll be necessary.  I wasn't thinking about the extra power to RUN two pumps though if I were to...I was running two before (upgraded pond and just added a second pump to our preexisting one) so I already have the equipment, and was getting water pulled from both sides of the pond, so was thinking of the benefit of that along with the security that if one burns out I still have the other.  I suppose as long as I have my inflow opposite from where my pump is I should get decent enough movement as long as enough water is moving the get proper circulation.  Using less energy and having less pre-filters to clean sounds like a better option anyways.


    No electrician needed :)  Our outlets are proper GFI outlets...I was using an outdoor "waterproof" box with a timer, which obviously didn't do its job.  I might just plug everything right into the wall and build a small roof over that area.


    I have seen you mention bottom drains before I believe...did you happen to do a thread about them?  I didn't put one in initially because I wasn't confident on the steps and its not a huge pond, but I may have to reconsider that.  It would definitely be helpful to a cleaning regime.

  7. A recent storm rained so hard that water got into my plugs and fried out my pond pumps - boo!!!


    So, I'm looking for suggestions....I searched amazon, but am having trouble pulling the trigger.  My pond is 600-700 gallons, but I'm open to suggestions on smaller sizes as I have the option to set up two pumps if need be - I ran two prior to this blow out.


    Also, if you know of any pond products/boxes to water protect the electrical, that'd be great!  My home depot outdoor breaker obviously didn't do the trick. :(


    I have all the filtration etc, just need the pumps to move the water.  THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  8. Is this the 40 gallon you were talking about on another thread?  If so, can you just raise it off the floor a bit so its too high for the dog?  (assuming you don't have a massive dog, that is)


    I had a small container garden a few years ago that was about that size and I just used some decorative garden fencing to keep my dogs out.  It worked well enough to keep them from drinking out of it without obstructive the view.  Just drill some small holes along the edge and the stakes slide right in - keeping the drilled holes the same size as the stakes and you won't even have to fix it to anything.


    Not this specific one, but something like this... http://www.robbiewalden.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/decorative-garden-edging-ideas.jpg

  9. Yes, I would think it needs replacing.  I just opened a new kit a few months ago and it gives me a 2020 expiry, BUUUT, I've seen a few comments around that they are very generous on their expiry dates, and my previous kit - which was always kept stored out of sunlight and intense heat, started giving inaccurate readings about 18 months prior to its expiry date.


    Next kit you buy, take note of the expiry date somewhere - the numbers wear off really easily on these bottles.  Some of my few-month-old bottles have already lost the dates from smudging and are completely unreadable. 

  10. Those transvestite fish are so annoying!


    Ha, aren't they though?!  This made me laugh.


    Beautiful photo's.  Looks like breeding stars and the vent ..............?  

    That's wonderful that your fish is still doing well.


    Thank you, I'm glad.  He's currently chasing after a fly that keeps landing on the outside of the glass, so I guess he's feeling pretty good :)

  11. How is he doing?


    Seems to be doing well.  Thank you for asking! :)


    The only time I've had to rescue a fish from the ground was when there was a wild spawning orgy going on.  A fish that can't jump at all can be pushed out of the tank/pond.  Usually it's a female that winds up airborne.  Are you sure Pumbaa is a boy?


    Nope, I'm not sure.  I tend to call goldfish that I don't know the sex of "he" so Pumbaa very well could be a female.  I'm not really all that good at being able to sex goldfish.  I'll see if I can get a couple of pics and maybe someone else will be able to tell?


    Glad your fish is doing OK. Out of curiosity, how full was the tank? I don't have full lids on mine do I leave the water level a little ways down.


    Thank you, the tank water was about an inch from the rim.  I like it really full so its not a noisy, but I usually have partial covers.  Like I said before, I was doing some tank work and left them off while I went out to pick up a few things...my fault.  I had never seen any of them even try jumping, or any of them get pushed around so the though didn't even cross my mind.   

  12. Could we get pics of how fat he is? It's not common for fancies to launch themselves like that.


    I can't get a good image with my phone and my camera is not available at the moment.   The ones on my phone keep coming out pretty blurry, ugh.


    I'm not an expert (AT ALL), but when my mother had issues with multiple fish hopping the tank, there was a pH crash and then an eventual parasite issue (not sure if they were related--I was pretty little when she was having fish adventures). 


    Thank you!  He is the only one that has even tried, and I did check water parameters so I know it wasn't a pH crash, but its still good information to have!  Obviously SOMETHING was up, but I still have no clue what.

  13. Thanks everyone!  I'm surprised at how well he's doing so far.  He's a bit sluggish, but is eating and pecking around at things in the tank like he always does...I'm questioning if he is seeing as well as normal, but we'll see the permanence of that in time.

  14. So my fat little ryukin, Pumbaa decided to jump the tank while we were out tonight.  He must have been stressed about the work I was doing on the tank, that I left half done while I went out to pick up some more supplies.


    I don't know how long he was out for, but it was at least 45 minutes...he was still breathing some when we found him, and is swimming upright, though slowly.  Honestly he seems not too bad except for being a little quiet/traumatized and a couple of little injuries.


    He looks like he may have scratched his eye, and there is a little cloudiness to it, but I'm not too concerned about that...a scratch can heal, and if he has any loss of vision it seems a small price to pay.


    The thing I did notice that I'm watching is some light bruising on his belly...it looks shallow, so I'm hoping its just surface bruising.


    I've turned an extra bubbler on, and they have pristine, freshly changed water...is there anything else I should do other than waiting and hoping for the best?  I put him right into the 55G when we found him, and I didn't want to move him again for fear of stressing him out too much.



    I honestly don't know how such a fat-bodied, short-tailed little fish managed to launch himself so far!

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