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molbert73

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We are approaching the end of summer so of course my pond looks fantastic!

My 2 ranchu and 2 butterfly teles inhabit it in the warmer months.

 

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Chunk and Mario

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Chunk coming up to make an appearance

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Your fish have that amazing, vibrant color that they can only get from sunlight, algae and LOTS of space.  Looks like goldfish heaven for those fish!

Thanks, Dee Dee :)  They do seem quite happy in there.  Lots of room and lots of algae and water lettuce roots to nibble on :)

 

Love your water garden Mollz! :hi5

And I love CHUUNNNK! :wub:

Thanks, Aubz!!!  And  Chunk loooooves you too!

 

That is an absolutely great pond!

Thanks :)  It's definitely been a work in progress for the past 2 years.

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Aww! Chunk! :heart Definitely a good looking pond!

Thanks, Chelsea :)  Merlot is still in there and looking gorgeous.  Unfortunately Ladybug passed away last winter.  It was totally out of the blue, one day fine, the next dead :(  

 

Looks Great :) Do they stay out for winter?

Thanks :)  I wish they could stay out but it's not deep enough to keep it from freezing solid so they come inside to the 55 gal for the winter.

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Molbert, would you like me to tell you how to greatly increase the flow rate through your filter without getting a larger pump?  I just figured this out a few months ago.

I think Molly would for sure and the rest of us would as well, Sharon!!! :please

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I had some fish in a kiddie pool with a filter powered by a Harbor Freight 264.  I noted a poor turnover even after I had just cleaned the prefilter and filter.  The hose (which I reused from another pond) was too long and I figured that was the problem.  I was planning to cut the hose shorter, but, hey, I might want that long piece of hose for something else.  So I decided to replace the 1/2" hose with 1/2" pvc pipe.  I had the challenge of finding a way to attach the pipe to the pump.  With this pump it wasn't too hard.  I found an adapter that fit on the pump so I could put a pipe on it.  I ran the pipe to the  filter inlet and turned the pump on.  The water gushed out. 

 

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This is just a temporary holding pond, so I didn't mind having the pipe"flying above the pond.  I could easily have run the pipe under water to make it look better.

 

The rate of flow shocked me -- probably 3 times what I had before.   It makes sense though.  At every bend, the internal area of the hose decreases.  Gunk collects at these bottlenecks and further decreases the flow rate.  

 

I immediately started changing all the other ponds from hose to pipe.  For some pumps I had to try a lot of tricks to get the pipe attached to the pump.  If all else failed, I could attach a short length of hose to the pump and then use a barb fitting HalfSpigotByHalfBarb.png

to attach the hose to a pipe.

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Looks amazing.

 

I want to try something like this myself, where did you get the stock tank at and what do you use for filtration?

Thanks :)  I got the stock tank at tractor supply and I followed Sharon's (shakaho) instructions.  It was really quite easy :)

 

I had some fish in a kiddie pool with a filter powered by a Harbor Freight 264.  I noted a poor turnover even after I had just cleaned the prefilter and filter.  The hose (which I reused from another pond) was too long and I figured that was the problem.  I was planning to cut the hose shorter, but, hey, I might want that long piece of hose for something else.  So I decided to replace the 1/2" hose with 1/2" pvc pipe.  I had the challenge of finding a way to attach the pipe to the pump.  With this pump it wasn't too hard.  I found an adapter that fit on the pump so I could put a pipe on it.  I ran the pipe to the  filter inlet and turned the pump on.  The water gushed out. 

 

7cd6ab7c-9003-4680-b34a-f0e9e277f99d.jpg

 

This is just a temporary holding pond, so I didn't mind having the pipe"flying above the pond.  I could easily have run the pipe under water to make it look better.

 

The rate of flow shocked me -- probably 3 times what I had before.   It makes sense though.  At every bend, the internal area of the hose decreases.  Gunk collects at these bottlenecks and further decreases the flow rate.  

 

I immediately started changing all the other ponds from hose to pipe.  For some pumps I had to try a lot of tricks to get the pipe attached to the pump.  If all else failed, I could attach a short length of hose to the pump and then use a barb fitting HalfSpigotByHalfBarb.png

to attach the hose to a pipe.

Thanks, Sharon!  I'll look into that for next year.  I've only got about a month left of pond season here.

 

Your pond is beautiful!!!!!

Thanks, Dawn :)

 

Gorgeous, Molly!!  No critters sneak in there and go fishing?  :scared

Thanks, Lisa.  Nothing has gotten in there.......yet.  I've got those attack dogs to protect my fish, remember?!?!?!  Haha!

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Looks amazing.

I want to try something like this myself, where did you get the stock tank at and what do you use for filtration?

Thanks :) I got the stock tank at tractor supply and I followed Sharon's (shakaho) instructions. It was really quite easy :)

I had some fish in a kiddie pool with a filter powered by a Harbor Freight 264. I noted a poor turnover even after I had just cleaned the prefilter and filter. The hose (which I reused from another pond) was too long and I figured that was the problem. I was planning to cut the hose shorter, but, hey, I might want that long piece of hose for something else. So I decided to replace the 1/2" hose with 1/2" pvc pipe. I had the challenge of finding a way to attach the pipe to the pump. With this pump it wasn't too hard. I found an adapter that fit on the pump so I could put a pipe on it. I ran the pipe to the filter inlet and turned the pump on. The water gushed out.

7cd6ab7c-9003-4680-b34a-f0e9e277f99d.jpg

This is just a temporary holding pond, so I didn't mind having the pipe"flying above the pond. I could easily have run the pipe under water to make it look better.

The rate of flow shocked me -- probably 3 times what I had before. It makes sense though. At every bend, the internal area of the hose decreases. Gunk collects at these bottlenecks and further decreases the flow rate.

I immediately started changing all the other ponds from hose to pipe. For some pumps I had to try a lot of tricks to get the pipe attached to the pump. If all else failed, I could attach a short length of hose to the pump and then use a barb fitting HalfSpigotByHalfBarb.png

to attach the hose to a pipe.

Thanks, Sharon! I'll look into that for next year. I've only got about a month left of pond season here.

Your pond is beautiful!!!!!

Thanks, Dawn :)

Gorgeous, Molly!! No critters sneak in there and go fishing? :scared

Thanks, Lisa. Nothing has gotten in there.......yet. I've got those attack dogs to protect my fish, remember?!?!?! Haha!

If I wanted to do this set up with 2 comet goldfish what would I do about winter?

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