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Guest LiL sTepHii 143

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Guest LiL sTepHii 143

Ok .. I have searched high and low...

I looked around and thought why cant I use a undergravel filter =] ORR Im justing going to buy a pump and no filter and keep cleaning it =]. Also can I use just a waterproof heater ... ?? Please Get back to me .. TY

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Let me see if I remember that right - that is for a half barrel, right? :unsure:

I don't know many submerged filters that are small enough to fit on the bottom of such a barrel pond, but you can try making a simple bucket filter yourself. Its basically a 3-5 gallon bucket (new), pea gravel and some sort of sponge to catch the bigger debris.

The bucket has a hole (or two) in the lower 1/3, with a net of some kind covering it up, so the pea gravel won't fall out and into the pond. Put pea gravel on the bottom of the bucket, you can use lots of it, half full is fine, that pea gravel is your basis for the beneficial bacteria. Put the sponge or filter floss material on top of it, that will catch any bigger debris and waste. Homedepot has some neat (although bright orange :lol: ) buckets with a lid - I usually drill a hole into the lid and put it on the bucket.

The way it works - a pump carries water from the barrel into the bucket through the hole in the lid, the water runs through the filter floss/sponge material and the pea gravel to the bottom of the bucket, where its relased back into the barrel via the hole(s) in the lower part of the bucket.

Now, the pump can't be too strong or too weak, otherwise the bucket either overflows, or not enough water will run through the filter media.

You can hide the bucket nicely behind the barrel on a raised platform, like an upside down terracotta pot, and put a few potted plants around it. Nobody will ever notice...

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Guest yabbie

That's a great idea. How does it flow back to the pond tho... is there still enough pressure from the pump to make it go up... or do you drill a hole lower down in the barrel?

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Guest LiL sTepHii 143

Im planning to make my own bucket with wood . It will be probably about 10 gallons maybe bigger. I would say maybe alittle bigger then 1/2 a barrel. Making a filter sounds great and I have thought of that idea. OOO im thinking a bucket bucket, what are u meaning by a bucket? Well about the filter knowing me I'd mess it up. I heard I can just use a regular charucle and cotton. The beginnig filters for now. You think I can do that ? Also what about a heater.... Im VERY confused on that . Sry to make this sooo confusing... Thanks for the help .. but i got confused in the middle of u paragraph ..sry...... :idont

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Goldfish don't need heaters. They can go down to freezing temp... does it do that where you live?

It doesn't here, but I heard someone else saying put a sheet of polystyrene over the pond on winter nights to stop the water cooling.

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Providing the depth is good, they winter over fine. No heater needed. Dr Foster & Smith have a filter set up that is suppose to be fine for the barrels and is reasonable. You could go to there website and have a look see at it. Its a round one. :D

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