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Old 06-22-2001, 03:31 PM
mstyles0927 mstyles0927 is offline
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small pond filtering

We just bought a house with a small pond in the backyard. It is one of those with a medium-sized pool up high, water-falling through 3 small-sized pools to a large-sized pool at the bottom. All pools are the black plastic. There is a small fountain with its own pump in the bottom pool, as well as another pump that recirculates water back to the top pool. We tossed about 6-8 little goldfish into the bottom pool and there is a large watere-lily (I think) in the bottom pool.

My problem is that the filters on the pumps keep clogging with, well, 'sludge'. My wife spent one day cleaning out most of the water before we moved in--it was filthy. The fountain has a filter about the size of a Coke can that looks like a sponge--it only takes about 1-2 days for it to completely stop flowing water. The other circulating pump looks smaller, and has no filter--it just fills the pipe running to the top pool with 'junk' until it almost stops (takes about a week or so).

How do we combat this? Do we need a large circulating pump to an external filter or what?
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Old 06-23-2001, 01:32 PM
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For small to medium size ponds, I use a 2 to 5 gallon plastic plant containers, drill 1/2 holes in the sides and set the pumps in halfway and fill with stone. Like with 1" Gravel. Then each year, I remove this homemade fliter system, wash the stone and put it back in the pond. This has worked great as a fliter system. It really cost nothing to make and you can sell them to the customer for around $50 for a fliter system.

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Old 06-26-2001, 10:12 AM
mstyles0927 mstyles0927 is offline
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Thanks for the info!

This is kinda of what I was thinking of. When you say "set the pumps in halfway and fill with stone", do you make a base of stone, add the pump, and then finish with stone?

I will give this a try. Thanks again!
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Old 06-28-2001, 10:38 PM
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For small to medium size ponds, I use a 2 to 5 gallon plastic plant containers, drill 1/2 holes in the sides and set the pumps in halfway and fill with stone. Like with 1" Gravel.
I was wondering the same thing as mstyles0927,do you make a base of stone, add the pump, and then finish with stone?

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Old 09-08-2001, 03:49 PM
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well do you//??? I LIKED TO KNOW ALSO. I USE MY PUMP AS A fountain also,can i still do this?
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