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Colin Hunt

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PostSubject: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 8:50 pm

Hi All,
Before I get to my pond I would like to thank ALL concerned for the very interesting and informative posts. I have read most of them and enjoyed every minute of it, can't wait to see what is next and... very disappointed when there is no new posts.

My pond is approximately 15 months old and is 4200 x 3200 x 1700 which is approximately 23 000 liters although at a glance it looks like 10 or 12 000 liters as most of the pond is obstructed by a bridge that leads to my front door.

The pond has one bottom drain which flows into a settlement chamber 12 m away. The water is pumped from the settlement chamber through two, two bag sand filters, through 12m of 110mm pvc pipes filled with bio balls, through two 15 watt uv's back to the pond via two 50 mm pipes, one to a waterfall, the other to a venturi.

I have been very fortunate that I have not experienced any problems from the word go and have lost two fish to now, one got sucked into the bottom drain during cleaning and backwashing the other died due to a growth, similar to the Utsuri that Wayne posted awhile ago.

My water is clystal clear and I do weekly water changes and backwashes. In spite of this I have recently built new settlement chamber and bio filter of approximately 1800 liters which will feed my old settlement chamber. I have installed a five tier trickel tower and used a .25 kw speck pump to pump the water from new bio filter to the trickel tower which runs into the old settelment chamber. Unfortunately I could not do this any other way as the pond is at the enterance to my home. Now enough talking time for some pic's if I can do it right this time. Excuss the quality, most of them are taken with my Nokia... and I failed to say that I have 50 + koi Embarassed


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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 9:08 pm

Thanks for sharing Collin and a nice collection of Koi, they look happy and healthy. cheers The 50 + Koi will one day be pushing the limits like the plants. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 9:12 pm

Thanks Bobby, I know...Sssshhh.

Have you removed the Yucca?
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 10:09 pm

Not yet SssHhh lol! I need to find replacements !!!
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PostSubject: Replacements   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 10:31 pm

Bobby, some nice rubelini palms will look good. The pond and the wall will handle the roots and stump as they only grow about 3 m high.
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 10:36 pm

Hi Collin

Lovely setup and the fish also look very good.

Robelini palms do well in pots Bobby and as Collin says they are very nice.
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 10:41 pm

Thanks I will most certanly have a look at them. Do you guys have a picture?
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 10:42 pm

Thanks Neville, I must say your fish are stunning, I would love to see them when I come up there for the show in May.
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 10:43 pm

I will take some tomorrow and post.
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeThu Apr 08, 2010 11:14 pm

Collin, As ek so na jou dam kyk en sien jy het ook nog 'n dwalende oog vir nuwe talent, dan dink ek die WCKC sal vir jou 5 + damme moet reserveer vir Willowbridge Mall. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeSat Apr 17, 2010 8:34 pm

Hi Collin, thanks for posting.

The photos don't do your setup and your fish justice. I have seen your setup and much better photos.

Would also like to see your new DIY trickle filter. Did you find any major improvement in water clarity and water parameters since you have installed the new trickle towers?

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PostSubject: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeSun Apr 18, 2010 11:49 am

Hi Paul,
Will post some better photos, these were taken with my Nokia so quality is not good. As for my trickel tower, after all the drama and the huge water changes I will have to give the filters some time to settle before I can do a fair comparison, but will post the photo of the filters and changes if any. The water looks great though, crystal clear.
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeSun May 09, 2010 8:50 pm

Ht Collin en sy vrou vandag ontmoet, baie lekker gekuier.
Sal hom in die kaap kom besoek eendag.
Mooi ry julle.
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeMon May 17, 2010 10:13 pm

Hi Jaco,
Just start flying... just start flying. I am sure all the guys wold love to see you all here in the Cape.
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeMon Jun 28, 2010 4:25 pm

Hi Collin,


Nice pond!!! and nice koi, wish my pond was that crystal clear! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeMon Jun 28, 2010 6:17 pm

Thank you Dave.
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PostSubject: Re: My pond   My pond Icon_minitimeSun Aug 05, 2012 9:06 pm

Very nice pond and kois Colin ,

I think most of us have the problem of over stock. Smile
It is just so hard to say NO to one more koi Embarassed

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