- RayB wrote:
- Again thx for the advise. I cleaned the pool today and have it about halfway full now. I would like to hear your opinion on something- I'm moving my bio to the pool which is why I did some pipe work yesterday. It however is way to small for the pool but a small filter is better than no filter,right?? So now I bought a bigger filter but I'm thinking I should put it in the line BEFORE my current filter. Any thoughts? @Sueq A 120 koi is alot to take in at once-even for breeders
I know this is not your pond so there are not much changes U can do to it.
This is what I can advise for now.
If your fish is bad quality...is it worth all this investment? What are U going to do with all this fish?
But since You would like to keep it, and I don't believe in harming Koi....here is what I will advise.
First are U using municipal water. If U are don't forget to neutralize the chlorine with sodium theosulphate...or ask at a pet shop...what they use.
Second. Remember, u need mechanical filtration before your bio filters.
Only clean water should go to the bio filters or U will cause them to malfunction, and grow different type of bacteria that is harmful to your Koi.
U don't have a bottom drain in the pool, or SC, so the easiest thing for U to do is , put a pipe on the bottom of the pool, perforated with 15 mm holes 15-20 cm apart,along the length of the pool .I used a special suction pipe, which is flexible and heavy duty.
U connect it directly to the pump, and from there U pump into a sand filter for Koi. U can find some time a second hand one...but it is different from a pool sand filter...it uses larger sand and the arms on the bottom, have largest holes.
From the sand filter U can pump to your bio filters. U did not mention what bio filter U are using, and what media...if the media is similar, U can mix the old with the new media...to promote faster colonization, of the nitrifying bacteria.
Don't forget, a sand filter needs to be thoughly cleaned at list twice a week, and preferably with air..if not steered with hand, while open on top.
U can also make filters from 200 liter drums , both mechanical and biological...it will be much cheaper.
I can notost pictures here now, since I am using an iPad...but can email them to U.
All the best.
BTW, I love my koi even if they are mutts some time...but some people have the illusion that all koi are expensive...
Good luck with the hobby. U will love it.