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koi filtration

Postby criddler66 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:31 pm

Hi All, am new to forums so bear with me.
have 2500 to 3000 gallon pond with 20 koi averaging 16" long.have very clear water using kockney koi multi bay filter,55 watt uvc + home made sieve+oase 30000 proclear filter.with oase aquamax 12000 pump. ALSO 2nd pump in pond of oase aquamax premium 8000 working my home made multi-bay 4 box filter. probably over the top,but iwas told you can never have too much filtration.
But now i am getting fed up of all the cleaning and getting covered in muck so am thinking of a major overhaul.
have just bought a super sieve costing £185.(not connected yet) i was also considering a oase premium proficlear compact at £2000 but then came to my senses.
am now considering a roto innovation crystal bio shower with sieve at £450.
i want to do away with all my black knight brushes and make my own sieve grids plus my own moving bed filter with K1 that i have.
would appreciate any help or views on any of the above.
many thanks
chris

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Re: koi filtration

Postby scubber » Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:00 pm

i am selling bio max a bead fillter 3000 galls UltraSieve Midi and 55w tmc uv
for £700 that is a bargain

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Re: koi filtration

Postby Soragoi117 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:05 pm

buy a drum and use what you have for bio

if you want maintenance free its a no brainer and what you've bought and considering buying will still need to be cleaned regulaly

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Re: koi filtration

Postby Airlite » Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:56 pm

I know we all think our systems are the the best we can get them so you may have to forgive any bias on my part but I'm with Saragoi117 on this.

A drum is an expensive bit of kit but the way I looked at it is this; I spent about 2 to 3 hours a week cleaning my old multi (well, poxy 2 chamber) filter and it was a friggin' pain in the 4r$e if I'm frank. My water was good but never sparkling like I wanted and when I put the lights on at night all the fines were illuminated and made the pond look as thick as treacle.

Now, say for example you value your time at £10 per hour (cheap as chips); spending 2 hours every week for a year on cleaning costs £1040. Looking at it that way meant I could justify (to myself, not the missus - she took much more convincing) spending best part of £2k on the same drum as you were considering. I actually got a great deal on mine (after a bit of haggling as I was buying some other bits and pieces too) so in my case using the calculation above, I felt the drum would pay for itself in about 18 months. There are other drums that do exactly the same job as a pre-filter that cost less than mine too, DracoDrum and Queni Koi to name but 2.

I can't comment on other pre-filter types like sieves or bead filters because I've never had them to compare but I can tell you the drum I got has reduced my maintenance time from hours to minutes each week and my water has never been clearer or as good quality for the fish.

Probably only made your decision harder but hope it helps anyway. Cheers, M


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