techtiptricks: Kill any parasites in the pond with malathion. All the Koi keepers will go
insane when they read this about the malathion but its for killing 6 legged
insects. Most pond parasites are of that kind.Use 1/8 cup malathion per
1000 gallons will clean your pond of parasites. Beneficial bacteria are not
insects, it will not harm your bacteria. Also Bio filters are somewhat of a
myth in the Koi field. Lots of fancy products and contraptions being sold
under the concept of bio filter. What you want is a filter that removes
floating organic matter. The best beneficial bacteria growth will come in
time, it will grow on the walls and bottom of your pond, it wont happen
over night of even in several months. Don't confuse a dirty bottom with
bacteria, you will see the bacteria at work when you see trails that
resemble a worm casting. These trails are the bacteria colonizing.After 3
years on the 2 ponds we have they are now fully colonized and as natural as
you could hope a pond to be. Ponds don't happen overnight and you truly can
not rush the process.
PintoBlades: I just built a temporary filter today and made a HUGE MISTAKE. I used the
same blue swamp cooler pads as you did but I also threw in some of those
course green ones. Well.... about 7 hours later I went to feed my koi and
they were all confused and not acting right. Then I noticed the water was
all dark green..almost like a black green. I immediately took all my Koi
and gold fish out of the tank but I've lost 3 small goldfish so far and the
koi are still sickly looking. IF ANYONE USES SWAMP COOLER PADS, DO NOT USE
THE GREEN ONES. BLUE ARE OKAY..JUST DONT USE GREEN COURSE ONES SOLD AT
MOST HARDWARE OUTLETS. I think they must be coated or soaked in algaecide
or something as bad. The algae that was in the pond is now black and
dead. I'll probably lose more fish tonight...I'm watching them all in a
small tub but I don't think they will make it.
Just wanted to post this so maybe it will save someone else's fish if they
happen to get green pads. Can't believe I did this to the fish. Hard
Zachary Hanson: what size pump do you use?
sissy murphy: after I pot the plant in kitty litter I put it in something with water
around the plant so the cloudy part is gone by the time i put it in the
pond .But have to say the cloudy stuff coming from the kitty litter helps
buffer the water so I still allow some of the kitty litter to cloud up in
Virtualhiccup: Actually it appears that you are filtering too much. A healthy goldfish and
koi pond has to have beneficial bacteria to not only help keep the water
clear but also to protect the health of the fish. You have at least one
sick fish there, (the one twisting and turning at the bottom--flashing.) A
healthy pond is supposed to be green with algae to a degree. If you stick
your hand in there up to the elbow and can still see your hand, the pond is
healthy. You need to quarantine and treat your sick fish so that the entire
pond doesn't get diseased. Or simply treat the entire pond with medicine.
Also, plants are awesome for fish ponds as they provide not only oxygen but
also fish food. BUT...the plants have to be non-toxic to fish as koi and
goldies love to eat them. That could be the reason that your fish got sick
before from the plants, not because the plants harbored parasites. While
keeping the water crystal clear is great for us humans so we can enjoy
watching the fish, it's not good for the fish themselves. It is possible to
over-clean a pond. I know what I'm talking about, having raised goldies for
a couple decades in an outdoor pond. They actually thrive on less than
perfectly clean water. Other than that, I love your filter idea...but
plants also provide filtration for your water.
David Chaney: tht koi has ich
sissy murphy: I clean all the soil off plants I buy that go into the pond and dip them a
couple of times in peroxide and water and then they go in a holding tank
with an aerator and plant food and then after 2 or 3 weeks I plant them in
100% clay kitty litter and then they go in the pond .
vistagraphsnet: GET A TRIPOD
raptured14: The only criticism I can make is use rocks and plants to hide the filter.
It's just there in your face and ruins what has the potential to be a very
pretty looking pond but thanks for the ideas. All the best.
Anderson Chang: Plants usually will not harbor aquatic parasites, and if you feel that they
do, you can always do a quarantine and flush of them for a few weeks. There
are probably gill flukes in this pond. One of the fish is knocking on
gravel; the parasite is irritating, but not fatal.
ron p: There has to be a better way...is what I meant sorry!
Tony Bui: yup, parasite infected. Fish is flashing
Richard Wilfong: there is no carbon in a bio filter, it will kill the good bacteria that
decomposes the waste in the filter.
rocketdog150: where did you get them rock from
samsoninthepit: @SpicyPeteNorman I was going to say the same thing until I saw your post.
Definetly was flashing
arcadegamer117: awesome set up!
BDoggy45: what pump did you use
ron p: Why build such a unique and beautiful pond ...only to have it surrounded by
that hideous looking electric fence around it??!! I understand birds and
raccoons, however what's the point building it if you have to make it look
ugly with that fencing! Their has to be a better way, but all in all...a
very nice set up bro!
Jodie Bonfrer: try an venture on your outlet where it enter the water
ScreeminMeeme: If you make your pond is a minimum of 3-4 feet deep and you provide a
tunnel, cave or overhang for your fish to hide in when predators come, you
won't need electric fencing.
Chris Kerwin: your fish already have parasites dude.
airbusa380BIGfan: do u have tadpoles
jrstow86: Fish flip due to distress. Lava rock and feather rock is good in the short
run. Shortly you should have a zoogleal film covering the rock, blinding it
from any biological filtration. Carbon is good too...if your biological
load short circuits your filter...
dinosaurman1000: i aggre with u about plants they suck up water and evvully they willl use
the oxygen to live but the provide food and a home for fish
spinaway: clear water isn't always a sign of good water quality, fish flippin usually
means a water quality problems.
David Deyllot: so you put plant for not using drugs on the water, but then you use drugs
to kill what is making the parasites? lol
troybot14: i no how to get clean water you will end up with green water with
Cris Din: i use normal carbon and it does the work too
William v b: Worst setup ever hahaha , go to a koi pond site instead of listen to this
stupid, my god.
Stephen Craig: Do you have a pre-filter on your pump? I have a quiet one 3000 pump for my
260 gal pond and if I don't use a pre-filter it will get clogged.Every once
in a while I will have to clean it out because it does get clogged or slow
flow.I like the flow that you have on yours.I have a youtube video under
pond filter if you'd like to check it out to see a better visual.
Lee Yang: hey i sent you a message, but i'll post here as well. what is that blue
material called? and where did you purchase it?
janeheath70: Could u tell me how long ur carbon filter is on your DIY bio filter??
PalJoey1957: Sloppy, dude. Reconfigure: long hose @ far end > pump @ filter end > filter
(increases flow). Remove carbon, treat pond for parasites with filter
running. After treatment replace or clean batting; place new carbon in
filter (always) UNDER the fiber layers to prevent needless clogging.
Re-innoculate pond with commercial beneficial bacteria. Cut back return
pipe from filter and arrange stones underneath to make a waterfall. Get
some energy, shape up, have pride and satisfaction.
Hiwa Puu-Wood: Mahalo :), for sharing, your bio filter system works wonderfully. It's been
overwhelming in making 2 slider turtles & iao fishes happy. I live on the
desert part of Maui and the algae from waste and sun. AWE!! (burden) for
ol'wahine. With a tight budget. I just down sized your set-up for my little
pond. It's day 4 and already the difference is beyond. I appreciate and I
am so grateful that you shared. Mahalo :) Hiwa
Antoine Kerfzhan: Ditch fence, add water fall put large rocks in the pond so the fish can
hide. You can get hair curlers from the dollar store and separate them and
they are great generics for the expensive bio balls. The carbon gives the
water a sparkle that nothing else does but it is spendy. I had a similar
filter but out of a large planter container. First was a window screen to
get the larger stuff, Carbon in a large sock, bulk filter material, hair
curlers and bio balls, then the outlet all gravity fed.
Male Bee: How did ya collect the Frie (Baby Fish)?
William v b: Yourfish got parasites, cant you see?
truemaskedwabbit: Thanks for the info. We already have the pond dug and water in it but still
missing the filter. I got a good idea of how to make it watching your
video, thanks, but what about the pump? What kind of pump would I need. For
about the same size as your pond approx.. ?
troybot14: i no how to get clean water you will end up with green water nice lay out u
will need a uv
ScreeminMeeme: @SpicyPeteNorman /Ditto that good advice. Everyone who keeps fish needs to
have a ''hospital'' tank where the fish can be isolated and kept in salt
water for a few days. Salt water helps a number of conditions..it's a cheap
eckobren: lol 3:01 frog
IrishMan9111: plants are what keeps the water balanced without you having to add stuff to
the water to keep it good plus parasites can be killed by just a few meds
Layhle Lovely: VERY CREATIVE!!! I love this idea.
BDoggy45: what is the name of the pump that you used
Soper79: Agree with this line of thought. Everyone has the right to setup their pond
the way the want it. But to put out there that you're anti plants for fear
of parasites then at the very beginning of the video we see a koi that's
flashing and has a parasite problem I found pretty ironic. Also not a huge
fan of the electric fence. It takes away greatly from the beauty of the
pond. I'd suggest simply getting some traps and relocating them.
SpicyPeteNorman: NOTE: at the beginning of the video one fish is "FLASHING" (Quickly turning
sideways and rubbing itself, and this causes the sunlight to reflect off
the side of the fish), this is usually a sign that your fish has a
problem... I suggest you capture that fish and take it to a koi fish
professional to test for parasites or other problems. also, added salt (not
table salt) again, ask a professional for the right amount. salt is cheap..
less than $20 for a sack of it and it cures so many problems.
RichardB1985: I see that your something fish sick is
Rimtnt: Why would you put the activated charcoal first? It seems counter
productive. The blue mats should be first. That takes out the larger waste
leaving the smaller stuff for the charcoal.
joel hollman: plants dont need oxygen?
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