How To Make A Homemade Bio Filter For Your Pond That Really Works! No UV




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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 lesson learned.

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.

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.

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 the pond

Zachary Hanson: what size pump do you use?

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.

David Chaney: tht koi has ich

vistagraphsnet: GET A TRIPOD

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 .

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. 
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