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.

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 the pond

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 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's a cheap remedy. :)

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 thrown in.

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?

tazno1: Great setup despite what miyagijoe says. are you still using the green garden hose? i only ask because they are known to leach lead and mercury in to the water.
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