> The first thing I would do for instant relief is to quickly take a
> pump (*they can take large pieces of 'stuff' and not care), stick it
in a 5
> gallon bucket with a punch of lava rock surrounding it and then pump
> water from this into a oak barrel liner from homedepot that has a
> lip. This is cheap and allows the water to be pumped into it and
> back into the pond. Fill the liner with plants... anything that
> water. You can surround the liner with rocks, put it in a half oak
> etc. You won't have to clean this setup for at least a year and it
> give you time to think and research. They recently posted a
> homemade filter here along the same line but you would have to have
> to construct it.
> I have known people that have koi in the depth you are talking about
> pond certainly has enough surface area but if you find you really
> pond, I would certainly think of increasing the depth for the koi.
> any reason you could not build a second pond for the koi that is
> then keep the first one for your plants (a lovely lotus and waterlily
> Nedra has a wonderful site for lotus plants but I don't have the link
> if you are interested)? Then you would not have to worry about
> the koi until their home was improved. I have had my pond for over a
> with the set up that I described above. I only allow 3 koi though
> wildlife keeps my fish population down to a reasonable number.
> Look at Jan's site. Wonderful source of information and she has a
> In my opinion every pond is unique and must fit to the keepers needs.
> while I and others can tell you what works for us, you will find that
> shapes itself to you. There is no "right" way but you will certainly
> lots of ideas from this room.
> > Hi there,
> > I am new to the pond world (complete begineer so please excude my
> > as I recently moved and inherited a 11ft * 11ft * 2ft pond full
> > dozen or so Koi carp, largest fish about 16 inches in length. The
> > given up and the filter seemed permanently clogged up, even after
> > the internal (pads) every week. I have also noticed that the pond
> > of "silt" in it even though the water is clean, it currently has a
> > which now doesn't work as the pump is not working.
> > I would like to change the setup but don't have a huge amount of
> > this, so I'd really appreciate some advice...So my questions are as
> > (apologies I have a number of queries!)
> > 1. From what I have read the pond is too shallow (is it?) and needs
> > least 4 ft in depth for Koi? If this is the case then I presumably
> > have to remove the fish to a temporary setup (holding tank? any
> > this is done?) dig the pond out deeper and replace with a new
> > use my existing pond for this season as is and make the changes
> > pond depth when finances allow?
> > 2. Should I get the pond cleared of the silt? How would I do this -
> > pond vac? Can you hire a pond vac?
> > 3. What would be a good/inexpensive pump & filter combination? I
> > on the web and it's a bit of a minefield of information, some
> > advise on a using a Vortex chamber setup or is this only for
> > What filter/pump would work with my existing setup as well as
> > the increase in pond depth at a later date?
> > 4. I found a setup that looked interesting after doing some calcs
> > size, this was using the Hozelock Ecoclear 18000 with a Titan 12000
> > is this a good setup? This also looks good as I don't need a
> > filter so can site this setup away from the pond, but the filters
> > them) do look a little small compared to my existing big filter
> > 5. Could I also use my existing filter box (3 stage) with the new
> > Ecoclear 18000 with a Titan 12000 pump system in line for extra
> > 6. Any recommendations on suppliers? I found Grovelands Online
> > (www.grovelands.com) and their prices look great. I am based in
> > Hampshire.......
> > Any help would be very much appreciated as I am very keen to ensure
> > setup is correct and enjoy the new experience of being a pond
> > kind regards,
> > Richard
There is a site for beginners by Chuck Rush-http://www.moonsgarden.com/
and there are some good books by Helen Nash-Low-Maintenance Water
Gardens and The Pond Doctor.
Definitely clean the bottom of the pond out and a shop vac will do the
job just fine. I use a net at times to scoop the silt or as we call it
When looking for a pump the magnetic drive type of pump is the most
energy efficient of the submersible. I have a Laguna running for 3
years. Get a pump running before you do any enlarging. It takes time to
plan a new pond and a lot of research.
A filter can be home-made like the "Skippy" filter. Just a barrel,
stocktank or *** Maid Storage tub. The filter media can be nylon
net, nylon window screen, plastic cutlery, nylon bath sc***s, snow
fencing, box strapping and I top mine with half a twin-sized eggcrate
mattress topper. Later in the season I put watercress in the top.
In the past I have ordered from Aqua-Mart, The Water Garden, AZ Ponds
and Drs. Foster and Smith. Happy water gardening.