Has anyone tried bird netting for filter media?

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Has anyone tried bird netting for filter media?

Post by JohnnyBrav » Thu, 23 May 2002 13:33:45



I saw a site where some guy had used wadded balls of
bird netting for media. Looked cheap and easy but I have no
idea if it would work or not.
 
 
 

Has anyone tried bird netting for filter media?

Post by Nedr » Thu, 23 May 2002 17:36:04


Yes, I tried it but found the bridal netting in the fabric center
of Walmart's even better....  I don't even know who led me
to this material.  The finer bridal netting catches the bio-bugs
easier and keeps them close.

What you do is buy however much you think you'll need;
wad it up into a big ball and stuff it in the container.  Rinsing
is a joy!  Just lift it out and spray the hose on it.  Do the rinsing
over the flower beds .... they'll love you for this rich drink!
A real no-brainer.

Nedra
www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pines/4836


Quote:
> I saw a site where some guy had used wadded balls of
> bird netting for media. Looked cheap and easy but I have no
> idea if it would work or not.

 
 
 

Has anyone tried bird netting for filter media?

Post by Rod Farl » Thu, 23 May 2002 19:20:16


Yes, I've had a wadded-up roll (4x50 ft, I think) in one chamber of my
biofilter for 3 years.  However, it's never developed a nice biofilm, but
just stays clean.  So I doubt that it's really doing any good.    I guess
the surface is simply too smooth for anything to adhere to it?

I also use two rolls of fiberglass window screen (4x20 ft each).  These
do a good job.  Floor polisher pads are also excellent filters.  These
materials have a rough surfaces, trap dirt, and develop nice biofilms.
All of these materials last forever, and are easily hosed clean.
- Rod

 
 
 

Has anyone tried bird netting for filter media?

Post by Springwor » Thu, 23 May 2002 21:24:49


Working great in mine........
 
 
 

Has anyone tried bird netting for filter media?

Post by John Rut » Thu, 23 May 2002 22:25:21


Quote:

>Yes, I tried it but found the bridal netting in the fabric center
>of Walmart's even better....  I don't even know who led me
>to this material.  The finer bridal netting catches the bio-bugs
>easier and keeps them close.

>What you do is buy however much you think you'll need;
>wad it up into a big ball and stuff it in the container.  Rinsing
>is a joy!  Just lift it out and spray the hose on it.  Do the rinsing
>over the flower beds .... they'll love you for this rich drink!
>A real no-brainer.

>Nedra
>www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pines/4836

Hey Nedra
how do you keep the bridal veil together?  I bought a whole bolt (with
the size of my filter figured I needed all I could get)
and when I went to clean it it came apart. now instead of one long peice
I have 6-7 small peices
did I leave it in the filter too long??

Carolann and John Rutz

Last Will and Testament:
Being of sound mind I spent it all on pond plants

See my pond at:
http://www.indotek.com/sites/www.fuerjefe.net/index.html

 
 
 

Has anyone tried bird netting for filter media?

Post by Nedr » Fri, 24 May 2002 00:05:49


John,  You may have left it too long ... I don't know.
I have mine stuffed in a  'used-to-be'  pressurized
biofilter.  It has to stay lumped together .... no where else
to go! I hose mine down once every other week. (This is a separate filter -
not my veggie filter.)

Nedra
www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pines/4836


Quote:


> >Yes, I tried it but found the bridal netting in the fabric center
> >of Walmart's even better....  I don't even know who led me
> >to this material.  The finer bridal netting catches the bio-bugs
> >easier and keeps them close.

> >What you do is buy however much you think you'll need;
> >wad it up into a big ball and stuff it in the container.  Rinsing
> >is a joy!  Just lift it out and spray the hose on it.  Do the rinsing
> >over the flower beds .... they'll love you for this rich drink!
> >A real no-brainer.

> >Nedra
> >www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pines/4836

> Hey Nedra
> how do you keep the bridal veil together?  I bought a whole bolt (with
> the size of my filter figured I needed all I could get)
> and when I went to clean it it came apart. now instead of one long peice
> I have 6-7 small peices
> did I leave it in the filter too long??

> Carolann and John Rutz

> Last Will and Testament:
> Being of sound mind I spent it all on Pond plants

> See my pond at:
> http://www.indotek.com/sites/www.fuerjefe.net/index.html

 
 
 

Has anyone tried bird netting for filter media?

Post by John Rut » Fri, 24 May 2002 08:19:14


Quote:

>John,  You may have left it too long ... I don't know.
>I have mine stuffed in a  'used-to-be'  pressurized
>biofilter.  It has to stay lumped together .... no where else
>to go! I hose mine down once every other week. (This is a separate filter -
>not my veggie filter.)

>Nedra
>www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pines/4836



>>I guess 5+ months was a bit to long huh??????

>>guess I'd better go with fiberglass screen for these long hauls, just can't get enthusiastic about filter cleaning when it's cool er cold outside  

>>Carolann and John Rutz

>>Last Will and Testament:
>>Being of sound mind I spent it all on Pond plants

>>See my pond at:
>>http://www.indotek.com/sites/www.fuerjefe.net/index.html

--
Carolann and John Rutz

Last Will and Testament:
Being of sound mind I spent it all on Pond plants

See my pond at:
http://www.indotek.com/sites/www.fuerjefe.net/index.html

 
 
 

Has anyone tried bird netting for filter media?

Post by Wally Skun » Sat, 25 May 2002 07:34:38


A material that is similar to bird and bridal netting is plastic woven onion
or potato sacks.  The threads are flat and split easily and make a good
surface for bugs to adhere to.  My upflow barrel filter has a layer of blue
furnace media, a layer of white pond filter material (expensive) and lots of
the sacks over a vortex insert.  Bug adhesion seems to be similar in all
these media.  I have the lower layers only because I had bought the material
before I discovered the sacks.  I have layered the sacks flat and have also
stuck a lot of wadded up pieces inside a full sack.  My filter never goes
back together the same way, bit it seems to work.  The sacks are softer than
netting and so wad easier  They are probably much stronger as well.  They
are are free from your friendly grocer who throws many away each day.

Wally


Quote:
> I saw a site where some guy had used wadded balls of
> bird netting for media. Looked cheap and easy but I have no
> idea if it would work or not.