Feb 27, 2010, 8:08 PM
Post #17 of 18
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Re: [larz1] Algae Bloom, cannot get rid of it !!!!!!
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Yes, I guess I am on the right track, and another consolation is that my pond has been trouble-free for many years, even though I was not looking after it. Without much good bacteria and the UV lights out for ages, I hope that once I get it right again, I'll be ok provided I will keep it up. Must be a beginner's syndrome, I got fired up in the beginning, then neglected it so now it is asking again for my attention, it's Ok with other hobbies, but with living creatures in a pond neglect can be deadly!!!
Population ‘thinning’: I have never succeeded with netting fish before, I guess I will have to lower the water level and get into the pond to do it right, but the problem is that right now I can see nothing down there, so I am afraid I will hurt my big ones! Maybe I should wait till the water clears more.
Bottom drain: when building the pond I did not plan for a bottom drain, however, the OASE Aquamax 30 sits in a 20’x20’ depressed rectangle, that is at the lowest point of the pond, so I guess in a way it is acting as a bottom drain. The pump has a second inlet that I have dedicated to a satellite pickup from another, shallower point in the bottom. To help with clearing the water now, should I disconnect the satellite pickup, so that all the water comes out from the very lowest point of the pond?
Fractioner: I got the Cloverleaf fractioner because of it’s good reviews here in Europe. Here is the link, you will find it in the Small Devices: http://www.cloverleaf.uk.net/Main%20Page.htm It has a separate waste outlet that I directed out of the pond. The aerated water goes through 4 litres of floating biological media which should add to the bio process. I do have a question for it though, not answered in the limited instructions that came with it: What is the best waste setting for it, I mean should I set it to just drip or to have a constant flow? Or, how many buckets of waste should it be collecting say per day?
Bead Filter: I just learned of them from this post and their easy backwash function is very inviting. I dont want to run additional installations in my finished pond, so I wonder if there are small ones that I could add in line, just before my Biotec 30. I have some space there if I find something to fit in and my Aquamax 30 gives 30.000litres/hour on a 2’ hose which must be enough, I think. However the ones I’ve found on line are all big units, they seemed to me like complete, stand-alone filters . Are there any smaller ones that mainly collect the solids that I can hook-up before my filter?