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     Today's Pond Q&A - Pond Filtration...

Hi Friend,

Today's Pond Q&A - Pond Filtration...

Question

I have a bout a 3,500 gallon pond and I cannot keep it clean. It is constantly murky. I have a Savio pump and Skimmer filter with a very strong pump. The water flies out of there. I also have lights to kill the algae coming thru the filter, yet it is always murky. I have attached a sand filter on it and it cleaned it up but as soon as I took it off, it got murky within 24 hours. It seems I have magical dirt that just does not settle.

Can you give me advice.

Thanks,

Stan

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Answer

Hi Stan,

Well, you're not going to like the answer here, but the Savio pump/skimmer is not enough to keep the pond clean alone, and sand filters are just about the worst thing you could possibly use on your pond...

The UV lights you're using maybe undersized, or more likely - you're pumping your water through the UV too fast. UV sterilizers need a certain amount of contact time in the UV chamber for the light to be effective. Otherwise, the algae cells pass through too quickly, and won't be affected by the UV light.

Sand filters are great for swimming pools, and polishing the relatively clean water, but just can't handle the larger debris and decaying organic matter that passes through them. Sand filters will clog easily, usually require daily backwashing, and will ultimately begin to grow anaerobic bacteria which can be harmful to the pond life.

So, the best answer I can give you is to look at one of our bead filters. Bead filters are designed specifically for ponds, and are excellent biological filters as well as mechanical filters. When used with a properly sized pump and uv, they will provide crystal clear water - with very little maintenance...

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For more information, here are some more links that might help:

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Aquabead Filters:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Aquabead/Aquabead_Filters.html

Complete Systems
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Aquabead/aquabead_plus_systems.shtml

Includes:

UV Sterilizers:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Zap-Pure-UV-Sterilizers/Zap_Pure_UV_Sterilizers.htm

Energy Efficient Pumps:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Aquabead/WunderFlo.html
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/pumps/Performance_pro/pump_products.htm

Other Related Items:

Aquasieve Pre-Filter
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Aquabead/aquasieve.htm

Bottom Drains:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Bottom-Drains/Bottom-Drain-products.shtml

My Pond:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Aquabead/my-Aquabead.shtml

Videos:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Newsletters/Videos/my-pond-1.shtml
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Newsletters/Videos/my-pond-2.shtml

Hope this helps,

MWG

 
 
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