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    been there...done that. It will be worth it in the long run.

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    You probably should put a pad of concrete support under the drain.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ricshaw View Post
    You probably should put a pad of concrete support under the drain.

    yea sorry I didnt get a pic of it. there is. thats why I layed the paper down and cut such a large square out around it.

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    So all I have to do now is finish pulling the liner as I put the water in and set the rocks around the edge. BUT Ive run into a problem with space and the gravity filter isnt going to work. So I will have to go thru the pump before I ever hit my filters. I will still have 2 gravel filters and the bio filter and uv light but I had to kick out the vortex filter. So here is my 2 questions.
    1. My friend offered me a sand filter (minus the sand) for free and I wanted to know if putting glass beads inside and using it as a filter works? Ive heard alot of for and against.
    2. Since I took out the vortex filter should I get a priming pot/leaf basket for my pump? will it be worth the extra $50+?
    *and I just want to extend my thanks to everyone on here who has given me advice again. You guys rock*

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    Quote Originally Posted by hulsey View Post
    So here is my 2 questions.
    1. My friend offered me a sand filter (minus the sand) for free and I wanted to know if putting glass beads inside and using it as a filter works? Ive heard alot of for and against.
    There is a reason why your friend is giving you the sand filter for free.
    If you want to experiment with it with beads... go ahead.
    I would not invest too much money in it.

    Quote Originally Posted by hulsey View Post
    2. Since I took out the vortex filter should I get a priming pot/leaf basket for my pump? will it be worth the extra $50+?
    Yes, I think a pump leaf basket is important and worth the money.

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    So here is a fun little story for a learing experience. I had the liner in and the pond filled but couldnt get suction on my temp pump. So i tried to run the water hose down the bottom drain to fill the line up but with a 3 inch line and all the head pressure all the water was forced back out the drain. So I used a cut off of a Pool Noodle to create a plug and ran the water hose down the middle...sure enough the line filled up and and the pump got suction....then sucked the foam noodle down the line! lol. Set me back an extra 4 hours to take the pump apart, all the pipe apart, and run a drain snake down the line to get all the foam out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricshaw View Post
    There is a reason why your friend is giving you the sand filter for free.
    If you want to experiment with it with beads... go ahead.
    I would not invest too much money in it.



    Yes, I think a pump leaf basket is important and worth the money.
    Ive been reading online where you can switch the sand out for some kind of a plastic bead, glass bead, or a koi media material like K1, to make a sand filter work for a pond. I havent seen anything about it on this forum...Am I not looking hard enough or is this new?

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    I got the liner in, rocks around the edge, and the temp. pump going with a waterfall going to clear up the water before I put the fish in. My back hurts. My hands and arms are cut(lava rocks are sharp). but Im a happy camper to be where Im at with it now. Ill post pics tomorrow! then some more once the water clears and the fish are in. should I post pics of my Koi here also?

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    been watching, feeling your pain and excitement.
    looknig forward to water and fish!

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