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    Sansai
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    WOOHOO! I have laid 48 more blocks!! (I'm definately NO MASON lol. I've used 6 bags of mortar just in the last two days. I'm headed back to lowes for 48 MORE.
    You can see I have two layers of block above ground level. I'm going one more level high. wich will put me at 24" above ground level (hopefully keep my dogs and little kids out)
    On the bottom of my main fish bowl I have everything sloping towards the center and it's about a foot higher around the edges. right now with just the 2 layers of block it's almost 7' deep and probably around 8' ish deep in center.... next layer of block should add at least 8 more inches. Hope this will be deep enough for the Koi... HAH! Spoiled fishes!
    Anyway I'll post another pic tonight or tomorrow after I get all 3 layers of block. heres a couple photos thus far. and back to work I go!
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    UGH! what a back breaker... I've laid over 120 block in the last 3 days. I still need to build another wall 18 inches further into my yard so I can run pipe between the walls, INSULATE place skimmers and lines. then place stones or somthing across the two walls of block for a bench and to hide all the plumbing and insulation.
    heres a couple more photos for end of today
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    Looking good sir!

    I'm so jealous, it appears you may only build one pond and simply upgrade the filtration as time goes by. Unlike myself who built 3 "wrong" ponds first. Shoveling ain't that much fun, woulda rather done it your way.

    Thanks for the progress reports!

    Grant

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    Thanks Grant!!!!!
    Yeah, i was lucky enough to get a little mini ex one weekend, and a skid-steer (bobcat) the next weekend. I've had to do ALOT of hand digging since... I even have really good digging dirt. I couldn't imagine how much work this all would have been had I done it ALL by hand. Would've took me MONTHS!
    I have a couple of questions..... I bought some 1.6" bio balls cuz I thought it may have been a good deal? 300 per bag, and I got 9 bags for $200. Did I get ripped off? and should I use these in a bakki? or should I use these in like an upflow type filter (skippy style)??? whats everyones opinions on these type of media? I am broke for 2 weeks again (thanks to these balls)

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    Hey Mike,

    I would use the bio balls in the shower or if you intend on building a foam fractioner use them there. For the up-flow (skippy style) I'd try and steer you to a positive buoyancy material so you can aerate for easy cleaning. I imagine if they don't sink like stones a big air pump could move the bio balls around for cleaning but the floating stuff will work better and give you the option of using it create a moving bed filter in the future if you wish.

    Grant

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    Quote Originally Posted by rifraf View Post
    I have a couple of questions..... I bought some 1.6" bio balls cuz I thought it may have been a good deal? 300 per bag, and I got 9 bags for $200. Did I get ripped off? and should I use these in a bakki? or should I use these in like an upflow type filter (skippy style)??? whats everyones opinions on these type of media? I am broke for 2 weeks again (thanks to these balls)
    How many of the bio-balls does it take to fill a 5 gallon bucket?

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    Grant,
    Is the (moving bed) filter suppose to be after a settlement chamber? and is it suppose to be a bio or mechanical filter? And if there is air constantly going to it wouldn't it never need cleaning? or is it when you "clean" with air you use 10 X's the amount of air pressure? hahaha I have TONS of questions. I suppose I should just research it myself. But yeah I'll prolly use most these balls in a bakki. I still like the idea of somehow creating a Foam Fractioner off the bottom of the bakki, like Birdman did.
    Ric,
    I'm not at home, but I'll bet 2 of these bags would fill if not overflow a 5 gallon bucket. I'll have to try it when I get home and I'll take some photos of the bags and some in a bucket and post on here
    I have some buckets laying around. so the 9 bags of balls I got aren't really a whole lot, but I spent $200 on them after talking the guy down from almost $300

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    For a tower or shower...try to use 1" bio balls. Far more surface area for a given cubic volume. I had 1" bio balls for my showers...but got a good deal on bakki house media.

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    that is one handsome hole in the ground you have there sir!

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    Ric, I'm guessing about 500 balls would fill a 5 gallon bucket.

    MCA, WHAT??? haha I could of bought 1" balls but when I got there and looked at them, they were SO TINY! I agree though same size bag of "1 balls has 700 balls, while the bags that I bought had 1.6" balls with only 300 balls per bag. Even though the bags were same size. Maybe i'll have to go see this guy again after i get some more $$$

    Meg, Why thank you! The blocks I've laid really help it to start looking like a pond. And.... when I take pictures people can actually see shape of the pond taking place. Although I still have TONS of piping, laying more block, setting up filtration. more digging my friends that see it think i'm almost done. :| They don't even know.... It's not even 1/2 way there.

    My plan is to have this thing up and running by Aug. 13, my girlfriend is throwing a baby shower in our backyard for my daughter that day.
    I need to find a good cheap place to buy some (positively boyount) kaldness for cheap! Anyone know where one can go about this?

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