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    Tosai
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    Lots of pictures from my ponds

    Here is the beginning of the trip of my experiences with ponds.

    If you have any comments, critics or doubts post them in the forum , I will be glad to answer.

    Please take special attention to the three phases of the new pond.
    The link to my site is http://www.mofeliaf.com/Kohaku/e-home.htm

    best regards
    Zei Kohaku

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    pretty cool. I like the natural setting. wish I have that big of space to build a new pond. thanks for sharing the pix.

    Steve

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    Very nice Zei!
    How often do you expect to have to rebuild those towers? I like the wood concept your thinking outside the box.
    Jim

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    just curious, is there a settling tank in your design? I didn't see it. can you describe the water circulation in details?

    Steve

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    Very Nice

    I like your cement work, and your right your pond is better bigger! Good job.

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    Thank you very much, for your compliments.


    Best regards
    Zei kohaku

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gallagher View Post
    Very nice Zei!
    How often do you expect to have to rebuild those towers? I like the wood concept your thinking outside the box.
    Jim
    I “real hope” never.

    I understand the doubts, in relation to wood. First, it is cheap and easy to work and if the wood is green pine and is kept always wet is practically indestructible. I explain. The idea comes from the City where I live. The down town of Lisbon Portugal is seat in wooden bars always wet or flooded and the building are still here, after more than 200 years. So, why not trying! O tried first on my temporary pond one year ago and the results where very good, and the wood is still hard and strong. So I hope that will take a long time till this wood get rotten.

    Translation of a part of an article http://jornalpraceta.no.sapo.pt/Esquem.htm “the construction of digs in some zones of the Lisbon subsoil already had dried some of the bars in wood where seats the down town area. Specialists as engineer Maria de Lurdes Alvarez defend that these bars in green pine have to be dived in water or wet all the time. When the wood dry, get rotten, putting at risk the security of the buildings. Opinion shared by Ribeiro Telles. (One of our Masters architects) ”. So when we build our wood trickle tower we have to pay attention that the water must always be in contact with the wood.

    If I have any problems I promise I will alert you.

    Best regards
    Zei Kohaku

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    Water circulation in detail

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Nguyen View Post
    just curious, is there a settling tank in your design? I didn't see it. can you describe the water circulation in details?
    Steve
    Everything began with the idea of making a pond with no holes what so ever. But I want bottom drains and a settling tank. So what I did was:

    To put everything inside of the pond and tried to camouflage all that. But I didn’t have to camouflage because the nature is doing that for me with algae.

    The water enters in two bottom drains in the deepest part of the pond. The format is like a Y. They connect to a tube with 10 cm. See photo 9 in http://www.mofeliaf.com/Kohaku/e-lnovo3-home.htm As I don’t want the koi to be sucked I use two plastic ware bowl, where I did a hole and put the tube and cut the top sides so the debris could enter but no the fish. Then the tube connects to settling tank. That kind of settling tank was motivated by laziness. (The imperious necessity of doing nothing. Having lots of fun without much work cleaning filters, pumps and trickle towers.)

    So what I create was a LMDTD-FLP (Low Maintenance Debris Trap Device – For Lazy People) as you can see in http://www.mofeliaf.com/Kohaku/e-lfiltro-home.htm photos 8 and next.

    The water and debris come from the tube, enter in the box and in the trap, the debris stay trapped in the wood net trap and then a tube with 5 cm that is outside of net trap but inside the box, links to the pump hose. So I don’t have heavy debris going to the pump, only very small particles can pass. So I don’t have to clean the pump and the trickle shower filter.

    To clean the LMTDT-FLP I open the plastic box I take of the trap, open the door and clean it with current water. As simple as that. And it really works.

    Best regards
    Zei Kohaku

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    Steve Nguyen, I posted new pictures in filters page, so it will be easier to understand water circulation details.

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    Hi Zei,

    thank you for the new pix. it's much better. I got a better understand of your filter design now.

    I also like your wood filter design too. it helps blending the filter into the backyard landscape better than those stainless steel trays.

    thank you for sharing,

    Steve

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