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  • Maurice! Fines filtration

    Hi Maurice,
    I've been snooping around your site and I had a little question. Am I correct in assuming that your fines filtration consistes exclusively of static kaldness k1?

    The reason is that at the moment I have an answer fitted to my primary vortex. It works great but is eating me alive in electricity. I was considering switching to wedge wire system but this is going to mean not only the expence of the sieve but a complete rebuild ot the filter system itself.

    If I was to convert to static kaldness the convertion could be accomplished in a matter of hours instead of days and at a significantly lower cost. The big IF here is will it be as healthy for the fish and maintain the water quality I enjoy at the moment.
    What are your thoughts on the matter?

    Some other info...
    How often do you flush the static kaldness
    How long will it actually go without flushing? (during vacations, long weekends and such)
    Do you feel the fines filtration will copare to that achived using an answer?

    Cheers mate
    Semper in excreta, sumus solum profundum variat
  • #2

    BScott,

    I'm Australia at the moment and am heading off to visit family in a few minutes, I'll post later this afternoon to answer all your questions. But tomorrow I shall be heading off, up north and will be out of conntact for a week.

    But all the answers are good, it's been one of the best things I've done in years.
    The static Kaldnes is in my systems back home now and running without maintenance for a month!
    Maurice.
    http://www.koi-uk.co.uk

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    • #3

      OZ! Oh I can feel the summer sunshine now! Enjoy dude!

      I'm looking forward to the rest of your answer but i must say it sounds encouraging. I can always move the answer into the Q-tank and nick some K1 out of the main filter for the Q-tank filter should I suddenly need to use it.
      B.Scott
      Semper in excreta, sumus solum profundum variat

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      • #4

        Yes, Australia, one of the best places in the world to be sure. 4am in the morning Lynn and I are off to the Ningaloo reef, West Australia’s best hidden secret (far better than the Barrier reef and only yards from the beach) 12 hours drive up the coast from Perth.



        I switched from an Answer to the static Kaldnes; it only took around 1/2 hour to complete the change. I too was worried about the power consumption, as the new pond was to have 5 Answers. This change saved a lot of 'energy' and has proved most successful.



        My preference is for a smaller, rather than larger vortex, as I feel there is a need to flush and rinse the Kaldnes at least twice to get the media as clean as I like. In a large size vortex, this uses too much water. I use 24” vortex’s, with 50ltrs of media and happily feed 2,000 UK gallons an hour through the system. This gives me crystal clear water to a standard many have never seen.



        I flush and clean the media daily, but I know from trials that this period can be increased and as stated earlier when I head off on my travels I am happy to leave these systems unattended.



        If you have any more questions, I’ll happily answer them in a week, when I return to my parents’ house in Perth.

        Maurice.
        http://www.koi-uk.co.uk

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        • #5

          Sounds like your and your Misses are having a fab time Maurice. Take lots of (underwater) pictures for us OK?

          That pretty much covers what I wanted to know. Do you take the J-mat plug out when you empty/clean the kaldness or just turn on the air and then drain?
          My Vortex is fortunately on the smaller side (27"@60 gal./300 liters).
          I agree with you about a daily flush being wise and my thoughts were along te same lines as yours... how long can I leave it in an emergency without a flush. Nice to know where your limits lay even though we don't need to go there. Your return will be a nice test of how things go when it is left unattended. Try to take some pictures if you aren't too jet-lagged

          Hope you have a good time and don't look to much like a gleaming white pom on the beach to all the Ossies
          Fair Dinkim mate, throw a prawn on the barbie and think of us freezing our nXts off.
          B.Scott
          Semper in excreta, sumus solum profundum variat

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          • #6

            Glad you asked the question B. scott. My answer too sits idle, so I'll be waiting the week to get more details. I took a 55 gallon plastic barrel and placed two three inch bulk head fittings into the bottom of it it. I ran 3,000 gallons and hr thru there and
            boiled the water with air- medium. I capped two three foot pvc pipes to the height of the water that had slits around the circumference and were manufactured to be used in well casings to keep sand out of the pump. in about 6 weeks the slits were filled with fines and the filter room was flooded. I drilled 1/4 inch holes in it as well but was too nervous about another flood and pond lowering that i never tried the second effort.
            Dick Benbow

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            • #7

              I was looking at the one Maurice made and his slits are pretty coarse. No need to worry about sand I think. I was thinking of putting a bit of coarse mesh instead of a cap to work as an overflow. 3000 gallons an hour is quite impressive though!
              Yeah I figured I would take my answer and fit it into a 3/4 bit of plastic drum with a vat of kaldness suspended above it. Small footprint and all but if this static kaldness really works I may to the same in the QT
              The only onther issue I have with the answer is that at some point the pump will crap out on me. If a main circulation pump in the pond goes I have spares. If the answer pump goes my filter stops until I can special order a new one. .

              B.Scott
              Semper in excreta, sumus solum profundum variat

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              • #8

                Good thread guys...If energy consumption for the answer is less than desireable, scratch that puppy of my list.

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                • #9

                  What can I say Akai-San? It's a good piece of kitt and I don't regret having one. It gets the job done without a doubt and if you can afford it, I would reccomend one. The down side is it is costing me $600 a year to run. If you don't have deep pockets (like with a couple of kids in school sucking you dry) an alternitive is worth considering. At the time I got my answer it was the best you could have. I was with the team from EA when we saw kaldness at the Dutch Koi show for the first time. Nobody had even dreamed of static Kaldness at this point. But so you see doors open and doors close. As toime goes by the hobby improves and we get better. Thats why we don't use gravel filters anymore.

                  B.Scott
                  Semper in excreta, sumus solum profundum variat

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                  • #10

                    B. scott

                    can you post the www address with photos and info as i';d like to check them out!
                    Dick Benbow

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                    • #11

                      Sure Dick,
                      This the static kaldness page but you might want to look at the rest of the site. Maurice has done a excellent job and I found it all quite interesting!
                      B.Scott

                      http://www.koi-uk.co.uk/mechanical_f...capable_of.htm
                      Semper in excreta, sumus solum profundum variat

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                      • #12

                        I find the K-1 does trap a lot of fines and use it in some home made filters. Two of the three Nexus units we run have the use of static K-1 and they also trap alot of crap after the Answers.
                        Having three running answers 24/7 I don't find they put much of a dent in the electric bill. Not sure what other countries pay for electricity but we pay 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour at the most. Our electric bill for the year was about $1800 and that includes a house of five with an electric water heater, cooking and all the lights that never get turned off. Got a nasty pool pump still running with two more sequence pumps and two submersabiles also incuding 120L air pump followed by two 80L air pumps all running 24/7. Two oil fired furnaces and a well pump that runs hours a day. Tis the season and now christmas lights. I do think it sounds like we get a deal compaired to some places? I sure do love the answers though as they cut back on a heck of alot of work and time.
                        What a great idea with the mechanical filter vortex static k-1 unit, the Maurice 2000 ? Got to make me one for christmas.

                        Regards Ian
                        Backyard Puddle

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                        • #13

                          thanks B. Scott. good stuff. will not be that hard to accomplish. just need to cover the drain. I have been draining my vortexes every day, wonder what maurice does with the static kaldness preceeding his bios. Always wanted to do ro water but is not in the budget!
                          Dick Benbow

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                          • #14

                            Ian,

                            Here in Europe I pay (@ the present exchange rate) about 24 cents a KW. Tell me how you would feel about a $7850 electricity billl. That's how big it would be here. Time to look at static kaldness?
                            B.Scott
                            Semper in excreta, sumus solum profundum variat

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                            • #15

                              Originally posted by B.Scott
                              As toime goes by the hobby improves and we get better. Thats why we don't use gravel filters anymore.

                              B.Scott
                              Good one. I've been trying to convince my father that gravel filters are a thing of the past. Might have been the thing during his time (40 years ago), but I guess its hard to teach old dogs new tricks. At least my old dog. Hahaha.

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