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  • Retro no-niche skimmer install

    Thought I'd share this fun little project we recently completed. Our 6K gallon pond has a non-standard shape since it's tucked into the back corner of our yard.

    Viewed from house:



    Viewed from garage roof:



    Viewed from inside shadehouse:



    We have four TPR's and an existing surface skimmer -- but even so we still had a dead spot where some annoying debris and DOC's collected. So we retro installed another no-niche surface skimmer in the dead spot and used the return to "sweep" the surface in a racetrack pattern right back to it.

    It's powered by a 1/4 hp Sequence pump and run through an Ultima 6K filter so this has also helped us to double our mechanical filtration and halve our cycle time. (Only the main system is run through the 2 j mat biofilters.)

    OK, here are some project photos. Some of you SoCal koikichi might even recognize the handsome young man doing the job (the same guy who built this beautiful pond).

    The guninte has been cored:



    Pipe work begins:





    Sealing the holes with hydraulic cement:



    Adding a check valve to the skimmer:





    It works!





    Close-ups of pipe work before painting and re-planting:





    After painting and planting (but the electrical conduit has yet to be installed). Also, we added a digital progammable timer which automatically turns the pump off 1 minute before the feeder activates then turns it back on 15 minutes later (4X per day at current feeding rate).



    What a difference this has made. Wish we would have done it last year! Don
    Don Chandler
    Member: AKCA, ZNA, KoiUSA
  • #2

    Great stuff! Thanks.

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    • #3

      Dang! Look at Frank! Still groveling and not looking a day over 25


      Joe
      It's a living creature (chit happens)

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      • #4

        Hey, Joe . . .

        at his pay scale there's no grovel involved. And I have it on excellent authority that he is, in fact, slightly over 25! Don
        Don Chandler
        Member: AKCA, ZNA, KoiUSA

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        • #5

          Originally posted by KoiCop
          at his pay scale there's no grovel involved. And I have it on excellent authority that he is, in fact, slightly over 25! Don

          ooooohhh I am telling Nancy!
          It's a living creature (chit happens)

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          • #6

            Don:

            Great thread, we could use more like it... Thanks!

            Aloha! Mike T

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            • #7

              Wow Don

              It looks great, I think I know that guy , Oh ya that is the guy who is
              OVER THE HILL... LOL

              Great pictures Don, of the work being done, and of your beautiful pond and yard.

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              • #8

                Very nice pictures and a beautiful pond. Frank definitly looks like he is in his element!
                Koi-Unit
                " Da Best" Chapter
                xxx

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                • #9

                  Mike T & Akinosan -- thanks!

                  Nancy M -- you two are THE GREATEST Don
                  Don Chandler
                  Member: AKCA, ZNA, KoiUSA

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