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    I think that sums it up nicely!

    I think that sums it up nicely!
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    That is of course, absolutely true. Bead...

    That is of course, absolutely true.

    Bead filters aren't the worst thing out there at all. The biggest problem with them as far as I am concerned is that they are sold as the be all and end all...
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    No problem. Always good to have discussions that...

    No problem. Always good to have discussions that can remain pleasant and informative. Beads are a brilliant concept, like the Answer, but I feel that both lack something in practice.
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    Nope, never used one, never would, except as a...

    Nope, never used one, never would, except as a fines removal system, and even then I would rather use a loose capture system like static K than a compressive system.

    What you need to be aware...
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    Yes, I think beads are a curse. They are an...

    Yes, I think beads are a curse. They are an excellent method of solids removal, but they catch the particles in a compressive fashion, holding them in a flow of water that gets more powerful as it...
  6. Thread: Koi That Fail

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    Down to genetics. There just are koi that will...

    Down to genetics. There just are koi that will do this. I had one that went from sanke to crap bekko with no stress at all. Some do it after a shock or stress.

    Might be interesting to know if...
  7. Thread: Koi-Food

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    Personally I think not. Too much squash and...

    Personally I think not. Too much squash and sweetpotato especially is probably not good, but better feeding squash and prawns/shrimp than pellets IMO.
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    Actually, it's spelt Brain, but pronounced Scott....

    Actually, it's spelt Brain, but pronounced Scott.

    I quite liked JR's description of the GCs as cut flowers. Rather poignant when you realise they have such short lives. Since I don't have the...
  9. Thread: Koi-Food

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    Now that's what I call precision posting. ...

    Now that's what I call precision posting.


    Two minds with one thought.

    :cool:
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    To be honest, I'm not sure. Obviously, it will...

    To be honest, I'm not sure. Obviously, it will keep in the fridge for a few days, and in the freezer for much longer. However, as with all foods, the fresher it is fed, the better.


    I...
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    :D When you think about it, they are all the...

    :D When you think about it, they are all the foods that we should avoid. Sugar, bread, breakfast cereal etc.


    IMO, breakfast cereal with sugar is the work of the Devil.

    Evil I say, evil!
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    Hi amigo. Scott has it bang to rights. High Gi...

    Hi amigo. Scott has it bang to rights. High Gi foods aka fast carbs are those that boost blood sugar the fastest.

    JR was quite emphatic. My understanding was that he meant that almost no GC...
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    All I can say is that when I was feeding nobori...

    All I can say is that when I was feeding nobori and medicarp, which is, if my memory serves me well, both half wheatflour, that produced far more waste than when I switched to feeding paste and...
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    The better the diet, the less crap they produce....

    The better the diet, the less crap they produce.

    I was thinking of a 1 sq metre bay to filter 8,000 gallons and 15 good size koi.
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    I still reckon the simplest and best is screen >...

    I still reckon the simplest and best is screen > static K > TT > pond
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    Depressing thought. Mind you, a half decent...

    Depressing thought.


    Mind you, a half decent filtration system with bottom drains, adequate w/c and heating is already at base camp I reckon.

    To me, the important thing is the removal of as...
  17. Thread: Koi-Food

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    Well, it's an interesting choice. Fish that are...

    Well, it's an interesting choice. Fish that are fed on a healthier, more normal diet, both in amount and make up, will be slimmer and healthier.

    To get the GC look, they need bulking up with...
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    The fish do get some. Particularly now that it's...

    The fish do get some. Particularly now that it's cold.
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    Arthur, simply make the weight up using more...

    Arthur, simply make the weight up using more herring (or other oily fish like sardine, mackerel etc) or whole prawns.


    My butcher supplies me with 5 kilo boxes of whole greenland prawns at about...
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    Don't throw the prawn heads away, as they are the...

    Don't throw the prawn heads away, as they are the best bit IMO. Silkworm I am not so keen on as they are very greasy. Like Scott, I like to steer clear of high GI foods.

    This is the recipe I...
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    Knife valves can be a problem to replace and they...

    Knife valves can be a problem to replace and they do have a habit of going wrong. There is a variety that can be stripped in situ from the top. Either that or fit ball valves.


    I have heard...
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    Google kaldnes. It's a medium designed to...

    Google kaldnes.

    It's a medium designed to work when fluidised. However, if kept static, it collects and holds fine particles without compressing them and forcing organics into solution.
    ...
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    3 bottom drains, screens, static K and then to TT.

    3 bottom drains, screens, static K and then to TT.
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    It would only need sterilisine if there had been...

    It would only need sterilisine if there had been a problem, surely?
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    Alternately, you could simply take filter media...

    Alternately, you could simply take filter media from the pond to run the Qtank.
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