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Postby dannyboy1978uk » Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:46 pm

I run a 3800 pond with two drains on a nexus 200 and easy pod.
I've had a real problem with algae of late and don't trust the filters to run 7 days solid without a clean.
My question is could I leave the pond with just the air on my drain and in the 200 for the bacteria.

Has anyone done this??

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Postby James Pond » Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:51 pm

I wouldn't leave it that long without filtration unless you have a very very low stocking level.

What you could do is slow the flow right down through the filters, this will make it very unlikely they'll block up. If you have an autofeeder cut the feed rate right down whilst you're away, I have left my pond for a week with my parents just visiting twice and chucking a handful in each time.
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Postby Lizzlebrizzle » Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:32 pm

Not sure how long it takes for bacteria to go bad but I would imagine shutting your filter down for 7 days you would do some damage. Cant you keep a very low rate flowing through the system to keep things ticking over but not too much to risk it backing up?
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Postby Lizzlebrizzle » Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:33 pm

ignore last post as dint read the bit about the 200 properly! duh! :oops:
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Postby Iainkoi » Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:25 pm

Hi,take half the static k1 out and either put it in bio area or leave out but pp before putting back in.No need to feed ,would benefit pond,hope you have someone at least coming in to check everything is ok.
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Postby koi36 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:30 pm

if your worried bout it i would give all the statick k1 a good boil to clean it and put it all in the bio side of the 200 then when you return just put it back but hold back a bit on the feeding till things settle down again mate.
The pond will prob be full of fines on your return but so what your fish will be safe and the fines will sort them selves out over the following week
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Postby dannyboy1978uk » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:25 pm

Thanks for all your replies . I have 7 large koi so believe this to be a
Low stock.

I like the idea of puting the k1 in the bio area that should be safe, never thought of that

Arnt forums great!!!!!

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Postby philnich » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:24 am

Just turn the UV off. No algae clumps to clog the filter. Switch it back on, on your return. Clear in no time.
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