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DIY home made cheap Biological Filter for your Koi or Goldfish Pond for under $100



Rod Ingersoll shows in detail how he designed and built a home made biological filter to accompany his new fish pond. Further information can be found at www.diykoipond.com.

The filter was designed to replicate a natural wetland type system and should allow for optimum fish and plant conditions. In this filter Rod creates an aerobic system that will breakdown fish waste (Ammonia) and convert it to nitrate for plants and will allow more fish to be kept in the pond. The bio filtration system after a few weeks will aid good bacteria to grow on the filter medium for great fish health. The system was built and tested thoroughly in about 3 hrs and should require very little maintenance at all. This Bio mechanical water filtration system is for Koi, fish ponds, and water gardens but could be just as easily applied to other situations. Its simple to setup & run. All up it cost approximately AU $100 to build.

I must say that i did get a great deal of knowledge from the following DIY koi fish pond ebooks and bonus downloads. They taught me loads of great tips and tricks i needed to help me along the way building and designing my pond and filter system. Im sure it will also help you too: www.diykoipond.com

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Comments:

Author MA FishGuy (3 months)
Great video. Good information man Thank you

Author Janis K (1 day)
could you please list a parts list for your filter thank you Oh bye the
way GREAT JOB

Author Tom will (3 months)
very smart and your pond will be great.

Author Muhammad Fatih (2 months)
What type is the pump, please??? I mean the model so I could buy it.
Thanks in advance!

Author Yhazhee Torreon Jr (20 days)
tnx so much ,coz its simple/easy homemade filter..tnx for info...So
great...

Author GOLDfishIT (4 months)
The intro music tho ! Lol

Author qwertyuiopo4 (4 months)
soldering iron lol

Author john falcon costanzo (1 month)
thanks mate good info,,,lol on the water fall was good too ;o)

Author Paul Croteau (1 month)
I made one, just a note, if you have a 1" inlet feed, you need two 2"
outlets to avoid the overflow from the can. The stronger your pump, the
larger diameter of the outlets you will want.

Author Joffrey Andrews (2 months)
hey i built it and its works thanks it work so good i made 2 one for my
fish pond and one for my turtle 

Author Ronald Raub (5 months)
May be a good idea but explanation too fast and not detailed. Did not show
a list of parts needed.

Author Ron Reid-Taylor (1 month)
uncut. well done sir. haha

Author InvincibleRain (3 months)
Good idea. I may soak sponges n bio-char to see if it sticks and increases
efficiency 

Author 7272gorgeous (3 months)
can you give what size of pipping you used 

Author Nelos s (3 months)
Great video. Good information man Thank you

Author wafflethug (2 years)
those sponges should have been rinsed first. Plus I think they'll dissolve
after a while

Author Kapulfilms (2 years)
i get everything from bunnings

Author a3v03v0 (1 year)
I would have skipped the gravel in the bottom. It collects solids that
might other wise end up in the filter. Makes the pond harder to clean. The
bottom of the pond will soon be covered with algae and look natural without
it.

Author Thong Le (2 years)
I love you man! U save me 100 bucks!

Author adairsr53 (2 years)
I'm making this bio-filter,thanxs for the idea. I would like to hide this
bio-filter some where around my waterfall is this possible or shouldi just
use the bio-filter as another difusser or spillway

Author Setneuf Fuentes (1 year)
Philippines

Author kIMO kmais (2 years)
wat is that black cord call the one that suck in water

Author joker66599 (2 years)
I made it today but I need another overflow/outlet my pump is to fast and
starts to over flow the trash can. Going back to home depot tomorrow. than
you for all the help.

Author wardy mann (2 years)
great job .

Author Kapulfilms (2 years)
no probs, thanks

Author dresden sixseven (1 year)
on the rock water fall. Thanks again

Author pippaknuckle (1 year)
Interesting design. I was wondering if the vortex effect did work and did
it help keep the muck at the bottom for draining. I reckon it would need a
powerful pump like yours to achieve that. Maybe a slower moving pump would
let the solids stay at the bottom just through the weight. The tap to drain
the bottom is a really nice innovation. Thanks.

Author Katherine Smith (2 years)
Thanks for this great video you're the ONLY person I've seen that actually
shows the waterpump they're using, none of the other videos do which I
think is stupid because obviously I need to know what the pump looks like
to duplicate their setup!

Author Kapulfilms (2 years)
yep, thanks, thats the only way i can keep the hobby alive

Author ohkfilms (1 year)
he said on the video, he would install a drain to get all the muck that
builds up at the bottom of the filter. And you dont want to clean a bio
filter to sparkling clean otherwise you'd have to start over again in
building a good bio life thing bla blaasssfagfaljdflafjldsjaa

Author adam watson (2 years)
Love how you use dead cheap stuff not expensive filters or pumps

Author Richard Habicher (2 years)
This must be from Australia a good place for all waterworks!

Author Kapulfilms (2 years)
find barrels anywher, i got mine from bunnings PVS is 25mm

Author Dieseljonnyboy (2 years)
Nice work, good on yah for sharing.

Author Amanda Borgeson (1 year)
i must ask, what do you call those 'fittings' that you use for pvc pipes
but attched to the basin/bucket? without the water leaking through the hole?

Author bighatstephens (1 year)
hi! if your bulkhead fitting start to leak you might want to look into
getting some uniseals. How has this filter worked out for you?

Author Ing Oscar Manuel De Luna Carpio (1 year)
que porquería

Author MultiFishcrazy (3 years)
niccceeeee

Author kheroot (2 years)
I am going to build a koi pond and I think i'll use this design, I am going
to put a bridge over it and the bridge would cover this up just fine! The
only difference is I think I'll use a solar panel to run it. I subbed
because of this video, now I'll watch you're others, thanks for the post!

Author Jack Belton (2 years)
Can the garbage can be under ground but just high enough for the overflow
pipe to pour into the pond?

Author tOnyyz1 (2 years)
Hey thats pretty good :) but i reckon you should use wool as well and put
some carbon in there

Author Kapulfilms (2 years)
@betomty84 5000 lt per hour pump was used

Author Kushan Perera (10 months)
can someone please give me a parts list because i am very new to this pond
scene and don't really know much thank you

Author Brian Murphy (1 year)
What size pond does this filter work for?

Author MelissiaAnn33 (1 year)
Hey There my frioend could you tell me a little about the fittings and the
pipe like what size pipe we would need and what types of fittings and what
size they need to be Please I would greatly appreciate the help Melissia Ann

Author Kapulfilms (2 years)
they are just bins. In my set up i pump to the filter, then to my trout
tank and then into my aquaponics garden then into my pond. checkout
aquaponicgardener (dot) com (dot)au for more info. my other videos show my
latest set up.

Author MotionTSG (9 months)
Warning! Those who are planning on utilizing this method be extremely
careful with your sponge selection. Most household sponges are treated with
antibacterial solutions to inhibit mold growth. Although they well may
filter the water of detritus, the beneficial microbe growth will be
extremely if not completely hindered.

Author LishaoQin1 (1 year)
Consider the flow capacity of the pump ... I think the pvc pipe from 3/4
"is enough for a flow of up to 4000 liters / hour or more ... Sailing the
amount of gallons of your pond.

Author Phil Waud (11 months)
If the pipe enters the drum at the top, then the pressure on the fittings
is lower and you wont get as many leaks, you can even avoid them completely
by having the pipe going into the container above the water line. The water
need to start at the bottom of the drum and leave at the top so that
gravity helps keep any debris at the beginning. As for the contribution
made by the swirl or vortex, I haven't experimented but it seems to make
sense to have one!

Author John Oplado (2 years)
I actually used the same exact design on my pond. Works like a charm!!

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