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Advice on Easy pod and vortex chamber

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Re: Advice on Easy pod and vortex chamber

Postby Narwhal » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:39 pm

Hi Manky

My apologies. You article is so comprehensive it seems I have repeatedly missed aspects whilst trying to understand the science. I suggest you ignore everything I ask from now on! :)
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Re: Advice on Easy pod and vortex chamber

Postby Manky Sanke » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:07 pm

No problem, you ask questions and I'll answer but, I've written huge amounts of stuff on my site so if I've already written a comprehensive answer to your question, I'll point you to it.

BTW Many people want to know the complicated stuff so it had to be included but I've deliberately kept it in science panels to make the main body of the text easier to understand. If you ignore those for now and go back to them later, if you wish (or dare!), you will probably grasp the basic details more easily.
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Re: Advice on Easy pod and vortex chamber

Postby Airlite » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:46 pm

Tesco Low Dust Cat Litter 10l pack for £3.75 does one basket - make sure you rinse the hell out of it though, the pink stuff is harmless but it'll make your pond water look like some horrible crime has been committed in it! :shock:

API laterite is like rocking horse $4it to get hold of and when I was looking I couldn't find anywhere that supplied it in this country. Fortunately there's a product which does the same job called "JBL Aquabasis plus". You can get a 5l bag off Amazon for something in the region of £15 - 1 bag makes up about 10 baskets.

Hope that's useful mate. Cheers, M :D
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Re: Advice on Easy pod and vortex chamber

Postby Airlite » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:08 pm

I'm not sure if this will help with the planning - I might have completely the wrong idea about how your pond is going to look from your picture - but on first look I thought this could work with a bit of tinkering....
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Re: Advice on Easy pod and vortex chamber

Postby Narwhal » Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:09 pm

Hi Mick

Thanks for your help. I've read Kevin's CD book and am better clued up now although a little confused when he states the filter baskets should be in a separate tank not in the pond. That way the mulm can be periodically cleaned out from the bottom of the tank whereas it would simply build up in the pond. I see the sense in this and may be able to build a raised chamber of 10 baskets at the left end and waterfall it into the pond. Does this mean that it is not a good idea to have planted biocensis baskets in the pond at all?
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Re: Advice on Easy pod and vortex chamber

Postby Narwhal » Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:22 pm

Hi Airlite

Thanks for the input. The chamber on the right was going to be gravity fed to a vortex or aquapod as a pre filter. The return was going along far bank into a filter chamber at the left end where the planks are.

I'll have to build a block wall at that point raise the chamber slightly and have it waterfall into the main pond. The chamber should hold about 12 baskets.

The pipe in the bottom right is the roof water drain pipe from the house (broken twice in the pond build!)

Does this make sense?

I had thought of using the aquapod chamber as a gravity fed biocensis filter but couldn't figure out where to put the pre filter. Not sure whether the aquapod or vortex would work as a pre filter with the medium removed?
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Re: Advice on Easy pod and vortex chamber

Postby Airlite » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:35 pm

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