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Harris Karim: very nicely done ,i think i have all the stuff to make one ,thanks mate for idea 

Jamie Groom: Thanks for the video Wayne! I made your vacuum today and couldn't believe how awesome it was! I had to climb into the pond (waist deep) to retrieve some parts that came off because I hadn't glued them before the test run (oops), and I know there was a LOT of sludge on the bottom (squishing under my feet). Pretty gross. Hoping the removal of the sludge will improve the water clarity! I'm going to swap out the downspout extension tubing for 2" pond tubing when I have a chance to get to the pond store. It will be easier to work with and can be cemented to my 2" T. I can't say enough about how well this works. It even pulled the clay silt from the bottom (from the plants that my koi unearth from the pots)! WOW!

Carlos Bermudez: Awesome, it's exactly what i searched ! My pond is 4 feet deep at his maximum. Does it will work at this length ? Regard CBB.

Tonys Allotment: great pump Wayne. fantastic idea, works similar to the venturi effect? tony

PalJoey1957: OK, it works, but it's a Rube Goldberg contraption. Very clumsy. Instead, use a shop vac and put your efforts toward making a brush tipped nozzle and pipe with valve to control water rate to work with the vac. Clear the floor of the pool so that's it's just the vinyl liner. Put the plants in pots and the pots up on bricks. You'll be able to work fast and effectively. Next, review the size of your filter's media container. The larger the better to break down nutrients. If possible, incorporate removable sections in the media canister like screens and floss (disposable, cheap). This will allow you to manually remove a sizable portion of the bio load and protect the permanent bio media inside the canister. Lastly, get yourself some Water Hyacinth - the flowering, floating plant with the long black roots. They multiply like crazy, absorbing dissolved nutrients that would normally go to the algae, but they are easily thinned out and removed when there gets to be too many.

Dennis Chant: Can you email me a list of items needed. My pond is 3' deep so I guess my bottom tube will need to be about 4' long. My email is

planouser: I actually have a very good filtration between the skimmer and the waterfall filter, but I have to clean mud off filter media daily:) I might end up adding some kind of settling filter tank. will take few pix of my pond and send it to you soon.

Wayne Meador: You bet, anything I can do to help...let me know. I also have another idea that I think would work nicely too...but I have to find the parts. Think; Pond Vacuum + Jet Ski + High Speed Cordless Drill....

Wayne Meador: Very good idea and thank you for pitching in and answering a good question. I like your idea, very cool. I agree with you, Koi Keeping rocks! :) Thanks for watching, Wayne.

Wayne Meador: You Bet, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I'll help ya out. Wayne

Marsha Rakosi: Thank you so much for this very instructional video... Do you have a complete parts purchased list? How would I adjust this to clean the bottom of a 4' deep pond? Thanks again

Daniel Padova: I believe your ideas have just solved my pond cleaning problems. Very well narrated. I didn't think of using air the last time I experimented with building a pond vac. Thanks for posting.

Wayne Meador: HaHa, yes it is...and it's allot to keep on top of too. Thanks for stopping by, I love your channel and what you're doing. I learn so much from you.

planouser: Glad to hear that your plants are doing good in gravel, just watched the video and your water lilies are looking fantastic!! It's my first year on the pond wagon and wish I watched your video before planting in soil. It's a very difficult to clear the water after placing the soil in.

Rob Bob: Thanks for the look :) Would be a big task to clean out a floor space that size.. Cheers..

raptured14: I use pond underlay to line my pots. Water passes through but soil does and it doesn't rot. I had the idea when deciding what to do with the excess material left over from building my new koi pond which is almost done if you want to view my video. Koi keeping is just the best hobby.

Wayne Meador: Yes, it is catching most of the fine particles. As you can see in the video, the water does get cloudy a bit when I'm dumping in back into the water however, it's getting most of them. Also note, the sock is so fine that it's not releasing the water fast enough and it fills up like a balloon. I'm relying on my mechanical filtration for additional clarity although after the dust settles the clarity is improved simply because there is less media in the bottom. I'm mainly going for the big stuff.

jaspercats: Wow works good, I think mine is very close to that,thank again for the video.

Wayne Meador: Also, you will want to decide how you are going to filter it or get it out of the pond...and that all is determined by your landscape. Shoot me a PM and we can talk. Cheers, Wayne

Wayne Meador: That's interesting, what did they say would happen if you used gravel instead of dirt? I'm curious, I don't have any issues that I know of.... :)

greg jones: awesome flow rate! how fine is the sock filter?

planouser: Thanks man, I think you explained everything perfectly, One problem I have in my pond is the soil from the aquatic plants baskets. I think I will add some kind of foam or quilt batting to filter out the mod.

planouser: They told me in order for the plant (specially water lilies) to thrive they will need heavy clay soil and fertilizer. Gravel and soil will not hold the fertilizer and cause green water. So far the plants are doing great.

Wayne Meador: Yes I agree with that! BUT....I think it's difficult to clear the water period. Especially if your filter is not good enough. My next project will be the filter and after I get the filter conditioned, I'll do a 100% water change...that should really make a difference for sure! I'd love to see some pics or video of yous, PM me and I'll give you my email. Cheers, Wayne

Wayne Meador: Hi Marsha, thank you for the kind words! First off, I don't have a parts list because I think that it can be adjusted per your available parts...but the concept is the same. Make sure you watch my Part 1 and Part 2 for a better description of how to build this. If you'd like to connect, message me and I'll send you my email and we can talk more there. To adjust for a deeper pond, just make the suction pipe (between bottom and tee) longer, about 10" longer than the depth of your pond.

Wayne Meador: Hey Greg, thanks for the note. I'm super excited about the performance. The sock filter is a 5 gallon paint strainer that I purchased from Lowes. I don't know the micron size however I did add a link to the item in the description above.

Wayne Meador: That's great man, I'm glad to hear that! Check out the video that I uploaded today...all of my plants are in either a rock or gravel medium. I'd love to try out some heavy clay soil and compare them!

planouser: Thanks man for the detailed video. I look forward to making one of these.

Wayne Meador: I gotta say, I don't have that issue because I just use a gravel media and make sure that I rinse out all of dirt off of the roots before I plant them.

greg jones: nice! is it catching all of the fine particles? does it improve water clarity? or are you just going for leaves and other heavy stuff?

planouser: I was actually thinking about the same thing but the people I bought plant from strongly suggested to plant them in soil over gravel or sand.

Wayne Meador: Well thank you Daniel for the kind words! I hope it can be helpful to you in some way, this could be perfected even more and is in no way perfect however, I do believe that it will do the trick. I've had a few others make them and tell me that they worked for their application as well. Wen fall cleaning time comes around again, I'll do more updates on this and will probably be making another prototype with some variations. :)

Daniel Padova: I'm hoping to be able to lift some of the light sediment off the bottom. As the fish get larger they stir it up at almost every move they make. Additionally, it doesn't look very nice.
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