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.
pigeonsontraining: You're a fanny builder, make me laugh with your video but in the other hand is a very interesting one thanks man
Howie47: I just made one for my pond.. But a drip down from the top one. Which worked good for my salt water aquarium. The water flows down over bio-balls and lava rock (cheaper then bio balls, just as good) and flows out the bottom. The container never fills up with water. I was under the impression this design allows air to help grow the bacteria faster?
terstis: how clear was the water and how did the drain work for u
Kushan Perera: 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
Phil Waud: If you mean the six inch pipe, then no, you dont need it - I will be posting details of my new filter soon which doesnt have it! I was wrong, my old filter was 120l, the new one is 2x220L so has three times the capacity.
Phil Waud: 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!
noel: i was thinking of doing the same and not have the pipe runnjng down inside,,must it have the pipe or will it work just as good with out it?
noel: thanks m8 great idea,i have just made one looks good and working well,but i did put a lid on mine to help with the bacteria .
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brenden horsley: would this work for a large pond
Phil Waud: Ive a similar system that I made, inlet goes into the bottom of a 220L bin and makes a swirl. I have a bottom drain to get rid of the muck. I also have an inlet stack, a six foot piece of six inch pipe that is full of sponges with a rod going through the centre, I can lift it out and clean it easily.
Ive a 1500-2000 gallon pond with twelve koi. I find that the stack needs cleaning three times a week and I open the bottom drain daily. It removes loads of muck and the bacteria keep the water clear
lusean vanhorn: irish or Scotch ?
pippaknuckle: 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.
Bob O'Driscoll: Nice job! Well worth a try.
ohkfilms: 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
a3v03v0: 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.
crista gatti: what kind of pump did you use??? I used a sump pump but it quit working in 3 weeks?? Any special pump?
sam villalobos: I'd add a top to your trash can to help the bacteria from and turn the nitrites to nitrates they need shade to work well
katsumi33able: Do you accept fish food?
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MrAm1400: Yo! Bro. what is the name of the black threaded pipe you inserted into the bucket?
Clifford Pablo: how long did it take for your pond to clear up?
Setneuf Fuentes: Philippines
Setneuf Fuentes: You helped me alot..
I maked a filter for scrap items. It cost me $25 for sponge and pump only..
Thanks for sharing this..
Im from philippinea
Brian Murphy: What size pond does this filter work for?
FODHS: Nice video. Quick and easy to follow and you have made a nice system. Now I am going to go make one just like it. Thanks!
Razgriz Belka: Thank you so much 4 share this tips...i'm struggling to make filter for my pond...now I found the easiest way that I can make myself..Thanks :)
kheroot: A complete solar system uses batteries for the slow times.
I am going to disconnect from the electric company altogether.
Just need to have much more batteries than the system seems to need.
Thanks for the reply!
Glen Pritchard: I want to make an outside filter for my 12 year old pond and have been reading for 2 days. What frustrates me is folks are post their directions (for which I'm grateful) rarely give the size of the pond they're filtering. For my 1000 gal pond I don't know if I need a 20 or 70 gallon tank. I've read both amounts and everything in-between.
Glen Pritchard: Better install supplementary electricity, otherwise the pump won't run on a cloudy day.
MrMac5150: It will be murky for a long time.
Craig Greenwood: Great video. I would love to see one showing how you clean it. It seems like you'd have to empty the whole thing and take it all apart. Is that correct?
LishaoQin1: 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.
LishaoQin1: Very good!... A simple idea and functional ... thanks!
George Hall: It's called a skippy, I made one using a 75 gallon stock tank. Search skippy pond filter on YouTube
Kapulfilms: works a treat.
acer0169: A 45gal drum version of this cleaned my pond out in 3 weeks. It was thick green soup (literally couldn't see under 2" of water). It's now crystal clear to the bottom 2ft down. Incredible.
acer0169: I made one of these out of a 45gal water butt. Using 1" pipe, 10 packets of rough pads and 10 large bits of foam. Then topped off with filter media stones. PLEASE NOTE that with large drums, you need to hold everything down when the water raises up. Otherwise the buoyancy will lift everything right up and clog the pipes. I have 6 house bricks holding down mine - you wouldn't believe how much pressure the buoyancy makes.
Amanda Borgeson: 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?
dresden pa: on the rock water fall. Thanks again
dresden pa: I did not notice the bricks you used to way down the sponges, I will put them in tomorrow, I followed your directions and my local hardware store sales person was kind enough to get me the material that I would need , he must have thought me "far out" walking in the store with a rough sketch of you're design. He tried to sell me a little filter, sorry buddy I have a pound not an aquarium...the water began to clear up in less then an hour, I will let it filter for a few days then let the water
dresden pa: great idea going to start today ,making this contraption poor fish are swimming muck.
Made In the USA: what kind of sponges where those?
Brandon Havro: hey how did this end up working...?
i want to make something like this and i like the way you did this.
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Rajiv Awale: can this filter also use for algae problem.
MelissiaAnn33: 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
J1SMOKES: Nice work
bighatstephens: 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?
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