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Outdoor Pond Filtration

Discussion in 'Filtration and Water Chemistry' started by Scuba Steve, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Scuba Steve

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    Hi Guys,
    I have had my turtle in a tank for 14 years and this year she started to lay eggs in the garden. I'm currently building a pond for her. I would love for her to have a wonderful large pond, like most of the members have. Unfortunately I live in a small house and have very limited space. Her new pond will be 1300L (1.8 x 1.2 x 0.6).

    I'm wondering what type of filtration I should get? I currently have a canister filter for the tank. I'm not very handy and would like something that is simple and easy to use/set up. I'm so confused by all the different types and brands. I would like some solid information, before I tackle my local aquarium/hardware.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. FuzzyM

    FuzzyM Hatchling Turtle

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    Google barrel filters.
    That is what a lot of people use for ponds.
    You will need some DIY skills though.
     
  3. Craig

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    Hi mate,
    My sincere apologies, I missed this post.

    A lot of members used home made Bog filters but I bought my filters as I always had my ponds in areas where I had limited space for things like large bog filters.
    As your pond is relatively small, it would be best to buy a pond filter from a specialist like Creative Pumps in Adelaide (as you're in S.A). http://www.creativepumps.com.au/zpumps/feed_to_filters_uvc.htm

    You may also need a filter with a UVC steriliser to stop your water from going green which is caused by excessive waste and nutrients in the water. This is recommended as turtles produce a lot more waste compared to fish. It is also recommended to have a pump (with a pre filter to prevent sucking fish and plants into the pump) that turns over the water 7 times an hour.

    Below is a photo of a cylindrical pond filter, UVC steriliser and Black Box biological filter with filter mats for biological filtration. the matting has a large surface area to provide areas for nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria to live on.

    2-heavy_duty_pond_filtration_165637.jpg

    What have you decided to do with your filter? Will you be buying one or building your own?
     
  4. Scuba Steve

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    That is fine, my pond's not in the ground yet. I will be buying one and I have limited knowledge and almost no DIY skills. I'll pop down to creative pumps and see what they recommend. I'm guessing for 1300L I will need a filter that does 9,000L/h?
    If I get a pre-filter, do I still need the same size filter or can I get a smaller one?

    Also, do I need to have a water aerator or can I get away with the water coming in from the filter?
     
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  5. Craig

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    Yes you'll still need the same size filter. A pre filter prevents detritus, plant matter and live feeders from being sucked up, that's all.
    If the water returning from the filter creates a current, which I believe it will, you won't need an aerator.