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Hozelock filter

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 08:50

Good point. The waterfall is just a by-product of the filtration return. Turning the pumps off is really a no no, because they are oxygenating the water, plus still water at this time of year is a haven for mosquito larvae. The plants that are in situ are marsh marigold, water iris & lily. In the past I've used a treatment similar to Swiss Sue's suggestion, but my main reason for posting was that the pump/filter being an "all in one" may no longer be up to the job, as the pond is now established & was hoping for a better way of filtering the water. 

Thanks for your input.

Hozelock filter

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:07

Hi Swiss Sue, thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into it.

@Edd, There's no blanket weed, the water is just very cloudy. To explain it better, when I retrieve the filter/pump to clean it, the disturbance results in lots of sediment swirling around in the water. I've had a section of netting spread across the pond to catch all the leaves over the autumn & winter period, so I don't think the murkyness is caused by that. I'm thinking the Hozelock is no longer up to the job. The water coming from the pumps discharge hose looks clear, but the water itself is far from clear?? 

Hozelock filter

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 17:40

Nice one Lyn, good to hear from you too & glad you've got your pond sorted. My pond area is now a swathe of fabulous flowers & plants, pity about the mucky water though, but the fish seem happy enough. Take care & enjoy your garden.

Bryn, aka (GSDFandF) x


Hozelock filter

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 16:49

Hi all. The water in my totally revamped pond (Sept. 2014) is decidedly murky. I'd installed the Hozelock EasyClear 3000 combined filter & pump, (before deciding to revamp the pond & fitting a Butyl liner) which seemed to be doing the job, only having to clean the filter sponges etc every now & then. But, hardly into summer & the water is grotty. I've cleaned the filters 4 times now in as many weeks, each time they are well & truly clogged. When I first posted on this site about my pond, the Hozelock idea was not recommended, but it was already in situ & was doing the job ok! the water staying very clear. Other systems were mentioned, but being new to ponds (this was in a sorry state when I bought this property) I didn't want to go to great expense at the outset. The tiddlers I introduced are now whoppers & seem quite happy, but with the water as it is, they are hardly visible when near the bottom of their domain. The pump is running 24/7 & the UV light is ok as it's visible at night. The outlet from the pump forms a waterfall, but could I direct the flow to a better filter system & then have the outlet again forming the waterfall?

Thanks in anticipation.

compost bin alive with slugs

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 07:49

I watched Monty Don's TV show this week & he said to occasionally turn the compost heap over. That's all well & good if you've space for 2 areas. My compost heap is contained in an area app. 1.5 x 1.5 x 2 meters high. How am I supposed to follow that advice. When I built it, I included 2 access points, the compost at the base looks good, but I just can't see the top layers ever rotting down! 

No notifiers!

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 12:06

@ Welshonion, who's worried? I thought this was a forum for queries! If a response tab is available it should be used if the poster wants to. Unless, as Dovefromabove has informed me, there are problems with this facility.

@Dovefromabove, Thanks for the info & link.


Posted: 20/09/2014 at 09:52

Hmmmm! I've just posted this very issue in the "Talk back" forum. Because apart from the notifier gremlin, there's also one in the "change settings" which er! don't update any changes one makes?

No notifiers!

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 09:46

Hello all. After posting a thread, clicking the "Email me when a response is made" doesn't seem to work, or to be more precise, doesn't work. Nor changing my details in my profile. As an example, my forum name is gsdff, I've tried to change this to GSDF&F adding an ampersand then clicking "save changes" but returning to the site, nothing has changed. Also, nowhere can I see a "contact us" so it's to the forum for answers, which I'll need to keep coming back in case I've had a response.

Thanks in anticipation.

Pond pumps/filters

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 07:51

I've recently completely overhauled the pond that was overgrown from neglect from the previous elderly owner, replacing the brittle liner with a Butyl one & installed 8 tiny goldfish, one died, but the other seven are quite big now. I've installed the Aquaflow system which is running 24/7 & converted an ornamental cast iron hand pump which is fed from a separate pump. I have this on a timer, 1hr on 2hrs off from 8am till 10pm. The sound of running water as we step out of the conservatory is great.

Pond vacs

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 14:46

Sorry for the delay, haven't been getting notifiers? The only wildlife in the pond are the goldfish, well they don't appear to be very tame. Found out today, that a friend has one, so decision sorted. 

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