Do you have a problem with green water in your garden pond?
Many people who have a small fish pond in their back garden commonly experience this problem particularly in the summer, and waste a lot of money and time on buying chemicals to prevent the green water algae, when in fact they can adopt a more permanent and natural solution to the problem, which also ensures the safety of your fish.
This goes out specially to all you pond and fish enthusiasts who generally have small ponds, don't have much cash to spare, or just want to learn how to improve the health and clarity of your water, and so keep happy fish!
I first started my Leisure web site at http://leisure.prior-it.co.uk/pond.shtml in 2003 to show how you can design and build your own homemade DIY bio-filter for if you get that terrible green water (thick green pea soup) in your pond due to water-borne algae.
After much research from various fish pond web sites and forums I got an idea for creating a filter design that was a more attractive than most homemade bio-filters which are often constructed using a "Rubbermaid" tank - a big hulking water tank with appropriate plumbing, usually sat at the top of a waterfall, and which normally requires hiding behind plants, rocks and the like because it is so big and ugly.
Like many amateur pond-owners, your pond is probably quite small, perhaps between 350 and 1000 gallons capacity, and so does not require a massive amount of filtration. On my web site I will show you how to set about building something that looks ok, and incorporates a number of different features to aid easy cleaning, and ensure efficient breakdown and filtration of waste products produced by your fish. For example a vortex settlement chamber, a pre-filter and oxygenating venturi, and more recently a trickle-tower filter.
Since then I have updated my pond filtration setup in a number of different ways, and recorded these changes in my Pond Bio-Filter web site (http://leisure.prior-it.co.uk/pond.shtml), but what was lacking was a way of sharing new ideas, successes and failures along the way.
So I also created a Blog for you that will hopefully act as a way of filling the gaps, and keeping you informed of how things progressed and any news and suggestions.
You can find and subscribe to the blog at http://leisure.prior-it.co.uk/jims-pond-blog/
I hope you find it useful.
Just follow the links to my web site, where you will find information on ?How to Build a DIY Pond Bio-Filter?, and ?Homemade Pond Venturis? where you will find plenty of detail and lots of photographs.
Short note about the author
James Prior is an amateur pond and water-garden hobbyist, webmaster, designer, and builder of all types of water features. Jims Pond Blog and Leisure Website is a useful resource for garden fish pond keeping, and cheap homemade DIY bio-filtration and oxygenation methods and techniques. The website provides ideas and construction details complete with many photographs detailing bio-filters, venturis, trickle-filters, pond and stream construction.
For more information see: http://leisure.prior-it.co.uk/pond.shtml
Copyright (c) 2006, James Prior