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post #1 of 14 Old 06-06-2007, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Canister filter for Water Garden Pond

OK, so I finally gave in and decided to make a filter for our water garden pond. It seems the wal-mart pond pump with it's little coarse sponge just couldnt cut the mustard.

The design idea is to feed water to the top of a 5 gallon bucket, and drain out of the bottom of the bucket. The water will pass through a few different layers on its way to the drain at the bottom. An additional drain will be added to the top of the bucket as a fail-safe in the event the filter material becomes clogged. Here is the Pond before the filter.


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post #2 of 14 Old 06-06-2007, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a few different views of the bucket with the plumbing installed.







Here is the inside.
The top right pipe is the inlet (45 degree elbow aimed downward)
The left is the fail-safe drain. (90 degree elbow aimed upward)

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Now for the guts

The Barley Chamber (made from egg crate ceiling tile)


Section Dividers (also made from egg crate ceiling tile)


Filter Fiber


And the Large Debris Basket
(this was made from the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket and window screen)

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Time to assemble this contraption!






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post #5 of 14 Old 06-06-2007, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Time to add the pump.

First, I had to add a bit of plumbing to the pump.


Then, I created a mounting platform for the pump.


This will keep the pump suspended above the bottom
of the pond so in the event of a problem, the pond
cannot drain completely.


1/2" unions were used to attach both the pump, and the hose to the mounting platform.

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post #6 of 14 Old 06-06-2007, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, Test Run.



Works like a charm


And here it is after the first week.

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post #7 of 14 Old 06-06-2007, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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And the pond with the filter in place. I'll be making a decorative house to add to the garden that will cover the bucket up.




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post #8 of 14 Old 06-06-2007, 11:10 PM
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That's awesome! It's really pretty the way you have it set up. With a decorative cover for the bucket, it will be great!

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post #9 of 14 Old 06-07-2007, 01:50 AM
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Nice one Steve, you really are the Honcho of DIY. Nice job. :D
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-07-2007, 01:53 AM
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This was really cool that you made this... I think its going to work great, once you build the "hut" for the filter and the pvc gets some algae growth it will be awesome. Way to save hundreds of dollars!
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