Product Review


Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Saturday 31 January, 2009
Product Reviewed: Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler by Contech
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Had one on my older pond and it is really good. It has a decent sensor and keeps the cats/squirrels away.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Saturday 31 January, 2009
Product Reviewed: Tetra Fin Goldfish Food
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Very common in many pet stores. This was the first type of food I have bought when I started the hobby a couple years ago. Most goldfish owners should have this. Their flakes so they rot very fast in the sun.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Saturday 31 January, 2009
Product Reviewed: Filter Brushes
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The filter brush is really effective and I have 2 inside my skimmer. They work great along with other filter materials also.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Saturday 24 January, 2009
Product Reviewed: PondCare Pond Salt
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I purchased the little carton from petsmart the first time I ever used pond salt. Eventually went the 50lb bag way from home depot because you save alot more money that way. This only treats 1 thousand gallons or so I believe.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Friday 09 January, 2009
Product Reviewed: Evolution ESE Series
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Takes a while to receive if you buy from someone that gets it directly from manufacture. Manufacture has a good warranty system and can replace it within a decent amount of time. Good customer service but I received my pump DOA and they seem to use alot more wattage then listed.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Saturday 20 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Pearls of Paradise Show Tanks
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Good quality but overpriced in my opinion. There are many other show tanks that can be bought for a fraction of this price.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Saturday 20 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Koi Smart Nets
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Very nice quality net and also very soft.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Monday 15 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Nycon Floating Thermometer
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Very nice thermometer but I would prefer using a digital one.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Monday 15 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: DreamPond Show Tank 6 Feet
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First dreampond tank I purchased, great deal compared to Pearls of paradise tanks

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Monday 15 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: DreamPond Show Tank 8-10 Feet
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I use these to QT during the summer, expensive compared to a metal frame pool

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 14 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Galaxy Air Blower
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Decent price blower helps clean my filter. I would still say that the price isnt too cheap for a blower.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Saturday 13 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Wave II
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Very nice pump but pretty expensive. Saved alot on electric bill

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Saturday 13 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Tetra DynaMag Pumps
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Makes a nice fountain and water effect. Not too cheap for a fountain though

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Filter Media Bag
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Quality of the bag is not too good. One of the sides teared and alot of my media had fallen out.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Nexus Easy Pod
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Very cheap compared to the larger versions. Handles my pond of around 2k gallons without a flaw.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Microbe-Lift Growth & Energy
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This product makes my fish active and always swimming. They always swim around and burn off all that food they eat aside from this.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Ultra Balance Super Premium Koi Food
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Product gives small results and doesn't compare with major brands. The price per pound is really cheap and would only recommend it for emergency needs or small amounts of feeds as the waste builds up fast.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Debride RX Medicated Koi Food
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I feed this product to my sick koi. They eat it and it helps them recover.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Dainichi Growth Plus
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This product provides lots of growth over the summer. I fed it and had received about 4-5" over the summer.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Dainichi All Season
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This product is really expensive and Ive purchased it once before switching to a new product. I have tried other Dainichi food products also.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Blackwater Max Growth Koi Food
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I had purchased a 40lb bag a while ago. Ive had it for months and I still have alot of it left. The product is really cheap compared to the quantity.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Savio Springflo Bio-Filter Media
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Good media. Used it in a DIY filter. Creates good amount of bacteria for me.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 09 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Matala Round Coils
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These are perfect filter material. I have most of the pads in a DIY filter for a QT tank.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Monday 08 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Thrive Koi Clay
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Product works but not as good as other types of clay. Not all of it would dissolve. I put little by little

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 07 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Dolphin AV-150 Pond Air Pump
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I used this in a multiple tank setup of 5 tanks and it is a great product for the price. For the amount of air it produces, you cant find any other pump that can compare with its price. Diaphragms are really really cheap also.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 07 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Leaf Baskets
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Very good product. I have the 2" basket on a sequence 750 and it keeps all the debris that go through inside. Make sure the strainer's hole is facing the part where water is coming in, otherwise water flow will decrease and all the algae and what not will get stuck in front of the basket.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 07 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Koi Toilet
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I used the koi toilet 2 a while ago but I didnt have enough support for it and it made my liner low. Had to replace the BD. It was my fault but otherwise it is worth buying.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 07 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: AquaScience Cloram-X
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Very satisfied with this product. Although it is purchased in bulk, it lasts a long time and is a good price for long time. I use it for water changes. I mix some in some water and stir then spread it around the perimeter. A 10lb bucket lasts me 1 year.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 07 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: E.A. Koi Nets
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Net is really soft and is really swift through water. A little heavy but a very good net for pond owners.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 07 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Digital Salinity Tester
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Purchased one for my QT usage. Lasts a long time and is a fair price. Useful for pond owners who QT and have new shipments oftenly.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 07 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Milwaukee pH Tester Kits pH52
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Good accuracy. It isnt stable when I use it, If I would it for a couple minutes, the meter will go from one point to another point off. It is good to tell you the average pH you have.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 07 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Microbe-Lift Biological Mosquito Control
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The mosquito control donuts are alot cheaper for control. This was the first product I used and the donuts last a long time.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Sunday 07 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: CalPump Power Control Center
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Very efficient power extension. I have this running 10ft from my home and I added more extensions for extra outlets.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Saturday 06 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Aladdin No-Niche Skimmer
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Very nice product and very happy with it. I have a 3600GPH sequence 750 feeding off this and a 2" BD.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Pondmaster AP Pumps
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Very very cheap pump. I purchased an AP 100 but it was too much air flow and I got rid of it. Used for about 1 month without flaws. Replaced by an alita ap 80

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Atlantic FilterFalls
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Good to use as a bio filter. Has a natural look to it with plants. I flow about 1k gph through this and works without a flaw.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Jungle Labs Ick Clear Tank Buddies
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Used these 3 years ago on a tank for tetras. Don't understand why this product is here. A pack like this was about $5 at walmart or petsmart.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Nycon Big Top Netting
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I use them on my quarantine pond to prevent fish from jumping out. Pretty cheap. Got one from ebay and had them for about the past 2 months. I see tons of leaves floating on top everyday. Good product

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Firestone EPDM Pond Liner
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Product weighs alot and is difficult to carry if a huge liner. Had to use a 2 dollys to move. Liner is very flexible and is long lasting. Does not get any sun damage.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Koi Cafe Auto Pond Feeder
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Very good product and a decent price. I have installed one and seen it in action before. Useful only during vacation and days your not available. More fun feeding yourself.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Thermo - Pond Floating Pond Heater
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Uses a small amount of watts but does not heat the pond. Only creates a hole on the top of the pond if your pond freezes over.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Sequence 750 Series
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I have the sequence 750, 1/8HP running about 3600GPH i believe. Feeds enough for a no niche skimmer and 2" drain. Probably cant handle alot more than that.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Tetra 2-inch Vacuum Drain
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Used this for a small 250G quarantine pond. Does not do too well. Have to use some weight on top of it to keep it from floating. Does not provide alot of water flow. Good for temporary uses.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Tetra 3-inch Bottom Drain
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Have used this for about 6 months. Product installs easily. Had to reduce it to 2" for my prefilter to attach. Works great but it molds really easily. The dome cover isnt too good either.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Japanese Filter Mat
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Expensive product. Costs about $70-$80 for that size here. It can pay for itself if you buy short lasting products. Have had these for about 8 months and they do not show any damage. I use them in my prefilters before they go to my bead filter to prevent any clogging.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: ECO PAL pH Meter
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Good product but not totally accurate. It is usually off 1-2. I can test my ph frequently without having to buy expensive test strips. I prefer the hannah meter model (HI 98106). Cost me only $40 and is a little more accurate.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Advantage Bead Filters
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Very good filter. Used the small one on my quarantine pond along with (2) 50 gallon prefilters. Keeps water really clean along with a uv sterilizer.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Aqua Ultraviolet Classic Series
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I use a 25W on my 1500G pond and it is a very efficient product. Small algae booms off and on during the summer but the UV can handle it within a matter of hours. Green water can be gone in as little as 5 days. Good price for a serious hobbyist.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Alita Air Pump 80
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Good product, had over 1 year. Had to replace diaphragm 2 months ago. I use 4 12" air stones and they are really quiet. Does not make alot of noise. Make sure to cover it during outdoor use as it is not made for outdoor rain. Make sure it is above water level and you get rid of excess air. Good product, expensive diaphragm

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Kordon Pond AmQuel Plus Concentrated
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I have used this product in my pond before and it is a very good product. Helps remove chlorine, chloramines and helps bind ammonia. Price is decent but there are many other products that are cheaper if you are looking to remove chlorine only.

Joe Sun (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 03 December, 2008
Product Reviewed: Hikari Gold (Large,Medium,Small pellet)
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I have been feeding my koi many hikari products including gold. I usually feed gold during the summer and is a very good product. I recommend it to anyone that desires good food for their fish.



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