Product Review


John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: AquaMeds Pond Support
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Hard to say if this product works or not. Its one of those things you add to your pond and if you don't have any problems then you assume its working. The same company makes aqua medzyme and i love that product so I got this and the pond water seems to be doing very well and its been very stable so i am assuming its doing everything it says.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: AquaMeds Dechlor and More
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This is my new favorite product. 5 lbs is about the same cost as a gallon of ultimate but it treats like 10x the amount and does everything Ultimate does.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Zapp Pure ZP-5
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I have the ZP 10 and its really a great unit. I love the on/off switch, I think its the only one on the market that has this. Its great because you always need to turn off your UV when you turn off the pump, and having the on/off is easier then unplugging it. Great flow rate and its been very effective on my pond.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Pondmaster 20-Watt UV
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I had this one for awhile until I upgraded to the Zapp. But this did its job and I can't complain. Never leaked or gave me any problems.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Savio Compact Skimmer Filter
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for a compact skimmer its pretty dang big. Handles my 4000 gallon pond no problem. Very solid and well made with a nice big basket that takes a long time to fill up. The extra filter pads are nice too.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Rhino Bottom Drains
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They don't get much better then the rhino. I have 2, one aerated, one not, but are very solid and well made. Don't skimp on the bottom drain, get one that will last and never give you problems.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Aladdin No-Niche Skimmer
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I have one of these on a separate system in my pond as there was a dead area with leave building up. Its easy to install and easy to clean, but it gets full pretty quickly as the basket is a bit too small. Would not recommend as a stand alone skimmer or a large pond, but great as an add on or for a small pond w/o a lot of leaves.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: PerformancePro Cascade Low RPM Pumps
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Great pump. I dumped my Wave II pump and got this. Very happy with it. Low watts, good flow and its been running solid for a couple years and its still whisper quiet. It handles the 8 ft head on my waterfall and pushes through my extensive filter system w/o any issues at all. I really highly recommend the Performance Pro pumps!

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Wave II
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This was the first pump i got when i enlarged my pond a few years ago. It died on me in about a year and I tried to get it fixed under warranty, but was told by the W. Lim company that I installed it wrong. I am certain i didn't and I sent them pictures and asked them to tell me what I did wrong and they couldn't. I tried to call and get a resolution and tried to speak to Mr. Lim, but he hung up on me. So the pump is dead and no warranty replacement. I bought a Performance Pro and haven't looked back. I heard good things about these Wave pumps from a member in my koi club, but after the trouble I had I learned I was not alone. Many others on the online koi forums said they had similar issues. If you have any problems with these pumps, don't expect the company to stand behind them.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Beckett Wet Rotor Watergarden Pump
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Cheap Home Depot/Petsmart crap...don't buy it unless you want to replace the very first time it clogs!

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Tiny Might Pump
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This is one of many pumps I have used over the years. I am really impressed with this little guy. Inexpensive to buy and really low watts and the flow rate is solid. I use it to pull water through a no niche skimmer and send it to a spitter. Doesn't flow through a filter or UV, I just had a dead spot where leaves would gather so i rigged this little extra system to collect the leaves before they sank. The pump is very quiet and has been running great for over 2 years w/o any problems.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Pondmaster Hy-Drive Pumps
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My neighbor asked me to help him get a pump and i picked this one up for him. I hooked it up and he is very happy with it. Its been running for a year and so far no problems. Pondmaster has always made great equipment so you really can't go wrong with anything they make.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Laguna Max-Flo
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This was a very good pump for a number of years. I enlarged my pond and went with a bigger external pump, but for several years it was flawless. Almost never clogged and ran 24/7 with great flow. Plus its less expensive then most others out there. Very happy with my purchase and even though i am not using it, i still have it ready to go as a back up if I ever need it.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Matala BioSteps 10
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Very nice filter for the money. It can't handle really high flow rates, but I used it as an add on for additional filtration and I am very happy with it. As the water comes into my waterfall this sits off to the side and I have a bypass that send most the water into the falls, but about 20% goes through this first and then into the falls. Just a nice way to add a little extra media and since its at the end of my filter system, I almost never need to clean it. I don't have the version with the UV....just the matala media.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Laguna Filters
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This was my first filter on my first pond. The little thing did its job well for many years until I enlarged the pond and went with something bigger. I had the 2100 on a 1000 gallon pond and no complaints at all. Never broke or clogged and was pretty easy to clean. I still have it, even though its not hooked up.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Bio Wave Plus Filter
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Not a bad little filter. I have had it on my pond for several years. More expensive then other brands and does the same thing if you ask me. I do love how it has a big 2" drain on the bottom for flushing it out...really gets it clean.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Pond Solutions Bio-Bandage
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I like this because you can treat a wound without touching it. The healing skin is so fragile, that even touching it to apply an ointment can tear the new skin. With this powder you don;t have to come in contact with the wound and you get a sticky medicated cover over the wound that lasts for most of the day.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Quin-Phos Anesthetic Solution
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I have been using this for a few years. i used to use clove oil but this stuff seems much safer. Never had any trouble with it, fish always woke up safely.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: UlcerAid Rx
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Very happy with this product. I had pond wide spawning this year and quite a few ulcers followed. About 7 fish needed to be treated. I dipped 4 days in a row, waited 2 weeks and then dipped 4 days in a row again. I had 100% healing on all koi. A few scars, but no deaths and right now I don't have a single ulcer. I did not save the used dip, I just dumped and started with a fresh mix each day. I used with their aqua medzyme every day for two weeks as well.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Aqua MedZyme Dry Concentrate
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I use this a LOT. I used to use KoiZyme, but this dry formula treats more and costs less and works every bit as well. I run a crowded pond and this keep my koi healthy year round.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: EA Health Koi Food
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One of the best foods on the market in my opinion. The health and the show are both very good stuff. I have bounced around from one food to another over the years...pretty much tried it all. This is one of the best. More expensive then dainichi and my local dealer doesn't carry it, so i don;t use this very often...it really get expensive when you have to pay for shipping. But every now and then i will order in a tub and I never regret it.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Blackwater Max Growth Koi Food
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For the money its a very good food. A bit oily as another person wrote, but that didn't seem to cause any problems. The ingredients do have some fillers, which i don't like as it reduces digestibility, but if you are looking for a low cost decent quality food, this one will do just fine.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Dainichi Premium
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This has been my staple food over the years. Its not cheap, but worth every penny. Great color and growth and very little waste. what more can you ask for in a koi food?

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Holistic Choice Koi Food
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This is a very interesting food that I just recently tried. The koi LOVE the bits of veggies and fruits and they are eaten before any of the pellets. Plus the pellets aren't full of fillers and cheap stuff like bone meal and feather meal. I also like the whole locally grown thing they got going, that's big in my family. I usually feed Dainichi or other premium brands, but this one is about 1/2 the cost of other high end foods. So for the money its a really good buy!

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Kaldnes Moving Bed K3
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Really a great media. I love the bigger size because it doesn't slip out of the container and its easy to keep it in one place. Never clogs the outflow of the basin either. Lots of surface area too and very easy to clean. I have used many different types of filter media over the years as I have built and rebuilt and redesigned my filter system a few times. This media is really one of the best out there. I like the K1 too, but not in a situation where it can slip through the system and get into the pump or filter.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Laguna Bio-Max
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Not a huge fan of this stuff. It works pretty well, but gets very heavy when its wet and its very hard to clean.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Laguna Bio Mesh
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I have used several different types of media over the years. This is very good stuff. Its not as easy to clean as Matala, but its less expensive and will last every bit as long in the filter. Easy to cut into any shape.

John C. Davidson (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 06 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Medo 100 Air Pump
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Very solid pump. It has been running on my pond 24/7 for several years and I have had no problems with it at all. It has been powering an aerated bottom drain at 6 feet and 4 air stones in my filter system. I haven't had to replace on part or even think about this pump since I turned it on. Highly recommend!



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