Product Review


Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Ogata Performance
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I won a free bag of this at a koi show. Really seems like a very nice food. The ingredients seem great, no fillers or by products. The fish produced very little waste and they ate it quickly.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: TetraPond Pond Sticks
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I noticed the amount of waste and gunk in the filter double the day I started using this stuff. The fish ate it just fine but its simply not very digestible and they produce a ton more poo because of it.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Hai Feng Alife
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Got this at my local koi shop when they were out of their usual brand. The koi did very well on this food and the koi shop said they got so many compliments on it that they were going to keep it around permanently so I guess I wasn't the only one that liked it. The price was very reasonable too.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Laguna PowerClear Max
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I love the quick release for this. When you need to clean it or change the bulb you can just snap it off without touching the plumbing. The UV does a great job, flow rates seem higher then other UVs and the cost for this is less.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Pentair Complete Filter System
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I wouldn't call this a "complete system" for anything other then a very small pond with maybe a couple goldfish. But as an add on filter it's a nice little upgrade and an easy way to add a nice fountain feature. It will clog on you as most all under water filters will so you have to pull it up and clean it often.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: G-Force Pressurized Filter
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This is a nice filter. It really back washes very well and I am always surprised by the amount of brown gunk that comes out when i clean it. My water was noticeably cleaner the day i hooked it up, it really catches every little bit. It seems well made and it was easy to hook up. It has a good quality valve as well that turns easy and seems like it will last.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Kordon NovAqua
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I think the stuff coats the gills of the koi. i added it to my QT tank and within a hour they were all acting like they needed more air. I added an air pump and air store and they still seems to have trouble breathing. I put them back into the regular pond and within a couple hours they seemed fine. I can't say for sure it was this stuff that made them have issues, maybe it was something else, maybe I added too much, i don;t know, but I can't think of anything else it could be.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Argent Potassium Promangante
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on a well cycled pond it can be great at low doses to clean the pond water. But this product should not be listed under parasite treatments because its very hard to use this stuff to kill parasites. You have to use it at high levels that will kill your filter and is dangerous for the koi in order to kill parasites. There are much safer parasite treatments out there. But to "clean" up the water with a low dose, its very safe and easy to use. I would never recommend a high dose of PP to anybody other then a professional. 3 stars only because its listed under parasite treatments and it shouldn't be used for that.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: PraziPond
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4 stars only because of price. I have a large pond and had to spend hundreds to treat for flukes. But it worked!

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: PondCare Pond pH Up
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I used this and moments later my koi freaked out. Maybe i added too much, I dunno, but they did not like it. I did a fast water change and everybody seemed ok. i threw the stuff away.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: AquaMeds Armor
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I transport my koi to my local koi show once a year, every year. I was told about this product by a club member. I noticed after transport, at the show and when back at home they just did so much better with less stress. I have used it in QT for stressed and sick koi as well. Really calms them down and keeps them safe.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: E.A. Koi Nets
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I have been using this net for years. Very easy to catch the koi and they never get injured. The handle is a bit heavy, but its sturdy and won't flex in the water when you are moving it.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Roccal Wound Spray
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This product is very easy to use because you don't have to sedate the koi. It can be applied with one hand while the other hand holds the koi. This is easiest when the koi is in a bowl. The downside is the product washes off so its best to hold the would out of the water for a few moments which can be hard. if the koi fights you then you may need to sedate, but I have gotten good enough with it that I can keep the koi calm. It just takes practice. After 4-5 treatments the wounds start to show great improvement.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Microbe-Lift Super Start
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This got my pond up and running when i re did my filtration and started with a new system. I added this and within about 2 weeks ammonia was gone and in 4 weeks I had no nitrites. That's about 1/2 the amount of time it took when I first built the pond, so I would say this product works very well.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Atlantic Biocuda Clarity-Blast
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I tried this product for a few months (until i ran out) and it didn't seem to help all that much. i did notice a bit more clarity so it was doing something, but it didn't work as well as I had hoped, especially for what it cost.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Sludge Remover - Toss & Treat
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My goldfish pond had a lot of plants and didn't have great filtration so the sludge would build up. This was really easy to use, just add the packet and for get about it. Sure seemed to keep the sludge under control. Before using this I had to drain and clean several times a year, now i only do it once every other year...worth every penny for that alone.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: AquaScience Cloram-X
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excellent dechlorinator. Best on the market and I have been using it for the past 5 years. I haven't seen anything out there that is cheaper for the gallons it treats or one that does as good of a job. I don't premix in a bucket or anything, I just add it to the pond first, then add directly from the hose.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Little Giant UV
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It has a direction outlet which makes it really easy to install, but found that if left in one position for too long it won't move easily anymore and will leak if you force it into a new position. This was after a year though when we had to change the bulb. Until we did that it worked great. Might not have that problem if you keep it out of full sun, but not sure.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: PondSweep Pro Skimmers
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We had this installed by our local pond builder. It was well made, but the basket was too small the the opening wasn;t big enough to handle out flow rate. Probably a fine skimmer for a smaller pond but it just wasn't enough for use so we had to remove it ourselves and install a different one. Never did business with that pond installer again.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: HozeLock Easyclear
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We had this on a little goldfish 200 gallon pond and it worked well for a couple of years. It clogged a bunch of times and finally died. But for awhile there is did a very good job keep the pond clean and clear. I would recommend to anybody thinking about buying this to do your best to keep it from clogging and you will probably get a longer life out of it.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Tiny Might Pump
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we bought this for a QT set up and it worked great. So we decided to set it up on our main pond as a second pump and found that it just wasn't strong enough at the height we needed it to push (about 7 ft) so we took it off. But at low head it seems like a good little pump.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Evolution ESS Series
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I was surprised to see how low the purchase price was for this pump. I saved a lot of money for what seems to be the same quality, similar flow and similar watts. I did notice after about 6 months the pump was not as quiet as is was when we first hooked it up, but its still going strong.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Atlantic FilterFalls
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I think they call this the Big Bahama. Great waterfall filter. well made and strong material. It won;t bend of flex when full. There is plenty of extra space for adding your own bag of filter material. I also like that this one one of the less expensive waterfall filter out there by more then $100 for other similar units. Usually the filters that are so much cheaper and low quality, I was happy to find that was not he case with this one.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Matala BioSteps 10
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I am very happy with my biosteps filter. i installed it behind my waterfall. There is a limit to the flow rate though and if you go through fast it will overflow a little bit as the media starts to get dirty. So I had to rig a bypass so only some of my water goes through it and that worked really well.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Povidone-Iodine Ointment 10%
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I don't know what this brand is, but I have used iodine many times with great success over the years. i just pick it up and the drug store.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: ProForm C
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I usually have this handy most of the year. You never know when a parasite will show itself and sometimes you don't have time to order some online so i keep it handy. DO NOT USE WITH SALT...very deadly and I learned this the hard way. I forgot I added salt months before and it was still there and the fish had a really hard time. But you can't blame the product for my mistake. It says right on the bottle not to use with salt.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: KoiZyme
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I use this every single spring and with great results. My koi never get a single bacterial infection and I have a very crowded pond.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: TetraPond Pond De-icer 300 Watt
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I used to live in the North East before I moved down to Florida. I had a 3000 gallon pond up there that was 5 ft deep. It would freeze over every year and I had to bring the koi in. But I learned that if I kept a hole in the ice I could leave them out. So I got this at my local pet store and it worked perfectly all winter long. Kept a nice big hole and the koi did well outdoors below the ice.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler by Contech
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I had an Egret that would not go away and got several of my goldfish. I tried everything, the fishing line, shiny sparkly ribbon hanging, the electric fence, nothing worked. So I got this and the little bugger never came back! I could hear it getting set off at night sometimes and I knew he was getting blasted. Just set it somewhere you won't get hit yourself because it sends out a lot of water.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Koi Cafe Auto Pond Feeder
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Been using this for years. It really works well and we never have to worry about feeding them. We still go by and trow in treats and goodies, but their basic food staple is always met. Its waterproof too and the bug and birds can't get into it.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Ponds Magazine
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do they still have this magazine? I haven't seen it in awhile. I used to get it all the time and I really liked it, but I haven't seen it in over a year.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Medi Koi Antibiotic Food
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excellent medicated food. best if used as part of an overall treatment including dips and or ointments but one of the few medicated foods that can sometimes cure the fish all on its own, depending on how bad they are.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Microbe-Lift Immunostimulant
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I feed this a couple times a year, especially in the spring, to help beef up their immune system. It's one of those products where you never know if it is working because it prevents problems. But I have never had a single bacterial issue since I started using it.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Azoo Koi Growth Plus Koi Food
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I have been feeding this food for a couple years now. I am very happy with the results. I fish have doubled in size and are still growing.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Matala Sheets
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excellent media. long lasting and durable, never clogs, traps lots of debris and gives great surface area. You really can't go wrong with the matala pads.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: PondMaster Filter Media
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This works pretty well, its cheaper then other brands and doesn't last as long either. matala will last a lot longer, but its also a lot more expensive. if you are looking for something quick and inexpensive, then this media fits the bill. If you want a media that will still be working in 5 years, then go with matala.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Laguna Filter Wool
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great for filtering out even microscopic particles. It clogs in a matter of days and is impossible to clean, so its really best for single use. But it gets EVERYTHING out, even green water single cell algae if you can believe that!

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: HAKKO Linear Air Pumps (HK-40 HK-60 HK-80)
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Hakko makes on of the best air pump in the industry. This is a very reliable pump. it costs the same as most high end air pumps, but this is better then the rest. Plan on having great air flow for the next couple of decades. Just replace the diaphragm every couple years and thats it.

Pamela Brewer (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Pondmaster AP Pumps
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A very well made, reliable air pump. Plenty of air and good depths and no real mechanical problems in over 2 years of consistent use.



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