Product Review


Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 20 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: EcoSystems Aquaclearer
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This product works pretty well, but for the money I will go with the aquameds product because its treats ten times more.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 20 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: AquaMeds Sludge Remover
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I love much this product treats for the money. One pound lasts me all season and it ends up being 1/3 the cost of most any other product and it works just as well if not better.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 20 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Fritz-Guard Water Conditioner
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Very good and reliable product. It does so much more then just remove chlorine.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 20 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Calcium Montmorillonite Clay
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I am a believer in clay for all ponds and water gardens. This is one of the more expensive clays per pound, but it dissolves very fast and doesn't leave grit at the bottom.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 20 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Nycon Floating Thermometer
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used this for many years. I just leave it in the pond all season. Its good to know the temps so you know how much to feed and when to stop feeding as the water gets colder.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 20 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Pondmaster Supreme Heaters
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The most important thing about a pond heater like this is reliability. It can't break down when the weather really gets bad. If it does then the pond freezes over completely and the fish might not make it. I used this unit for 4 winters in a row and it never let me down.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Wednesday 20 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Tetra Protective Netting
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cheap stuff, no better then bird netting. If you want good netting for your pond get nylon netting, not this plastic stuff. It will last for many years and look great.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Pondmaster 40-Watt UV
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Its a well made UV that I installed very easily. But I had to slow the flow rate down to below the recommended rate as it was too fast. Right around 2000 to 2500 gallons is about all it can handle.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Pond HealthGuard
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I had trouble with this stuff. It made my koi go to the bottom with clamped fins with 10 min of adding it.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Masuizai Anesthetic
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I like this much better the clove oil. They go down easy and wake up very quick. Clove oil takes them a long time to wake up and they are groggy for awhile. Not so with this, they wake up alert which I think is less stressful for them. Clove oil is cheap, but this isn;t all that much more.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Aquarium Products Fluke-Tabs
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I found these really stressed my koi out. I won't use again. I used prazi and its much better. Too bad because prazi is like 10x the cost.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Jungle Labs Anchors Away 18oz
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This worked pretty well. I had anchor worms and mover the koi into QT and used these. It took about 2 weeks and several treatments for the anchor worms to be gone completely, but after that they never came back.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Neocide 3
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I had very good success with this. I had tried a pond wide treatment and it didn't really help much. So i caught them up and gave three dips, once a day for three days, then waited a week and repeated. By the end of the second round of dip the koi were 95% to 100% healed and never needed additional treatment. I did use medicated food during the process, but that was it.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: WipeOut - Bacterial Control
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I had a bunch of koi with ulcers and tried this. i saw moderate improvement, but they never healed completely. I gave up and end up using other treatments. I had get luck with using a medicated dip.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Cetus Sieve
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I don't think there is another mechanical prefilter that can handle this high of a flow rate, do this good of a job and fit in this small of a foot print. It is very expensive for the amount of materials that go into it, I suspect you are paying for the innovation and not the construction cost. But still a very good filter.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Advantage Bead Filters
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I have had this as my main filter for several years now. it back washes very well and does a great job of filtering. i have two ponds and this one is hooked up to my big 7000 gallon filter. Its not my only filter on this pond, but it handles the bulk of the muck from the bottom drain. Its construction is very sturdy and can handle being exposed to the elements.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Iron Might Pumps
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I got this pump for a smaller pond and ended up moving it to my main pond because I was so impressed with it. Really gives a lot of bang for your buck.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: PerformancePro Cascade Low RPM Pumps
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This is the only other pump on the market that i think compares in quality to the sequence. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the flow at higher head is not as good as sequence. But they last and last and are very well made.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Sequence Power Pumps
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I have had 4 of these pumps over the past 20 years and I will always use a sequence pump. They last and last and last. Two of the 4 are still running strong and one of them was sold about 10 years ago after 10 years of use and it still ran for many more years. Great pumps!

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: IntelliFlo Pump by Pentair Aquatics
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I just spent about $1500 to have one of these installed on my swimming pool (not my pond) 3 months ago. But it has been a great pump and has already reduced my electrical bill by over $100 a month, so the extra costs will pay for themselves very soon.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Microbe-Lift Summer Staple
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I tried this one season. Fed it all summer long. The koi ate it well and I am sure they grew quite a bit that year. So its a good food in my book.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Hikari Gold (Large,Medium,Small pellet)
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If I have to go to the store to get food because I can't order online for whatever reason, then this is the food I look for. It's the only pet store brand of food anybody should ever buy for koi. Its a bit too expensive when bought retail like this. if you want this food, shop around online, lots of good dealers selling it for cheaper.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: TetraPond Flaked Fish Food
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I have used this for my goldfish, but I would never feed it to koi. i don;t know why they have pictures of koi on the can. Its terrible for koi. goldfish will do fine on almost anything so it works for them because its cheap and easy to get at most pet stores.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Goldfish & Koi Fish Food Large Pellets
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I tried this food a few times. Its not my main staple, but its a good food. I like the ingredients and they don't seem to use a lot of fillers and it is very digestible which means very little waste which is good.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Chengro Spring & Fall
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great food at a great price. My koi chow down on this faster then any other food. It has good ingredients and I have had great results with my koi over the years.

Grant Edwards (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 19 October, 2010
Product Reviewed: Kaldnes Moving Bed K1
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I used this in a 55 gallon barrel with several air stone at the bottom. The media would roll in the air bubbles and it made an excellent filter. I highly suggest this method for the media as it is highly effective.



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