Product Review


Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: PondCare Ammo-Rocks
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I made the mistake of adding fish to my pond immediately after building it. I should have it cycle. But I had endless ammonia problems and so I added this. I no longer had to worry about ammonia and it tested 0 every time.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Matala Sheets
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I took out the pads that came with my bio falls and skimmer and replaced them with the blue matala pads. Far better filtration and much easier to clean. Best pads on the market imo.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Koi Care Chlor Go
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I use a lot of this stuff. Every time I do a water change or move the fish into a tank I use this. Its been very effective for me and I will continue to use it.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Koi : A Handbook on keeping Nishikigoi
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I got this online when I first started out and it was a very useful resource. Well written, informative and great photography.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: EasyPro Stainless Steel Light
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I have 6 of these around my pond. The replacement bulbs are a bit expensive, over $10 each, but they give lots of light and hold up very well even during the winter.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: EasyPro Large AquaFalls
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I have this at the top of my biggest waterfall and the smaller one for a side waterfall/stream. Both work well and give me a little bit of extra bio before the water returns to the pond.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: EasyPro Small AquaFalls
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I have two water falls on my pond and I use this and the larger version. Both have held up very well and give me that added little bio filtration at the end of the system that helps a lot.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Pondmaster 20-Watt UV
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I am not a huge fan of UV's in general, but decided to add a secondary filter system to my pond and caved in and added a small UV to it because I get green water every year. It has stopped that problem and so I am happy with it. No leaks and I haven't had to replace the bulb in over a year.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Cal Pump Large Skimmer
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I have read a lot of bad things about the cal pump company, mostly about their pumps. But this skimmer works very well and I have no complaints.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Koi Toilet
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I had a retro bottom drain over the liner and it didn't work very well. So I pulled up the liner and installed the koi toilet. Its far superior to the retro drain and the bottom of my pond is very clean.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Aqua Art Retro Bottom Drain
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When I first built my pond I didn't put in a bottom drain. Realizing later I needed one I put this in. It just kinda worked, but not great. It also clogged on me which was a HUGE pain. So the following year I pulled the pond apart and put in a proper drain from under the liner. That worked much better!

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Applied Biochemist AquaShade
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Every spring I get string algae and was told to use this stuff. I tried it one spring and while I still got string algae in the spring, it was less then previous years. Not sure its worth having the blue water though.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Atlantic Biocuda Bio-Max+
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I use this pretty much year round. Keeps the pond very clear and I have almost no health problems with the koi. I have rocks along the edge and I thought maybe I would have tons of muck trapped between them so I drained my pond last year to wash them out and found almost no sludge in there. I am sure this stuff is the reason it all stays so clear.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Sunami
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I really like the large basket that never clogs, even when full. I get a lot of leaves and my skimmer doesn't keep up. That's why I choose this pump. It runs well and is nice and quiet which was also important to me.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Tetra DynaTec Pumps
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This clogs easily, but also cleans easily, so its not a big problem. I use this as part of a small secondary filter system running a small filer and and UV. No complaints about the pump except it wold nice if the prefilter didn't clog as easily.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Emperor Aquatics PSP Filters
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I got this because I was sold on the clay pellet media. I thinks its better then plastic media found in most other filters. This is my main filter for my 3000 gallon pond. It does backwash easily and keep my pond very clean.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: BioVort by Little Giant
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I have a 3000 gallon pond and this is only part of the filtration. I use it with a small submersible filter and then into a UV. I added this as a secondary filter system in case my regular filter ever stopped working. So far its been great and cleans easily.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: EasyPro Pond Net
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Don't use this to catch koi! I got it for that purpose and it is not the right net for this. I still use it to get leaves out of the pond and its great for that, but its NOT a koi net.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Koi Fanatics Sock
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Picked one of these up at a koi show. Very happy with it and it was discounted for the the show, so even better. It can be very heavy when full of water, too heavy for me to lift. But the koi were moved safely without having to lift them out of the water which can be dangerous.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: TerraPond Clay
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I found this leaves a bit of undissolved clay on the bottom of the pond. Almost like sand. Koi clay is great to use, but it should dissolve completely, this product doesn't.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Microbe-Lift Activated Carbon
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My neighbor had a chemical toxin in the pond. I suspect from rat poison that was used in the yard. The fish were dying quickly. I had him buy this and we put it in a mesh bag and the ones that were still alive all pulled through just fine.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Argent Oxolium Powder
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I apply the powder directly to the wounds and they heal up faster then any other product I have ever used. Do NOT let any of it get in your pond though, it will wipe out the good bacteria.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Roccal Wound Spray
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I have had great luck with this spray. The koi heal nicely and its very easy to use. Won't harm the gills of eyes either which can;t be said for some other products.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Pond Care Pima Fix
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Save your money. This doesn't do anything!

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Microbe-Lift 5 in 1 test strip
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I have been very happy with these test strips. I brought my water into my koi dealer for testing and the results were exactly the same as the strip. Why spend 10 min adding drops into tubes when you can get the same results in 30 seconds?

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Heron Decoy
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I had one of these and it did nothing. A heron actually started attacking it!

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: CerMedia
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I am using this is a trickle tower. Water is pumped up and showered over it on its way back tot he pond. Similar to a Bakki shower. It works great in this environment, I can't imagine a better media in a shower set up.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: KOI Nations Magazine
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been subscribing to this since the very first issue. Simply the best magazine available.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: EasyPro Linear Diaphragm Compressors
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I have had this for a few years and I have been very happy with it. The diaphragm needs to be replaced annually, but other then that it was worked perfectly with plenty of air.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Shinju Koi Food
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I got a bag of this because I ordered some koi from Kodama and they were having a special on it. I was very impressed with it and will probably order more. Its a good fresh food with great ingredients and good digestion with the koi...meaning very low waste. It says its year round, but in my area the koi stop eating it around 55 degrees or so.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Koi Chow Koi Food
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Probably the best food for the money out there. Very low cost yet as good as most premium brands.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: Platinum Cool Weather
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I used this all last winter. It was great because I was able to keep feeding down to 45 degrees and the koi loved it. It seems to be to be the best winter diet available and its a very good price too. I actually got some growth over the winter as well and because they ate most of the winter I had very few health problems in the Spring.

Susan Peterson (Hobbyist) on Tuesday 10 May, 2011
Product Reviewed: TomiGai Tategoi Premier
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Excellent food. The koi love it and I get almost zero waste in the pond which means it has very low fillers. Great growth and colors too. 4 stars because of the cost, its not cheap.



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