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#93121 01/19/07 07:26 AM
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ML, what do you mean by "the biologic filters getting seasoned"?


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
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DD1,

Some of the experts on here can answer your question with more accurate scientific facts, but in plain Texan, fish eat and produce nitrogen-rich waste material(FS)and ammonia is a product of that process. Specialized, neat microorganisms breakdown this ammonia and convert it first to nitrites and then nitrates. Biological filtration is a wonderful process which provides a home(the filter) and an optimum environment(the materials in the filter), for those microorganisms to live, multiply and do their thing, which is consume nitrites and nitrates that will otherwise harm or even kill your fish.

Getting seasoned is simply my way of saying getting the microorganisms established in the filter in sufficient quantity to remove all the ammonia. It has taken a couple of weeks to get there...sometimes it can take even longer, but what a wonderful process Someone designed to make use of everything, nothing wasted.

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 Quote:
Originally posted by Theo Gallus:
ML, that is truly ingenious and definitely matches the thread title.
Thank you Theo...I considered adding a drain tree to the stock tank as perfected by you and Bruce, but $2 icemaker tubing with a quick-connect valve to regulate the siphon flow seemed much easier and consistent with the theme(since the tubing was on a shelf \:\) ).

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Originally posted by Bender:
Awesome! What is the third Picture? I thought it was a pic from google earth until I saw the ball valve!
Bender, the tubing exits the chicken coop wall at that point and the valve provides total water change volume control....really an extremely useful design. Thanks for your comment.

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Originally posted by burgermeister:
Well, ML. It seems you are keeping busy. Enjoy the good life. That is one sweet setup.
BM,

Thanks and I have to tell you my signature is no joke...I'm having a blast and encourage anyone with interests to get out when they can.

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