I'm currently upgrading
my pond from a 700 gallon pond to a 1700 gallon pond. For this new pond I was
able to purchase a Savio Waste Master 2050 pump and a Compact Savio Filter at
a good price brand new. I was told this would be sufficient for this appx size.
I'll be running appx 17 feet of flexible hose to the biofalls. The biofalls will
be no more then 2 feet higher then the skimmer. My current biofalls is an Atlantic
BF1000, not sure if I'll need to get a bigger Biofalls. If so, any suggestions?
Since I'm only 2 years in to this hobby and this will be the last pond I
make, I wanted to make sure everything is more than adequate for handling this
pond. Currently we have 4 small Koi and 2 shubunkins which I know will get bigger
Please let me know your thoughts, every Koi pond retail shop
has given me different answers and I don't want to redo anything.
I applaud you intention to make this pond
your last, but knowing this hobby, I'm willing to bet that you'll be digging again
in a few years.
1700 gallons is small, and
all you need to be concerned about is that your pump, filter and falls box are
capable of handling flows sufficient to exchange all 1700 gallons through your
filter in one hour.
Your piping should be
as big as you can afford, with a minimum diameter of two inches. Remember that
you will lose flow volume with every foot of pipe your water runs through, and
more with every corner it turns. Every inch your water has to be lifted also loses
you flow. Your pump should come with a graph detailing flow rates at various elevations
above pond level. Our website has links to graphs (see Pipe
Run Tables) that allow you to calculate the flow loss per foot of pipe and
per fitting. Use them before you start your build. You may find that you'll need
to modify your design.