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Can someone please help me?

Posted by aggierose Tx (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 29, 10 at 11:51

My whiskey barrell "pond" is filthy! The water is dark brown and there is so much dirt (fish poop!) in it. I change about 1/3 of the water about twice a week. I have a pump with a spitter, but no filter. I have 4 feeder fish and 2 plants in the barrell. How do I clean the water and get it clear? It doesn't smell bad, it kind of just smells like dirt.

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RE: Can someone please help me?

Hey, Aggie. This seems to be a common problem with this kind of setup. It isn't so much the fish poo, it is the dirt that is pushed out of the pots by the roots. You need a filter to trap the stuff thats in the water.Some people put filter material around the pump and don't realize the dirt just migrates back into the water.

RE: Can someone please help me?

Easy way to add a filter as Sleepless said is fill a mesh bag (like onions come in or a mesh bag for delicate laundry) with quilt batting. Your pump should be nestled in the middle - you'll probably have to cut a small hole for the cord. You'll need to rinse out or replace the quilt batting often at first (like daily if its really dirty), but as the water clears - less often.

Also, if you are changing out 1/3 of the water, try to syphon it out of the bottom, removing more gunk.

Good luck! S

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