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IBC tanks for pond filtration

Discussion in 'Filtration and Water Chemistry' started by Pizzuto, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Pizzuto

    Pizzuto Hatchling Turtle

    May 23, 2015
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    Hi guys, has anyone used a 1000l black UV resistant IBC tanks as a filter for your pond?

    I was thinking of using two of them on a 4500l pond. These black UV resistant ones would be better then the standard white ones.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    Aug 8, 2001
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    Hey mate, I haven't used one of these but I can't see why they wouldn't work if you use the black UVB stabilised ones as you mentioned.

    What will you be using in them?

    Scoria rock would be good for biological filtration as the surface area it would provide to harbour nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria would be huge.
    On top of the scoria you could use some filter matting to remove the large solids from your pond. All you have to do then is hose the detritus from the filter mat as often as is needed. It won't block up as quickly as if you used filter wool and the matting is reusable, over and over again.

    filter mat.jpg

    You could use some plants in the other one to remove the nitrogen from the pond. Cyperus papyrus, Dwarf papyrus (Cyperus haspan) and Juncus effusus are good bog plants that can have their roots permanently under water and are good filter plants.

    Juncus effusus
    Juncus effusus.jpg

    Cyperus papyrus
    Cyperus papyrus.jpg

    Dwarf papyrus (Cyperus haspan)
    Dwarf Papyrus, Cyperus haspans.png
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