Homemade Pond Filter - Tips, Steps and Ideas

Do you wish to make your own homemade pond filter?

Having a pond in your backyard can be a beautiful addition to your garden. They can be a simple structure that contains only water - perhaps you just like the sound of water flowing, or they can be quite complex, filled with exotic plants and fish.

Whatever type of pond you have or desire, having a filter is a must, in order to keep your pond functioning effectively. Making your own pond filter doesn't have to be difficult. This article will give you some ideas and tips on how to build your own homemade pond filter.

Materials Used In Home Made Pond Filters

To make the most of your home made filter and ensure its efficiency, remember to use the best materials that you can. In addition, using the right materials will make constructing your homemade pond filter much easier.

The most common materials used in making homemade pond filters are plastic tubs or buckets. These big containers help to collect various materials and keep them from getting into the pond. Keep in mind that the type of material used in a home made pond filter depends on the set up of your filter and pump mechanism.

Construction of Made at Home Pond Filters

Let's learn about the construction of homemade pond filters.

  • Drill two holes in your plastic container using a 1-inch hole saw or a very sharp knife. One hole should be through the lid, close to center. The second hole should be through the side, near the bottom of the container.

  • If you are planning on having fish in your pond, you will want to use a fish friendly sealant in order to attach the PVC pipe to the hole on the side of the container / filter. The pipe should be long enough that it will reach the pond pump with ease. Use the same sealant to attach the plastic screen to the inside of the top lid of the bucket.

  • Insert a filter sponge 1/2 way into each of the two fittings.

  • Fill the container nearly to the top with rocks, plastic golf balls, sand, whatever you decide will work best for your homemade filter. Leave enough room at the top to add one more filter sponge.

  • Cut a filter pad to the size of your container and lay it over the top of your materials. Close and seal your lid in place.

  • Attach your input hose to the top of the filter, and the output hose to the side of your new filter.

That's it! You have just constructed a homemade pond filter.

How to Set Up A Home Made Pond Filter

Now that you have learned about the materials used and the construction of a home made pond filter, you will next need to know how to set your homemade pond filter up properly.

  • Make sure to add the filter media before placing your pond filter in the pond.

  • Start setting up the home made pond filter with a layer of small rocks, a few inches thick. To maintain good space in between, try using some angular rocks.

  • Pour the plastic waffle or bio balls in the filter to provide the area a lot of surface for beneficial bacteria growth. This will also help in removing many dangerous chemicals, such as ammonia, from the pond water.

  • Top off the filter media with floss, quilt batting or filter mat. Don't forget to close the lid tightly prior to attaching the pipe.

  • You can now sink your container in the water garden and let it fill completely with water. Turn on your new pond pump and enjoy!

You should now have a better idea of how to build a working homemade pond filter for your outdoor garden pond.

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