Here are just a few reasons:-
· For starters, they discharge all pond and filter drains to waste via 4” standpipes every single day without fail.
· They have a permanent constant trickle of new water running into the system 24/7.
· After nine months of keeping their stocks in their indoor systems all Koi are moved into the field ponds to grow for three months in the summer temperatures.
· After the Koi are moved into the outdoor ponds, their indoor systems are shut down, emptied and then cleaned thoroughly and this includes the filter chambers and the media within.
· All these systems are then left empty to dry out for three months before filling up again in preparation for the autumn harvests.
· In truth, these systems are brand spanking new every nine months.
I’ll run another thought past the readers here –
If Koi can be kept showing neither of these problems, then surely this adds another new dimension to the water make-up?
And this new dimension must be of great added value to Koi of ALL qualities and ALL varieties?
I designed and manufactured my Eric filter units with these two huge problems firmly in mind and reasoned if the breeders could produce all this by cleaning out their systems every nine months, I needed a filter system that could do all this every single day.
Of course all other filter systems will eliminate the two big problems if they could be thoroughly cleaned-out every single day, it’s not unique to my systems, in truth it’s only basic common sense.
The problem here is that most of the other filter systems around today cannot practically be cleaned-out every day simply because it would take almost a day for some of the larger ones to be emptied, media removed, all chambers and all media cleaned, replace the media and then re-fill the unit before the pump can be re-started.
Not that I’m saying they MUST be cleaned out daily; once every two months would easily suffice, but it still means a whole day must be set aside for this. And when this realisation sets in, it’s no longer so attractive or exciting and simply becomes a chore.
I’ve mentioned this next part often before – but it may well be of importance to mention it once again.
The pond filter system is simply the ‘pond lavatory’, and once the pump starts up, the lavatory is in the ‘engaged position’ – and it will remain to be permanently engaged until the pump is stopped.
In truth, the pond filter/lavatory is in a constant state of gradual deterioration.
I have no idea who it was that actually suggested specified ‘time intervals’ as to when a filter requires cleaning or when it was suggested.
But it seems to me to be ‘the more often, the better’ – that’s if we don’t wish it to become full to the brim with unwanted matter that will certainly ‘taint’ the good water passing through and some of this will also be taken back into the Koi pond?
Returning to my filtration systems, these can be cleaned out thoroughly and re-started in less than three minutes, with no discernible loss of water and by just about anyone ranging from 10 years-old to 75 years-old and over.