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In This Issue: October 2007


Saturday, October 27, 2007
2 pm
Pat & Wayne Bueter
318 Mill St
Walker, IA
319-448-4147

Directions: 380 N. take the CR-W36 exit-Exit 35 toward Center Point, Turn right onto Lewis Access Rd/ CR-W36. Lewis Access Rd/CR –W36 becomes CR-W6E/Franklin St. Turn right on N Center Point Rd to Walker


Note date change: Recognition Night
Saturday, Nov 10
5:00 pm @ Cooper’s Mill
Cedar Rapids, IA

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, it was suggested to have the meeting earlier.



September 13th Meeting

Our regular monthly Thursday meeting was held at the Judy and Joe Olsen residence in Independence. It was a cool evening and Joe invited us to scoot up to the fire and enjoy the heat from his deck fireplace. Judy and Joe preside over abundant flower gardens and some great tree sculptures not to mention a great pond located strategically just off the deck. Several large koi and some goldfish swarmed the crystal clear water and as nightfall came, the underwater lights gave off a great glow to the pond. Joe welcomed everyone and asked that during the meeting everyone be thinking about a pond story to share during a round robin discussion to be held after the business meeting.

Joe introduced a guest speaker. Leann Harrison spoke to the group about 3 different projects that EIPS has donated money to in the past for beautification projects in Independence. The Buchanan County Historical Society has received money for the Historical Wapsipinicon Mill, the Daniel Lee Manson Victorian Gardens and most recently the newly constructed Heartland Acres Agri-Business Museum. She talked a little about each project and thanked the group for its continued support.

After her talk, president, Gary Hunerdosse, opened up a brief business meeting. He began by introducing and welcoming new members Kathi and Hugh Albrecht. They have a small pond already and guess what???? They’re thinking about making it bigger to accommodate their ever growing fish friends! Isn’t that great!

Gary spoke about the upcoming progressive pond tour and dinner party set for the 29th. He also reminded members about all that was going on at the next meeting at the Morleys. Pot Luck, Photo contest, and Koi fish to distribute will make for a very busy and fun meeting. He also reminded members that we don’t have a site for the October meeting and the elections are again coming up in November. (Where does the time go?)

President Jo Hunerdosse spoke briefly about the offices we need to fill and asked members to consider signing up for a committee.

There were no corrections to the printed minutes and no treasurer’s report

Following the business talk, Joe treated everyone to peach cobbler, ice cream, and raspberries. Yummy stuff. We then returned to the deck to swap pond stories. The round robin rules were everybody gets only 2 minutes to talk, everybody is encouraged to tell a short story, and all questions are noted and answered after everyone has had a chance talk. Joe started by talking about how he solved a nerve racking pond leak by merely taking out the overgrown hyacinths in his water fall box. This comment had several members talking about the same occurrence in their ponds. Kathryn Durnan talked about her mysteriously appearing baby koi (She decided they must have come in as eggs on plant roots, as she had no fish at all before their introduction.) Jo Hunerdosse was looking for ways to anchor her taller plants to keep them from tipping over. Sharon Weiss talked about hauling her huge papyrus with her every year to Colorado for the winter. It’s getting super huge, but she is still taking it. Joe offered members cuttings from his papyrus as they are quite easy to propagate new ones from. We suggested that to Sharon, but she loves her huge plant. Becki Lynch told an amusing story about how she placed a gargoyle under her bridge to mimic the ole “Troll under the Bridge” tale. But, to her amazement found out she was scaring a visiting poor 3-year old little girl to death, and so decided to remove it.

And thus, it went on and on, with members talking about problems and problem solving.

For door prizes we had a great Thermo Planter (new planter used to extend the life of tropical lilies because it has a small built in heater. What a great idea!) It was donated to the club and new member, Kathi Albrecht , was the lucky winner. Joe also had two beautiful flower bouquets to give and Sharon Weiss and Dorothy Helms were the lucky ones to get to take them home for their tables. It got dark early and the last traces of a great sunset faded quickly as members headed home. Thanks, Joe, for the very nice meeting.

Respectfully submitted….Jackie Allsup

Minutes—September 22, 2007

September marks the end of the summer months where we have 2 meetings per month. Monica and Gil Morley along with Monica’s mother, Elena, kindly opened their house up for a great pot luck to commemorate this end of the summer event. A perfect late summer evening was the setting for this meeting that was very well attended. With food galore, we began by eating. A photo contest was on the agenda for the meeting. Many members brought in some great photos. After we ate, we all voted on our favorites and Gil and Dave Bell counted all the ballots. Dave continually begged for drum rolls as he announced the results. Monica had some great t-shirts made for the winners along with numerous other prizes given out to all whom participated in the contest.. First place winners were: Robert Hollenbeck (Flowers), Herman Michel (People), Jackie Allsup (Statues), Deb Kontz (Unusual), Herman Michel (Best Overall Garden View), and Dave Bell(Fish and Frogs). Thank you, everyone for bringing in all the great pictures!

President, Gary Hunerdosse, asked Monica to talk a little about her pond. The Morley’s pond is 4300 gallons and they have had it for 5 years. They have a beautiful garden with tons of flowers and lots of very imaginative statues and decorations. Gary announced we had some handouts on winter care and closing the ponds put together by Monica Morley. He also announced the October meeting was to be at Pat Beuter’s in Walker. He also spoke again regarding the upcoming November meeting where members are encouraged to volunteer for committees and the election of officers will take place. Herman and Rosie Michel have already volunteered to take over the library duties, so that’s a good beginning. Some committees take less time commitment than others, so please consider volunteering for something at least. The great committees have made the officer’s jobs so much easier in the last few years.

We had some beautiful Japanese Koi donated to the club by Kodama Koi Farm. We drew names to see who got first pick of the fish. 10 lucky members got to take home 11 new friends for their ponds.

Again, we had some great door prizes for lots of members. The meeting was adjourned and some members ran home to watch the Iowa vs. Wisconsin game, while others hung around to visit and watch the sun (like the Hawkeyes) go down.

Wonderfully casual meeting, great food, nice conversations, door prizes, and beautiful fish to take home, what more could you ask for in a club???

Respectfully submitted…Jackie Allsup



By Josh Spece

Hosta ‘Marilyn Monroe’

By late summer and early fall, most Hostas are looking tired and a little frazzled. The heat and dryness of summer along with the hungry bugs have taken their toll. Heck, even most gardeners are feeling tired and worn out by this time of year! Some Hostas just keep going and going, though, and look as fresh in the fall as they did in May. One of those is ‘Marilyn Monroe’.

Hosta ‘Marilyn Monroe’ is an elegant and beautiful recent introduction that will surely become a classic. The smooth, rounded, green leaves are slightly cupped so that the heavily ruffled margins give occasional glimpses of the chalky white leaf backs. Reddish petioles and scapes add an additional flash of color. Lavender flowers open in early fall. The heavy substance of the leaves make ‘Marilyn Monroe’ a graceful, understated showstopper all season long.

Much of the garden is past its peak by this time of year, including many Hostas. It is unfortunate that some gardeners avoid Hostas altogether, because many aren’t in pristine condition by late summer. Hostas have more lasting power than most flowers and with careful selection of the appropriate varieties, Hostas can look great even in the fall.



Click for Photo Contest Winners



Eastern Iowa Pond Society members really know how to participate in a “Potluck” Gil, myself and my mother, Elena, want to thank everyone for coming to our home for the Saturday meeting on the 22nd and making it one of the most enjoyable evenings. Good talk, Good Food, and Good Friends!!

Something new to try in the newsletter:

A Recipe Corner

That’s right, send me your favorite recipes, let’s start with the members who brought those flavorful dishes to the potluck. Send them right away to get your name entered in the drawing in November for any member sending in something for the newsletter.

This is open to all members wanting to share their favorite recipes...

Monica



by Jackie Allsup

Saturday, Sept. 29th.

If you were unable to participate in our fist ever progressive night tour, what a treat you missed out on. I’m for doing this at least a couple times a year. The idea was to view some ponds that were lit for night time viewing while the host offered a progressive dinner. Although late in September, the night was just beautiful for such an affair. It was warm out AND NO bugs! They must have taken the night off! We began at the home of Erma and Larry Thompson. There was no meeting business as this was strictly a social event. Erma had numerous appetizers and I had to keep reminding myself to not eat too much, because we had 2 more houses to get to. A big tub of wine and various other drinks welcomed members to their pond. Of course, Larry’s two ponds were the focal points, with their now huge fish and crystal clear water. After about an hour, we were asked to move on to Stephanie and Bob Geers’ house. By now it was very dark and the bonfire and pond lights glowed in the dark to welcome us. Stephanie served us some great spaghetti with all the works. Very yummy! I mingled with other pond members slipping in and out of conversations on everything from the Iowa game that day to pond chemicals. With no real time tables, after about an hour we then moved to Jo and Gary Hunerdoss’ home. Jo offered up a delicious apple cobbler and ice cream for dessert. Tikki torches surrounded their pond making their back yard a real comfortable place to sit, have a couple of drinks, and relax at the end of the day listening to the sounds of the waterfall. Yep, I vote to do this again! It may have been my favorite non-meeting gathering of the year. A big thank you to our hosts and hostesses for the great hospitality. Everything about the evening was wonderful. Let’s do it again.

Click for pictures!



In The Country Garden & Gifts.

E.I.P.S. members receive a 10% discount. Must show your current membership card at time of purchase.


Members Questionnaire…….

Results Coming in November Newsletter

If you have not sent in your Questionnaire yet, we will accept them up to October 25th. Again, no names will be given on the results or released at any time. A BIG “Thank You” to the many members who have already sent theirs in.

“Tell Us How You Really Feel”


Cedar Rapids Public Library

Sent a letter to thank the club for the generous 2-year gift subscription to Aquascapes Lifestyles magazine. We are truly grateful for your continued support. Each issue will be processed and made available to anyone who uses the library. Gifts such as yours make it possible for the library to provide a wide range of periodicals, catering to a broad range of interest. Your donation is an investment not only in the Cedar Rapids Public Library but, in our community as a whole. We thank you for thinking of us.

With Sincere appreciation,
Amy Ackman/Adult Services C.R. Public Library


Prairie Creek Nursery

319-365-1406
4100 Bowling Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

www.prairiecreeknursery.com

Stop in to see Shirley and Kevin at Prairie Creek Nursery

** Pond Supplies
** Design & Installation
** Aquatic Plants
** Japanese Koi & Goldfish
** Aerators & Fountains
** Gifts for the water gardener


Daryl Hennessey has about 60 goldfish he would like to find homes for before cold weather. They are of various colors and sizes.

Call Daryl at 319-377-7027


For Sale

Winter greenhouse pond cover.

Fits over a 9’ x 11’ pond.

$100.00

Contact:

Sharon Weiss
319-472-5417 or 303-827-4722

Sharon would like to sell before the end of October.



October Birthdays

Roger Thurm - October 16th
Maria Hamilton - October 17th
Karen Frieden - October 18th

If you would like your birthday printed in the newsletter, email us at mespringcove@aol.com or sign in with the Hospitality Committee: Elena Murillo or Gil Morley



Kevin Weiss - Cedar Rapids
Brad L. Lester - Solon
Bob & Pam Woodland - Cedar Rapids
Terry Brannian - Iowa City



Aquascape Pondside Monthly

Go Leaf Collecting!

When fall comes and the leaves start turning a multitude of colors, it's an absolutely dazzling time of the year. But when the colors begin to fade, your pond will become a magnet for falling leaves. One way to minimize the leaves that accumulate at the bottom of your pond, along with the work required at spring clean-out time, is to drop a net over the top of the pond. As the leaves fall into the net, you and a helper pick up the net full of leaves and dispose of them several times each week. If you do this, life will be much easier in the spring.

Clean Up That Green!

By minimizing the debris and plant material in your pond, your spring clean-out will be less work, and may even be unnecessary.

Time for a Fish Diet!

When the water temperature drops below 55° F degrees it's time to either eliminate fish feeding from your daily regimen or switch to a food that is formulated for low water temperatures. This is important because your fishes' metabolism has slowed down to accommodate winter hibernation, and if they eat fish food they can experience problems. Also, excess and un-eaten fish food will foul the water.



President:
Enforce the By-Laws and Constitution of the E.I.P.S. - Preside at all meetings at which he or she is present. - Represent the E.I.P.S. in community functions. - Call special meetings of the Society, committees, or any other meeting, which may be requested as outlined in the bylaws.– The President is governed by Roberts Rules of Order. - Introduces new ideas and helps stimulate open discussions. - Works with all committees to make sure each is carrying out it’s responsibilities.

Vice President:
Assume all the duties of the President on their absence or upon request by the President. - Assist the President and carry out all duties assigned by the President.

Secretary:
To keep all records of the meetings. - Keep a roll call of members when required. - Preserve all records, reports and documents of the E.I.P.S. - Maintain a list of unfinished business for the President. - Record and, when requested by any members distribute all meetings minutes. - Call all meetings to order in the absence of the President and Vice-President. - Take charge of all correspondence except that related to the work assigned to the Officers and Committees. - At members request provide reports or documents for their viewing.

Treasurer:
Collect and record all dues, special fees, etc paid to the Society as result of its activities plus all other monies and deposit in the E.I.P.S. bank account. - Submit a monthly financial report to the membership showing all current debits and credits of the E.I.P.S - Submit a written financial report at the November meeting. - Keep all financial records of the E.I.P.S. and turn over to the new Treasurer after election in November. - To pay pre-determined accounts as may be authorized by the membership and to pay those bills presented and approved at each regular or annual meeting. - To prepare and submit all reports required by any governmental agency. Allow secretary for expenditures of up to $50.00 per month for routine business of the E.I.P.S. to include stamps, reams of paper or any other appropriate expense without a vote from the membership. Receipts will be required.

Description of duties are from the E.I.P.S. Inc. By-Laws

Do you have someone in mind to run for office for 2008, or you, yourself, would like to run. Either way, nominate them or yourself by e-mailing me at

mespringcove@aol.com or call 294-4866

November will be the month of elections. The names will be released at that time. You will have the opportunity to decline to run for office, if nominated.

Monica/Editor


Committee’s

Commercial Relations: Responsible for making contact an maintaining our relationships with area retailers, Establish club discounts, Conduct drawing for Prizes at club meetings, Distribute club information to dealers to give to customers, Send thank you notes to all retailers donating products.

Writing Committee: Write articles for newsletter. Assi st the secretary at his or her request;

Librarian: Has Materials available to members. Gives list of books etc. for the newsletter Herman and Rosie Michel have volunteered for 2008

Publicity Committee: Organizes and gets publicity for meetings and activities, Works closely with Pond Tour group to get advertising everywhere. Develops and maintains our club informational brochures and sees that they get to the dispersed. Organizes booths at area events.

Hospitality Committee: Welcoming new members, Nametags & membership cards,

Programs Committee: Responsible for finding and organizing programs and speakers for meetings. Introduces speakers at meetings, Plans and organizes club activities, such as trips, club workshops.

Recognition Committee: Puts together year end recognition of volunteers and officers. Thank you notes to speakers at club meetings.

Water Garden Tour Committee: Finding members’ponds and getting the tour organized, Recruit volunteers to sit at ponds, Responsible for dispersing and collection of pond tour signs. Print tickets, Map out directions for tour, Handle the Pre Pond tour, Set up plant sale, All other duties to make the event run smooth.

If you would like to volunteer for one or more of these committees, e-mail me at mespringcove@aol.com and I’ll get your name listed. Sign up sheets will be available at a later date.

Please consider signing up. Volunteering is a Good Thing!!

I have been on quite of few of the committees and never regretted the challenge of getting involved and having a good time working with some dedicated and fun members.

IF YOU SIGN FIRST, MORE WILL COME!!!

Make a difference, get involved…..

Monica/Editor



Permission from “The Lily Pad”
The Topeka Area Water Garden Society….Diane Gruver/editor

Fish care in the fall

  • Switch fish food to high carb/low protein.
  • Check for signs of disease: open sores, parasites, etc. and bring them inside to treat because treatment does not work in cold water.
  • Clean pond or perform water changes. Always add declorinator because ammonia will cause club gill which suffocates the fish.
  • For koi keepers add salt which will help with slime coat and improve fish health but is not good for plants.
  • Koi clay will add minerals and heops add a shine to fish coats.

After Heavy frost—October-December

  • Lower zone 6 & 7 plants to bottom of pond
  • Stop feeding fish at 50 degrees
  • Clean bio filter and shut down waterfall (optional)
  • Install bubblers and deicers

Long frost—December-March

  • Remove netting if no oaks are in the area
  • Keep hole open if ice forms for over a week to let toxic gasses (which will kill the fish) escape—no hammering on the ice
  • Clean filter on the bubblers
  • Perform water changes every two to three weeks if strictly a koi pond

Spring—March-April

  • Raise water level
  • Turn on waterfalls
  • Start bio filter
  • Raise plants
  • Add barley, bacteria
  • Repot plants and fertilize
  • Start feeding fish high carb/low protein food
  • Start tropical lilies in the house

No more frost –May – June

  • Place vertical and floating tropical plants in pond
  • Start deeding higher protein fish food
  • Check water quality
  • Watch for fish spawning
  • Enjoy the frogs

by Deb Spencer from Waters Edge
The opinions expressed are solely those of the author’s



Jackie Allsup

Were you lucky enough to take home one the great koi donated to the club by Taro Kodama of Kodama Koi Farm? Taro was offering the fish to koi clubs and public gardens to introduce people to the joys of raising koi and bring to them a good quality koi to boot. Miyoshiike Company Ltd of Japan has been providing quality koi to dealers in Japan for 40 years. Miyoshiike Co. started Japan Koi Online in 2001 to bring those same koi to the hobbyist and in 2006 Japan Koi Online became Kodama Koi Farm. With headquarters in Hawaii, they also have an office in California. Unlike most dealers that go to Japan once a year, Kodama Koi Farm has someone there 2-3 times a month. It can cost buyers 500.00 to ship a fish to the US and that is after you pay a broker an additional fee of 100-200 dollars. So just getting a fish to the US can be a very expensive affair. Kadoma Koi Farm purchases Japanese born koi from all the best known breeders and raises them for resale and thus have figured out how to cut those cost and bring quality koi at now affordable prices to the hobbyist. Mamoru Kadoma, founder and chairman of Miyoshiike Co. interviews Japanese Koi dealers and writes an article for every edition of KOI magazine and is the author of 2 world renown books on Koi; Kokugyo and Kokugyo II .

If you like your new fishy friend and wish you had more contact Taro or bid for additional fish at www.kodamakoifarm.com. If you have any sort of fish you’d like him to buy for you, he can special buy just for you also.

Click for pictures!



Teriyaki Meatballs

1 Package Frozen Italian Meatballs (72 meatballs)
1 can of Pineapple rings & juice
3 TBSP of toasted sesame seeds
1-2 cups of Lawry’s Teriyaki Sauce & Marinade
1 ea. peppers (green,red,yellow)

In crock pot, place thawed meatballs & the juice from the can of pineapple. Sprinkle 1/2 of the sesame seeds on the top and cook on high for 45—60 minutes. Cut up pepper, cook in microwave with a dab of water for 2-2 1/2 min. to soften. Chunk up rings of pineapple, add that & pepper, along with the rest of your seeds and sauce to crock-pot. Cook on low for 1-?? Hrs.



Submitted by Tim Nolan

No, it’s not another drink from Starbucks!

The venturi effect is named for Italian physicist Giovanni Battist (1746 - 1842). He is credited with it’s discovery and use in the venturi tube and venturi pump. This principle in a nutshell, consists of passing fluid through a constricted tube and allows the mixing of air with the fluid. It is commonly used in carburetors in gas engines, barbecue grills, gas stoves, Bunsen burners and airbrushes. Also in protein skimmers used in fish tanks and a host of other applications.

My own interest in venturis came about as I considered their use in the pond as a means of adding oxygen on hot summer days. Looking around the internet I found some interesting leads.

There are several commercially built venturi units designed just for ponds! What they amount to is a tube arrangement that you pump water through, using a pond pump under the surface. An attached “ snorkel tube” pulls air in from above the surface, and mixes it with the water. This creates a bubbling effect that varies in intensity with the style of the unit. The process allows you to use a water pump to add oxygen to the water rather than an air pump. Depending on the size of the pump and the model of the venturi , a great deal of oxygen can be put into the water.

You can make your own unit simply enough if you have the patience.

Check out this link:

http://leisure.prior-it.co.uk/venturi-pond-aeration.shtml

One of the most popular commercial brands of venturi is Mazzei. See them here:

http://aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/iid/7963/cid/2341

My brand of choice is the Oxymax Meg 2 available from Oxymax Products of York Pennsylvania. They have many models to choose from, and I got wonderful service and advice from owner Jeff Boyd. You can check out his charts and statistics and make up your own mind if this is something you might like to try. His web page is a wealth of information regarding using venturis to oxygenate a pond. See it all here:

http://mysite.verizon.net/oxymax/atbuyfrm.htm

Having a small rock bottom pond, I am always concerned about debris collecting and stagnating on the floor of the pond. They say that rock bottom ponds need to be drained and cleaned out regularly to prevent crashing from the build up of sludge and decaying material lurking in the rocks. I have never done this in 6 years so I am always looking for ways to eliminate the problem. I vacuumed the pond bottom in the spring and had good success with that although it is slow going. After studying the articles at the Oxymax Products web page, I am convinced that a venturi is the answer to dealing with this problem. A properly sized venturi and pump combo can provide the oxygenation and agitation required to release harmful gases and move solids up into the filter system. The amount of agitation depends on the model of venturi and the size of the pump used. Obviously if you are agitating a lot, quite a bit of waste material will lift off the pond bottom and be suspended in the water. If your pond has a bottom drain, this will be a cinch to move the suspended waste to the filter.

I do not have a bottom drain. I have a traditional bio-falls and skimmer arrangement like many of you. The pond is 2200 gallons and is 30 inches deep. Vigorous agitation of the sludge on the bottom does not move it to the skimmer enough to be effective. Therefore, I decided to add a supplementary filter and pump to compliment the venturi set up. (read the article below on Cyprio Titan and Matala BioSteps 10)

The model MEG 2 from Oxymax is a duel output venturi with a long vertical air tube . See it on their web page. In order to get adequate agitation on the pond bottom at 30 inches deep, Oxymax recommends a pump with at least 28 ft. of head pressure. I chose the Pondmaster Pond-Mag 50 which claims to have a head rating of 28 feet and moves water at 5000 gallons per hour. This is a great combination! The pump really puts out a lot of air bubbles and turbulence when fitted with the MEG 2 . That high head rating is really important and you can see the difference when you place it at different levels in the pond. I am running it on the bottom at about 30 inches deep.

At 475 watts I am reluctant to use it 24 hours a day. I have been running it at night when the oxygen levels start to deplete, and shutting it down during the day. It definitely works! The rocks on the bottom are certainly cleaner as you can see them more now than before. I move the unit around the pond from time to time to insure that it gets good coverage. The air tube has an adjustable knob on it at the top that allows you to control the intensity of the aeration. I run it about ¾ of the way open and you cannot believe how much action you get! You might think that this would cause your pond to become a murky mess of junk but amazingly, it does not! I think since the unit is sitting in one place at any give time, it works that area, not the whole pond bottom. This allows the filter system to keep up with the cleaning action of the venturi. Running it full open may change that balance but I have decided to keep it at the ¾ setting for this first test. After running it for several nights in one location there is noticeable improvement in the looks of the pond bottom. Moving the venture device around the pond is like cleaning a section at a time.

To summarize: Using a venturi in your pond will do the following: Increase the amount of oxygen in your pond. Help remove CO2, chlorine gas, odors, and hydrogen sulfides. Enhance the metabolism of your fish in warmer water giving them more energy, increasing their appetites and activity. Boost the circulation of water at lower levels in the pond. Increase the clarity of your water and the cleanliness of the rock bottom pond.And yes it is true, your fish will become more active, even on those incredibly hot days! They LOVE playing in the bubbles coming from the venturi!



Submitted by Tim Nolan

I have found a nice combo of filter and pump for smaller ponds. I am currently using it as a supplemental filter system in conjunction with my MEG2 Venturi setup. (See article above on VENTURI !)

There has been a lot of press lately about the Matala brand filter material. It is a woven thermopoly propylene compound (plastic? ) available in rolls or cut sheets. Offered in various degrees of density, you can choose exactly what you need for you filtering situation. It works well as replacement material in many existing filter setups.

You can read all about the history of Matala Filter Material here:

http://www.matalausa.com/characteristics.html

I needed a good filter box that could be used to remove the particles of suspended matter that would be stirred up by my venturi setup. I did not want to build my own…..been there…tried that. Neither did I want to invest a large amount of money in a big heavy duty external system. I currently use a commercial bio-falls and skimmer arrangement. My system does not have a bottom drain so I needed something to take the place of that, thus augmenting my falls and skimmer. I wanted something I could use intermittently on occasion and then put away without a ton of work.

Enter the MATALA BIOSTEPS 10 gravity fed cross flow filter box! Wow is this thing tailor made for me or what? A sturdy black box containing 6 pieces of that wonderful Matala filter material in progressive densities. Non pressurized, one input and two outputs, functions as a mechanical and biological filter, and large enough to handle a pond up to 2600 gallons. Easy to handle and reasonably priced. Available with UV light if desired. Ask me where to get it cheapest!

See it here: http://www.matalausa.com/biosteps.html

Be sure to click on the “Slide Show” link to see a very effective demonstration of how well this filter box really works. I can tell you that it is doing a great job of filtering without clogging up. In addition, the mats are very rigid and are quite easy to clean and flush out. These boxes can also be piggy backed if you need more filtration.

I wanted a pump that could handle some solids without going to a big chopper type with high wattage and a high flow rate. I think I found a perfect match in the Cyprio Titan 800 pump. It’ s rated at 800GPH, has a 15 foot cord, will handle particles up to 1/6” in diameter and is only 30 watts. Not to mention it contains no oil, has a 3 year guarantee, and is reasonably priced! Looks like a UFO but hides well in the pond!

See one here: http://www.pondsonline.com/cytitan.htm

So far this pump and filter combo has been working nicely. It is keeping up withthe venturi and supplementing my regular system very well.



Eastern Iowa Pond Society Membership Application



October 27
2 pm
Pat & Wayne Bueter
318 Mill St
Walker, IA
319-448-4147

November 10
5:00 pm @ Cooper’s Mill
Cedar Rapids, IA
Recognition & Election Night

Agenda: Business Meeting: 30-40 minutes
Program: 30-45 minutes
Tour of host’s pond/water features: 40-60 minutes

All locations and topics are subject to change. Read your monthly newsletter for details and updates.


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