Homemade sand filter for a pond

Written by greg lindberg
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Pond filters available at local home and gardening stores include a hose and plastic filter that contains sand and other materials. Installing a filter is necessary for removing moss, sludge, algae and other organic material from your pond. You can save money by building your own pond sand filter using buckets, a water pump, PVC bulkhead hose and other filter items that will help to keep your pond water clean.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Drill
  • 2 buckets, 5-gallon
  • PVC bulkhead hose
  • Aquarium glue
  • Cotton bag
  • Sand
  • Small pebbles
  • Aquarium gravel
  • Pond filter media
  • Water pump

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  1. 1

    Use measuring tape to measure the drop of your pond where you want to place the homemade filter.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole in the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket that will fit a PVC bulkhead hosepipe connector.

  3. 3

    Use aquarium glue to connect the hosepipe to the bottom of the bucket, and allow at least 24 hours for the glue to dry.

  4. 4

    Place a cotton bag in a second 5-gallon bucket, and then add at least 5 inches of clean sand into the bucket.

  5. 5

    Tie the bag and then drill several small holes that are at least 2 inches apart into the bottom of the second bucket.

  6. 6

    Add a couple layers of small pebbles and a 1-inch layer of aquarium gravel over the bag of sand in the second bucket. Fill the rest of the bucket with pond filter media.

  7. 7

    Place the second bucket into the first bucket that connects to the hosepipe. Connect the other end of the PVC hosepipe to a water pump and start the pump after place your filter in the pond.

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