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Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3?

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1 Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:31 pm

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I'm thinking about buying one and wondered if anyone here uses one and what they think of it. :[IMG]/goldfish And if it sucks up the little fish will it hurt them?


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2 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:08 pm

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I ordered one and I am waiting for it to arrive.... It wouldn't think it would suck up fish unless they are very small and are hanging around on the bottom near the business end of the vacuum.

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3 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:19 pm

I have one and it works well. I imagine it would suck up small fish if they got too close to the working end. If a fish got sucked up it should survive the ordeal, but none of our fish have ever gotten close to the end.
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4 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:32 pm

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Thanks for the info guys. This will really save my aching back cuz it takes forever w/a net and draining half the pond every time. I found one on ebay through Webbs Watergardens........on ebay they use the name: National Pond Supply for $279. Does that sound like a good price w/ free shipping. ex[fish]


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5 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:03 am

thats a good price....you will be happy with it....the discharge hose is long and i like to run it into the flower beds while using it and the plants get the bonus fertilizer

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6 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:09 pm

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Very good idea Freddie. My plants will be happy for the fish poo ex[grow]


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7 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:51 am

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I have a very small pond and can't spend that amount on money for a pond vac. In the past I have used a shop vac very carefully avoiding the fish. It does not have a discharge so I have to stop to empty it every few seconds which is a real pain plus it has almost fallen in the pond a couple of times so it is a really dangerous thing to do.

I have been manually netting the bottom. Anyone know of any other devices or methods to clean the bottom? My pond is only 2 feet deep.


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8 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:28 pm

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Esther and her DH made a pond vac so talk w/ her about it. She's a real do it yourselfer queen ya know


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9 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:14 am

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That's right, JW thanks. I remember saw it at the other forum. It looked like a little more involved project than I wanted to attempt alone if I remember correctly. I will take another look at it.


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10 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:47 am

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Hey Mikey, The Pondovac 2 includes 2 extra vacuum style nozzles and a net for the discharge hose to catch large particles, such as leaves and blanket weed. Just in case you were wondering. ex[whistle]


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11 Vacs on Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:17 am

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jw wrote:Esther and her DH made a pond vac so talk w/ her about it. She's a real do it yourselfer queen ya know

I agree with JW, Esther is quite the handy lady. She can make almost any thing out of nothing. I really like her backyard PVC lazyboy lounge chair. The 55 gallon drum vac attachment is really amazing in the way she put it al together, and if it's alright with you Esther, I'm going to make one that fits on my shop vac.

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12 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:14 pm

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Sure OM, and by the way, I really didn't have any hand in making the pond vac. I did find the idea online and showed it to Pete and then got the barrel. I just stood back and watched him go to work. Pete is a Master Plumber so has had lots of exposure to construction.

I grew up on a farm so was always around DIYers. My mom rewired our farm house when I was about 10. Then she painted that texture paint on all the walls because the plaster was so cracked. She was always making something from scratch although never got into woodworking like me.

But see my X was an industrial arts teacher so I've always been around people who "did stuff". And I seem to have been born with the ability to "visualize" things and figure them out. So between what I can think up and what Pete can do, we usually do most anything we decide to do.

Right now it's something simple. It seems like so many of our tenants smoke and we don't want them smoking inside. So I want to make up some sort of ash/butt container that can sit on the deck for when they go outside to smoke. I looked all over the internet today and the stuff for sale ran from $40 to a couple hundred. I was just thinking of using an old coffee can and cut a hole in the top. Put sand in it and then they can dump the crud out when it gets full.


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13 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:52 pm

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I still haven't bought a pond vac yet but wondered if anyone has trouble w/ suction as I read somewhere that someone is having trouble w/ that.


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14 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:09 pm

I recently read some where that the company that makes the pond-o-vac is no longer going to export their products to the USA. You might want to reconsider your purchase or do a little more research before buying

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15 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:41 pm

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Freddie Peepers wrote:I recently read some where that the company that makes the pond-o-vac is no longer going to export their products to the USA. You might want to reconsider your purchase or do a little more research before buying

Good idea if that is the case Freddie. I'm in no hurry. I got along fine w/o one so far but someday it would be nice to have one to save time with cleaning ex[happy]


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16 Pond vac on Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:34 pm

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I'm like fishlipsmcgee, my pond is not big enough to justify me buying a pond vac. I can reach almost all of the bottum of my pond using a large fish net taped to a bloom handle. I also have one of those 'as seen on TV' grippers that helps me pick up single objects off of the bottum of the pond.

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17 Re: Any Ponder here use the Pond Vac 3? on Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:42 pm

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My pond is appx. 2500 gals and it would be nice to have one but w/ DH unemployed right now I will wait for another time. I bought another water pump that I can just set on the floor of the pond and suck out the bottom water and debris when it gets to looking dirty and then at the same time run fresh water in so the water stays pretty clean that way. I can use my long handled net to scoop out any big stuff or I could rig a tight knitted bag over the end of the discharge hose back into the pond to collect debris. W/o that extra pump I had to unhook the one pump and had to mess around w/ hooking it up to another hose etc. and it was way too much trouble. Now w/ the extra pump it saves lots of time and effort. Now I would like to get an air-stone for the pond to help w/ oxygen.


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