David Collins, the one that wrote this little article is from France. He has been writing about the Anoxic Filtration system for many years now on Koi Forums to let everybody know just how good the Anoxic Filtration System really is. How big are his fish you may ask: 25-32"(63- 76 centimeters) long. Not only that but his pond is very overcrowded, too.
I converted my 45,000lts (11887.75 US gallons) Koi pond to an Anoxic filter on 6th June 2011 and have had no problems. I have only cleaned it twice, the first time after 556 days because there was mulm on top of the baskets and the last time was 4th October 2013 to start with a clean filter when I fitted a rotating drum cleaner.
And so onto today.
I decided that as some of the Koi were looking a bit full of eggs, I’d encourage them to release them - so popped the brushes in. Woke up the next morning to what can only be described as a hell of a mess. Fortunately after 4 or 5 hours of egg laying there followed 8 hours of egg eating. This pattern continued for 6 days. On the positive side it meant no food for 6 days but left my good water trashed……..
My Ammonia (NH3) was up from 0.32mg/L to 1.64mg/L. Not dangerous at 23°C (73.4°) and 6.8 pH but not to my liking. Nitrite on the other hand was up from 0.17mg/L to 1.03mg/L. So to panic or not? Dr. Roddy Conrad of USA fame says don’t panic so that’s what I did, no salt and no water changes.
What I did do was continue the ‘do not feed’ feeding regime and conduct some daily monitoring with the Hanna HI83203. From the first day the parameters started to fall, the NH3 by 20% per day and the NO2 by 25% per day. Five days later I’m back to feeding 500grms of 44% protein food with NH3 at 0.4 mg/L & NO2 at 0.18mg/L.
Conclusion? The Anoxic filter system is without a doubt the best filter in the world. Everybody should have one.
The photo will give you some idea on just how murky the pond water will become after a spawning. Photo taken from internet archives.