I have a pond, 6 ft round. I used a milk crate, put the pump in it, and covered it with a blue furnace filter pad thingie. It works great. Keeps the pond clean. rinses out nicely.
Now for the problem. It seems after a couple months in the water, whatever is holding the 'fibers' together (glue?) is not working, and the little blue 'strands' are coming apart.
So wondering if anyone has suggestions for a covering to wrap the box in, that will be fish safe, and not come apart?
Not to mention, cheap lol. I don't want to go broke doing this. Someone mentioned barley pads? But I couldn't find those locally.
Try wrapping the whole crate in plastic screening (available at home improvement and hardware stores). This not only helps with filtering but would also keep your "little strands" in place. I buy the cheapest bulk filter (comes on a roll) at Ace Hardware. They will cut it to size for you. Never had it come apart. Been using the same pieces for years. Just back wash with garden hose at end of season and store for the winter.
Yes, FrillyLily -the plastic window screen. . It is very pliable and readily molds to the shape of your milk crate (which is exactly what I use for my pumps). I place more than one pump in some crates, for feeding spitters for example. I can go an entire season (short here on the frozen tundra) without having to dig around trying to clear intake valves on the pumps. Anything that speeds up maintenance. I like to spend my time working on new things rather than maintenance on existing things. Happy water gardening!.
I dont know how big your pump is, but I found milk crate shaped cubes at the dollar store (in black) but theyre only maybe 10x10 inches? I put my smaller pump inside my smaller crate, and then put it inside a normal milk crate, and filled the space between the 2 crates with those body scrubber thingys you get for free in every gift basket. Theyre plastic, so don't fall apart, sift out large debri that gets into your pump, and can be hosed off easily. Walmart has them for a dollar if you can't collect enough for free.
I use this foam used for making baby crib bumpers. I add it to the intake filter basket to pick up fine particles. Can be split in half as it is pretty thick and rinsed and reused several times before disposing. It is amazing what it collect! Yuck!
FrillyLily - No matter what you use as filter material, make sure it is not so thick as to restrict the intake. That would over-burden the pump (shorter life) and also lessen your output. Run your pump with and without the proposed filter, the results will guide you.