Simplify Your Life by Retrofitting with a Pressure Filter

We receive these calls several times a season – one of our existing Pond Service customers has had it. They want us to come over, drain the pond, pull everything out, and fill it with dirt. Their pond has become too much work and they simply no longer enjoy it. In most cases the problem is the time and effort needed to maintain their waterfall filter.
Waterfall filters are notoriously high maintenance. The mechanical filtration is typically 3 to 4 stacked filter pads in varying densities. Some waterfall filters also have biological filtration with bio-balls or lava rocks in a mesh bag. To clean waterfall filters, the pond owner has to pull each pad out and clean them manually. When these pads are dirty, there is a thick coating of sludge and muck. Each dirty pad can weigh in excess of 50 pounds.
To make matters worse, if the customer is on municipal water, they cannot simply hose off the pads. This is because “tap water” contains chloramines, which are a combination of chlorine and ammonia.  Chloramines will kill all the beneficial bacteria that has colonized on the filter pads, setting the pond back weeks. Customers on tap water need to use buckets of pond water to clean the filter pads, which is a real chore.
We have had great success walking our customers back from the edge by recommending the pond be retrofitted with a pressure filter. These filters are incredibly easy to maintain – turn the pump off, turn the dial on the filter to back flush, turn the pump back on and your done! If the pressure filter uses internal pads you will need to change the pads everything 3 years or so, but it is simple and low cost. 
Pressure filters are easy to install in just about any current pond set-up, and some models (like the Oase Filtoclear) can be buried with the top concealed by a cover rock. Also, we don’t remove the existing waterfall filter. We just remove the pads and use it as a waterfall spillway. Since the customer no longer needs access, the top of the waterfall spillway can be permanently covered with landscape rocks or faux cover rocks.
There a two general types of pressure filters – biomechanical filters and bead filters. Choosing which type depends on 3 primary considerations: 1) Size of pond and fish load. For ponds over 4,000 gallons, or over 2,000 gallons with a very high fish load, you will need to go with a bead filter; 2) Is concealing the filter important? If the size of your pond allows you to use a biomechanical filter, these can be almost entirely concealed by burying the filter. Bead filters must sit on top of the ground; 3) If you use an external pump, you will need to go with a bead filter.
Oase FiltoClear – The Best Biomechanical Filters
In our opinion, the Oase FiltoClear line are the best biomechanical filters. They are very well-designed, simple to install and maintain, and all models come with an integrated UV.
Oase FiltoClear 3000 – for ponds up to 3,000 gallons with no fish, to 750 gallons with a heavy fish load.
Oase FiltoClear 4000for ponds up to 4,200 gallons with no fish, to 1,000 gallons with a heavy fish load.
Oase FiltoClear 8000 – for ponds up to 7,900 gallons with no fish, to 2,000 gallons with a heavy fish load.
Aqua Ultima II – The Best Bead Filters
The Aqua Ultima II line of bead filters starts with the Ultima II 1,000 for ponds up to 1,000 gallons, and tops off with the Aqua Ultima II 30,000 for ponds up to 30,000 gallons.
View the entire line of Aqua Ultima II Filters HERE.