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FILTERS - Link to Aqua UV Web Site
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Aqua UV Ultima II filters were designed after study of the natural filtering action of ocean reefs, contain special types/shapes of plastic filter media (this type of filter is called a "bubble bead" filter since the water bubbles/flows through the VERY tiny spaces between and around the layer of media) to combine mechanical and biological filtering, and make cleaning the filter as easy as switching a selector dial from 'filter" to "flush" as often as needed. The filter body is based on the HAYWARD swimming pool filter, well-proven to stand the test of time, with internals and media custom designed for fish ponds by Aqua UV of UV light fame.
Plumbing the filter is as easy as connecting the input line (from the pump) the output line (to the pond) and the waste line. Since the filter is enclosed and pressurized, you may bury the filter (all except the valve assembly) and the output may also rise (not too high, or you will reduce the flow!) if you want your water to go back to the pond over a waterfall.
Flushing the filter is as easy as turning the rotary valve from filter to flush, for as long as it takes for the water to run clear in the sight bowl. Actual flush time will vary, depending on the size of your pond and the amount of waste captured in the filter. (Follow the Flushing instructions that come with the filter, as "getting lazy" and not flushing often enough WILL lead to problems!)
Special Note About How Long to Backflush
The waste line coming from the filter's valve has a "sight bowl" to watch the waste water, so you may see when the water runs clear to know when to stop the backflush operation
For our personal filters, I decided the sight bowl was not enough to clearly see the amount of waste in the water, and bought a couple feet of CLEAR PVC to put in the waste line for better viewing
Go to Link to Aquaticeco and search the store for Clear PVC (Note - the 1.5 inch product is part number C104)
Please note that you MUST HAVE, at a minimum, a "priming pot" with a strainer basket on the intake of your pump to catch twigs and leaves, small rocks or other "hard debris" that could clog your filter. The filter is designed to trap fish waste, not leaves. The mechanical filtration of fish waste is performed as water flows through the VERY tiny spaces around the media, while biological filtration is performed by the beneficial bacteria that live on the surface of the media and eat the fish waste.
Selecting a Pump
When selecting a pump for a bead filter, which has a natural tendancy to build a "jelly-like mat" of fish waste on the beads, you need to have a pump with enough "push" to break up the "mat" during backflush... which then may be somewhat more pump than is needed for normal filtering
To solve this conundrum, you may need to put a T in the line between the pump and the filter (this is on the pressure side, not the suction side where water is pulled into the pump) with a valve on one side of the T that will let some of the pump's flow go directly back to the pond (or to a waterfall)... and then close that T-valve when you want all the water to go through the filter to have enough "push" to successfully perform a backflush
The exact pump you select to go with your filter will depend on the size of your pond and filter, and the distance you need to move water from the pump to the filter, with a filter a greater distance from the pump needing a larger pump to insure enough water flow both for filtration and for a backflush
Of course, the KEY to successful backflushing of any bead filter is not to get "lazy and contented" by the good job the filter does, and wait too long between backflushes (Follow the Flushing instructions that come with the filter, as "getting lazy" and not flushing often enough WILL lead to problems!)
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