A: In just about every pond keeper's life, the time comes when they want (or need) to upgrade their filtration system. Whether they're looking for a filter that will handle a higher fish load, a system that has UV light built right in, or one that'll efficiently skim out leaves falling from that overgrown maple tree, a new filtration system can improve water quality – and give hobbyists a fun new water garden gadget to play with.
Ready to check out some options? Below, we've outlined several upgrade choices for your pond filtration system.
- In-Pond Filtration Systems: The ClearSolution G2 Filter System is an ideal upgrade for ponds 1,250 gallons or less. This unit uses mechanical and biological filtration media to remove large debris and dissolved organics, while a powerful ultraviolet clarifier clears discolored water. The system also features a compact energy-efficient mag-drive pump, which circulates water through the filtration system and discharges it through a fountain head attachment or a diverter valve. You can upgrade your filter and add a fountain!
- External Pressurized Filters: For those with larger ponds up to 4,500 gallons, the AllClear G2 Pressurized Filtration Systems offer mechanical, biological and ultraviolet filtration in an efficient, economical filtration unit – but it also includes a back-flush system that allows you to clean the filter with the turn of a dial and rinse away waste water and debris via a discharge outlet. The AllClear G2 Pressurized Filtration system with SolidFlo Pump is great upgrade for existing ponds with high fish populations.
- Waterfall Filter Boxes: Add a water feature to your pond while stepping up your filtration with a waterfall filter box, like the ClearSpring Mini Waterfall Filter. The unit houses Bio-Balls and two filter pads of varying density for maximum filtration. For the waterfall pattern, you can choose between two included weir options – a traditional smooth sheet-like surface and a ribbed pattern. FPT inlets are located on both sides of the waterfall box so plumbing can enter from either side or to join multiple boxes together.
- Skimmer Boxes: A skimmer is a practical upgrade in ponds with a lot of leaves. If your pond requires a high-volume pump that you want to hide, or if you want to add some extra mechanical filtration, check out the ClearSkim Skimmer. This unit includes a large removable debris net and an automatically adjustable weir door for maximum surface cleaning.
A new filtration system is a great investment in your hobby. Whichever you choose, have fun and enjoy the upgrade!