How to Choose the Right Bead Filter for your Koi Pond

A side-by-side comparison of the best-selling pond bead filter systems on the market today

Elite Bead Filters are designed for Koi ponds up to 6,000 gallons.

There are several quality bead filter systems available designed for use in outdoor Koi ponds.  Pressurized bead filters can help to achieve healthy, clear water while also being easy to maintain.  Offering a relatively small footprint compared to other pond filter types, bead filters are also extremely popular when limited space is a concern.  Many popular pressurized bead filter systems can also be partially buried, allowing them to be easily hidden within the landscape of your pond.  For maximum performance, external pond pumps are highly recommended for use with any bead filter.  With so many choices available, it can be difficult for many pond owners to identify which option is the right choice for their specific needs.  The purpose of this article is to provide a side-by-side comparison of the features and performance specifications of some of today’s most popular pond filters.

When evaluating these systems, it is important to distinguish premium quality bead filters which feature a built in air blower from economy bead filtration systems lacking this feature.  An air blower serves as a media agitator during backwash, helping to effectively remove fish waste and other debris from your filter while optimizing water quality.  The value of this media agitator grows exponentially the longer you have a filter.  Without an air blower, it will gradually take longer and longer to clean your filter as the bio media begins to clump.  Many pond owners who purchase these budget pond filter systems ultimately decide to replace the bio media entirely or upgrade to a system which includes a blower.  Assuming weekly maintenance tasks are completed, bead filters without air blowers can still do an excellent job for even highly stocked ponds.

 

Best-Selling Bead Filter Systems with Air Blower / Media Agitator
Filter

Advantage Bead Filter

AlphaONE Filter

AquaDyne Filter

Manufacturer

Sacramento Koi

GCTek

Koi Camp

Air Blower HP

2

1.5

1

Pond Sizes (Gallons)

5,000 – 15,000

5,000 – 25,000 Gallons

1,200 – 28,000

Max Pond Size (Gallons)

15,000

25,000

28,000

Warranty

Lifetime

Lifetime

Lifetime

Tank Construction

Reinforced Fiberglass

Reinforced Fiberglass

Reinforced Fiberglass

Bio Media

Advantage Bio Media

AlphaOne Bio Media

AquaDyne Bio Media

Low Head Version Available?

No

Yes

No

Clear Dome Lid Included?

Yes

Yes

No

One Year Satisfaction Guaranteed Included

Yes

No

No

Shipping Cost

Varies ($100 – $500)

Free

Free

Price

$1,975.50 – $2695.50

$1,790.96 – $3,071.25

$962.35 – $5,494.80

 

 

Best-Selling Bead Filter Systems without Air Blower / Media Agitator
Filter

Elite Bead Filter 2000 – 6000

Ultima II Filter 2000 – 6000

Manufacturer

Elite Pumps

Aqua Ultraviolet

Pond Sizes (Gallons)

2,000 – 6,000

2,000 – 6,000

Inlet / Outlet (Inches)

1.5 / 2

1.5 / 2

Optional Air Blower Upgrade Available?

Yes

No

Larger Filter Models Available?

No

Yes

Bio Media

Elite Bio Media

Aqua UV Media

Choice of Floating / Sinking Media?

Yes

No

Warranty Period

2 Years

1 Year

Shipping Cost

Free

Free

Price

$489.95 – 969.95

$623.00 – $1,267.00

We hope you have found this article informative and useful.  If you would like free expert assistance choosing the right bead filter system for your Koi pond, contact the pond experts at PondDealer.com today at (213) 255-5749.  Pond Dealer offers the largest selection of quality pond supplies and water garden equipment at manufacturer-direct prices.  Fast, same day free shipping is available on most items in their massive inventory.  Visit them today at www.ponddealer.com.

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