Water Clarifier

By · Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Water Clarifier

If you are installing a filter to keep water clean your pond, you will have a basic choice between a mechanical filter and a biological filter. In addition you can also use a UV clarifier or sterilization to help clear cloudy water.

There are biological filters that are similar to filters mechanical and chemical filters, and even vegetables homemade filters.

What does all this jargon mean?

Mechanical filters

A mechanical filters trap dirt and debris and prevent water pollution in the pond. The most Simple has a screen on the inlet side of the pump that catches all the mud. Other more complicated types are more similar to the filters used in pools that often using a sand filter to remove all dirt.

Mechanical filters are based on different types of media, ranging from the foam and screens mesh and brushes, to literally strain and trap dirt and Gunge. While it is true that mechanical filters tend to clog easily, you can use mechanical pre-filter between the pond water and the pump stop bits, large debris and dirt from blocking the system.

A disadvantage of filters mechanics is that in general will have to spend much time cleaning them. But they are generally well-priced and therefore affordable.

Filters biological

The main difference between mechanical and biological filters is that the latter are designed with a filter bed containing live bacteria that actually do the job of breaking down harmful substances in water and its conversion into the stuff that plants can absorb and literally feed.

Biological filters should be cleaned only every four to eight weeks and the process is usually a quick one. In fact, if you clean too going to eliminate valuable bacteria that do the job of keeping your pond water clear and clean.

But one thing to remember about the biological filters, and is the pump that keeps water flowing through the filter must be fed all the time. If water does not flow through the filter, it will not work.

Other filters

You will also find a combination biological filters, mechanical and chemical filters that clean water through its distribution (with the help of a pump) through some type of activated carbon as the zeolite. And then there are combination chemical biological filters.

Filters vegetables are in the form of small tubes or small ponds that are connected to the garden pond. They are well planted and the plants absorb the nutrient surpluses the main gap, reducing algae. But if there is a lot of plants in the pond itself, this type of DIY filter will not make much difference.

If you are using a pond pump submersible reasonably small, you can also make a very efficient pre-filter by placing the bomb in a basket Planting has been half-filled with sand-gravel free.

UV clarifier or sterilizer

The Pond UV filters, it should be used in combination with either a mechanical or biological filter is a high-tech option relatively high. These filter aids are made with an ultraviolet (UV) bulb that is in a clear waterproof case. Then, when the algae, bacteria and viruses in water are exposed to UV light, simply die.

The UV light also encourages organic matter to clump together so that it is easier for the filter itself to trap dirt.

Barry Graham writes on a variety of topics of pond maintenance and pond including pond filtration.

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