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Best Pressurized Pond Filter Reviews

If you’re looking for a pond filter, you have a few choices put in front of you. One is the choice between a gravity and a pressure filter. I want to explain a bit more about pressurized filter systems for ponds, so you can make an informed decision and get the best pressurized pond filter for your needs.

Top 5 Pressurized Pond Filter Reviews Comparison Table

Product Name

Image

Submersible or External

Filtration Type

Filter Capacity

Pump Compatibility

Backflush Cleaning?

Our Rating

XtremepowerUS 10000

XtremepowerUS 10000 koi Pond Pressure Bio Filter UV Sterilizer

External

Biological

Up to 4000 gallons

Max of 4000 GPH

Yes

#1
Editor Choice

Sun Grech CPF

Sun Grech CPF Pond Bio Pressure Filter (CPF-2500)

External

Biological and Mechanical

Up to 1600 gallons

Max of 1600 GPH

No

#3

TetraPond Flat Box Filter

TetraPond Submersible Flat Box Filter

Submersible

Mechanical

Up to 500 gallons

Max of 2000 GPH

No

#4

TetraPond Bio-Active Pressure Filter

TetraPond Bio-Active Pressure Filter

External

Biological and Mechanical

Up to 4000 gallons

Max of 4500 GPH

Yes, with minimum of 2500 GPH

#2

Jebao CF-10 Pressured Pond Filter

Jebao CF-10 Pressured Pond Bio Filter with 13W UVC Clarifier

External

Biological and Mechanical

Up to 4000 gallons

Max of 3000 GPH

Yes

#5

Benefits of a Pressurized Filter for Your Pond

What makes pressurized filters a good choice? Here are some of the benefits that you’re going to get from the right filter system:

Place it Anywhere

External pressure pumps are not limited to where they can be placed around your pond. Since a pressure pump doesn’t need to be placed above the water level to work right, you can put in anywhere around your pond. Some people put them below the water level, into pits around the area, or farther away from the pond. It’s up to you where you want to put it, because the pressurized water feed will help the water return to the pond wherever it comes from.

Help Aerate the Water

Pressurized water is more likely to add air back into the water, especially since it’s easier to make a water feature from a pressurized filter (more on that next!). If you pass the water through air before putting it back into the pond, you will be helping to add more breathable air for your fish and plants. Pressurized filters are

Great for Water Features

Gravity filter cannot be used for many water features, except some waterfalls. Pressure pumps are much easier to use for water features, because they can shoot water upwards to the level that it’s needed. This means they are a great choice for fountains and for waterfalls of many varying sizes. The only thing that restricts which water features you can pull off with a pressurized filter is the speed of the pump used for your system.

How to Choose the Best Pressurized Pond Filter

What makes one pressure filter different from another? Here are the most defining characteristics, and the things you should look at when you’re considering making a purchase:

Submersible or External

This is going to determine where your filter needs to be set up. It’s very common to find external filters that have to be placed in a dry area outside of the pond, but you may also come across submersible filters. External filters are usually easier to clean, but they may cause some noise and will not be particularly attractive.

Submersible filters usually get dirty faster, because you’ll have to clean the muck and mud off them regularly to keep them working well all the time. They do usually look better in the pond, since you won’t be able to see them well underwater. Also, they are generally quieter when running.

Filtration Type

There are three types of filtration systems, but only two are used in the average backyard pond. Mechanical and biological filtration are both useful for keeping your water clean and clear, but they do it in different ways that may impact your pond more or less.

If you have any fish at all, especially decorative fish such as Koi fish, you will want a powerful biological filter along with a mechanical filter. Fish create a lot of mess, and will need better quality water to live a healthier life. A Koi pond filter system must be more powerful than that of a regular fish pond. If your pond doesn’t have any fish or just has a small fish load, you may get by with just mechanical filtration, which will simply sort out the small particles and debris before returning water to the pond.

Filter Capacity

Every filter that’s made has a certain pond size range it’s meant for. You should never buy a filter that’s rated for smaller ponds, because it just won’t be effective at cleaning or clearing up your water. Keep in mind that if you have fish, the rated filter capacity will become lower. The more fish you have, the more you should lower that capacity, because the filter will have a harder time keeping up with a heavy fish load than with no fish.

Pump Compatibility

Pumps and filters must work together in a pond maintenance system, especially with pressurized filters. You have to coordinate your filter and pump, because if you pump is too powerful it may overload your filter and cause it to break. Find out the range of flow rates your filter can handle and choose a pump that’s compatible. If you already have your pump, find a filter that’s compatible with the maximum flow rate of that pump.

Backflush Cleaning

This feature isn’t a necessity, but it can save you time and energy and make cleaning your filter a lot easier than normal. Basically, with you perform a backflush you will be sending a gush of water backwards through the filter to knock loose everything that’s caught inside. It will then be sent streaming out of a special valve from the filter, landing outside of the pond and harmless into the garden.

UV Sterilization

Again, this feature isn’t really a deal breaker for most people, but it’s still something nice to have. These special lights help to clump up algae so that they can be stopped more easily in the filter. It’s useful for making the water clearer, allowing you to enjoy your fish even more.

Conclusion

Finding the best pressurized pond filter isn’t as difficult as it sounds, as long as you have the right information! I would recommend checking out the XtremepowerUS 10000, because it’s got everything you need to get your pond on track. It doesn’t do mechanical filtration, but it has an effective bio filter that works even with powerful 4000 GPH pumps. It also has all the bells and whistles, like the backflush system and UV sterilization. This is a pump that will work for a lot of different ponds, and will be compatible with a lot of submersible pond pumps.

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Surendra - May 14, 2017

Hello,

I enjoyed your article. Thanks for writing it. I did not read your this , before I purchased a gravity external filter. It did not work in my setup and returning it today. Then I came across your article and am ordering Tetrapond pressurized filter with 13 W of uv lamp.

Question: how can I improve aeration in the pond. Can I feed air into the filter which feeds my waterfall ?

Thanks.
Surendra

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    Dianne T. Lampe - May 15, 2017

    Hi Surendra,

    It’s not necessary to add oxygen through the waterfall filter, because the waterfall itself is going to help a lot with aeration. To improve the aeration even more, you can add a separate aeration system that will bring oxygen in and bubble it out into the water from the bottom, or purchase an aeration pump. The aeration pumps are similar to regular pond pumps, but with the addition of an aeration system.

    If oxygen levels are a problem in your pond, you might also want to look at what’s going on organically. Having too many fish can reduce your pond oxygen levels a lot. Also, if you have a large number of plants on the bottom of your pond, or floating plants on top, that can also reduce oxygen levels.

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