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BubbleBead Filter Siting and Setup

Full details are given in the User’s Guide supplied with each filter
These are also available from the Support/Downloads section on this site.
A summary is given here:

Siting the Filter

The filter can be sited remotely if required
e.g. behind bushes, in a garden shed, garage or outhouse.

The filter does not require an excavation.
High mounting positions can even enhance the gravity powered backwash process.

Manual/XS Models can be sited above or below the adjacent pond level. Hydraulic Valve Models can only be sited above the adjacent pond level.

Ideally the filter needs to be sited in reach of a drain or sump.

If sited some way from a drain, or below drain level, water can be directed to a sump tank where an automatic sump-pump redirects the water to waste. This waste-water can be used to irrigate gardens providing no salt or chemicals are used in the water.

Choosing a Pump

BubbleBead Filters are excellent at removing fine solids from the water. As with all bead filters, the internal strainers can clog with larger debris such as blanketweed, leaves and pine needles. These must be removed before water is pumped into the filter.

We stipulate the use of a strainer capable of removing all solids
larger than 2 mm.
Many submersible and surface pumps are already fitted with suitable strainers, but ‘solids handling’ designs with coarse strainers will require additional pre-straining.
Options are listed on the Accessories page.

A number of submersible pond pumps are suited to running BubbleBead filters, but do check that the pump chosen has sufficient maximum head (at least 4.0 m), and sufficient flow at the working head. External swimming pool pumps can also be used. A pressure release bypass is essential if using pumps with heads of over 10m (7m on XS models). See the User’s Guide for full details.

If in doubt about the best pump to use, download our suggested pump list in our downloads area.

Returning Filtered Water to the Pond

Filtered water should be directed back to the pond through large bore tubing

The water is aerated e.g. by directing down a cascade.
Some models have integral venturi-aeration on the filter outlet.

If desired, the returning water can be fed through UV units and/or additional filtration.

Fittings and Pipework

Connect using solid solvent weld piping or flexible hose of sufficient diameter.

Site the filter so as to allow access for maintenance.
We strongly recommend using dismountable connections in the pipework.
This simplifies any future maintenance or relocation of the filter.

The inlet and outlet fitting sizings for each model are noted in the relevant Users Guide - see our downloads section.

Fittings can usually be adapted with converters as required. Contact your dealer for advice.

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