AquaBead 2.5 cu. ft. Filter


Universal Aquabead Features: This is the filter that revolutionized the bead filter world. Meet the AquaBead Filter. The Industry standard for Bea…

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Universal Aquabead Features:

This is the filter that revolutionized the bead filter world. Meet the AquaBead Filter. The Industry standard for Bead Filter.

All of the AquaBead filters utilize the AquaSwirl Internal Vortex spinning design that spins heavier solids to the center of the bottom of the vessel. This way the filter doesn’t load up with solids. When a filter “loads up” it ceases to perform at its peak. The AquaBead’s goal is to spin the heavier solids to the center where a calm area exists. The solids wait there until the operator opens the AquaBead Sludge Drain Valve. This is opened with the pump running, which causes the solids to be purged out to waste under pressure from the pump. This unique feature of the AquaBead enables it be an extremely efficient filter, because an efficient filter doesn’t hold solids, it gets rid of them. Opening the valve for just a few seconds is all that is needed. The specially chosen union ball valve is designed so that in a few years should the ball valve seize up, it can easily be removed and cleaned or just replace the worn parts. No need to get out the hacksaw and start cutting with the AquaBead. We have designed it to provide customer satisfaction not only when new, but down the road when servicing is needed.

Bead filters are close to perfect, some more than others, but one problem no one has addressed until now is, how to keep the bacteria alive in the filter in case you need to do a medical bypass or in case your pump should fail you. The AquaBead conquers this dilemma with the AquaBead Life Support System. This life support system known as “ALISS” will keep the bacteria alive indefinitely. On the front of the multiport valve is a special one way valve that will allow air in, but keep water from seeping out. With the water pump shut down, just slip an airline from your koi pond air pump onto the barbed fitting on the front of the Multiport valve and life giving oxygen is pumped into the tank for the bacteria to survive, while the beads are gently being tumbled within the filter to make sure all of the bacteria get a “breath of fresh air”. This eliminates the need to have to “cycle” the filter again. Another AquaBead 1st.

Another item that shows long range customer satisfaction commitment is the Clear Union Spring Check Valve located right under the blower. If you will notice the spring check valve is a large 2″ unit for maximum flow and has unions built into the valve. Why is this special? If you should ever have to replace the spring check valve, it is no big deal. Just unscrew the top and bottom of the valve, remove the valve body, replace with a new body and re-hand tighten the two unions. Total time – maybe 2 minutes. No frustration with getting out the hacksaw again.

The AquaBead Bead Agitator is a dynamo powerhouse of air output. What does it do? During normal running of the filter the beneficial bacteria causes the beads to be sticky (that’s good). In the normal running of the filter algae and other solids combine with the sticky beads to try and form a “glue” that glues the beads together. At the same time the algae and other solids combine and grow larger as time goes by. To properly get them out of the filter when it is backwashed, we need to break this bead “pac” apart and pulverize the solids to a small size again so we can backwash them out of the filter. That’s the job of the AquaBead Bead Agitator. When you kick this 1.5 HP powerhouse into action, humongous amounts of air (over 100 cu. ft. per min.) are injected at the bottom of the filter where the air then rises and as it does “breaks apart the bead pac”, thus allowing for a good backwash to be engaged at this point. What goes on inside is a violent rushing of air into the vessel breaking apart the bead pac, but not so hard as to disrupt the beneficial bacteria growing on the beads.

The AquaBead filters were designed to be the most energy efficient filters on the market. How? Inside is more than double the lateral surface area, where the upper beads gather around the slots in the lateral arms, than that used on any other filter. Couple this with the highest flow multi-port valve on the market and you have a filter that was designed to be energy efficient. By implementing these design characteristics, the filter can save the end user hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs. A smaller more energy efficient pump can be used to handle ponds that would normally have to have larger energy “hog” pumps to turn the pond over at the suggested rates.

One of the things about the AquaBead that you are sure to love is the fact that, if you should ever need to gain access to the internals of the filter, it’s no big deal. The filter comes with a special wrench that fits over the top cap and allows you to unscrew the cap and gain access. Did you notice I did not say to “unhook your plumbing”? With some bead filters, who use top mount valves, it is necessary to unhook the plumbing to get inside. Not fun!

Let’s take a look at the body of the filter. It is made of fiberglass. It costs more than plastic and is better than plastic. It is rated at 50 psi.
What about the Guarantee? Limited LifeTime with a few minor exclusions. That’s right, not 10 years prorated or non-prorated. Limited LifeTime!

AquaBead Sizing Information

AquaBead 2.5 AquaBead 4.25 AquaBead 6.0 AquaBead 9.0

2.5 cu. ft.
125 lbs. of fish
5,000 gal pond
Up to 70 GPM

4.25 cu. ft.
225 lbs. of fish
10,000 gal pond
Up to 90 GPM

6.0 cu. ft.
300 lbs. of fish
17,000 gal pond
Up to 120 GPM

9.0 cu. ft.
450 lbs. of fish
25,000 gal pond
Up to 180 GPM

Note: It normally takes 5-7 days before these filters are shipped out.

Additional information

Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in