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Which Bead Filter System is the Best?

We receive quite a few inquiries from pond owners wondering which bead filter is the best choice for their specific needs.  Since every pond is different, there is no universally accepted “best” answer when it comes to choosing a bead filter.  For larger ponds, pressurized bead filters simply make sense as they can often deliver exceptional water quality while having a relatively small footprint.  As an added bonus, bead filters are also extremely simple to maintain.  And contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, we can also unequivocally tell you based on years of experience that yes, a properly maintained bead filter system can provide both excellent mechanical filtration as well as biological filtration for even highly overstocked Koi ponds.  The purpose of this article is to provide a side-by-side comparison of the leading bead filter systems on the market today, allowing our valued customers nationwide to make an informed purchasing decision. 

With so many pressurized bead filtration systems available in the marketplace it can be difficult for many pond owners to identify the right filter system for their specific needs and budget.  We generally choose to classify bead filtration systems into one of two categories -- professional bead filters or economy bead filters.  The main difference between a professional bead filter and an economy bead filter is the presence of an integrated air blower, which serves as a media agitator during backwash and significantly helps to remove fish waste, algae, and other toxic debris from pond water during backwash.  This results in a healthy ecosystem for Koi and other pond fish, while also helping to improve water clarity for the pond owner. 

Professional bead filters come standard with an integrated media agitator, while economy bead filters do not.  And as you might expect, because of this fact economy bead filters are commonly offered at a significantly lower price point than commercial quality bead filters.  When it comes to economy bead filter systems, the most popular systems available on the market today include Aqua Ultraviolet Ultima II Filters, GCTek PondKeeper Filters, and Elite Filters by Elite Pumps.  Some of the leading professional bead filters available in the USA include the popular line of GCTek AlphaONE and AquaBead Filters, AquaDyne Filters from Koi Camp, and Elite Genesis Filters.  We hope you will find the following information informative and helpful, and if you do please like us on Facebook.  And if you would like free professional assistance choosing the right bead filter for your specific needs, please contact us via our website at www.PondLeader.com.

Economy Bead Filter Comparison: Aqua Ultraviolet Ultima II Filters vs. GCTek PondKeeper Filters vs. Elite Filters

Professional Bead Filter Comparison: AlphaONE / AquaBead Filters vs. AquaDyne Filters vs. Elite Genesis Filters

Economy Bead Filter Analysis:

The Aqua Ultima II line of filters is the most popular bead filter system used for residential ponds.  These systems are available for ponds up to 100,000 gallons.  Introduced in 2013 by GCTek, PondKeeper Filters offer comparable performance to Ultima II Filters with a longer warranty.  Due to lack of an air blower, bio media can begin channeling over time in any economy bead filter if the filter is not properly maintained.  Weekly backwashing is generally all that is required to keep these systems performing at an acceptable level.  Elite Bead Filters by Elite Pumps are the most economically priced quality bead filters available in the USA market.  An optional media agitator upgrade kit is also available for Elite Filters upon request for an additional fee.  With this media agitator add-on it can be argued that long-term performance of Elite Filters rivals that of many professional bead filter systems.   

Professional Bead Filter Analysis:

GCTek, manufacturer of the popular line of AlphaONE and AquaBead Filters, is widely regarded as an industry leader in koi pond filtration.  Both filter lines are covered by a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.  Koi Camp AquaDyne Filters are sold worldwide and commonly used for a variety of aquaculture applications.  Retail prices for AquaDyne systems are significantly higher than other professional bead filter systems; however, for some models.  Elite Genesis Filters from Elite Pumps are the only professional pond bead filter systems on the market offered by dealers nationwide covered by an unconditional one year satisfaction guarantee.  This unmatched assurance of quality allows a pond owner to purchase and install a Genesis Filter on their pond with absolutely zero risk.  Due to their proven ability to provide exceptional water quality for highly stocked aquatic environments, Genesis Filters are also commonly used at commercial fish farms, including tilapia breeding facilities nationwide.  Like GCTek Filters, the popular line of Genesis Bead Filters is also covered by a limited lifetime warranty.   

Where to Buy:

You can purchase the complete line of Aqua Ultraviolet Aqua Ultima II Filters, Elite Filters, GCTek AquaBead, AlphaONE, and PondKeeper Bead Filters, Koi Camp AquaDyne Filters, and Elite Pumps Genesis Filters at Pond Leader.  In addition to fast, free shipping within the lower 48 states, Pond Leader also offers guaranteed lowest prices on the Web for every bead filter system offered in their massive inventory.