Updated May 29, 2019

The 6 Best Bead Filters

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6. Aqua Ultraviolet Ultima II 2000

5. AST Bubble Bead XS-2000

4. GC Tek AquaBead 2.5

3. AST Bubble Bead XS-500

2. Aquadyne Model 2.2BHE

1. Aqua Ultraviolet Ultima II 6000

Editor's Notes

May 19, 2019:

In looking at reliable bead filters I saw that I would have to broaden the range of filter capacities I reviewed. I also ultimately added a high efficiency product, Aquadyne Model 2.2BHE. Although this is the only HE product on the list, it fits into the grouping as a reliable option.

Most currently available bead filters have ease of backwash clean up in mind with varying system designs in place, such as cyclonic backwash (Aqua Ultraviolet Ultima II 2000), turning a 3 way valve to drain (Bubble Bead filter products), AquaBead Bead Agitator (GC Tek AquaBead 2.5), Dynamax air assisted backwash (Aquadyne Model 2.2BHE) and a patent pending to keep media from clogging (Aqua Ultraviolet Ultima II 6,000). It goes without saying that reliability and continuous operation are at the top of filter users' lists when it comes to keeping a pond clean. However, keeping hands clean and providing an uncomplicated process during backwash is at the top of the convenience list.


Last updated on May 29, 2019 by multiple members of the ezvid wiki editorial staff

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