The Helix Bio-Mechanical Reactor is like no other standalone filter you have ever seen! It is revolutionary in its combined types of filtration for incredible effectiveness. This filter addresses biological filtration and mechanical filtration, which can handle all aspects of pond filtration -- even in ponds with very high fish populations. This filter uses back-flushable lava rock or similar media (not included) on the bottom half of the filter for significant mechanical filtration; it uses dynamically-aerated, highly-porous biological media in the top half of the filter for highly effective biological filtration. The mechanical portion is backwashed while adding air agitation from a standard wet/dry vacuum exhaust hose. The biological half of the filter is maintenance free, allowing beneficial bacteria to thrive in dense populations for effective breakdown of ammonia, nitrate, and nitrites FAST! Together these two half provide the best of both worlds - biological and mechanical filtration in a meaningful capacity.
FEATURES of the Bio-Mechanical Reactor:
NOTE: Compare the Helix Bio-Mechanical Reactor to the Moving Bed Waterfall Filter. They are related filters with one significant difference: the Moving Bed is 100% biological, with no particle or mechanical filtration at all. It is also virtually maintenance-free, but it is not a stand-alone filter. Every pond needs some form of filtration that traps or removes particulates. That is where the Bio-Mechanical Reactor takes over. In addition to significant aeration-assisted biological filtration, it has mechanical filtration (and therefore requires flushing out trapped particulates).
For best results, use the Bio-Mechanical Reactor wherever total filtration is needed. This filter, coupled with a skimmer, will provide everything you need for high-quality pond filtration with reasonable regular maintenance that is easily accessible outside the pond. For ponds that already have a bog, bead filter, undergravel filter grid or other mechanical filtration, the Moving Bed Waterfall Filter adds amazing biological capability without adding anything to your maintenance routine.
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