||Pondmaster Pumps are an essential part of keeping your pond moving and filtering. Pondmaster prefilters and filter kits keep your pump working freely and efficiently.
When you purchase a Pond-Mag pump it comes with a prefilter/strainer. This is a basic 'keep the water moving' style prefilter; not intended to clean your water as much as it is designed to deliver particle baring water to your exterior filter, statuary, fountain, fish tank or Ultra-Violet Clarifier unit.
If you choose to clean a bit more efficiently then foam and sponge block prefilters are available to slip into the same position on the pump. Filter block 'donuts' are also available for the Mag-drive 140 and the 190. This wrap-around square donut-style filter is good for very small applications such as barrels and ponds smaller than 50 gallons. Typically most foam block filters are adequate filtration for tanks and small ponds with only a couple small fish. Keep in mind, most average pond fish mature to sizes in length ranging from 8" all the way to 28". You need to plan ahead.
If you plan on keeping fish past their 'small' season then also plan on using a filter tray containing washable and replaceable filter pads. The Pondmaster 190 Filter kit and the Filter Tray 500, 1000 and 2000 all utilize these highly effective pads. The Pondmaster 500 tray is available individually and fits Pond-Mag pumps 250gph thru 500gph. The filter tray 1000 and 2000 can be purchased individually or as part of a Pondmaster Filter Kit. The pads come in various sizes, weaves and materials. Carbon is one very important pad to use along with a course pad particularly if you have fish.
Pondmaster also makes replacement pads for their skimmers, pressure filters and biological filter falls as well as filter media peices ( biological media ) for waterfall units and pressure filters.
Bio-media is designed to be incorporated into your water-way somewhere (in most cases inside your waterfall unit or pressure filter ) and left undisturbed until it becomes impassable with organic muck containing beneficial bacteria which cleans your water on a bio-chemical level. At that point it can be washed and reused which is recommended for 2-3 seasons or simply replace it if dealing with the 'not so pretty side' of your pond is not for you...
Northland Gardens sells all of the available Pondmaster Filter replacement media, pads and parts. Most filter media is also available 'Buy the Case' for added savings.