The AlphaONE was first conceived over 3 years ago. About 2 years ago a test group was enlisted to help with testing and give feed back. In two years of testing "0" negative comments were recieved. Some of the test group were new pond owners and many were previous owners of different types of bead filters. The responses were unanimous: "We love it!"
What makes it different from a bead filter?
It can go for greatly extended times before flow slows down. There have been reports of people going for a month (with only a 2.5 model) with no slow down in flow or rise in pressure of the AlphaONE unit. (we do not advocate going for a month before backwashing, the best thing for your fish and your water quality is to backwash the filter often and remove the debris before it breaks down biologically.)
How does it work?
To answer this you have to understand the difference between bead filters and how they trap solids and how the AlphaONE accomplishes this task. Bead filters trap solids in the first few inches of the bead pac (causing clogging, flow disruption and pressure rises in the vessel) while the AlphaONE with its uniquely designed AlphaBioONE media stops the debris evenly through out the pac (resulting in greater flow, less head loss or back pressure, less maintenance.)
The polishing ability of the filter is one of it's most desirable features, based upon comments that have come into us from the field. The AlphaBioONE media was specially designed for this filter and this filter only. It is not something borrowed from another industry and used in the filter. Its design is unique in that it was not designed with "cross hairs" as some other specialty types of media use. We left those out because in a static bed the "cross hairs" can collect and hold debris until it becomes anaerobic. With the AlphaBioONE media there are no hidden areas for anaerobic bacteria, to harbor and stagnate, only beneficial bacteria. Take a look at the AlphaBioONE media and you'll see for yourself.
1.75 cu. ft. 90 lbs. of fish 2500 gal. pond Up to 50 GPM 19"x30"
2.5 cu. ft. 125 lbs. of fish 5000 gal. pond Up to 70 GPM 21"x34.5"
4.25 cu. ft. 225 lbs of fish 10,000 gal pond Up to 90 GPM 24"x35.5"
6.0 cu. ft. 300 lbs of fish 17,000 gal pond Up to 120 GPM 30"x40"
9.0 cu. ft. 450 lbs of fish 25,000 gal pond Up to 180 GPM 36"x45"