BioFalls are very simple yet effective fish pond filtration systems that don't require much care. However, spring is the perfect time to check on those filter pads to see if they may need replacing. The filter pads are cleaned a few times a year but are quite frequently forgotten about. What really determines if you can reuse these pads or if you should just replace them?
Initial Filter Pad Inspection
Inspection of the BioFall filter pads is one of the items we check off on our Platinum and Gold Spring Services. In general the BioFall filter pads can last up to two years, we recommend not going more than two years on a set of pads.
What should you do?
Before you even potentially wast your time or water, check the filter pad for rips or tears. If you see none, check the strength of the filter pad. What rip it? Yes, try to rip it, but leave your Hulk strength at home. It really doesn't take much to rip that filter pad if its shot. If either of these happen, go invest in some new BioFilter filter pads, it's time.
Should your pads look good, aren't tearing, and you've replaced them within two years, rinse/wash those puppies down and use them another year.
Filter Pad Cleaning Tip:
Lastly, if your pond was a mess the prior year or is now and they pads are caked with pond sludge, replace them. No matter how much you clean and knock them off, they will be clogged. Clogged pads don't allow water to flow through them, essentially rendering the pads completely ineffective.
Recap: When to replace your BioFilter filter pads.
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