Ahi Hydro Vortex Patented Backwashable Waterfall Filter

Small Pond Filter: Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Backflushable 16″ Waterfall Filter for Pond and Pondless Waterfalls

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$499.99

Small Pond Filter with 16″ wide Waterfalls Easy to Clean – Backwashable
For up to 1,000 Gallon Ponds and Waterfalls up to 3,000 GPH Flow Rate
Supports 3,385 grams of fish in 1,000 gallons of water

Hydro Vortex™ easy to clean waterfall pond filters feature a vortex for heavy solids removal, a bio filter stage for metabolizing dissolved organics, and superior water polishing. The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ waterfall filter lets you spend more time enjoying your pond or pondless waterfall and less time cleaning it. Patented design backwashes the bio media within the pond filter. Your choice of backwashing options: Manual, HydroFlush Self-Cleaning Backwash System, or ElectroFlush Electronic Self-Cleaning Backwash System.

The Most Efficient Small Waterfall Small Pond Filter
Easy to Clean – Completely Backwashable

Waterfall Pond Filters

SKU: HV-AHI

Product Description

Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter Features:

Small Pond Filter Ahi Hydro Vortex™ patented backwashable waterfall filter
  • Dimensions: 21¾" tall x 19¾"  wide x 19¼" front to back
  • For ponds up to 1,000 gallons
  • Waterfall flow rates up to 3,000 gph (50 gpm)
  • 16" waterfall width
  • Can be used in multiples for unlimited pond filtering
  • Can be used in multiples for unlimited waterfall widths and flow rates
  • 1.85 cubic feet of Hydro FilterSilk™ bio media
  • No additional media required
  • Completely backwashable – EASY TO CLEAN
  • No blower or air pump required for backwashing
  • Thick-walled heavy duty rotational molded HDPE construction
  • Solid Brass 1½" female threaded inlet
  • Solid Brass 1½" female threaded backwash drain outlet
  • Vortex Solids Seperator
  • Settling cone for debris capture
  • Backwash drain at bottom of Settling Cone
  • Media chamber above Vortex & Settling Cone
  • Lower diffuser grate
  • Upper diffuser grate
  • Easy to install liner gasket flange with no hard-to-disguise plastic lip
  • 316 Stainless Steel gasket flange hardware
  • 10′ of 1½" heavy duty flex PVC drain pipe for clean out
  • 1½" Stainless Steel Lever PVC shut-off valve
  • Two 1½" PVC male pipe adapters
  • Tube of fish safe 100% silicone sealant
  • 677 Total SSA (Specific Surface Area)
  • Metabolizes up to 13,540 mg ammonia per day
  • Supports 446.82 grams of fish in 1,000 gallons of water
  • Available with Manual Backwash or HydroFlush™ Self-Cleaning Backwash Systems
  • Covered by US Patent No. 7,425,268 B2 and US Patent No. 7,731,841 B1
  • Made in USA


    • The Advantages of Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Professional Waterfall Small Pond Filters

    • Can be cleaned in as little as 2 minutes
    • Disassembly NOT required for cleaning as with other waterfall pond filters
    • Requires less installation time than other waterfall pond filters
    • Installs with only a Phillips screw driver – no special tools required
    • Becomes virtually invisible in the landscape
    • Long lasting components
    • Best purchase value – Drain kit included and all bio media included – no additional media required
    • Lowest cost of ownership – does not require media replacement like pond filters that use filter pads
    • Unique Hydro FilterSilk™ media polishes the water far superior to filter pads and other filter media
    • Lets you spend more time enjoying your pond or pondless waterfall and less time cleaning it!

    • Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter For 1,000 gallon ponds and 3,000 gph waterfalls

      Create beautiful water garden ponds, hybrid ponds, and crossover ponds with the easy to clean Ahi Hydro™ Vortex waterfall small pond filter. You can also construct amazing pondless waterfalls and pondless streams with this superior water filter. No other waterfall pond filter on the market can compare to the easy of cleaning, the high surface area bio reaction, and superior water polishing of the Ahi Hydro Vortex™ waterfall pond filter.


      This patented Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter is easy to clean and completely backflushable. Backflushing your waterfall filter keeps it performing at peak efficiency all year round which results in a much cleaner pond and a healthier ecosystem. This small backwashable waterfall filter keeps all types of ponds and pondless waterfalls clean and healthy. The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter features superior water polishing and has the highest SSA in its class.



      The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter is the professional’s choice for its superior strength and durability. It is the DIY’ers choice for its ease of installation. It is the owner’s choice for its ease of cleaning. The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter is the most efficient waterfall small pond filter in its class.


      Backwashing the Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter

      Hydro Vortex™ waterfall filters combine high surface area media, a vortex solids separator, settling cone with a bottom drain for complete and efficient backwashing. Hydro Vortex™ waterfall filters do not require blowers or air pumps for backwashing.

      Hydro Vortex with Manual Backwash Option

      The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter is the smallest version of the industry-leading Patented Hydro Vortex™ series of completely backwashable biological waterfall pond filters. Designed by Russell Watergardens & Koi for easy routine cleaning, the Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter is cleaned simply by opening its included drain valve and reversing water flow through the filter. This can be done either manually or mechanically with our HydroFlush™ Backwash System or automatically with our ElectroFlush™ Backwash System.

      The HydroFlush™ option uses your existing pump and the included 3-way valve to reverse water flow through the filter. Cleaning an Ahi Hydro Vortex™ filter is as easy as opening its drain valve and turning the 3-way valve to HydroFlush™.


      The ElectroFlush™ System is similar to the HydroFlush™ System, but with 24 volt motorized valves that open and close automatically with just a "flip of a switch" from inside the weather resistant Control Box.


      Waterfalls Created with an Ahi Hydro Vortex Waterfall Pond Filter

      Hydro Vortex™ waterfall pond filters are designed for periodic gentle back-flushing of fish waste, mulm and detritus instead of the massive disruptive heavy annual pressure washer cleaning  required for typical "Pad-&-Media-Bag" type box waterfall pond filters.  Don’t be misled by the claims that say biological filters only need "annual cleaning" – the health of your fish may be at stake.  All pond filters, no matter what type or brand, benefit from periodic rinsing of fish waste, mulm, and detritus.  “Pad-&-Media-Bag” type pond filters are not designed with bottom clean out drains for ease of cleaning and routine gentle back-flushing.  Soiled pond filters can cause poor water quality and can encourage algae growth and fish disease.


      Biological waterfall pond filters – of any kind or brand –  that are not periodically back-flushed, will eventually plug with fish waste, mulm and detritus (the build-up of fish and bacterial waste that looks like brown goop). 

      Two Step Waterfalls Created with an Ahi Hydro Vortex Waterfall Pond Filter

      If the fish waste, mulm and detritus isn’t periodically back-flushed it can clog the filter media – no matter what type. Clogged filter media can cause the water to start “channeling” around the filter media within the filter.  This means that water is finding a path of least resistance around the clogged media.

      Water that channels around the filter media doesn’t get filtered.  Water passing around the media through channels causes other areas within the filter to have stagnant, non-moving, oxygen-deprived, water.

      Areas within the filter that don’t pass oxygenated water become anaerobic (oxygen deprived) and encourage pathogenic species of bacteria like Aeromonas and Pseudomonas to proliferate in the filter and eventually in the pond.  This can result in sick, diseased, and/or dying fish. 

      This is why fish disease is relatively high in typical water garden ponds compared to traditional koi ponds. Koi pond filters are back-flushable, typical "Pad-&-Media-Bag" style water garden filters are not.  All Hydro Vortex™ waterfall pond filters come standard with a bottom drain for backwashing and easy water changes.

      Compare Cleaning a Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter
      with Cleaning Ordinary Waterfall Filter Boxes

      Hydro Vortex pond filter with HydroFlush backwash system
      Hydro Vortex pond filter with with HydroFlush














      Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filters Let You Build Beautiful Water Garden Ponds

      Water garden pond built with an Ahi Hydro Vortex



      An Easy to Clean Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter helps you build beautiful water garden ponds and waterfalls like the one shown in this photo on the left that was built by a contractor in California using an Ahi Series Water Garden Pond Kit. The Ahi is suitable for ponds up to 1,000 gallons in size.






      Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter Help You Build Beautiful Hybrid Ponds

      Hybrid pond built with an Ahi Hydro Vortex Hybrid Pond Kit


      An Easy to Clean Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter helps you build beautiful hybrid ponds like shown in this photo on the right. This hybrid pond was built using an Ahi Hybrid Pond Kit.








      Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter Help You Build Stunning Pondless Waterfalls and Stream

      Pondless Waterfall Built with an Ahi Hydro Vortex Pondless Waterfall Kit



      An Easy to Clean Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter helps you build amazing pondless waterfalls like shown in this photo on the left. This pondless waterfall was built using an Ahi Pond Pondless Waterfall Kit.


      Anyone can build professional – and natural looking waterfalls with an Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter.



      Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Pond Filter are the
      EASIEST TO CLEAN and Most Efficient Waterfall Small Pond Filters Available …
      Period


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Additional Information

Weight 60 lbs
Dimensions 20 x 20 x 22 in
Choice of Backwash System

Manual Backwash, HydroFlush Backwash, ElectroFlush Backwash

1 review for Small Pond Filter: Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Backflushable 16″ Waterfall Filter for Pond and Pondless Waterfalls

  1. 4 out of 5

    You tweeted ‘everyone needs one of these’. Is that due to the bteauy or is there a functional aspect I’ve missed? (Good rain water reservoir, ???) In which order would you add these to your backyard: Composting system, Worm Farm, Koi Pond.

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