Ultimate Pondless Waterfall Kits Feature:
Hydro Vortex™ Back-washable Waterfall Filter
Hydro FilterSilk™ easy to clean filtration media
Filter lean out Kit with heavy duty black flexible PVC pipe, and stainless steel lever shut-off valve
HydroSieve™ pre-filter with easy to clean stainless steel filter basket
HydroChamber™ combination pump vault water tank
Stainless steel hardware
Heavy duty black flexible PVC pipe
Choice of submersible pumps
Cam-lock check valve assembly
45 ml EPDM rubber liner for waterfall and stream
15 ml geotextile underlayment for waterfall and stream
PVC glue and primer
100% silicone sealant
16 oz. can of HydroFoam™ black waterfall foam sealant
Conventional Pondless Waterfall Kits
Require Impossible to Clean Gravel Pits
Conventional pondless waterfall kits that include a slotted or perforated pump vault, water matrix blocks, snorkel, and/or a centipede can only be cleaned by hand!
All conventional pondless waterfall kits use rock and gravel as the “pre-filter”. The rock and gravel traps tree needles, leaves, cottonwood seeds, blossoms, lawn clippings, all wind blown debris, mulch, bird feathers and waste. The rock and gravel also trap worms and insects.
Anything you’ve ever seen at the bottom of a body of water will end up trapped in the rock and gravel of conventional pondless waterfalls.
The force of the waterfall and/or stream pushes that debris down into the rocks and gravel. If there is mulch near the rock and gravel, rain and irrigation will wash it into the rocks and gravel.
Before buying any pondless waterfall kit you should ask …. “How do I clean it?” After all, its your pondless waterfall and you’ll have to clean it … or pay someone a lot of money to clean it for you! You’ll need to add the cost of cleaning to the price of difficult to clean low cost gravel pit/matrix pondless systems. Our Ultimate systems give you a much better value for your money.
The rock and gravel basin does its job of filtering debris from the water. But where does it go? It stays within the rock and gravel. Where, over time, will eventually clog and restrict water flow.
Think about what all that debris will be doing. It will be decaying, rotting, and transforming into sludge. That sludge starts to smell like rotten eggs. The water in the pondless waterfall can then become toxic – like a stagnant pond – and be harmful to pets and wildlife.
Bargain Priced Pondless Waterfall Kits are NOT a Bargain!
Conventional gravel basin based pondless waterfall kits promote excessive algae growth. There is no way around it. Decaying debris trapped within the rock and gravel feeds algae. Conventional pondless waterfalls required huge amounts of expensive algaecides as a temporary “band-aid”. The gravel basin will eventually have to be completely removed – this is called a “basin-ectomy“.
A “basin-ectomy” is the complete removal of the basin rock, gravel, matrix blocks or centipede, the pump vault, the rubber liner, and the underlayment. Replaced with a HydroChamber™ and HydroSieve™.
Conventional pondless waterfall kits are less expensive …. at first. But when you add the cost of all the algaecides and the eventual “basin-ectomy”, that bargain priced conventional pondless waterfall kit can cost you seven-fold later!
Conventional pondless waterfall kits are “bargain priced” because a low price is all that they offer. Save your money and sanity buy purchasing the correct tool for the job. An Ultimate pondless system.
Ultimate Pondless Waterfall Kits
Our Ultimate pondless professional easy to clean pondless waterfall kits allow owners to easily clean and maintain their pondless waterfalls. This dramatically improves enjoyment, and drastically lowers the cost of ownership compared to low cost gravel pit and matrix based pondless waterfall kits.
Each Ultimate pondless waterfall kit includes HydroSieve™ pre-filter. Water disappears into a pipe connected to the inlet of the HydroSieve™ instead of a bed of rock and gravel. The debris that would get trapped in the rock basin of conventional pondless kits is trapped in the HydroSieve™.
The stainless steel filter basket inside the HydroSieve™ is easy to clean. Simply remove it from the HydroSieve™ and rinse it out. It couldn’t get any easier! All the debris that blows into your Ultimate pondless system can be easily removed. Keeping debris out of your pondless waterfall will keep it much more clean and fresh – and more beautiful!
A clean pondless waterfall has a drastic decrease in algae growth. A clean pondless waterfall is safe for pets and wildlife. A clean pondless waterfall has no odor.
An Easy to Clean Pondless Waterfall is a CLEAN Pondless Waterfall
Debris is captured in the HydroSieve™ pre-filter, and dissolved organics are metabolized by the patented Hydro Vortex™ back-washable biological waterfall filter. Cleaning both is super easy! Debris is simply emptied out of the HydroSieve’s™ filter basket, and the Hydro Vortex™ filter removes fine sediment and organic buildup with a simple HydroFlush™.
The HydroSieve™ is easily cleaned. Simply remove the stainless steel filter basket and hose it out. The Hydro Vortex™ filter is easy to clean. You have your choice of: Manual, HydroFlush™, or ElectroFlush™ backwashing methods. Whichever you choose, the media rinses clean within the filter.
What type of pondless waterfall do you want
YOUR kids or grandkids to play in?
Conventional or Ultimate?
When the Ultimate pondless waterfall is on and running, biologically filtered water exits the top or the Hydro Vortex™ filter and passes over the waterfalls. The water then disappears into the HydroSieve™ pre-filter where all leaves and debris are captured in a Stainless Steel Filter Basket. The water then passes to the HydroChamber™ where the pump passes the water back through the Hydro Vortex™ filter.
When the Ultimate pondless waterfall is turned off, all the water disappears into the remotely installed HydroChamber™. The HydroChamber™ is a pump chamber and water storage tank combined into one convenient unit. It replaces large gravel basins, basin underlayment, basin liner, pump vault, water blocks, and basin gravel.
Ultimate pondless waterfall systems come standard with your choice of Hydro Vortex™ back-washable waterfall filter. Ultimate pondless waterfall kits also feature your choice of optional Backwash Systems – HydroFlush™ or ElectroFlush™. Both pondless systems lets your pump clean the filter for you!
The Ultimate pondless professional pondless waterfall kits use an easy to clean HydroSieve™ pre-filter instead of the gravel pit found in “bargain priced” conventional pondless waterfall kits.
The Ultimate pondless system uses the HydroChamber™ all-in-one pump vault and water storage tank. A single HydroChamber™ replaces the basin underlayment, rubber liner, pump vault, and water matrix blocks.
The Ultimate pondless system uses a fully back-washable Hydro Vortex™ waterfall filter to start the waterfall. The patented Hydro Vortex filter biologically and mechanically filters the water by removing particulates and metabolizing dissolved organics. Waterfall boxes or waterfall “spillways” that aren’t filters at all.
Conventional Gravel Basin Based Pondless Waterfall Kits
Leaves, blossoms, tree needles, lawn clippings, weed seeds, pine cones, animal fur, bird feathers left in pondless waterfalls feed algae
Just like ponds, the water in pondless water features trap all sorts of wind-blown debris
Ponds, swimming pools, and hot tubs all use skimmers as a pre-filter to remove the debris that falls into the water – but the typical low cost pondless waterfall kits use GRAVEL filled basins
The gravel does trap the debris, but you should ask yourself: “How do I remove the debris from the gravel?”
The gravel in low-cost pondless basins can only be cleaned by hand!
Cleaning gravel by hand is difficult, and not much fun – so the result is gravel that doesn’t get adequately cleaned …. so what happens to all the debris?
Leaves and debris left in the gravel of low-cost gravel pondless basins rots and decays down into the gravel which results in loss of water flow and a huge source of nutrients that feed algae
The debris turns into “gunk” that eventually clogs the gravel basin
The only way to clean a clogged pondless gravel basin is to completely remove it. That is back-breaking labor if you do it yourself, or extremely expensive if you hire it done for you
Now ask yourself …. “Did I really save money by purchasing a low-cost pondless waterfall kit in the first place?”
How do you clean the pondless gravel basin? You either remove all the gravel by hand and clean it, or you perform a “Basin-ectomy” and completely remove the low cost pondless gravel basin and upgrade to the Ultimate pondless system with HydroSieve™ pre-filter and HydroChamber™.
Conventional Gravel Based Pondless Waterfall Promote Excessive Algae Growth
Dust, pollen, bird waste, frog waste, nitrogen, acid rain, airborne pollutants, and phosphates left in pondless waterfalls feed algae
Just like ponds, the water in pondless water features trap all sorts of wind-blown and rain-dropped or irrigated dissolved organic debris
Low-cost pondless gravel basins based pondless systems do not process dissolved organics
Dissolved organics not processed by a back-washable waterfall filter simply re circulate through the pondless water feature …. but what happens to these dissolved organics?
Unprocessed dissolved organics in pondless waterfalls feed algae!
conventional Pondless Waterfall –
How Do You Clean the Gravel in the Pondless Waterfalls Basins?
This is a very common conventional pondless waterfall kit that comes in a variety of sizes. If you’re doing your research on which pondless waterfall kit to purchase or have installed for you … take a good look at this diagram. What happens to leaves, tree needles, and other debris that blows into the water? Where does it go?
The snorkel and centipede with 18″ – 24″ deep gravel style pondless waterfall is extremely difficult and expensive to clean. Left un-cleaned, the gravel collects debris that feeds unsightly algae – and will eventually clog and require the complete removal.
How do you clean a conventional pondless waterfall gravel basin?
This is another conventional pondless waterfall kit that comes in a variety of sizes. If you’re doing your research on which pondless waterfall kit to purchase or have installed for you … take a good look at this diagram. What happens to leaves, tree needles, and other debris that blows into the water? Where does it go?
The pump vault and matrix block with 2″ – 8″ deep gravel style pondless waterfall is very difficult and expensive to clean. Left un-cleaned, the gravel collects debris that feeds unsightly algae – and will eventually clog and require the complete removal.
How do you clean a conventional pondless waterfall gravel basin?
This is micro pondless waterfall kit. If you’re doing your research on which pondless waterfall kit to purchase or have installed for you … take a good look at this diagram. What happens to leaves, tree needles, and other debris that blows into the water? Where does it go?
The snorkel, centipede, and matrix block with 6″ – 12″ deep gravel style micro pondless waterfall is very difficult and expensive to clean. Left un-cleaned, the gravel collects debris that feeds unsightly algae – and will eventually clog and require the complete removal.
How do you clean a conventional pondless waterfall gravel basin?
Pondless Waterfall Recap:
Low-cost pondless waterfall kits that use gravel or river rock as the pre-filter to trap debris becomes a huge nutrient source for algae.
Non-biologically filtered pondless waterfall kits do not process dissolved organics that become a huge nutrient source for algae.
The Ultimate pondless system features both a pre-filter and a Patented back-washable vortex biological filter for the removal of algae feeding debris and dissolved organic matter for the cleanest possible pondless water feature.
The History of Pondless Waterfalls
This photo of the “Original” pondless waterfall, built in 2001 by Russell Watergardens (RWG), was the first generation pondless concept.
The Original pondless waterfall has been credited with sparking the phenomenon around the world. It has been featured in countless magazines, catalogs, videos, posters, banners, web sites, and postcards promoting pondless waterfalls.
While the Original pondless waterfall helped start it all – it also helped spawn virtually every brand of conventional pondless waterfall kit on the market today. The “Russell-Culture” is a never-ending quest of improving systems for the end-user and making things easy to clean and maintain.
The first generation pondless waterfall concept used a pump vault and a gravel basin for water storage and pre-filtering. This what virtually all conventional pondless waterfall kits are now based upon. All conventional pondless waterfall kits that use a gravel basins simply are NOT easy to clean.
How do you clean basin gravel? Un-clean conventional basin gravel can become algae growing eyesores. This is what led John Russell to invent the super easy to clean Ultimate pondless waterfall system.
The Original pondless waterfall system revolutionized the industry back in 2000. The Ultimate system did it again in 2008. The Ultimate pondless waterfall system has become the “Gold-Standard” in which all others are judged. Look at at any pondless system on the market today and simply ask: “How do I clean it?”. You’ll quickly understand the benefits of the Ultimate pondless system.
The Ultimate Pondless Waterfall Kits is Different
An easy to clean pondless waterfall gets cleaned more often. A clean pondless waterfall is an attractive pondless waterfall. Attractive pondless waterfalls make for much happier pondless waterfall owners. Its that simple. Cheaper pondless waterfall kits are actually more expensive in the long run!
Why do you need BOTH a pre filter and a biological filter in a pondless water feature?
1. The #1 complaint that pondless water feature owners have is unsightly algae caused by dirty, debris-filled gravel basins.
2. Pondless gravel basins are impossible to clean – leaves, needles, blossoms, grass clippings, and other debris falls into – and gets trapped down inside rock in gravel basins.
3. Rotting debris trapped down inside gravel basins have a fowl odor, and become a huge food source for algae.
4. No one likes algae covered waterfalls!
5. No one enjoys cleaning gravel basins!
6. The HydroSieve™ pre-filter completely eliminates gravel basins and traps all debris into an easy to clean Stainless Steel filter basket. No more having to “hand-pick” debris from a conventional gravel basin!
7. Removing all debris before it can rot keeps the water much more fresh and clean.
8. Bio-filters are required to process the dissolved organics that can not be removed with the pre-filter.
9. Dissolved organics that feed algae are dust, pollen, bird waste, frog waste, worm waste – and all the other creatures that drink and bath in the water feature.
10. The Hydro Vortex™ self-cleaning, fully back-washable waterfall filter removes sediment such as sand, but also “polishes” the water by remove waterborne debris down to 200 microns.
11. The filter also biologically metabolizes the dust, pollen, and waste.
12. Before you purchase any pondless waterfall kit or system should need to know how to clean it. After all, its YOUR pondless waterfall, and you’re the one who’ll have to clean it. The Ultimate system is absolutely easy to clean. Compare the Ultimate system with any brand or type of pondless waterfall kit and ask yourself: “How do I clean it?” With an Ultimate pondless waterfall … you know the answer ….with the others …. ?
Question: How do you clean pondless waterfall gravel basins?
Answer: Sift through the gravel and pick out debris by hand.
Question: What happens to dirty gravel basins?
Answer: Dirty gravel basins cause tremendous amounts of unsightly algae growth, smell terrible, and eventually clog. Clogged gravel basins require the inevitable removal and replacement.
ULTIMATE ANSWER: Save time and money by doing it right the first time with an Ultimate pondless waterfall system!
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