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    Thread: Need new filter, love old one but can't seem to locate replacement........

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      Need new filter, love old one but can't seem to locate replacement........

      .........so I need some recommendations from the wiser folks here. My old one is a FluidArt Challenger #60 rated for my 10k koi pond. It has done a wonderful job for over 20 years but the multiport valve has shown signs of aging and when I started up the pond last week and put it on filter, water and beads just started flowing out of the bottom. It is time to retire it and I need one that will do as good a job. There aren't many online to choose from and very few local stores left in my city that cater to ponderers. My UV and pump are only a couple of years old so they are still good to go. Any bead filters out there very similar to the FluidArt brand?

      The FluidArt manufacturer still has a web site but my calls aren't answered and his voice mail box has been full for 2 days so I worry the pandemic might have affected his business or worse? I really would just like another Challenger #60. A couple of pond web sites show they carry FluidArt but the only one that got back to me says they don't anymore. Thank you for any ideas or help with this issue. April

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      Most likely repairable and parts available. Know any local DIY types that can fix?
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      Open up the multiport and look for a replaceable washer

      6 or 8 stainless steel nuts and bolts holding it together.

      Take a couple of pics.

      The wiser folk will be be able to pass an evaluation of the innards of the valve.
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      Most likely some slots on lateral are broken out (maybe pipe is broken) if beads are escaping.
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      Thank you for your reply. Sorry I didn't get back here sooner. Lost my password and had a hard time getting back in. My old filter had a HUGE crack across the bottom as we found out when we got it disconnected to look at. So it was a goner. I chose an Alpha-One filter to replace it and it arrived 3 days ago. It is very similar to the FluidArt and so far I am loving it. It has a lifetime guaranty on the fiberglass filter portion and seems very well made. The water while almost totallyclear before is getting crystal clear now.

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      Besides the huge crack in the fiberglass bottom you were right that beads were escaping because the vertical pipe had cracks and the lateral portion at the top was loose at the connection too.
      Thanks again for the help and sorry it took me so long to get back here.

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