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    Thread: Static prefilter prototype

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      The 24 inch basket would work best.

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      Bumpidy Bump! Just checking to see if mass production of these puppies has started yet...I need two for 55 gallon drums!!

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      me too

      yes Kent. I amm also interested for 2 55 gal drums.

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      Same here Kent, and possibly, 2 of your death star balls.
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      Hey Kent, those look great--great explanation and pictures as always! [I've been away from the pond world for half a year and am just now seeing the post.]

      Back in post 18, you have a great explanation, but I'd like to clarify one point. Instead of calling this a 'static prefilter', would it be more accurate to call it a combination settling tank and static prefilter? Which leads me to a question: could you comment on the advantage of embedding a static prefilter in a settling tank, as opposed to just having a full tank of static media? (For a skimmer/mid-pickup line). Is it easier to clean this way? Is it because larger stuff and/or stuff that will sink soon also get into the skimmer/mid-pickup line, and it's good to keep them out of the static material?
      Is there a problem with larger floating stuff staying in the outer ring of water for a long time?

      Man, am I glad to see this...it's one of the design kinks I still needed to work out.

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      Vortex settlement chambers or settement chambers in general are prefilters. Their job is to remove heavier than water solids from the flow to help keep those solids out of the biofilter, lowering the maintenance interval creating a more stable and effective system. The outlet screens for a settlement chamber need regular cleaning to prevent flow restriction. Thus was born the floating microscreen strainer. It's basically a self cleaning outlet screen and because of the size of the screen it also prevents much smaller debris from getting through.
      They do have their drawbacks. They require pump water to clean and they're expensive but they work great. One place they don't work as well is on midwater and skimmer circuits because the stuff that gets cleaned off stays in suspension for a long period of time and is hard to remove from the tank without complete drainage. Ideally the bottom drain circuits would use a floating microscreen and the mikdwater/skimmer circuits would have a media that collects the floating solids and be easy to clean. This is what a static prefilter is for. The debris no longer just floats around in the tank but is trapped in an easy to clean form. The filter is large enough to last for some time, depending on pond and fish load, to ease the maintenance interval.
      Static prefilters can also be used on systems that have too low a flow to rotate a floating microscreen properly or in situations where the budget is tighter.
      Static prefilters also add to the biological surface area bacteria can grow on thus increasing the biofiltration.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ak764
      yes Kent. I amm also interested for 2 55 gal drums.

      Andrew
      Me too!

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      Project Status?

      This sounded like a great product. Did it ever make it to production? What is the price of the various sizes? Is there a web site that list them for sell?
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      livingwatersolutions.com is Kent's site

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      Quote Originally Posted by luke-gr View Post
      livingwatersolutions.com is Kent's site
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      Kent, I saw a member today asking on how your pre filters are plummed inside the 55 gallon drums.
      This thread covers your proto-type filter but not the drum insides, if you have any pictures of how you did them it would be great to have it all in this one thread.
      If you get time.
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      Yes I posted them on the other thread but I'll post them here too. The fitting photot is the flanged inlet I make up for 3 inch applications. The check valve is for non flooded suction or above water line pumps.
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      Thanks Kent
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      I just noticed Kent has this prefilter up on his website now. I like the design of his new store format, not just a list but he added pics. Wonderful for newbies like myself, I can see the item and not have to guess as to what it looks like.

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      Hey Kent, What size is the bacti-twist that you use on this ?

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      Quote Originally Posted by trapper View Post
      Hey Kent, What size is the bacti-twist that you use on this ?
      Kent hasn't been here in a couple years but I made a diy version of his prefilter and used medium bacti-twist.
      Comparing it to mine I would guess the pictures of his is the "fine" size.

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      Thanks Steve..

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