Need feedback on a good pressurized filter

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    ZEROPILOT Faster than you are.

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    I have a GODAWFUL Smartpond pressurized pond filter. It sucks.
    Can anyone recommend a GOOD pressurized filter that can handle a 1,450 gallon pond with a 2,000 gph pump?
    I'm leaning towards one of the ones with the plunger handle for cleaning out the filter without having to dismantle the thing.
    The reverse flow "cleanout" on the Smartpond is useless.
    I already have 1.25" hoses buried in the ground. I want to keep them. And I need to keep it a pressurized system because it also feeds another filter/waterfall box downstream.
    I'm liking the OASE.
    Thanks.
     
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    I had an Easy Pro and it held up for many years.
     
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    Thanks
    I'll look that one up
     
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    Be sure to check out the the cost of the filter pads should they be used.
     
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    I don't think the problem is that they don't last, the problem is that they are just a bad design from a maintenance point of view. They all use undersized filter pad which get clogged quickly and require frequent cleaning. I could try to explain why the plunger cleaning ones aren't much better but probably better you just buy one and figure it out for yourself.

    On the bright side, those pressure filters actually work pretty good as filtering systems for aquariums, so if down the road you end up with a bunch of old pressure filters sitting around and want to set up some aquariums you'll already have some filter equipment. (y)
     
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    Has anyone used the Aquascape pressurized filter? I've looked at it lots of times, but am still not convinced it's worth the money. I heard they were having some design issues - the top would fly off at random times - but they re-engineered it and they seem to have solved that issue.

    I was eyeing another one on Amazon that was under $100 - but I can't remember the brand now. I'll see if I can find it again...
     
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    my Laguna has been going fine for a few years with no issues
    i inherited it at 5 years old and see works like new
    It's got the UV, but I've elected not use it
     
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    Laguna is definitely on my list.
    I'd like to keep it under $300.
    My crappy Smartpond filter is hanging in there...
     
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    I use a Laguna also. I usually by my equipment from azponds. They sell on Amazon too but if you look on their web page there are a lot of filters to choose from.
     
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    How long do the filter pads last for?
     
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    ZEROPILOT Faster than you are.

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    Right now u can clean them bi weekly.
    Before, it was every 2 days
     
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    Update
    I've swapped the pads out to all course ones.
    Now I can go much longer.
    Of course with less filtration...
     
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    ZEROPILOT Faster than you are.

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    Late reply for sure.
    Mine has have lasted a year so far and they get smashed, misshapened, but quickly spring back to life with a good cleaning.
    As far as the backflushing goes. My crappy Smart Pond unit has never wanted to cycle over and as of it being a month old, will not toggle over to the back flush mode.
    It requires more than ample pressure to break the lever off and or crack the housing. So I've stopped even trying.
     
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