The Most Efficient Small Waterfall Filter in its Class
Easy to Clean - Completely Backwashable

The Advantages of Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Professional Small Waterfall Filters

Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filters with your choice of backwash options

  • Made in the USA
  • Can be cleaned in as little as 2 minutes
  • Disassembly NOT required for cleaning as with other small waterfall filters
  • Requires less installation time than other small waterfall 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! 

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

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

The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter is the professional’s choice for its superior strength and durability. It is the DIYer's choice for its ease of installation. It is the owner’s choice for its ease of cleaning. The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter is the most efficient small waterfall filter in its class.


Backwashing the Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Waterfall Filter

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

Manual cleaning of the Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter

 

The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter is the smallest version of the industry-leading Patented Hydro Vortex™ series of completely backwashable biological waterfall filters. Invented by John Russell, a Hydro Vortex™  small waterfall 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.  

 

HydroFlush self-cleaning backwash system clean the small waterfall filter for you.Nutrient rich backwash water coming out of the small waterfall filter's drain pipe.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 with the HydroFlush™ system is as easy as turning two valves!

The dirty water exiting the filter's drain pipe is loaded with nutrients!  Use this backwash water to organically fertilize your landscape and gardens.  

 

 Hydro Vortex™ waterfall 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 small waterfall filters, no matter what type or brand, benefit from periodic rinsing of fish waste, mulm, and detritus. 

Commonplace “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 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).    

Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter creates beautiful waterfalls and is invisible.

 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.

Commonplace small waterfall filters can only be cleaned by hand!

Compare Cleaning an Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Waterfall Filter
with Cleaning Commonplace Waterfall Filter Boxes

 

 

Ordinary commonplace small waterfall filters use filter pads inside them. They also require you to purchase additional media such as lava rock to aid in filtration and to hold the filter pads in place. When researching small waterfall filters - take note of what type of media comes with it - and if you're required to purchase additional media.

 

 

You have to remove heavy and smell lava rock nets from commonplace small waterfall filters for cleaning.

 

 

 

Just look at how you will have to clean the filter pads! You will have to pull them out of the filter and use high pressure water to clean them. They will be heavy and very smelly! But first you will have to remove the even heavier dirty bags of lava rock!  Compare this to the ease of cleaning the Ahi Hydro Vortex Small Waterfall Filter!

 

 

 

 

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

Water garden pond built with an Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter.


 

An Easy to Clean Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall 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 for a Home Show 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 Filters
Let You Build Beautiful Hybrid Ponds

The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter lets you build beautiful hybrid ponds.

 

 

An Easy to Clean Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter helps you build beautiful hybrid ponds like shown in this photo on the right. A hybrid pond is a cross between a koi pond and a water garden pond and can only be build with a backwashable waterfall filter. This hybrid pond was built using an Ahi Hybrid Pond Kit.







Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Small Waterfall Filters
Let You Build Stunning Pondless Waterfalls and Streams

An Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter lets you build beautiful and easy to maintain pondless waterfalls.

An Easy to Clean Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter lets you build amazing pondless waterfalls like shown in this photo on the left. This pondless waterfall was built using an Ahi Series Pondless Waterfall Kit.


Anyone can build professional – and natural looking waterfalls with an Ahi Hydro Vortex™ small waterfall filter.


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


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