Small Pond Ideas with Waterfall
Ahi Series Ultimate Easy to Clean Small Pond Kits
Ahi Series Ultimate Easy to Clean Pond Kits Feature:
- Ahi Hydro Vortex™ easy to clean backwashable waterfall filter with 16″ wide waterfalls
- Filter cleanout kit with 10′ of heavy duty black 1½” flexible PVC pipe, and 1½” stainless steel lever shut-off valve
- 1.83 cubic feet of Hydro FilterSilk™ easy to clean filtration media with 677 SSA
- Seagull HydroClean™ Pond Skimmer with stainless steel and nylon leaf net, Black Knight Filter Brush Rack, 4″ inlet pipe, three 1½” dual female threaded outlet ports, and one ½” auto water fill valve port. Remote installation capable and fish safe.
- Heavy duty black 1½” flexible PVC pipe
- Choice of pumps: Submersible: RW-1800, or RW-2800; External: C-2520-B
- 1½” Cam-lock check valve assembly
- 45 ml EPDM rubber liner
- 15 ml geotextile underlayment
- PVC glue and primer
- Tube of 100% silicone sealant
- 16 oz. can of HydroFoam™ waterfall foam sealant
- All required PVC fittings
- Stainless steel hardware
- 4″ skimmer remote installation pipe NOT included
Ahi Series Ultimate Easy to Clean Small Pond Kits with 16″ Wide Waterfalls
with the Most Advanced Mechanical and Biological Filtration Available
Ultimate Small Pond Kits are Easy to Clean and Completely BACKWASHABLE
For Healthy, Clean, and Fresh Water Garden Ponds
Ultimate Small Pond Kits = Healthy Ponds and Happy Fish
Benefits of Ultimate Small Pond Kits:
- Easy to install – easier liner attachment, no modifications required
- Modular – unlimited creative design options
- “Dry-Hands” Maintenance – HydroClean™ pond skimmers can be cleaned without putting your hands down into the cold pond water
- Easy to Clean – Patented backwashable waterfall filters with highest in-class SSA
Ponds built with easy to clean Ahi Series small pond kits get cleaned when they should. Clean ponds are not only more beautiful, they are much healthier for Koi, pond fish, wildlife, and pets that may drink from or play in the pond.
Ultimate Small Pond Kits with Waterfall also have a much LOWER COST OF OWNERSHIP than the typical bio fall based pond kit. Ultimate Small Pond Kits don’t require the high cost of constant algaecide applications. Also, ponds built with Ultimate Small Pond Kits don’t require expensive and labor intensive “annual” pond cleanings when routine maintenance is performed throughout the year.
Ultimate Small Pond Kits with a
Patented Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Backwashable Waterfall Filter
The patented Ahi Hydro Vortex™ filter included in all Ultimate Small Pond Kits with waterfall is easy to clean and completely backflushable. Backflushing your waterfall filter keeps it performing at peak efficiency all year round which results in a much cleaner pond and a healthier ecosystem. The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ filter keeps your water garden pond clean and healthy. The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ filter features superior water polishing and has the highest SSA in its class.
The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Waterfall Filter will process dissolved organics and will drastically improve water quality, clarity, and remove odors. The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ filter is also easy to clean. You have your choice of manual backwash, or HydroFlush™ with Ultimate Small Pond Kits.
Ultimate Easy to Clean Small Pond Kits feature the Seagull HydroClean™ Pond Skimmer that is
FISH SAFE and Remote Installation Capable
The Seagull HydroClean™ pond skimmer included with Ultimate Small Pond Kits are fish-safe, provide multiple design options with its ability to be installed away from the pond, conveniently provides multiple plumbing options, and is the easiest small pond skimmers to clean – never requiring you to put your hands in the water.
Fish-Safe. The Seagull HydroClean™ pond skimmer included in all Ultimate Small Backyard Pond Kits is the only small pond skimmer with an integrated 4″ round inlet pipe that eliminates the need for a weir door to achieve efficient and effective pond skimming.
The weir doors found on virtually all Aquascape type pond skimmers are essentially a “one-way-door” that often fatally trap your fish inside the pond skimmer. Those types of pond skimmers also use dozens of screws to hold the weir door faceplate onto the skimmer itself. Those same screws extend into the inside of the pond skimmer and pose a hazard to the fish that get trapped inside. As the fish struggles with its capture – it often inflicts fatal harm to itself on those screws.
With the Seagull HydroClean™ pond skimmer included in all Ultimate Small Pond Kits with waterfall your can fish swim in, and back out again with ease – and with no screws inside the pond skimmer – there is nothing that can pose a danger to your beloved fish. Look at the inside of this Seagull HydroClean™ pond skimmer - notice how smooth the interior is. Now compare that to all pond skimmers that require a dozen screws to attach pond liner. You will clearly see that the HydroClean™ pond skimmer is much safer for your koi and pond fish.
Get The Most Design Options
with Ultimate Small Pond Kits
The Seagull HydroClean™ Pond Skimmer include with all Ultimate Small Pond Kits features a unique integrated 4″ round inlet pipe. This inlet pipe provides you with the option to install your skimmer directly on your pond’s edge, or for the most natural looking pond edge – install the pond skimmer several feet away from the pond’s edge. No other small pond kits include a pond skimmer with this capability.
The Seagull HydroClean™ pond skimmer integrated round inlet pipe attaches directly to PVC or ABS pipe for remote installation at any length you choose. With flexible PVC pipe, you can install the Seagull HydroClean™ pond skimmer around corners or objects. We’re trying not to sound like a broken record here but ….. NO other small pond kit …. by ANY manufacturer includes a pond skimmer with this capability.
Take a good look at this photo. Do you see the Seagull HydroClean™ pond skimmer? Nope! It's 12' away from the pond behind a pathway and landscaping! No other brand of pond kit has a pond skimmer that can be installed like this!
Ultimate Small Pond Kits with a Seagull HydroClean™ Pond Skimmer
Provides You With the Most Plumbing Options of Any Brand of Pond Kit
The most plumbing configurations of any small pond kits. The Seagull HydroClean™ Professional Small Pond Skimmer features 3 interchangeable integrated outlet ports each with dual female pipe threads. No large wrenches, hole saws, or special tools required to install a pump or pumps, mainline pipe or pipes, overflow pipe, or an auto water fill valve. The Seagull HydroClean™ Professional Small Pond Skimmer is pre-configured for an automatic water fill valve with a ½” female threaded inlet port to keep your water level topped off at all times. No other brand of small pond kits come with more plumbing options.
Typical Small Pond Kits Feature Hard-to-Clean Non-Fish-Friendly Pond Skimmers
DIY backyard pond kits include pond skimmers that require you to get down on your hands and knees, reach deep into the cold water inside the pond skimmer and pull up the debris filled net or plastic basket and heavy, smelly, saturated filter pad. Not only heavy and foul-smelling, these items will be filled with algae, fish poop, dead insects, dead worms, and all kinds of debris you wouldn’t want to touch. You could pay a professional to do this you, but that adds to the cost of ownership of your water garden kit.
There are many small pond kits with waterfall that feature filter pads down inside the pond skimmer … under a leaf net or basket. This requires you to first remove the leaf net (or leaf basket), then get down on your hands and knees to reach down 10″-12″ into the cold pond water to pull the saturated filter pad out for cleaning. No joke. Look at the montage photo here on the right. These photos were taken from the internet showing you how our competitor's pond skimmers get cleaned. We found them online …. you can too. Google photos: "How to clean a pond skimmer".
Why would anyone want a pond skimmer that requires this kind of servicing?
Do some people enjoy knee and back pain?
Save Your Knees and Back with Ultimate Small Pond Kits
with a “Dry-Hands” Serviceable Pond Skimmer
Ultimate Small Pond Kits feature Seagull HydroClean™ pond skimmers with large capacity Stainless Steel framed debris nets and the highest quality Black Knight filter brushes to capture that above-mentioned “stuff”. Both the net and brushes have clean, dry handles above the water line!
Save your knees and back with Ultimate Small Pond Kits and a Seagull HydroClean™ Pond Skimmer. Or get used to taking Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, Percocet, Oxycodone … or your pain medication of choice when servicing typical backyard pond kits and their hard to clean pond skimmers.
Typical Small Pond Kits with Difficult to Attach Liner with
Non-Fish-Friendly Liner Gasket Weir Doors
Typical small pond kits have a combination weir door and liner gasket flange. The gasket flange part attaches the pond liner to the pond skimmer. The weir door part enhances pond skimming. This is how it is done with typical small pond kit skimmers ….. but should it be?
First of all, let’s examine the first part: Liner gasket flange
- What is it?
- What does it do?
- Why is it needed?
Simple questions. Here are the simple answers:
- 1. A liner gasket flange is a piece of material that will hold pond liner to a pond skimmer
- 2. The flange locks the liner to the skimmer with 12 or more screws
- 3. Liner will not stick to a pond skimmer without the flange
Kind of a “no-brainer” …. or is it?
- How do you attach it?
- What could go wrong?
- What would happen? ….. We’re glad you asked.
- Liner gasket flanges require a dozen screws or more and grommets to attach the liner gasket flange (the grommet is what the screws get screwed into)
- As the pond ages and settles with ground movement from “freeze-thaw” cycles, and varying moisture levels in the soil due to seasons … the liner will sag and stretch one or more of the dozen or so holes in the liner caused by the screws holding the conventional liner gasket flange in place
- If the screws holding the liner gasket flange are aluminum – as the case with most small pond kits (a price reducing measure), the screws will corrode rather quickly and cause leaks
- A leak between the pond liner and pond skimmer will cause even more settling … which will cause even more leaking
- Pond leaks cost lost of money in water replacement, and even more in leak correction and eventual skimmer replacement
Look closely at the above left photos. (Roll over the photo to see the second photo). This is an Aquascape pond skimmer that was leaking due to corrosion of the aluminum grommets. You can clearly see the corrosion on each gromet.
This pond owner was "fed-up" with this leaking pond skimmer and paid us for a "Skimmer-ectomy". The pond owner paid for the cheaper skimmer and the contractor that installed it - then paid us to remove it and replace it with a HydroClean™ pond skimmer. That cheaper pond skimmer really isn't a cheaper after all .... is it? You know it's coming .... "You get what you pay for!" A cheaper price means a cheaper quality product. HydroClean™ pond skimmers are a much better value, and they are included in every Ultimate pond kit.
HydroClean™ Pond Skimmer
Quick and Easy Liner Attachment
Pond liner attaches to the Seagull HydroClean™ Professional Small Pond Skimmer in all Ultimate Small Pond Kits like all HydroClean™ pond skimmers … with a simple “One-Nut” liner collar.
Unlike typical small pond kits with pond skimmers that use a weir door faceplate with a dozen of aluminum screws and grommets to secure pond liner to the skimmer, the Seagull locks pond liner to itself, or remote installation pipe with a rubber collar and just one Stainless Steel nut on the Stainless Steel collar clamp. This connection is totally leak proof!
This drastically reduces the installation time, as well as frustration. The typical pond skimmer faceplate screws penetrate the pond liner in a dozen small holes that can eventually leak when they tear open due to liner settling over time. The HydroClean™ liner collar prevents these type of leaks.
Typical Small Kits with Pond-Side Pond Skimmers Ruin the Look of the Pond
No matter the brand: Aquascape, Easy Pro, Atlantic, Pond Builder, Savio, Little Giant, Danner, Proline, American Pond … the list goes on and on …. their small pond kits ALL require that you disrupt the look of your pond with a “pond-side” pond skimmer. It doesn’t matter if it’s a natural looking pond, or a formal, industrial, progressive, contemporary … or any other design type. A pond skimmer sitting on the edge of the pond ruins its appearance. Pure and simple.
The pond skimmer may have a faux-stone appearance – but it still doesn’t look good sitting on the edge of a pond. We’ve seen some pond owners who install a piece of heavy stone slate over the pond skimmer to make it less unattractive. A piece of heavy stone slate makes cleaning the pond skimmer more difficult. Stone slate large enough to cover a pond skimmer – and thick enough not to break when stood upon is very heavy. You don’t want to hurt yourself simply cleaning your pond skimmer.
Ultimate Small Pond Kits with
Seagull HydroClean™ Pond Skimmers
Make the Pond Look Better …. Take a Look
No other brand of small pond kit has a pond skimmer that can attach to standard PVC or ABS piping for remote installation away from the pond edge.
With the Seagull HydroClean™ professional small pond skimmer’s unique integrated 4" round inlet pipe, you have the option to install your pond skimmer directly on your pond’s edge, or for the most natural looking pond edge – the Seagull HydroClean™ pond skimmer has the ability to be installed several feet away from the pond’s edge.
Installing the pond skimmer away from the pond makes for a much more natural looking pond. You can stand, or sit next your pond and the skimmer will be behind you.
Ultimate Small Pond Kits Feature the Most Advanced Biological Filter Available
Ultimate small pond kits come standard with the patented Ahi Hydro Vortex™ easy to clean – backwashable pond filter. This advanced biological filter features a vortex for heavy solids removal, an advanced bio filter stage for metabolizing dissolved organics, and superior water polishing.
The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ waterfall filter lets you spend more time enjoying your pond and less time cleaning it. The patented design backwashes the bio media within the pond filter. With the Ahi, you have a choice of backwashing options: Manual, or the patented HydroFlush™ Self-Cleaning Backwash System.
Advantages of Ultimate Small Pond Kits
with an Ahi Hydro Vortex™ Professional Waterfall Filter
- Waterfall filter can be cleaned in as little as 2 minutes
- Disassembly NOT required for cleaning as with filters in typical small pond kits
- Requires less installation time than filters in typical small pond kits
- Installs with only a Phillips screw driver – no special tools required
- Becomes virtually invisible in the landscape
- Long lasting components
- Best pond filter value – Drain kit included and all bio media included – no additional media required
- Lowest cost of ownership – does not require media replacement like filters in typical garden pond kits
- Unique Hydro FilterSilk™ media polishes the water far superior to filter pads and other filter media filters in typical small pond kits
- Lets you spend more time enjoying your pond and less time cleaning it!
The patented Ahi Hydro Vortex™ pond filter included in Ultimate small pond kits with waterfall is easy to clean and completely backflushable. Backflushing your waterfall filter keeps it performing at peak efficiency all year round which results in a much cleaner pond and a healthier ecosystem. This small backwashable waterfall filter keeps your water garden pond clean and healthy.
Backwashing the Ahi Hydro Vortex™ included with Ultimate Small Pond Kts
(Roll over the diagram) The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ waterfall filter in Ultimate Small Pond Kits combines high surface area bio media, a vortex solids separator, settling cone with a bottom drain for complete and efficient backwashing in the most advanced small pond filter available. The Ahi Hydro Vortex™ waterfall filter does not require dismantling or air pumps for backwashing.
The best pond kits come standard with an Ahi Hydro Vortex™ waterfall pond filter. This pond filter is designed for periodic gentle back-flushing of fish waste, mulm and detritus. Compare this to the massive disruptive heavy annual pressure washer cleaning required by pond filters in typical landscape pond kits. Don’t be misled by the claims from manufacturers that say their biological filters only need “once-per-year-cleaning” – the beauty and cleanliness or your pond, as well as the health of your fish and pets may be at stake.
The HydroFlush™ option uses your existing pump and a 3-way valve to reverse water flow through the filter. Cleaning an Ahi Hydro Vortex™ filter is as easy as opening its drain valve and turning the 3-way valve to HydroFlush™.
All pond filters, no matter what type or brand, benefit from periodic rinsing of fish waste, mulm, and detritus. Pond filters in typical backyard pond kits are not designed with bottom clean-out drains for ease of cleaning and routine gentle back-flushing.
Waterfall Filters included with Typical Small Pond Kits are NOT Backwashable – so this is what remains in the filter all year long!
(Actual photos of an Aquascape Biofall filter annual cleaning – is this something YOU want to deal with every year?)
The manufacturer's of typical pond kits with waterfalls all instruct you to only clean your waterfall filter once per year. That means that all the toxic sludge and detritus remains inside the filter all year long! How efficient do you think these bio fall type filters are? Leaving all this "gunk" in your filter all year long is a sure-fire recipe for lots of algae and unhealthy conditions for your fish.
Watch the video below to see how quick, and EASY backflushing a Hydro Vortex™ filter is. Then take a look at the above bio fall photos again! Which waterfall filter do YOU think is easier to clean? Just another reason that Ultimate Pond Kits are a better value than low priced (i.e. "cheap") pond kits for sale online.