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Fishmate Pressure filters
With a unique Back Washing system (Models 10000 and larger)

Three functions ... Biological, Mechanical & UVC** most models

Fishmate pressure pond filter -

Clear water fishmate pond filter

More details about the filter inner workings and back washing system

The pump sitting in the pond pushing water through the external filter* either up to a waterfall or directly back into the pond. Drawing also shows the backwash hose onto the garden *the filter can either be buried up to the lid or simply sit on the ground.

Aussie saysBest - Our ratings for Fishmate filters

Aussie's observations

Fishmate filters are suitable for: Any pond where filtered water is required. In particular when water is to be pumped to a higher level such as a waterfall or feature. We recommend a gravity filter when Koi or turtles are present.

What we liked: In particular the back wash system on 10000 and larger models. The clear water guarantee on UVC models. The lowest profile filter on the market, only 7cm above ground when buried. Spiral water action over UV lamp to prolong interaction with the UV rays. Great value for money.

Less than ideal: The 2500 & 5000 models do not have a backwash system, if this is important look at Laguna and Oase
Less than ideal: Pressure filters in general are not ideal for Koi or Turtles, the better option would be a gravity filter, However, if a waterfall is in use with a single pump for both filtering and the waterfall, a pressure filter may be the best option.

Other filters of this type: Oase Filtoclear    Laguna Pressure Flo
U.K. Design
3 year warranty
Ideal flow through the filter 1,200 1,700 3,500 4,500 9,000 11,500
Integrated UV-C clarifier 5 watt 9 watt 9 watt 13 watt 24 watt 36 watt
Suitable pond size - Approximate  see chart see chart see chart see chart see chart see chart
Clear water Money back guarantee" on UVC models yes yes yes yes yes yes
UV lamp "on" indicator. yes yes yes yes yes yes
Size - Diameter x Height  cm 27 x 25 x 28 27 x 25 x 28 39 x 28 x 44 39 x 28 x 44 45 x 40 x 63 45 x 40 x 63
If canister is buried - how much shows above ground 7 cm 7 cm 7cm 7cm 7cm 7cm
Number of foam filters 1 1 2 2 2 2
Biological filter medium for micro-organism growth yes yes yes yes yes yes
Back washing system (single switch) no no yes yes yes yes
Power cord length (on UVC models) 5m 5m 5m 5m 5m 5m
Ideal hose size, (hose tail supplied) 25mm 25mm 32mm 32mm 38mm 38mm
Suitable pumps (see list below) below below below below below below
Max pump pressure  (see Tip 5) 0.5 bar 0.5 bar 0.5 bar 0.5 bar 0.5 bar 0.5 bar
National warranty - Australia wide (for more details) excluding lamp 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years
Fish Mate with UVC N/A $349 $599 $685 $1419 N/A



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Confused about selecting your pump and filter

Filter selection

To choose the ideal filter for any pond you must first know the correct environmental flow  to maintain ideal water quality for your pond. (Please remember that the pond size alone does not determine the filter or pump size without first taking into account the many environmental and physical factors) 
3 ways to get help to establish flow

  1. Fill in one of our e-mail help forms and let us do all the calculations for you

  2. Give us a call 1800 607 388 for expert advice

  3. Do it yourself and use our quick reference flow calculator for rough estimate

  • Step one: Establish the required flow through the filter keeping in mind waterfall** height if any, or long hose**

  • Step Two: Choose a filter from the chart below (Example if your pond requires a flow through the filter of 4,500 litres per hour, the FishMate 15000 would give the best result)

  • Step Three: Choose a pump, they are listed below in order of quality and suitability

Recommended flow through the filter

Fishmate size 2500 5000 10000 15000 30000 45000
Minimum flow 800 1,200 2,500 3,000 6,000 9,000
Ideal flow - See hint 4 below 1,200 1,700 3,500 4,500 9,000 11,500
Maximum flow - See hint 4 below 1,600 2,500 5,000 6,000 12,000 15,000

Suitable pumps

FishMate size 2500 5000 10000 15000 30000 45000
Clearwater guarantee - or your money back
Provided Fish Mate filters with UVC are operated in accordance with the recommendations in the instructions supplied with the product, Pet Mate Ltd. guarantee clear water visibly free from suspended algae.
High capacity filter canisters together with the unique multi-foam layout reduces cleaning by up to 3 times compared to conventional filters.
How the UVC takes care of algae etc .. For detailed information

 FAQ (frequently asked questions

Aussie saysAussie's additional thoughts
Tip 1: When calculating flow,  always allow about a 15% flow loss when a pressure filter is used.
Tip 2: Place the pump at the opposite end of the pond to the water return, and in the deepest part of the pond.
Tip 3: Use a powder to prime filter systems, a great way to hasten biological activity.
Tip 4: Within reason the slower the water passes over the UV lamp and through the filter the better the result. However, you can never have too much pond flow, so, by having a slightly oversize pump and releasing water directly back into the pond or on to a feature or waterfall through a "Tee" with a valve (tap), added circulation is provided for the pond.
Tip 5: Pump - maximum pumping head. The pump supplying the filter must not have a pumping head exceeding 5m (0.5 bar) for the 2500 & 5000 models. Head over 5m could damage the filter and could even burst the container. On the other hand a pump with inadequate head may not provide enough flow through the filter
In a nut shell ....The height difference between the filter lid and a pressure free outlet must not exceed 5metres (0.5 bar). So if the filter was mounted 1m above the pond surface, the pump must not have a maximum pumping height in excess of 6m. Or if mounted 2m above the surface of the pond, the pump must not have a maximum pumping height in excess of 7m.
There is however another factor in head calculations if long hose lengths are used, see "Friction loss in hose" under How to choose your pump / filter if your hose will be more than 3m.

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