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Fishmate PUV Pressure Filters

The Fishmate (Petmate) PUV pressure filter range has a unique backflushing system on the 10000 and larger models which compresses and cleans the filter sponges without needing to use handles (such as with the Oase or Laguna) or opening the filter.

  • Three functions - Biological, Mechanical & UV-C
  • In-built UVC (Ultra Violet Clarifier) keeps water crystal clear and from turning green by killing microsopic floating algae
  • Biological filtration component creates an environment that good bacteria can grow to reduce ammonia and other toxins in your pond
  • Mechanical filtration (sponges) removes sediment and dead organic matter from
  • Unique, minimal effort backflush system on models 10000 and up - best on the market in our opinion
  • 3 year warranty
  • Full range of spare parts available - click here
  • Replacement Bio-media is also available - click here
  • Note this is not a pump, only a filter and must be matched with an appropriate sized filter pump that sits in the pond (see diagram below) such as a Laguna Max-flo or Oase Aquamax.
  • Fishmate is a UK brand

Aussie's Observations about  PUV Pressure Filters

Budget • Good • Better • Best • Superior

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. 

In particular the unique back wash system on 10000 and larger models - beats Lagunaand Oase hands down. 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.

The 5000 model does not have a backwash system, if this is important look at Laguna or Oase.
Pressure filters in general are not ideal for Koi, the better option would be a gravity filter. If a waterfall is in use with a single pump for both filtering and the waterfall, a pressure filter may be the best option.

Product Price Filter TypeIdeal Flowlitres per hourMin Flowlitres per hourMax Flow L/Hourlitres per hourPond Max Vol (No Fish)litresPond Max Vol (With Fish)litresDimensionsL x W x H (mm)Back Wash SystemUVC FittedUltra violet lamp fitted as standardWarranty YearsCleaning IndicatorCanister Above GroundIf canister buried, how much shows above ground?Foam FiltersBio BallsFor micro-organism growthPower Cord LengthHose Tails SuppliedHose Tails OptionalMax Pump Pressure
Fishmate PUV 5000 Pressure Filter Pressure Filter
$349.00
Pressure1,7001,2002,50027 x 25 x 28no9 watt3 yearsyes7 cmYesYes5m25mm5m
Fishmate PUV 30000 Pressure Filter Pressure Filters
$1,419.00
Pressure9,0006,00012,00045 x 40 x 63yes24 watt3 yearsyes7cmYesYes5m38mm5m
Fishmate PUV 10000 Pressure Filter Pressure Filter
$599.00
Pressure3,5002,5005,00039 x 28 x 44yes9 watt3 yearsyes7 cmYesYes5m32mm5m
Fishmate PUV 15000 Pressure Filter Pressure Filter
$685.00
Pressure4,5002,5005,00039 x 28 x 44yes13 watt3 yearsyes7 cmYesyes5m32mm5m

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

5000

10000 15000 30000
Minimum flow 1,200 2,500 3,000 6,000

Ideal flow - See hint 4 (in Aussies additional thoughts)
 

1,700 3,500 4,500 9,000
Maximum flow - See hint 4 (in Aussies additional thoughts)
 
2,500 5,000 6,000 12,000

Recommended Pumps

Fishmate PUV Filter size

5000

10000 15000 30000

Most Suitable Pumps
Assuming a waterfall is not over 500 mm high or the correct size hose is not longer than 3m

Laguna Max-Flo 2200

Oase Aquamax Eco Classic 2500

Tornado Multi 3000

 

Laguna Max-flo 4000

Oase Aquamax Eco Classic 3500

Aquagarden Barracuda 4000

Tornado Multi 4500

Laguna Max-flo 5000

Oase Aquamax Eco Classic 5500

Tornado Multi 6000

Laguna Max-flo 9000

Laguna Max-flo 11000

Oase Aquamax Eco Classic 8500

Oase Aquamax Eco Premium 8000

Aquagarden Barracuda 10000

Other Pumps to Consider
 

 

Laguna Max-flo 5000

Oase Aquamax Eco Classic 5500

Project Easyjet 5000

Aquagarden Barracuda 6000

Laguna Max-flo 4000
 

Laguna Max-flo 7600

Oase Aquamax Eco Classic 11500

Oase Aquamax Eco Premium 12000

Tornado Multi 12000

For waterfalls higher than 500 mm, undersize hose already installed that can't be replaced or for a long hose length, one of the alternative pumps listed below my be better suited
What makes a pump that is specifically designed for sending water to a filter (such as the pumps above) superior to a multi purpose pump such as Pondmate

The cage design is turtle shell shaped to attract solids from 360 degrees
These pumps are designed to run 24/7 year after year
They have a vortex impeller capable of handling solids without blocking

**Special note, if using a waterfall or a long hose between pump and filter the pump will need to be larger to allow for the reduced flow caused by the head (pumping height, and/or hose length) If in doubt Fill in one of our e-mail help forms and let us do all the calculations for you.
# A little under size for some pond sizes, but would work if the pond were smaller than the filters maximum volume rating.
## This pump is a little too strong, unless a waterfall over 1m is in place. However, you can never have too much pond flow, so, by releasing water back into the pond through a "Tee" and flow valve added circulation is provided for the pond. ***** Head over 5m will 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 5 metres (0.5 bar).
So if the filter was mounted 1m above the pond surface, the pressure free outlet must not exceed 6m
There is however another factor in head calculations if long hose lengths are used, see "Friction loss in hose" under How to calculate your friction loss if your hose will be more than 3m. 

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.
 

Aussies additional tips

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 5000 model. 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.

 

Pond Size Chart

Pond size selection

5000 10000 15000 30000

No fish* Pond size - litres

5,000 10,000 15,000 30,000

Some fish** Pond size - litres

3,000 6,000

9,500
 

20,000
Medium fish*** Pond size - litres 2,000 4,000 6,000 12,000

Lots fish**** Pond size - litres

1,250 2,500 5,000 10,000

Koi/Turtles***** Pond size - litres

1,000 2,000 3,000 6,000

 

*No fish - Near natural garden ponds in shade, at least 70cm deep with plant zones, without fish.
**Some fish - Near natural garden pond with plants and fish stock of 40cm per 1,000 litres 
***Medium fish - Near natural garden pond with plants and fish stock of up to 60cm per 1,000 litres
****Lots fish - Near natural garden pond with plants and fish stock of up to 80cm per 1,000 litres
***** Koi and Turtles - Pressure filters are not ideal for Koi or turtles due to the extreme amount of waste they create and have trouble processing the waste due to their design , therefore, gravity filters are better suited. 
However, due to their size and fact that gravity filters must be mounted at the top of a waterfall or above pond level, there may be no other choice. In this case use a pressure filter but we suggest that the pump and filter be a little oversize maintain water quality.
For Australian conditions... The above figures have been adjusted by us for Australian conditions, please do not be confused by anyone else's calculations that may be for the European market as they are different because of our climate

 

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.