The Need for a Wetland Filter
We have been working for quite a few years with St Vincent’s of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and knew they needed a Wetland Filter Installation. St Vincent’s is a beautiful retirement home for priests with a large pond in the courtyard as a focal point and meeting place. The priests and staff greatly enjoy the pond and often overfeed the fish in their excitement. The pond is concrete and runs 20 x 30 feet. It has been there since the 1930s.
Five years ago AquaReale installed a skimmer bay in the pond, allowing surface debris to get skimmed off rather than just sinking to the bottom. This has worked very well for them, but now they needed more. They needed a Wetland Filter Installation.
The pond had too many fish in it and inadequate filtration. It was also overrun with food thrown in by the priests on a daily basis.
Their existing filter box was not keeping up with the load. The pond was always green and we knew the overfeeding was going to continue. Who are we to stop a retired priest from feeding the fish? So now we needed a solution and we had it. A Philadelphia Wetland Filter Installation was needed.
Solution: What is a Wetland Filter Installation?
A wetland filter is a graded gravel filter that houses tons of beneficial bacteria and traps sediments Water is distributed through the gravel slowly, giving time for the healthy bacteria to break down the organics. Here’s a video about wetland filters and how they work: https://youtu.be/6xMpuvwGJY4
The new filter would be six times the size of their biofalls, which was their original filter. Over time, as the filter becomes seeded with bacteria, the filter will work better and better.
The clarity has already improved with the pond. Long term results will show by next year, when the bacteria is full seeded in the filter. Like most natural things, it can’t be rushed. It is already improving and it will be worth the wait.
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