What are Black Knight filter brushes?
Black Knight filter brushes are made from the very highest quality Hydrotek polypropylene twisted into two stainless steel wires to form a cylindrical brush with a loop at one end for hanging. The other end is capped with a plastic knob for safety.
They last indefinitely and are the easiest to use, most efficient and most cost-effective pond filter medium you can buy. Our brushes are used in filtration systems in fish farms, hatcheries, public aquaria, domestic fish ponds and research institutes in this country and abroad. No other filter medium is as widely used or has been as extensively tested and proved.
What are the benefits of Black Knight filter brushes? They:
- are very easy to use
- do not need replacing
- are lightweight
- don’t clog up as many other materials do
- are non-toxic
- are very easy to clean
- never wear out
- are by far the best medium for removing suspended particles of waste
- cost less than any other material that does an equivalent job
- are tried and tested all over the world
- provide a massive surface area for biological colonisation
- do not require expensive support frames
Getting the best results from Black Knight filter brushes
In order to get the best results from the use of your Black Knight filter brushes, it is important first to consider their priority function.
If you are using them as a pre-filter to remove the bulk of the coarse waste, a system of single interlocked hanging brushes is best. If you want to trap an even greater proportion of the waste, the brushes need to be either vertically or horizontally double interlocked (see System Layouts).
Whichever installation design you choose, the method of water introduction to the chamber will have an effect on the efficiency of the brushes. Generally the water should flow into the chamber at slow speed rather than being jetted in under pressure. Water travelling at high speed not only causes turbulence, which will disturb settled material, but it can also wash off some of the waste which has been trapped successfully in the brushes.
Cleaning the brushes
When a significant amount of waste has built up on the brushes, it should be flushed away. If there is a drain in the bottom of the filter chamber then stop the inflow of pond water and drain the chamber completely. When it is empty, the brushes and the chamber should be flushed using buckets of pond water. When the filter is clean, the drain can be closed and filtration can resume. Cleaning in this way will retain most of the beneficial bacteria that live on the brushes but the rotting waste is removed and cannot do any more harm to the water quality.
If there is a more persistent accumulation on the first lines of brushes then these can simply be taken out, hosed down and put back. The chlorinated water from the hosepipe will kill some of the beneficial bacteria on those brushes but the primary function of the first brushes is mechanical filtration and therefore any contribution they make to the biological effort should be regarded as a bonus.
When brushes are used for biological filtration, it is important to remember that a biological colony will function only when six to eight weeks have elapsed after the system is commissioned. It takes this amount of time for the bacteria to reach full strength. Once your system is running efficiently, it is important that the pump is never switched off for more than a few hours at a time otherwise the biological colony will begin to die. The same will happen if the filter materials are allowed to dry out.
Brush Sizes Available:
|Black Knight Brush 12″ x 6″ Dia.
|Black Knight Brush 16″ x 6″ Dia.
|Black Knight Brush 28″ x 6″ Dia.
|Black Knight Brush 10″ x 8″ Dia.
|Black Knight Brush 16″ x 8″ Dia.