|PSS is to set to
bring about a major re-think to all pond keepers/hobbyists who
acknowledge the proven virtues of multi-bay filter systems,
and the importance of water clarity.
PSS1 And PSS2 Single Bay Filters
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In brief Cloverleaf’s innovative but
uncomplicated design for the PSS (Particle Separation
System) can as a single tank/bay be used in a stand alone
situation (providing mechanical & biological filtration), and
could also make a superb filter if attached to a skimmer.
Alternatively the PSS can be hooked into any existing
pump fed multi-bay filter system where it would replace any
vortex bay - with any existing vortex then being converted
into a bona-fide biological bay/chamber. In addition the
PSS can be incorporated within several existing Cloverleaf
multi bay models from the Genisis Mk2 or Professional CL range
(pump feed only). In the future it is anticipated that the
PSS will be standard on many Cloverleaf filters, when
PSS is the future.
key design concept of the PSS is to remove/trap
suspended particles/solids from the water which would
typically flow straight through many vortex bays and thus
pollute any biological media. This is especially the case in
that small diameter vortex units are not the ultimate in
efficiency. In brief then the PSS can be classified as
a highly refined vortex unit, which of course means that any
existing filter (or bays) require far less maintenance - also
meaning a greater biological bed is established. Who could
ever argue that this is not an asset worth having ?
of particles/solids is achieved via Cloverleaf’s uniquely
designed and manufactured long life Particle Separation
Media (PSM) which is retained in suspension at all times.
When the PSM (media) becomes blocked it is time for it
to be cleaned via the airstone ring, however any blockage
which is visually indicated by water flowing up through the
central overflow does not substantially reduce the flow rate
through the rest of any filter system (where applicable) - so
general flow rates/performance are never greatly restricted.
Biological integrity of the PSM (media) is always fully
maintained in that it is always ONLY ever cleaned via oxygen
rich mature pond water.
The PSS1 and PSS2 models
are stand alone modules based on Cloverleaf’s existing VH2/1
and VH3/1 pumped fed “Compact Range” filter units. As
mentioned above, both these filters can be used in various
applications including solely on their own, linked to a
surface skimmer device, or connected into an existing pump fed
multi bay filtration system. On the latter setup any existing
vortex bay should thereafter be converted into a biological
Cloverleaf spent many months experimenting with numerous
existing floating media from international sources, various
shortcomings led to the final decision for the company to
invest in expensive tooling costs in order to manufacture the
PSM media at its own new Essex based factory - with the
media design being based on that used by a UK national water
supply utility company.
To summarise, the PSS is British at its best and
contributes to a better pond environment together with less
pond maintenance at a price that can only be described as most
reasonable. Unlike perhaps some manufacturers the Cloverleaf
design concept is not solely based on having to rip out and
cast aside any existing filtration system, when the option
does exist to retain any existing pump fed system if desired.
Please note air pump’s are not supplied as part of the PSS,
but Cloverleaf’s C82 Air Pump is great for the job.
- Cleaning of the media is achieved
via the following easy steps:
(1) Close isolation valve on PSS bay
(2) Switch off submersible pump
(3) Activate air ring/air pump for several minutes
(4) Turn off air pump
(5) Immediately open PSS bay waste valve to discharge foul
(6) Wipe top perforated plate in bay with a few sheets of
kitchen roll paper
(7) Re-activate system
Do not clean the PSS unnecessarily. Only
do so when the overflow is seen to be operational. If PSS1 or
PSS2 is connected into an existing multi bay filter system and
the media to that system requires cleaning then also close the
isolating valve on the PSS first in order to prevent foul
water from running back to the pump.