Ordered on line. Shipped incorrect item (a set of 3 pond lights instead). Returned at store and re-ordered. Product arrived on 2nd order. In my opinion, this product is poor at best. It is not designed to handle pressure of 200 gph pumps at all. The biggest complaint is that there are only 2 fitting sizes that "snap" (not screw) into place. Therefore, the build up pressure of reducing from higher gph pumps causes leaks and ultimately breakage of flimsy plastic nipples/fittings. I went to Lowe's and they actually have UV light/clarifiers in stock (Smart Pond brand I believe) and purchased a similar unit (at app. $20.00 more). After an easy install, and 3 days later, I have clear water in my koi pond without any leaks.
i have had to replace the first one, and now the new one only lasted about 3 months and the light went out. now i have to get another light because my pond is turning green. i think it shouldve lasted longer than that. if this is normal i will say this is not a very dependable product
I bought said product to help with my fish tank, what the product did was act like a water heater . I went to a timer with the hopes that it would help, but it didn't. I will have to wait till the winter months to try it again, but for others wanting to use it in an in pond with fish I do not recommend it.
This is an excellent item ON THE MAINLAND. Replacement bulbs are NOT available in Hawaii even though Home Depot sells them in their Stores.
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Review 7 for UV9 Pond Filter
Terrible and mis-leading
PostedApril 23, 2013
Bought this pump, installed it and it leaks, Called the company and spoke to someone who couldn't be less interested. She told me it was my pumps fault, (I have a very old, small pump) this filter can't handle over 600 GPH. The package says 400-800 GPH, She told me "take it back to Home Depot, Good Bye and have a great day" (Home Depot ad says up to 350GPH)
Cons: Leaks, misleading package, disinterested customer service
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Review 8 for UV9 Pond Filter
from Las Vegas, NV
Works great.... for a while....
PostedJune 13, 2010
No, I do not recommend this product.
This worked great keeping my 150 gallon outdoor pond crystal clear. However after the bulb burned out, locating a replacement is nearly impossible and nobody seems to be able to ship it in less than 10 days in the meantime, your pond will choke with algae. There are several of this type of UV filter on the market... I would recommend finding one that is easier to replace the bulb and avoid this model.
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Review 9 for UV9 Pond Filter
from Staten Island, NY
Poor-man's UV filter
PostedNovember 1, 2009
No, I do not recommend this product.
This may work with some effort. First one I ordered came with some oily liquid inside UV chamber, of cause it did not work. Replacement worked (I love that HD is easy with replacements/returns), but had fingreprints on the lamp (which I cleaned to save the lamp). This shows that maker does not do good work with packaging. Problems with filter: 1)Those snap-on 1/2 inch connectors(as shown on picture) will definitely leak. If you need 1/2 inch connection, buy threaded connector for 90cents (could be included). 2)There are no holes to attach(screw) this filter to base/wall. 3)Needs a strong pump to push water through, and may need priming (filling filter with water) if filter positioned lower than water intake. I decided to keep it because it is cheap and I made it work (wasting couple hours and trips to Home Depot). It seems to work (clean water).
Not sure, as I had to reorder unit 2 x. Each had arrived cracked at the center hub. Home Depot accepted the returns at my local store, however, it became an inconvenience. The problem lies in Beckett's warehouse since shipping packaging would have warded off a gorilla attack.
This is a good pond water cleaner. But I had a hard time putting it together. I used vaseline on the o ring but the fitting would not slip over it. I found if you use an exacto knife on the inside where you press down and turn in the groove, cut a thin bevel on the edges that will come in contac with the oring
I love that the uv light can be seen through the fittings, however I couldn't prevent the 5/8" fittings from leaking. The uv filter comes with rubber o rings, however the locking mechanism cannot apply appropriate pressure to prevent leaks. The 1" fitting works perfectly, preventing leaks and griping the hose. I suggest picking up some hose clamps for added security.
Cons: 5/8" fitting is flawed
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Review 13 for UV9 Pond Filter
from Franklin, TN, USA
Age Range:45 to 54
Home Improvement Profile:Other
10 days and no change
PostedJune 25, 2013
No, I do not recommend this product.
10 days with no change in the water at all. Disappointed
Wish I would have bought this along time ago! It would have saved me a lot of work and water. I did drain my pond some and added fresh water so it wouldn't have to try and clear up so much. I did go to the hardware store and bought fittings and clamps so I could hook it up. But my water is clear, I have only had it a little over a week, instead of the pea green soup it has been for the past year! The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because I don't know if the unit is durable, because as I said, I've only had a little while.
I have had a 300 gallon pond for 2 years and it seems all I do is fight the pea soup algae. I was having to add algaecide at least once a week and it was starting to kill my fish. I researched several brands of UV filters online and this one was the best price. I like the ability to attach this unit with several size pump hoses. I connecting mine to a small spitter pump with 1/2 inch tubing. I did have an O-ring leak when I first attached the included barbs, but there is an extra set included with the unit that I used and no leaks. The only other problem I forsee is where to purchase a replacement bulb when this one burns out. Other than that I think is was a good buy. The algae was gone in 2-3 days. Good unit!
Already have UV filter on my other pond,a different brand.It is the only way to keep water sparkling clear.This one is just about the same set-up,only problem was it has fittings for 1/2 inch tubing or 1 inch tubing. I have 3/4 tubing ,very common,so I had to return to the store and spend $4.99 for two other fittings that screwed right in.One thing I like about it is at night you can see if the bulb is working.My other pond you do not know if the bulb burnt out until the water starts turning green.I would recomend this UV Filter to anyone with a pond.
I installed 13 days ago in 125 gallon pond and can now see my fish in the water. Based on other reviews I was expecting the water to be clearer sooner. I do belive it will do the job. Has worked better than anything else I have tried. Was easy to set up.
I am very satisfied with this product. It arived as soon as they said it would i couldn't waited to install it. I had tried just about everything to get rid of the green water in my pond.did not take but less than a week to clear the water crystal clear. Now i can see my fish and the bottom of the pond.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Install, Functionality, Strong, Good Shape