The Atlantic BF1600 FilterFalls is a high quality waterfall filter that is part of Atlantic's Oasis series. The Oasis Series offers the same quality and performance as contractor grade equipment (see the Atlantic Pro series), only downsized for smaller projects.
Using durable and long lasting materials, these units are an easy way to build a waterfall into your pond landscape while adding some beneficial biological filtration. The unit features a rolled upper rim, providing clean lines and incredible strength. It's easy to attach a liner to the filer if need be as well with the included one-piece liner attachment flange. Solid lip and molded inserts ensure a watertight seal between the liner and the unit.
Our recommendation with these waterfall filters is not to use the unit itself as the finished spillway for your waterfall. For the most natural result, we recommend building a pool of some kind out of rocks, or other natural material, which is then filled by the waterfall filter. This way the waterfall filter can be hidden underneath some rocks in the landscaping, and a more natural spillway can be constructed out of rock which delivers the water back into the pond.
|Waterfall Width:||16" spillway|
|Dimensions:||21.5"W x 19.5"D x 17.75"H|
|Pump Flow Range:||1,000 - 3,000 gph|
|Match to Skimmer||PS3900|
The BF1600 FilterFalls waterfall filter will work with a pumping flow rate between a minimum of 1,000 gallons per hour and a maximum of 3,000 gallons per hour. Anything more than 3000 gph and the filter won't be able to keep up with the flow that the pump is providing. If 3000 gph isn't enough for your particular application, Atlantic makes these units in a number of different sizes, check out the larger FilterFalls sizes here.
Our favorite line of submersible pumps are made by Shinmaywa. The Shinmaywa 3300 Submersible has flow rate of 2600 gph at 5' of head, which is on the upper end of this filter, but still within the recommended flow range. If less flow is desired, since the Shinmaywa pumps are direct drive pumps, the flow rate can easily be decreased by installing a ball valve after the pump. The nice thing about direct drive pumps is that as you close the ball valve, the pump in turn pumps less water, and also uses less electricity! With magnetic driven pumps, the flow is also decreased, but the amount of electricity stays constant. For a high quality magnetic drive pump with less flow than the above mentioned Shinmayway, have a look at the Alpine Cyclone 2100, which pumps 1500 gph at 5' of head, or the Alpine Cyclone 3100 which pumps 2250 gph at 5' of head. Not sure how much head pressure you have in your pumping system, see our page on Calculating Head Pressure to learn more.