A pond filter can be hidden using several techniques, but we’d always recommend disguising your pond filter using an artificial rock cover to allow for easy access to the filter when maintenance is necessary – without compromising on the natural appearance of your pond.
Whilst a pond filter plays one of the most important roles in keeping your pond clean and habitable, it can also be a huge eyesore – especially if your ultimate aim is to create an all-natural looking pond. The main problem here is that in order for the pump and filter to perform efficiently, they need to be installed as close to the pond as possible; throwing the idea of hiding the unsightly filter box in a nearby shed or custom-built storage box further up the garden and away from the pond.
There are many types of pond filters available; each capable of servicing ponds of varying sizes. However, even with small filter systems, you’re still going to want to disguise the filter housing to help it blend in with its surroundings and appear as natural as the pond itself. With a few options available, we’ll talk through each and give our verdict on which solution is the most effective.
Option 1 (Recommended) – Rock Covers
Artificial rock covers are without a doubt the most popular choice amongst pond enthusiasts. Using artificial rocks to hide your filter provides the most effective and practical solution to successfully hiding your hefty filter box with a natural-looking rock formation.
Artificial rock covers are constructed from lightweight yet rigid fibreglass and are finished in a collection of shades and textures to imitate different types of rock – allowing easy access to the filters internals whilst blending into all types of environments. As filter boxes and pressurised filters come in a range of sizes, so do rock covers. Many filter manufacturers also produce a collection of rock covers that are specifically designed for their individual pumps and filters, but Pond Planet have our own range which are compatible with non-standard size boxes. Each version has access holes for the required plumbing; allowing the rock cover to sit flush to the floor to elegantly conceal pond filter systems.
Positives: Looks natural; Provides adequate coverage; Provides easy access to the filter.
Negatives: Requires initial investment.
Option 2 – Filter Relocation
If you’re in the process of constructing your garden pond or looking for alternative locations to place your filter box, one of you first thoughts is probably to try and install the unsightly box out of sight. However, as we’ve already mentioned, this isn’t always the best idea. Whilst there’s no doubt this solution will provide the best form of disguise, there are a few important factors that need to be considered to keep your pond systems running as they should.
If you have a box filter, your options are extremely limited when it comes to relocating the filter out of sight. This is because these filter systems rely on gravity to return the water back into the pond. The increased length of plumbing needed to feed and return pond water from the filter box can be complicated to install and extremely difficult to disguise.
One option is to install a pressure filter kit, such as the Hozelock Bioforce Revolution 6000, which pumps water from the pond up to the filter before returning the water back to the pond using a pressurised system and is therefore not dependent on gravity. In this case, the filter can be placed further away from the pond without affecting the performance too much, however, it’s important to check that the pump is capable of coping with the increased pressure that the added length of pipe will cause.
Positives: Filter completely hidden from view.
Negatives: Efficiency may be affected; Complicated unsightly plumbing may be needed.
Option 3 – Plants
If relocating isn’t an option, and if you’d prefer to preserve the efficiency of your filter and avoid trailing pipework, then hiding your filter box with pond-appropriate foliage provides a natural disguise. Using plants will allow you to install your filter as close to the pond as possible as you will extend the plants around the pond to hide the plumbing and box exterior.
However, this solution also comes with its problems. Whilst all may seem well in the infant stages of installation, problems can occur when the plants grow during the summer months – especially if you don’t keep on top of pruning and maintaining the plants. As your filter box needs to be fully accessible for maintenance and cleaning, overgrown foliage can restrict your access and make it near-impossible to remove the lid. Not only that, debris from decaying leaves and plant roots can cause major problems to the plumbing if not cleared away regularly.
Positives: Looks natural; Provides adequate coverage.
Negatives: Can obstruct the box lid for maintenance; May damage plumbing; Requires pruning & maintenance.