In truth, this review probably shouldn’t really be called a ‘hands on review’, ownership of the Evolution Aqua EazyPod Automatic has been positively ‘hands off’.  I suppose in itself that’s a mini review, the fact that ownership has been ‘hands off’ means that it has done exactly what it was supposed to do.  However, below I’ll tell you more.

First a little history……

'My' Koi pond, little changed in 30 years

‘My’ Koi pond, little changed in 30 years

30 years ago, in the summer of 1988, I managed to persuade my parents to forgo a chunk of their garden to build my first Koi pond.  I had little to contribute to the pond other than the idea and enthusiasm, with part time jobs generating something like £20 per week, and plenty of other hobbies to spend that money on, i didn’t have much to contribute financially either, in fact as I recall I purchased the Butyl rubber liner, the same liner that lines the pond today – money well spent!

One of the biggest dilemma regarding the pond build revolved around filtration.  Despite common wisdom being to install a bottom drain (although back then these were usually flat roof drains as opposed to the units we see today) my dad steadfastly refused to cut a hole in the middle of the liner.  As such pump fed the pond’s filtration has been for 30 years!

30 years ago the market wasn’t exactly flooded with filtration options, certainly not within the budget of the pond in question.  Various things were considered; under gravel, flocor, hair rollers (yes someone in Birmingham used to advertise them in bulk in the BKKS magazine) among them.  In the end it was a central heating header tank filled with lytag would win the day, on top of it a sheet of foam for pre-filtration.  Very soon after a plastic dustbin of brushes was added to assist with solid removal.

A few short years later I left home and my interest in Koi wained a little, I certainly wasn’t over concerned about the day to day running of ‘my’ pond.  The arduous task of cleaning the filter fell to my dad, come rain or shine, summer or winter, he would laboriously hose off the filter brushes, drain down the lytag, stir it around, remove the dirty water.


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The filter stayed as it was until my father passed away in 2005.  In a bid to lessen the burden the pond would place on my mum, a small sieve was placed in advance of the brushes.  In truth it did little to resolve the maintenance which was still a daily chore.

Over the years the pond reduced to holding a couple of reasonably sized Chagoi and a bunch of Goldfish that i think my mum rescued from the pond at the school where she used to work.  It was a garden pond that was far too labour intensive.  The first I learned how labour intensive was when left to look after it when mum went on holiday.  With noises being made about filling the pond in I decided to have a revamp.

Pond inhabitants feeding

Pond inhabitants feeding

In March 2017 I acquired an Evolution Aqua EazyPod from Gary Smith at Gatwick Koi.  Gary had just done a full revamp of Gatwick Koi’s quarantine facility where the EazyPod’s had been running perfectly for some years. The only reason to remove them was the ever increasing pressure on time for himself and Sue meant time not manually cleaning filters was time well saved.

So, in March 2017 it was goodbye to the sieve, brushes and lytag that had served the pond for 29 years.  On removal of the lytag from the tank their was 2 inches of thick, black, oily sludge, it truly stank.

Plumbing in the EazyPod was simple, a flexible pipe from the submersible in pond pump (a Superfish 3500) attached to the hosetail inlet, a 110mm waste pipe connected to the rubber boot outlet and back to the pond.  The air pump that ran a ‘maxair’ (remember those) aerator in pond had a T piece fitted to divert air to the EazyPod cleaning mechanism as and when required.  Having fired it all up and worked out the simple cleaning process, an EA PurePond Bomb was tossed in and nature left to do what nature does.  Within 48 hours the previously murky water was starting to shine and become noticeably clearer.  Undertaking the backwash procedure resulted in the outer chamber becoming filled with thick green water to be flushed to waste.

Mum soon picked up the cleaning routine to the point that it was almost enjoyable!  In a few minutes without even getting wet hands the EazyPod could be cleaned and back running.  The pond water just continued to get better and better until it became crystal clear, even without a UV unit running.


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At the same time an in pond auto top up was installed utilising a Torbek valve to save worrying about hose pipes and remembering to turn them on and off.

Auto top-up

Auto top-up

Almost immediately that I acquired and installed the original EazyPod Evolution Aqua announced the introduction of the EazyPod Automatic.  Having seen the prototype running at EA’s premises in Wigan I knew that it would be a worthwhile upgrade, especially as their is a very very healthy second hand market for EazyPod’s anyway.

EazyPod Automatic on test at Evolution Aqua

EazyPod Automatic on test at Evolution Aqua

With my overseas travel through the summer of 2017 it wasn’t until September that I would be in the UK for long enough to fit an EazyPod Automatic and ensure that it was running properly before leaving again.  Fitting the unit was just a matter of swapping the 2 units around and wiring the pump and mains electricity into the control unit according to the instructions, simplicity in itself.

EazyPod Automatic

EazyPod Automatic

The factory setting for the cleaning cycle is every 3 days and that is how the unit has been left for the last 6 months.  On occasion a manual clean has been done, more out of curiosity than anything else, and perhaps a little rinse of the outside chamber to ensure that no waste collects in the corners, particularly the corner behind the return pipe, furthest from the drain point.  It tends to be fibrous blanketweed that gathers there as opposed to fish waste.  That same fibrous matter has never collected within the K1 Micro media that sits in the central chamber.

K1 Micro

K1 Micro

We, my mum and myself, were impressed with the EazyPod, to say that revolutionised the filtration and maintenance on the pond is no understatement.  The addition of the ‘Automatic’ has moved it on a step further.

With market prices seemingly starting from £395 for the basic EazyPod unit (minus air pump) through to £695 for the full automatic unit, including UV, there can’t be many garden ponds that wouldn’t benefit from one.


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But what about Koi ponds, where is the EazyPod of use to the Koi keeper?  Well, contrary to what many may think, not all Koi ponds are 5000 gallons + with gravity fed filters, drums and bakki showers.  Evolution Aqua rate the EazyPod as suitable for running a 2200 UK gallon pond with a feed rate of 100-125g per day.  I would have no qualms at all in recommending the EazyPod for such a pond, in fact coupled with one of the large pre-made ponds from the likes of Denby Koi Ponds you can have a very effective and almost instant Koi pond for reasonable money.  For any Koi keeper looking to filter a smaller quarantine pond or growing pond, the EazyPod would again be an excellent option.

For more information about the EazyPod and EasyPod Automatic visit http://www.evolutionaqua.com.  You can also find Evolution Aqua on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/EvolutionAqua/.


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