Drastically reduce pond maintenance caused by algae while your pond gets more beautiful. Aquascape IonGen System G2 controls algae in ponds, pondless waterfall systems, and decorative water features. Simple to install, the digital control panel on this clarifier sends signals that slowly dissolve the replaceable copper probe, releasing a calculated mixture of copper ions into the path of flowing water. The ions produced by the probe treat the water and reduce string algae as well as drastically reducing maintenance and the use of traditional pond chemicals These amazing, water-clarifying ions increase pond water clarity and quality for less than $1 a month in electricity costs.
Easy-to-ready electronic control panel with bright blue digital display allows simple adjustment of ionization level. Simply enter desired ionization level and enjoy crystal-clear pond water. Angled probe design (vs. T-style) helps deflect debris and reduces clogging. Flow Chamber can be installed directly into your water feature plumbing or placed in an area with good water circulation. Other user-friendly features include durable quick-connect electrical connectors and an electronic indicator that notifies you when the probe needs to be replaced. For convenient use with new or existing pond filtration systems. Requires no tools for effortless plumbing and installation. For use with ponds up to 25,000 gallons. EPA Registration Number: 83739-1.
IonGen G2 Electronic Pond Clarifier comes complete with Electronic Control Panel, Low-Voltage Outdoor-Rated Transformer, 16 ft long Transformer Cable, 12 ft 8" long Probe Cable, Flow Chamber with Replaceable Probe, Copper Test Kit (25 test strips), 2" PVC Slip Fittings, Universal Barbed Hosetail Fittings (1", 1.25", 1.5") and Owner's Manual.
Replaceable IonGen G2 Probe typically lasts one to three seasons of use, depending on the ionization level of operation, size of pond, and water parameters of the water feature.
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Step-by-Step Installation for the IonGen
- Mount the IonGen Control Panel - Mount the IonGen Control panel in the desired location, making sure the electrical cord reaches the GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) outlet. The Control Panel is weather resistant but steps to protect it from the elements (such as mounting the panel above the ground, protecting it from direct sunlight, as well as disconnecting and storing inside during winter) are recommended to maximize its lifespan.
- Install the Flow Chamber - The PVC Flow Chamber for the IonGen System can be located in several areas within the water feature. The Flow Chamber is most effective when plumbed directly into the water feature's recirculating system. The Flow Chamber can also be submerged in a region of the water feature with a good water flow, such as in a skimmer box or the edge of a stream or waterfall. Make sure the electrical cord for the Probe reaches the Flow Chamber location. Follow the step-by-step installation instructions for the method you select. Note: The PVC Flow Chamber is a standard 2" Schedule 40 PVC slip connection and can be made using PVC glue. Other fittings (not included) can be used to convert the Flow Chamber to fit the specific application requirements.
Flow Chamber Option A:
Plumb directly into recirculating system
- Cut and insert the PVC Flow Chamber into the water feature's recirculating system. The Flow Chamber should be positioned after the water feature's pump. It should be located in a region of the plumbing line that will drain for servicing the Replaceable Probe and overwintering the fitting. It is recommended to use a pre-filter, such as a skimmer, prior to the IonGen Flow Chamber in order to remove solids and debris that may interfere with the Probe. A small valve box may be used for easy access during maintenance.
- Glue the PVC Flow Chamber into position using PVC glue (not included). Follow the glue manufacturer's directions for proper steps.
- Install the Probe into the top of the Flow Chamber. Use Teflon® tape or a bead of silicone (not included) over threads of the Probe Fitting to ensure a water tight seal. Use a pair of channel lock pliers to thread the Probe into the Flow Chamber.
- Plug in the waterproof connector from the Control Panel into the top of the Probe fitting.
Flow Chamber Option B:
Skimmer or in-stream installation
The Flow Chamber can be submerged in a region of the water feature with a good flow of water, such as a skimmer box or the edge of a stream or waterfall. The Flow Chamber must be completely submerged in order to function properly. The Flow Chamber can be camouflaged into the edge of the stream using small rocks. Note: Completely remove Probe from water when connecting or disconnecting the waterproof electrical plug.
Operating the IonGen System
- Power Indicator-Power Indicator Light will be illuminated when the Control Panel is receiving power.
- Ionizing Indicator Display-The Ionizing Indicator Light will be GREEN when the generator is properly ionizing. The ionizing light will flash RED when the probe is exhausted or the Control Panel indicates a problem.
- Adjustable Ionization Level-The amount of ions being generated can be controlled using the Up or Down button. The lighted Ionizing Indicator Bar will display the output level of the generator.
- Before using the IonGen, please note following:
- If the total alkalinity of the water is less than 50ppm, you will need to increase the alkalinity level.
- If the total alkalinity of the water is more than 250ppm, do not use more than 0.25ppm of copper.
- Startup of System
- Turn on the pump.
- Plug the IonGen and set to full power.
- Perform the copper test (per test kit instructions) over a period of days and maintain full power until the reading on the test is between 0.2 and 0.25ppm. The more debris and dirtier the water feature or the larger the volume of water in the water feature, the longer it will take for the ions to reach this level. Please note that it may take several weeks before the copper level begins to be detectable.
- Once the copper reading is between 0.2 and 0.25ppm, set the Control Panel to show one or two bars on the Ionizing Indicator Display. Monitor on a regular basis to maintain the copper level within this range. If the copper reading is below this range, increase the ionizing power on the Control Panel. If the level is above 0.25ppm and the Ionizing Indicator is already down to one bar, unplug the IonGen until the copper level falls within the proper range.
- In the event of a power failure, the IonGen Control Panel's internal memory will reset itself to the last setting before the power failure.
The Replaceable IonGen Probe will typically last one to three seasons depending on the usage, quantity of water and water parameters of the water feature. The Ionizing Indicator, which is normally lit GREEN when ionizing, will begin to flash RED. The flashing RED ionizing light indicates when the Probe is exhausted or there is a problem with the IonGen.
Replacing the Probe
Disconnect the waterproof connector at the top of the Flow Chamber and remove and inspect the IonGen Probe for significant deterioration. Replace if necessary. Note: It is good practice once a year or at the beginning of the water garden season to manually inspect the IonGen Probe.
- The Control Panel is weather resistant but steps to protect it from the elements (such as mounting the panel above the ground, protecting it from direct sunlight, as well as disconnecting and storing inside during winter) are recommended to maximize its lifespan.
- The Flow Chamber, when plumbed directly into the recirculating system, needs to be located in a region that will drain in order to service the replaceable IonGen Probe as well as allow the Flow Chamber fitting to overwinter.
- Make sure the plumbing line is drained free of water during the winter. Failure to do this may cause water in the plumbing line to freeze and crack the Flow Chamber.
- The Flow Chamber, when set in the skimmer or inside the pond, should be removed and stored inside.
Important: Before starting the IonGen on existing water features, it is recommended to thoroughly clean the pond of as much debris as possible. This will maximize the effectiveness, speed to achieve desired results and the ability to raise ion levels to proper levels. The more debris and dirtier the water feature, the longer it will take for the IonGen to provide noticeable results.
|Power Light not Illuminated
- No AC power
- Debris stuck on Probe
- Check GFI and incoming power
- Remove Probe and clean debris off bars
|Ionizing Light Illuminated RED
|Ionizing Light flashing from GREEN to RED
- Insufficient water flow through the Flow Chamber
- Debris stuck on Probe
- Make sure pump is running and add more water
- Remove Probe and clean debris off bars
|Low Copper Levels
- Ionizing Level set too low
- Insufficient flow through Flow Chamber
- Probe exhausted
- Raise ionizing level
- Increase pump run time or move Flow Chamber to higher flow location
- Replace Probe
|High Copper Levels
- Ionizing level set too high
- Reduce Ionizing Indicator to one bar or unplug Control Panel until copper level is below 0.25ppm. A partial water change can also be conducted for quicker copper level decrease
|Cloudy Water/Excessive Debris
- Insufficient flow through the Flow Chamber
- Debris stuck on Probe
- Low copper level
- Outside of targeted water parameters
- Increase pump run time or move Flow Chamber to high flow location
- Remove Probe and clean bars
- See Solution for "Low Copper Levels"
- See Target Water Parameters table
|Not Able to Raise Ionizing Indicator to Maximum Bars
- Manufacture setting in Control Panel needs to be adjusted
- Check copper levels first to make sure it is not above 0.25ppm. If above 0.25ppm, refer to Solution for "High Copper Levels." Remove back panel of Control Panel and turn the blue potentiometer screw clockwise until maximum bars are able to be reached using the Control Panel touch pad.
|Water Flow Reduction
- Remove Probe and debris off bars
Target Water Parameters for Optimal Performance
To achieve the best results with the IonGen, it is recommended that the water feature's water is within the water parameters listed below. The water feature's water parameters can change during the season, especially in water features that experience high evaporation. Many times a simple water change can help "reset" the water feature's water parameters.
- Input Voltage: 120 Volts
- Input Frequency: 60 Hz
- Output Voltage: 12 Volts
- Output Current: 0.5A
- Plug-in transformer: UL Listed, CSA Listed Rainproof Class 2
- Flow Chamber: PVC Tee 2" Slip x 2" Slip x 2" FPT
- Capacity: Up to 25,000 gallon water features.
The Aquascape IonGen is a water clarifier solution for ponds, Pondless waterfalls and other decorative water features. The IonGen drastically reduces pond maintenance and provides crystal clear water without the use of chemicals. A microprocessor inside the IonGen Control Panel causes the outermost atoms of copper, silver and zinc to lose an electron, creating a positive ion. The positive ion attempts to flow from one of the Probe's bars to the other and is swept by the flow of water where the ion can begin to treat the water. The IonGen Probe itself is self-cleaning, using reverse polarity to prevent scale and debris buildup on the Probe Bars. The metal alloys in the Probe are scientifically blended and tested to produce maximum results. The IonGen is safe for fish and plants and is not toxic to any animal that may drink from the pond.
- Read the Installation Instructions & Maintenance Owner's Manual before installing.
- Follow all local codes for installation.
- To reduce the risk of electric shock, connect only to a properly grounded, Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI).
- Do not immerse the Control Box in water.
Important: Before starting the IonGen system on existing water features, it is recommended to thoroughly clean the pond of as much debris as possible. This will maximize effectiveness, speed to achieve desired results and the ability to raise the ions up to the proper level. The more debris and dirtier the water feature, the longer it will take the IonGen System to provide noticeable results.