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Aquascape's IonGen - Say goodbye to Algae forever!


Aquascape introduced the new IonGen Electronic Clarifier on September 1st of last year. I was so excited that I had mine installed in my 6,000 gallon pond by Sep 6th. It took me about 15 minutes to install it. I love it!

The IonGen drastically reduces pond maintenance and provides crystal clear water without the use of chemicals and completely eliminates the need for Algaecides. 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 away by the flow of water where the ion can begin to treat the water. The IonGen Probe is self cleaning, using reverse polarity to prevent scale and debris build-up on the Probe’s bars. One IonGen unit is sufficient for up to a 25,000 gallon pond.

Aquascape has been testing it for three years and gave it to a number of their employes to test last summer. Everyone that I talked to was blown away. They say that you no longer need to use algaecides to control the algae but you will still have to use the Beneficial Bacteria – Dry (or the Liquid or Cold-Weather Bacteria). The probes should last about 1 year. A red light on the control panel comes on when the probe is used up.

They emphasize that this is very different from a UV light that “fries” all the bacteria – good and bad. The IonGen only takes about 1 watt to drive the electronic control panel unlike a UV which can require as many as 80 watts.

Scott Rhodes, Director of Product Marketing for Aquascape, Inc, assured me that their is no impact whatsoever to the fish. They have done a number of dissections on fish that have been exposed to the IonGen and show no traces of copper, zinc or silver.

Please take 10% off the already discounted price on our site by using the Coupon Code – blog10 – in the Coupon Code box at Check-out.

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date Posted on: Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at 10:17 pm
Category Pond News, Pond Products.
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11 Responses to “Aquascape's IonGen - Say goodbye to Algae forever!”

  1. Linda Brower

    How do I install in skimmer the ion gen.The ponds are 25,000 gallons.Aquascape skimmer is best location.2 inch pipes are burried.

    March 9th, 2010 at 1:51 am
  2. PondMeister

    The Ionen can be installed in the Skimmer as well. The Instruction Manual is on our site at the bottom of the page. First click IonGen Page to get to our IonGen page on our site and then Click on “PDF File” to get the Instructions Manual

    March 9th, 2010 at 7:36 pm
  3. Carol

    With the IonGen, is there any need for a UV light or UV light system?
    How much does the IonGen cost?

    April 5th, 2010 at 10:15 am
  4. PondMeister

    No more need for UV lights any more. Our price on the IonGen is $319 and worth every penny.

    April 9th, 2010 at 6:03 pm
  5. Peter

    How long the probe last? Thanks.

    July 8th, 2010 at 11:10 am
  6. PondMeister

    The probes should last about 1 year. Since they are so new and were introduced on 9/1/10, we are still getting feedback on this

    July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 am
  7. Dr. Richard Pisacreta

    How much do the replacement copper ion probes cost? Should the probes be removed for the winter because 20 degrees causes pond freezing?

    August 13th, 2010 at 8:42 pm
  8. PondMeister

    The replacement probes are $111.98 and should last about a year. I think they are recomending removing them in the winter in cold locattions. I would buy a standard 2″ Male PCC plug to screw into the T for the winter if you are installed in-line.

    August 19th, 2010 at 5:47 pm
  9. eSearing

    Now that you have had a couple of years with the iongen, can you still recommend it? I am torn between spending $500+ for an 80Watt UV I know will work and this device which has mixed reviews.

    Are using any additional products like Barley, bacteria, salt, etc to make the ionizer work more efficiently?

    Have you experienced any problems with the controller?

    August 1st, 2011 at 7:39 am
  10. PondMeister

    I love the IonGen. Absolutely deadly on string algae. Not designed to eliminate green water algae.
    It looks like they have solved the Controller connectioon problems and have replaced any defective Control panels – no Questions asked. UV light will kill some of the Green water algae and also much of the beneficial bacteria but NONE of the String Algae. You still should use beneficial bacteria at least once a week. The IonGen only takes 1 watt to drive which is huge for us here in Southern California who lead the world in high energy rates. Usually green water is a result of other pond issues like too many fish, too much sun, not enough plants, too small a pump, ineffective filtration system, etc. I would only use a UV light as a last result. I understand the UV lights are very controversial and people either love ’em or hate ’em. Put me in the hate ’em category.

    September 26th, 2011 at 12:50 am
  11. jeremy

    hey i bought an ion gen last year and the thing worked great cleared things right up for about two months then as it started to wear out the clearity worsend, so this season after we did a spring clean up we bought a new probe and installed it as soon as the clarity began to go green, we had it running on full power and the clearity just continued to get worse we added bacteria regularly but still no change its been about a month now having the ion gen running full power and its pea soup green nothing has helped. do you think i should add a uv clarifier in as well? the pond is roughly 3000 gallons by the way fish plants etc. let me know thanks.

    July 9th, 2012 at 6:38 pm