• PROVIDE SUPERIOR WATER QUALITY– Perma-Beads® are superb at capturing debris due to their unique shape, surface properties and density.
  • NEED NO PLUMBING CHANGES – Switching to Perma-Beads® does not require any plumbing changes. Simply remove the sand and pour the Perma-Beads® into any sand filter.
  • SAVE WATER – Perma-Beads® reduce both the frequency and duration of backwashes saving thousands of gallons of replacement water.
  • SAVE MONEY – Perma-Beads® allow pumps to run cooler requiring less service and extending equipment life while reducing electrical operating costs and replacement costs.
  • SAVE TIME – Perma-Beads® eliminate the time needed for frequent pressure monitoring, frequent backwashes of long duration, attempts to unclog compacted, channeled filters and replace compacted sand or other media.
  • ARE PERMANENT – Perma-Beads® have been in continuous operation in thousands of filters for over 20 years without clogging, compaction, channeling or replacement.
  • ARE PURE – Perma-Beads® are never made from scrape plastic from unknown sources or odd shaped material of varying chemical compositions.  The consistent uniformity and professional quality of Perma-Beads® ensures the complete absence of any contaminants guaranteeing their use for sensitive species.
  • RECYCLE NUTRIENTS – Perma-Beads® concentrate filtered waste nutrients in the backwash water which can then be applied directly to foliage, lawn or agricultural reuse as a free, all natural fertilizer.


Perma-Beads® are specifically designed to replace sand in any make or model sand filter. There are no plumbing changes needed. Perma-Beads® are spherical and about 3 mm in diameter. If you imagine these little “spheres” stacked up in the filter, there is a maximum amount of interstitial space to capture debris. Perma-Beads® have the slipperiness of Teflon but are much harder and very dense yet fluidize easily upon backwash.

waterfallDue to their unique surface properties and density, upon backwash the dirt blows out of the filter but the beads stay in. Perma-Beads® are always of uniform size, shape, color, density and physical properties and are never made from scrape, potentially toxic plastic from unknown sources. Perma-Beads® are inert and non-reactive and are made with consistent uniformity that ensures the complete absence of any contaminants.This quality guarantee has allowed Perma-Beads® to be used in numerous high value koi, aquarium and zoo systems as well as critically sensitive university bioassay research systems.

Our customers have now been using Perma-Bead® media for over 20 years in thousands of sand filters. Many still are using the original Perma-Beads® after 20 years of continuous operation without clogging or channeling while still providing superb water quality. Perma-Beads® are truly permanent and never need replacement.

We offer free systems design services and technical support so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding any aspect of water quality.