Wound cartridge filters are manufactured using a high speed, continuous wind process which creates a superior one-piece filter with hundreds of diamond shaped tunnels that get progressively smaller from the outer diameter to the core. Finer particles are progressively trapped as fluid travels to the center of the filter allowing for much greater retention capacity than that which is associated with straight surface filter media of the same dimensions and porosity. The winding pattern provides 3.5 square feet per 10″ cartridge filter. For each 10″ filter length there will be approximately 1/2 to 1 lb. retention of solids before replacement becomes necessary. The amount of solids retained depends on the type of solids in the solution as well as the head pressure developed by the pump.