pond pump is one of the most important aspects of your pond
Your pond is alive
with fish and pants and algae and insects and all of them are trying
to find a balance. Think of your pond as a human body with blood and
bones and skin and hair and you see how we can draw parallels between
a pond and a living person.
What is the one thing that every one of us needs to keep healthy in
order to guarantee our survival?
The Heart! Yes
the heart pumps our oxygenated blood through our veins and into our
brains and lungs and keeps our vital organs strong and alive...it
is much the same for a pond and the pump is like our heart; you need
a reliable pond pump to ensure that everything is moving and the nutrients,
lungs and organics in your pond are all well kept!
Just like our
own nutrition is important so is the nutrition of a pond and again,
the pump plays a primary role in ensuring that the water doesn't
stagnate and keeps moving through the thermocline and into the upper
levels of the pond and to the surface where the oxygen transfer
Yes...the pond pump is one of the pieces of the puzzle that should
be researched before buying. Check the favorable reviews for your
pump before you buy it...there are many variations available from
amazon.com and ebay.com but not all motors are created equal.
Many of my clients
ask me how to build a pond pump or how to build a pond aerator and
the answer is always pretty much the same: you can't really! Well
of course if you are like the Professor from Gilligan's Island you
might be able to build a pond aerator system out of palm tree leaves
and coconut husks wrapped around old stainless steel dishwasher
muffler parts but not everyone has been to NASA science school...some
of us...myself included couldn't build a homemade windmill aerator
if my life depended on it!
You may have electricity near the pond are considering a 110 volt
or 120 volt submersible or shore mounted linear pump. These work
very well even for driving a waterfall. Some of my clients consider
solar pumps, solar aerators or solar powered lawn mowers!
OK...I may be exaggerating with the solar powered lawn tractor as
usually it is too expensive to make a fountain or pump work with
cheap do it yourself solar power systems.
"Listen up" my wife said! Instead of trying to build a
cheap aerator or fashion a homemade pump system from the old tennis
rackets and fireplace bellows you have in the garage just make the
leap and buy a good quality pump for a few hundred dollars. I know
it isn't in some of your genetic code to spend more that $19.99
on a pump but if you value the investment you have put into building
a pond and stocking it with fish then you should perhaps use professional
equipment to aerate and make your waterfall instead of trying the
I'm not against trying to whittle a beer-opener out of a tree branch,
heck, I've done that many a time but when it comes to my pond I
want to just buy a cheap pump that lasts for years and has good
reviews and then I'm all set! My time is becoming more valuable
as I get older and I don't want to spend 12 hours in the garage
building my own aeration pump if I can order one for a few hundred
Stage 1 -
of pump Secure flexible tubing to the outlet of pump using a stainless
steel hose clamp. Submerse at the furthest point from the waterfall.
Route the tubing over side of pond (can be hidden under perimeter
stones). Make sure the stone does not pinch the tubing, and avoid
sharp bends in the tubing so it does not kink and reduce flow.
Stage 2 - Tubing Route the tubing to the waterfall. Bury
Stage 3 - Building waterfall pond Use displaced soil from
pond to build an elevated area for waterfall. Consider making a
small auxiliary pond in this mound. Position the spillway to flow
into main pond. Build the small pond using the same techniques and
liner as the main pond. Two layers of liner are recommended for
this pond. The first one contains the water. The second liner channels
the water towards the fall. Important! Be sure the liner drapes
underneath the waterfall spillway stones - otherwise you will experience
water loss when the waterfall is in operation. You may need to use
liner seam tape in this stage.
- Building spillway Once the spillway liner is in place - you will
want to pump water up to the auxiliary pond and watch it flow down
the liner spillway. (At this stage - your pond should be full of
water). Carefully select stones and position them - while the water
is flowing over them. With the water flowing over the rock, you
may replace, shift and add stones so you achieve the desired water
spills you desire. Place plant moss and small plants between the
stones around the waterfall to achieve a natural look.
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waterfalls it is recommended to have between 50 Gallons per Hour and
150 Gallons Per Hour for every inch of width of your waterfall. i.e.:
If you want an 18" wide waterfall you should have a pump giving
between 900 and 2700 Gallons per Hour. To determine the size pump
you need for your pond, take the total volume of water of your pond
(in gallons) and select a submersible pump that will pump at least
that much water per hour. So, if you have a 1000 gallon pond, you
will need a pump with a flow rate of at least 1000 gallons per hour.
It is better to use a larger pump that required and add a flow restricter
valve, this allows you to adjust the flow as required. If you have
any questions please email
Pump Is The Heart of Your Pond
As I sit around the backyard with my family and friends
watching the fireflies dip and dance in the reflections and ripples
of my pond I often breathe a deep sigh as I sip my cranberry juice
and say a silent thank-you for giving me the chance to enjoy the
moment. I'm sure many of you pond owners know the times you spend
in the tranquility of the backyard pond is priceless! Of course
I also enjoy fishing for bass on the large earth pond I have on
another property a few miles away; nothing like pitching the tent
by your a 2 acre pond surrounded by birch and pine trees at sunset
as the fish hop and jump for their insect supper or the occasional
fish hook of Uncle Bob, the champion fisherman of our family!
But since I live in the city with a fairly small 15,250 square foot
property I have spent much of my time at home concentrating on my
backyard water garden, or the "money pit" as my wife likes
to call it! When I first broke the soil with the shovel, first started
digging the pond, I was a bit of a beginner and wasn't really prepared
for what was in store for me. We'd lived in homes that had outdoor
pools, both inground and above ground pools, and we had said to
each other that these pools were too much work and maintenance with
the additional of chlorine and pucks and scrubbing the algae off
the cement walls of the pool we had realized that a swimming pool
was 80% work and 20% enjoyment...well...since it was me who did
all the work I'd say that my wife got 100% enjoyment and I did all
the work...but that's another story!!
Before I get
to the pump reviews where I review pond pumps let's start with the
basics that most of my clients ask me when I visit there property
as a pond consultant and they ask me what to do to build a healthy
and self-sufficient pond. Digging the pond and laying the EPDM liner
is easy; I mean I do break a sweat when I do it but it is not a
special skill to build a pond...the key is to make sure all elements
are in place to allow the small water garden to not be green and
stinky...that just takes some basic knowledge of what sort of pond
chemicals or additives like beneficial bacteria need to be added.
We have often heard people pontificating about the importance of
aeration and everyone inevitably asks me why do I need to aerate
my pond and the reason is simple...in fact it comes straight from
should I have a pump?
You do not absolutely have to have a pump for a pond you may want
it to look "natural" without any ripples or movement but
sometimes stagnant or still waters can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes
and algae and green water can become a problem...not all the time
but often a pond without a good circulation/aeration system will
develop problems so if you do want a pump there are many benefits
as we've discussed in our aeration pages. As we've said the
pump is the "heart" of any pond and is good at supplying
a small fountain, a waterfall or even pumping through your skimmer
and biological filter.
The size of
the pump you choose depends on what you want it to do. If it is
just for a fountain then most pumps come with suitable attachments.
If it is to run a filter and fountain then it needs to be slightly
bigger. There are multipurpose systems that have multiple outlets
that allow tubing to run to your spitter or waterfall as well as
add-on fountain nozzles that can be changed to create cheap fountains
anywhere from 12 inches to 6 feet of spray above the pond!
The quantity of water in the pond dictates this. If you have a "average
pond" then the water should be turned over every 3-4 hours,
but it should be every 1-2 hours for a koi pond. Your choice of
pump should be one that is big enough to turn the water over often
enough and run a fountain (if required) It is better to have a bigger
than required pump as you can reduce the flow easier than trying
to increase the flow of an undersized pump!
the best pump for your surroundings
So what is the
best pump available? The choice of pump is up to you, but you should
take a few things into consideration once you have made up your mind
on using a submersible sump pump type of pond pump or fountain pump
or the ground mounted external system.
There are two types of waterfall pumps we use. The External Pump
and the Submersible Pump. The external pump sits outside of the
pond much like a swimming pool pump would. It has an intake hose
in the pond, preferably at the deepest point of the main pond and
far from the waterfall to provide the best circulation efficiency
for the system. The Submersible pump is actually in the water and
sucks water directly through the pump into the outlet hose to the
waterfall or retention basin. Both work, but all pumps are not equal.
If you want a fountain and filter will the pump be strong enough to
run both? I often suggest that you have two separate pumps but the
110V submersible pumps are often the best choice for the average small
pond or water garden. Do not forget at night the general ambient noise
level is quieter than during the day so what may be a pleasant "lapping"
or "tinkling" sound when the fountain is splashing during
the day can become an extreme "crashing" or "gushing"
noise at night which may upset you and your your neighbors more than
the teenager with the new car down the street with his new sound system
in his totally tuned Honda! If you have two pumps you can turn the
fountain pump off when it gets late, or better still fit a timer on
to your pond system and have the noisy pond bits running only when
it is appropriate!.
Another thing to be considered is how much will it cost to run? The
cheap pump from the hardware store or the one you bought on Ebay may
be cheaper to purchase but what about its running costs and the warranty?
A "sump" pump is fine and you can buy one from the local
hardware store for less than $100 but those sorts of pumps are mainly
for sucking the flood waters from your basement and not designed for
continuous duty in a pond! A system that must run 7 days a week and
24 hours per day must be reliable and when it is running most of the
summer, with the cost of electricity, you need to avoid the cheap
"power hungry" models and get something that is efficient...the
initial cost may be high but just because you get a deal from Jimmy
in South Dakota selling his aquarium filtering pump on Ebay doesn't
mean it's the right thing to do!
External pond pumps are usually mounted on the shore
and are great because they are easier to service because you don't
need to go up to your elbows in stinky, smelly pond water to retrieve
Place the pump in some sort of insulated cabinet, shed or pool house
to make sure the system is not exposed to rain, snow or other such
hazards like the gnashing teeth of muskrats, beavers and squirrels!
The diagram below shows one popular way how to install your pond
pump. The units we use are all 220V so if you only have 110/115V
then check out the pumps with fountain heads included below this
The Pond Report
has tested dozens of external pond pumps including the Dynamo Pumps,
WunderFlo Pumps, Aqua Flow, Artesian Pumps, Cascade Pumps, Swing Check
Valve Sequence Pumps, Little Giant etc. etc until we were sick of
trying every little cheap pump that said "Made in China"
on the sticker!!. Of course we all prefer something that is "Made
in USA" or we have found Japan, Taiwan, and Germany also make
very good aquatic systems!
Our overall best-performing winner of all reviews of external pond
pumps is the SF-SeaFlo series of pumps. They are a high performance
pump that require a 208/230V electrical service. Designed for larger
ponds and systems that require an extra and powerful flow these are
self-priming with a high efficiency impeller and life extending diffuser
wear ring. They all have a fiberglass reinforced. 2Ē suction and discharge
ports. Single piece corrosion resistant over sized strainer pot and
Unique diffuser and impeller provide excellent pressure performance
across wide range of desired gallon per minute flow rates. User friendly
drain plugs. All stainless steel hardware. These pumps are our favorites
as they offer an unprecedented 3 year limited warranty.
The Pond Report has given Pentair Sea Flow High Performance Self-Priming
Pumps feature sophisticated design translated into unprecedented power
that offers the ultimate in efficiency our highest PK 7 rating as
they are simply the best pumps money can buy. . These unique external
pond pumps are designed to handle the larger capacity jobs of ponds
or larger aquariums to deliver excellent flow with less friction and
less noise while using smaller horse power motors.
For best pump performance, install this pump out
of direct sunlight within 3' of the water surface level.
Perfect for use in pool, water garden, and koi pond applications,
these aboveground pumps keep maintenance convenient. The large strainer
basket and see-through lid permits fewer services and easy inspection.
Their unique diffuser and impeller provide excellent pressure performance
at a wide range of gallon-per-hour flow rates. Easy to remove drain
plugs on the strainer basket and pump chamber make end of season maintenance
is no electricity supply available you can use a solar pump. They
mostly come in two varieties. The floating "island" type
and the "separate submersible" type that has a solar panel
or a few solar panels to operate the pump. While these pumps may be
efficient if they have a night and day back-up battery system they
are not very effective if they are run "solar direct" or
just when the sun is shining. I've also seen many solar pond pumps
become practically useless as soon as a bird poop lands on the solar
panel! You'd be surprised how much a solar power system can degrade
in efficiency as soon as shadows or debris cover one of the cells
of the panel. Again...don't buy cheap solar panels!
Island solar fountains are so called because they float on the
pool with their solar cells built in pointing upward, looking like
an island. As they are usually small they need a great deal of sunshine
to work and where does the water go? over the solar cells eventually
leaving mineral deposits on the cells obscuring them from much needed
light, so they need cleaning regularly. Also the water cools the
solar cell down making them even less efficient.
Submersible solar fountains are just that, they have a separate
solar cell or cells which can be positioned away from the pond pointing
towards the sun and the pump is sitting in the pond. As most* separate
solar fountains have big solar cells they can run much more powerful
pumps giving a better display, we have even seen some which have
a "battery pack" to run the pump at night. Also because
they have bigger solar cells they need much less light to start
working and as the solar cells are not under water they need cleaning
As with most
things in this industry you get what you pay for, Island solar fountains
are fairly inexpensive and if they get damaged you throw them away
but separates you can replace the broken part.
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Pond Pump Websites
Here are some
websites we recommend if you are looking to buy something in Canada,
The USA, Europe or anywhere in the world!
. Pond & Waterfall Pumps 200 to 6,500 Gallons Per Hour . .up to.
. Pond, Filter & Waterfall Pumps 80 to 6,000 Gallons Per Hour .up
to. . Marathon Water Feature Pumps 350 to 800 Gallons Per Hour .up
to. . FP Filter Pumps 1,000 to 2,000 Gallons Per Hour . Geyserflow
Stainless Steel Pumps 2,320 to 6,290 Gallons Per Hour . ECO Pond,
Filter & Waterfall Pumps 950 to 10,000 Gallons Per Hour . Pond Pumps
1,200 to 2,420 Gallons Per Hour . 50 ft. power cord available Split
Tube Technology Waterfall Pumps 1,980 to 8,720 Gallons Per Hour
. Triangle & BVP Solids-Handling Pumps 1,380 to 5,280 Gallons Per
Hour Lifegard QUIET ONE Pond Pump Kits 220 to 1,500 Gallons Per
Hour . Water Master Solids-Handling Pumps 1,450 to 6,500 Gallons
Per Hour Pond & Waterfall Pumps 200 to 5,300 Gallons Per Hour PRO-Line
Pumps 1,650 to 10,600 Gallons Per Hour Pond & Waterfall Pumps 250
to 5,000 Gallons Per Hour .up to. OFX Filter Pumps 2,000 to 3,870
gal. . Titan Filtration Pumps 550 to 4,400 Gallons Per Hour . Waterfall
Pumps 1,200 to 5,200 Gallons Per Hour External Waterfall Pumps 3,400
to 11,000 Gallons Per Hour Statuary Pumps 52.8 to 650 Gallons Per
Hour Floating Fountains .up to. Air Pumps .up to. Solar Pond & Fountain
Equipment. Why Buy Your Pond Pump from PondsOnline
Prices of the SuperFlo 3000*: Home Depot: $140.00 Canadian Tire:
$139.99 Our price: $104.99! *Prices found on Home Depot and Canadian
Tire websites on May 23, 2008. Statuary Fountain Pump Compare to
$24.99Starting at $18.99 SuperFlo 2000 Pond Pump Compare to $153.95$89.99
Maxflo Waterfall Pump Compare to $159.00 Starting at $139.99 Algreen
CrystalFlo Pond Pump and All-in-One Filter Compare to $249.99Our
Price: $229.99 Algreen Ultra Flo All-in-One Aeration Pump Kits Compare
to $106.98Starting at $95.10 Deluxe Super Flo 3000/4000/5000/6000/
Pond Pump Kits Compare to $140.00Starting at $89.99 Stainless Steel
High Capacity Series Pumps Compare to $579.98Starting at $554.99
SICCE Master DW Cascades and Filter Pond Pump Compare to $249.99Our
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to $123.96Starting at $69.99 I have the SuperFlo 3000 pump at present
and have had no problems so far . This will be it's 3rd year running,
winter and summer. Brenda, Winnipeg Pond pumps are an extremely
important part of any water feature. Regardless of what you want
your water feature to be, the water can not be stagnant. If the
water remains dormant, it will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes,
and it will make standing around your pond uncomfortable. Choosing
between pond pumps is simple When you choose a pond pump, the Gallons
Per Hour rating (Gallons per hour) should be about half of your
pondís size. This is enough to circulate the water once every 2
hours, which is JUST enough to keep the water circulating enough
to prevent mosquitoes from settling in. If youíre planning on having
a waterfall, you will need a stronger pump. The pond pump type you
purchase is also important. Itís good to choose a pump thatís magnetic-driven,
as this is quieter and more energy efficient than a direct drive
pump. Fortunately, GardenSuperMart only carries Magnetic Driven
pumps! If you should any further questions regarding the pond pumps
we carry then please don't hesitate to contact us. We can provide
you with recommendations specific to your needs and wants and will
assist you in any way possible. Purchasing a pond pump When buying
a pond pump for your water garden, there are several trade-offs
that you need to take into consideration...Read entire article Pond
pump testimonial I purchased pumps from several retailers, and they
never made it to their second year. But then I tried the Algreen
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High Capacity Stainless Steel Pumps These solid submersible pond
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cascading water features or creating tall fountain displays. The
handles are stainless steel, the motor head cover is cast iron,
the hose couplings are cast iron and strong plastic, the impeller
is cast iron and bronze, the motor casing is stainless steel and
the filter strainer is plastic and stainless steel. The barb adapter
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110 V, 60 Hz, 5.5 Amp, 18' cord 2640 2040 1320 780 - - - - $280
CP-BSE121102 2 " MNPT, 110 V, 60 Hz, 7.5 Amp 18' cord 3180 2820
2322 1650 1020 300 - - $320 CP-BSE11102 2" MNPT, 110 V, 60 Hz, 13
Amp, 18' cord - 5220 4680 4260 3780 3240 2520 1980 $580 CP-BSE11103
3" MNPT, 110 V, 60 Hz, 13 Amp, 18' cord - 10200 8520 6600 4800 2400
- - $655 CP-BSE 12203 3" MNPT, 220 V, 60 Hz, 6.5 Amp 18' cord -
10200 8520 6600 4800 2400 - - $655 CP-BSE22204 4" MNPT, 220 V, 60
Hz, 13 Amp, 30' cord - 15600 14100 11700 9900 7200 2400 - $1100
CP-BSE22205 5" MNPT, 220 V, 60 Hz, 19 Amp, 30' cord - 23400 21300
18600 16800 15000 10200 6900 $1500
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