The Best Water Pump For Your Pond

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Installing a Pond Water Pump is an essential part of installing a garden pond, and great way to improve your existing ponds.

Not only does it invigorate and aerate the water, but it can also power a waterfall or water feature.

However choosing the Best Pond Water Pump for your Garden can be a confusing prospect. This guide will help you decide which Pump you need and where to find it.

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The Best Pond Water Pumps of 2017

Below are some of our favorite water pumps of different sizes.

Product
Aquascape Ultra Submersible Water Pump
Active Aqua Submersible Water Pump
Homasy Submersible Water Pump
The Environmental Choice!
Ledgle Solar Powered Water Pump
Price Range
$$$
$$
$
$$
Gallons Per Hour (GPH)
1070 - 3868
40 - 1000
400 - 920
Varies
Pros
Magnetic Drive, Very Reliable, Protective Casing
Magnetic Drive, Wide Range of Sizes
Low Cost
Solar Powered, Relatively Low Cost
Cons
Price, Only Suitable for Large Ponds
Lower Powered than most GPH equivalents.
Small Range Of Sizes, Lower Powered than most GPH equivalents.
Low and Less Reliable Flow
Product
Aquascape Ultra Submersible Water Pump
Price Range
$$$
Gallons Per Hour (GPH)
1070 - 3868
Pros
Magnetic Drive, Very Reliable, Protective Casing
Cons
Price, Only Suitable for Large Ponds
Product
Active Aqua Submersible Water Pump
Price Range
$$
Gallons Per Hour (GPH)
40 - 1000
Pros
Magnetic Drive, Wide Range of Sizes
Cons
Lower Powered than most GPH equivalents.
Product
Homasy Submersible Water Pump
Price Range
$
Gallons Per Hour (GPH)
400 - 920
Pros
Low Cost
Cons
Small Range Of Sizes, Lower Powered than most GPH equivalents.
The Environmental Choice!
Product
Ledgle Solar Powered Water Pump
Price Range
$$
Gallons Per Hour (GPH)
Varies
Pros
Solar Powered, Relatively Low Cost
Cons
Low and Less Reliable Flow

All pumps listed are submersible.

Garden Pond Water Pump Buying Guide

Whether you have a Liner Pond or a Preformed Pond, you will most likely benefit from a Pond Water Pump – as both types of pond may stagnate just the same, possibly resulting in a large amounts of  algae, mosquitoes and a generally bad stench.

Different Types of Pond Water Pumps

There is a large variety of Pond Water Pumps available, however they mostly boil down to two different types; Submersible (Underwater) or External (Out of Pond).

  • Submersible Pumps are generally best for the home garden with just a small pond, as they are quiet, require very little installation, and have the added benefit of being capable of draining your pond.
  • External Pumps are usually for Ponds which require a large volume of water to be pumped. Therefore they are not always suitable for the home garden.

What Pump do you Need?

garden pond pumpBefore choosing a Pond Water Pump you must work out how much work you want it to do. This will be dependent on your Pond’s Size, Waterfall, Water Features and Filters.

Simply put, the more work – the more powerful the pump required.

Pumps are sized by ‘Gallons Per Hour’ (GPH).

For a healthy pond, water should be circulated once every two hours.

For example. A 100 Gallon Pond would require a 50 Gallon Per Hour Pump. (Minimum)

It’s always a good idea to choose a pump that exceeds the minimum amount of circulation required. As this will ensure it doesn’t always run at it’s capacity – and gives the potential to expand or add more features in the future.

The more features your pond has and the higher the waterfall, the more powerful a pump you will need.

Formula for working out the size of your pond in gallons

If you have a square or rectangular pond:

Length x Width x Average Depth x 7.5 = Total US Gallons (x1000 for Litres)

If you have a round pond:

(0.785 x Top Diameter x Bottom Diameter x Depth) x 7.5 = Total US Gallons Radius x Radius x 3.142 x Depth x 1000 = Total Litres

Installation and Servicing Your Garden Pond Pump

It is important to make sure your Pump is located in an accessible place, around the side of your Pond, also ensure that it is not too deep.

This will make it nice and easy to install and maintain, and also reduce the risk of slips and falls.

More Information

Looking for more info on installing a garden pond? See these other posts:

Last update on 2017-09-24 at 03:03 / Affiliate links / Details

One Comment on “The Best Water Pump For Your Pond”

  1. Your advice to pick a pump that exceeds the required minimum amount of circulation in order to avoid having it run at capacity and to give you room for expansion would be useful. This would probably help it last longer since it doesn’t have to work full force all the time. In order to do this, you’d probably want to get all the necessary measurements and other information to figure out how much water you require so that when you look at the pumps you can choose the best option for your system.

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