How to Choose Pond Pump

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If you have recently built or are thinking of building a pond in your yard, you will need to know more about pumps. That’s where we come in!
We have pulled together a wide assortment of articles and information on the various types of pond pumps that available on the market today, as well as recommendations on what you should be looking for depending on your specific application. Please spend some time browsing through our selection of articles on topics such as controlling algae, swimming ponds and energy efficient pumps just to name a few.

Why a Good Pump is a Must

While ponds can provide many benefits to their owners, if not maintained properly, they can become places for bacteria and algae to thrive. Some people find nothing more refreshing than the simple beauty, and flowing sounds of a backyard freshwater pond as an addition to their landscapes. Today’s freshwater ponds have become more than just a beautiful addition to your home but can also act as an irrigation system for your nearby flower and shrubbery. They can also become homes to fish!

In order to maintain a pond’s good health, a continuous flow of water is necessary. Not all ponds are fed by a brook or spring; therefore a good pond pump is necessary to stimulate movement. A good pond pump can even be used with other filtration systems to remove bacteria and algae from your pond.
Electric pumps are a popular style and can provide a continuous aeration source in your pond.

There are many styles of electric pond pumps including:

  • Splash type
  • Floating type
  • Fountain type

Each one is highly effective in keeping water in your pond flowing and helping to maintain overall equal temperature levels throughout the pond. This not only prevents bacteria and algae but gives your pond overall better water clarity.
Good electric pumps come in all styles and sizes to fit every size pond. Prices vary, not only based on the size of the pump but the type of aerator, as well. The higher the horse power of the pond pump, the more expensive the pump can be.
Gas-powered pumps are alternative to electric ones, and can also be effective to improve your water quality in your pond. It is safe to swim in a pond that is being aerated by a gas powered pump, as no electricity is involved.

How to Select One

  • Purchasing one can be a very confusing endeavor. They come in a wide variety of sizes and models—how do you know which one is best for your pond? You will need a pump for your pond especially if you plan to have moving water—either a waterfall, stream, sprouting ornament or fountain.
  • To start with, it does not matter whether your pond is preformed or has a liner—your pond pump needs will be the same.
  • They are available in essentially two types—external and submersible. For smaller ponds, a submersible pump is more cost-effective. Check with your supplier for information that will help you decide which type is best for your pond.
  • They are sized by gallons per hour—the output of water at one foot of height. Pumps that are of larger capacity are rated in horsepower. It is suggested that your pond water is turned half to one full time per hour—for example, a 1,000-gallon pond should have a 1,000 gallon per hour pump.
  • You will need to know the vertical height from the top of your pump to the top of your waterfall or stream if you are choosing to go that route. For every ten feet of hose, you will use, add another foot of height, or lift, for your pump. It is most effective to purchase a pump that will handle more than what you need—without going too far overboard and using too much energy.
    Submersible pumps are placed in the water of your pond—they run much quieter and can also be used to drain your pond.
  • There are a few disadvantages to submersible pumps—for example, seal ruptures which can pollute your pond with coolants.

You will need to know how many gallons of water are in your pond and what type of filtration you will be using. Preformed ponds will have specifications for the type, size and model of pond pump that you should use with your pond.

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