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“We Have a New Pond!” - Choosing the Right Pump for Your Pond

“We Have a New Pond!” - Choosing the Right Pump for Your Pond

Friends down the road have inherited a manmade pond that needs some love and care. They asked us, how can we revitalize our pond and make the water clear and sparkling again? Cleaning and maintenance are tops for these new pond enthusiasts and indeed for any water gardeners. At pondsuppliesforless.com everything needed for pond care basics is available.

We would say that the first thing our friends need is the perfect pump. The right pump will clean and aerate the water and can also create beautiful effects such as waterfalls and fountains. In addition, the pump is essential to the functioning of a filtering system.  Pump and filter work together to clean and brighten your water feature. Water must flow constantly for effective filtration to take place. Filtration is critical in keeping pond water healthy, clean and clear. Without water circulation and filtration, a pond will suffer from a lack of oxygen and, consequently, poor water quality, and diseases in plants and fish.

The new pond owners are avid gardeners but have never maintained a pond before. Therefore, they want convenience and streamlined solutions for their water feature, so they can concentrate on filling their pond with beautiful plants and fish.  When we introduced them to our selection of pumps with essential features built right in, they were delighted!

Our friends are aware that they may have to replace the old pond liner as well as providing a new pump, but they can address all their needs in one step by purchasing a pond care kit from pondsuppliesforless. The experts there can be easily contacted by calling them at  508-392-9618. They are likely to recommend a package such as the following: the Savio complete 1500 Gallon kit, which is available in different sizes for different amounts of pond water. It contains the following: a Savio - 3600 GPH solids handling pump, a 25 ft kink free hose and Durable EPDM Liner (15 ft x 20 ft) are included, along with the underlayment for the liner.  

Gardeners may want to customize pond care even more by purchasing separate components that add up to the perfect pond system.  Here, some more pump basics are presented to help beginning pond enthusiasts choose.

Getting Started: Some Pond Pump Basics

One important decision pond owners must make is this: should they buy a submersible pump or an external one?  In other words, should the pump be underwater, or should it be set up next to the pond? The pond owner will need to think about factors such as ease of maintenance, winter care, appearance and landscaping around the pond, and level of quiet desired. While an external pump is easier to maintain, it may make more sound than the pond owners wish. Wise pond owners will also think carefully and realistically about the level of maintenance they can handle. If it is going to be difficult to lift a submerged pump, go for the external kind.  On the other hand, for a small pond, only a small pump is needed, and it may be manageable. Read pump descriptions carefully, and choose the one that you can maintain.

The perfect pump should match the size, depth, and shape of your pond.  Fortunately, pumps come in a variety of sizes. A pump needs to be large enough to move the entire contents of the pond water once every few hours, and more often with a high fish load. Pumps are labeled with the gallons per hour, or GPH, that they can process.  Calculate the cubic gallons of water in the pond, using this pond volume calculator or the formula below. Then choose a pump that will move that amount of water each day. For example, a 500-gallon pond requires a pump capable of generating a minimum flow of 250 gallons per hour.

Before buying your pump, you must first determine how much work it will be doing. Will it just circulate water, or will it pump water through a sterilizer, waterfall, fountains, ornaments, and filter? Answering these questions will help determine the size of your pump. The more features you add, the more work you are asking your pump to do, and therefore, the more powerful it must be.

A submersible pump is generally used for a fountain. Gardeners can adjust the water flow for the desired height and fountainhead spray. An external pump is generally the answer for a waterfall feature.

Our new neighbors want to add filtration and a fountain to their pond, and yet they want to keep it all within their budget. They have found the perfect pump in the Power Clear Multi Filter and UV System from pond supplies for less. This pump includes its own filtration system and a powerful UV system to keep the water clean. They cannot go wrong with all these features in one unit and are pleased that this submersible pump even has two fountain head options.  

While envisioning their new water feature, our friends anticipate that they will want to add features, such as a larger fountain or a waterfall. Fortunately, additional pumps can be added to the pond at any time. Water gardeners can choose from a wide array of pumps for specific uses such as statuary fountains, “spitting” fountains and other effects.

To figure out the volume of water your pond will need to circulate use the following calculation. Please note that you should state measurements in feet for these calculations.

Calculate the Amount of Water in Your Water Feature

For a square or rectangular pond:

     Length x Width x Average Depth x 7.5 = Total US gallons

For round ponds:

     0.785 x (Top diameter x Bottom diameter x Depth) x 7.5 = Total cubic gallons.

The folks down the street are happily dreaming of their water feature: a refurbished pond, sparkling clean and better than ever.  As they gain confidence and knowledge about water gardening, they will know that whatever their wishes are, pondsuppliesforless.com will be there to help them, with high quality, affordable products. The sky’s the limit.

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