Pond Pumps

We stock a wide range of pumps from several manufacturers, including Oase, Blagdon & Pontec. From a small fountain to a gushing waterfall, we’re sure to have a pump to meet your needs.

pond pumps

At The Aquatic Habitat, we offer a diverse selection of pond pumps from reputable manufacturers such as Oase, Blagdon, and Pontec. Whether you’re looking to create a tranquil fountain or a captivating waterfall, we have the ideal pump to suit your needs. Our range of pond pumps can power fountains, filters, waterfalls, or a combination of these features. If you require more extensive or larger water features, a more powerful pump will be necessary. When choosing a pump, there are several factors to consider.

Maximum Head: Lift Water with Ease

The maximum head refers to the height at which a pump stops pumping water above the surface of a pond. It’s important to note that the “head” is measured from the pond’s surface, not from the pump’s position within the pond. As the pump lifts water higher, its pumping capacity decreases. To ensure optimal performance, consider the maximum head required for your water feature.

 

Flow Rates: Achieve the Desired Water Flow

Many pump manufacturers specify maximum flow rates on their packaging, which indicates the flow rate at zero head. While these figures may appear impressive, it’s crucial to consider the actual flow rate you can expect at the desired head. At [Your Store Name], we provide flow rate data for pumps at 1 meter and ½ meter heads, offering realistic estimates for most waterfall features. However, if your waterfall exceeds these heights, you must factor in the maximum head. For example, a pump with a maximum head of 3 meters that delivers 500 gallons per hour (gph) at a 1-meter head may only provide around 250 gph at a 2-meter head. As a general guideline, small fountains typically require a flow of approximately 100 gph (7.5 litres per minute), while waterfalls necessitate between 300 and 400 gph (22.7 – 30.3 litres per minute) for every 6 inches (15 cm) of pouring lip.

 

Pump Type: Choose the Right Pump for Your Application

Pumps come in different types, each designed for specific purposes. Some pumps are classified as “dirty water” pumps, ideal for use in filters or waterfalls as they require minimal maintenance. However, these pumps are not suitable for running fountains, as the jets may become clogged with small particles. For fountains, a pump with an efficient strainer that requires less frequent cleaning is recommended.

 

Running Costs: Optimise Energy Efficiency

Consider the wattage of the pump, as it directly impacts running costs. Pond filters typically run 24 hours a day during spring, summer, and autumn, and the same applies to waterfalls and fountains in general. Choosing a low-wattage pump can lead to significant energy savings. As an approximate estimate, a 100-watt pump running continuously for a week will cost around £2.

 

Hose Size: Ensure Efficient Water Flow

Most pumps can accommodate hoses of various sizes, but it’s important to choose the appropriate diameter to avoid flow restrictions. For waterfalls up to approximately 600 gph, 1″ hoses are typically sufficient. Larger waterfalls may require 1 ¼” or 1 ½” hoses for optimal performance. If you’re using a pump with a low maximum head or an extensive length of hose, a larger diameter hose is usually necessary to maintain adequate flow.

 

Electrical Safety: Prioritise safety in our installation.

Most pond pumps operate at 240v mains voltage and come with a 10-metre electrical cable. If you require an extension, we offer a range of waterproof and outdoor cable connectors. It is strongly advised to use an RCD trip with all mains voltage pumps for enhanced safety. If you have any concerns about the proper installation of a pump, we recommend consulting a qualified electrician.

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