Fountain pumps ideal for water features, ponds, fountains and koi ponds
Water features have become increasingly popular since the 1990’s. Almost anything can be turned into a water feature, from the old kitchen sink to wooden barrels. The only limiting factor is our imagination.
Ponds and water features have become very popular with D.I.Y. enthusiasts as they can build, change or elaborate on their ponds and water features as, and when, they choose.
Small water features are ideal for people living in apartments or townhouses with balconies, terraces or limited garden space. Larger properties lend themselves well to bigger decorative or formal ponds and water features.
The market has expanded since the concept of a reservoir, a fountain pump and some form of upper covering, decorative water fall, or fountain effect, has been adapted for individual use. Almost any style or concept can be created.
Fountain Pumps are great for Water features, Ponds, Fountains and Koi ponds.
How to establish the size of fountain pump you will need.
Fountain pumps are an essential part of having a water feature or pond. It is important what size pump you choose for your feature.
Before choosing your fountain pump you will need to:
- Determine size (volume) of pond or feature. i.e. Length x Depth x Width.
- Will you be adding fish into the pond at some piont?
- Is there going to be a rock, wall, or decorative fountainhead that stands above the water line or level?
After these basics have been established, you can then work out your submersible pump size.
- Your pond size will determine your minimum pump size. Work out the volume and look for a submersible pump that will pump at least that volume per hour. (This info will be on the box packaging, or on the fountain pump label).
- If you are going to have fish in you pond then try to keep the volume of water circulating once every 1.5 hours, this can be increased to once every hour.(minimum of once every 4 hours)
- Should you want a water fall or rock feature (where the water would firstly have to go uphill before coming back to the pond), you need to measure the max height to the top of the feature and compensate for the decrease in flow as a result of gravity. Choose a stronger pump by reading the “curve” on the packaging. This will tell you what flow will come out at a specific height.
- N.B. A pump is marked to have a specific flow rate / hour and also a “head”. The “head” is where the pump will deliver NO flow. This is also known as ” shut off head”.