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If you have in mind the effect you would like to create or the job you want it to do, then you just need to consider the below options when purchasing your pond pump.
Is it a Water Feature or a pond? Feature pumps are designed to run in an enclosed environment, so they are usually smaller without much protection as they don’t normally need it, they normally only pump through a hose too.
Do you need to pump to a filter? If you do, we suggest using a solids handling pump, sometimes known as a dirty water pump, these will send debris straight to the filter rather than clogging up.
Do you want a fountain? They come in different types but all fountains are a spray above the water, normally landing back on the surface of your pond. Fountain pumps are also a good way to add oxygen to a pond.
Will you need to run a waterfall? If you do, you need to know how wide it will be, on a 12 inch wide waterfall you will need 1000 gallons per hour at the mouth of the waterfall.
With regards to fountains, you would pick the size dependant on the height you want the fountain to be, the bigger the pump, would normally mean the higher the fountain.
Always keep in mind the height you want to pump to, as the height increases, the flow rate will decrease as it is fighting against gravity, if you are going to pump up to 3 metres, then you will need a larger pump than if you were to pump 1 metre.