Pond Pump

With getting the right pond pump, there are some things you have to take into consideration:

It is really important to understand this information or find a supplier who does.

There are few worse things in building a pond and discovering - when you plug in the pump -that it simply doesn't run the way you want.

You'll be money ahead and satisfaction ahead to take your time with the pond pump choice. It is the heart of your pond.

And if you try to buy a pump from a dealer who can't answer the following questions - run! Fast!

Calculating Pond Pump Head


The "head" is roughly defined as the height the pump has to move water upwards.

If your waterfall is three feet above the waterline and your pump is two feet below the water line, then you have a "head" of five feet.

Calculating Flow Rate


You're going to really hate yourself if you don't get this one right.

If too low, your waterfall will look anemic and dripping. If too high, you now own Niagara Falls and it will look like overkill.

You want a flow rate of approximately 1500 gallons per hour for every one foot width of your waterfall.

So if your waterfall width is 3 feet, you're going to require a pump that delivers 4500 gallons of water per hour.

Why did I italicize "delivers" above?


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What You See Is Not What You Get


The reason is that the rated pump rate on the pump is NOT what will be delivered in your pond. And isn't that a pain.

A rating is delivered based on water-in and water-out with no head or restrictions. It doesn't take into account "head" and the restrictions imposed by pipe sizes, length of pipe run from the pump to the waterfall (the longer the run the more friction and bigger pump you'll need) and other construction issues such as 90-degree elbows versus smooth corners.

Total Dynamic Head


You are not concerned about the pump's manufactured rating, you are really concerned about a factor known as Total Dynamic Head.

This is the measurement that takes into account all the factors of your individual pond, how high are your waterfalls, how long a pipe run (and what size pipe?) from the pump to the waterfalls.

And all these variables stop a simple web page from giving you a real answer (and any web page that pretends to is one to avoid).

Pond Pump Store Calculator


So the real trick is to go to a pump store that has the calculators on their computer to figure out the TDH for you. (You want to be a math whiz to begin to do it manually and I'm not).

What you want (in the above example) is a pond pump with a TDH rating of 4500 gallons per hour - not a manufacturer's rating of 4500 gallons per hour. And that TDH rating will depend on your unique pond and its construction.

If your pond pump store can't do this, then find one that can. You'll be happier in the long run.

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