The pond pump is a must have for every owner of a koi fish pond. It is required for proper water health of your pond water and the water circulation should be carried out at least once per hour. The pumped water is aerated and can be treated and filtered so as to guarantee an excellent habitat for the fish to thrive.
Why You Need a Pond Pump
- Inhibits Breeding Grounds for Pests
Stagnant water provides an excellent environment for pests and insects to breed. Mosquitoes in particular thrive best in stagnant water. A pump therefore helps eliminate such a breeding ground by circulating the water and keeping it clean and aerated. Stagnant water results in the accumulation of dead plants which end up killing the living organisms in the pond.
- Water Filtration
A pond pump used hand in hand with an excellent pond filter greatly enhances the quality of the water in the pond. This will ultimately help boost the good bacteria in the water and prevents buildup of bad bacteria. The units also remove debris and other unwanted waste materials.
- Required Water Flow
A pond pump will helps maintain the required water flow within the pond, ideally for those with an additional water feature such as a waterfall or fountain. The pump helps keep the fountain within the required levels. Fish are highly sensitive to any changes within the pond and that is why it is important to keep the waterfall within levels required. Weak or too much flow has a negative effect but with a pump, the fountain will be as required.
Choosing a Pond Pump
Pond pumps are available in various designs, sizes, and types. These options may make it challenging to know what to go for if you are buying one for the first time. However, as a guiding post consider these important factors before a purchase:
- Cost Effectiveness
This is an important consideration when it comes to the purchase of a pond pump. This cost refers to purchase, running, and maintenance costs. The pump should be reasonably priced upon purchase and should be cost effective to maintain. The overload switch is a key feature in most 24/7 operation pond pumps and they help prevent the motor from overheating. Therefore, those who intend to keep their pumps constantly in operation should consider the cost effectiveness of the pump.
The various manufacturers in the market are constantly seeking ways of improving the cost-effectiveness of their pumps. Some of the things they strive to improve are: the wattage, motors, and the designing of fewer moving parts so as to minimize maintenance. To get the best pump, you should choose a pond pump that is designed by a reputable manufacturer.
- Size of Water Feature
It is important that the pump’s capability is compatible with the required water feature. The pond or fountain can be small, medium or large, starting from 200 gallons to even more than 10,000 gallons. Small ponds with 200 to 400 gallons of water require a pond pump of 200 GPH, a medium sized one needs a pump of 3100 GPH, and a large pond of 10,000 gallons should be served by a 10,000 GPH pump.