Filter pond pumps have a number of different uses in your garden pond, Koi pond, water feature or other garden water body. Filter pumps are primarily designed to move dirty pond water at high volumes to a pond filter system.
Filter pond pumps have an open impellor design which allows particles up to 10mm in diameter to be pumped through without blocking the pump, so that unwanted debris from the pond can be moved to the filter where it can be strained out. All the debris that settles in the pond should eventually be removed to the filter system where it can be manually cleaned out.
A pond can only successfully work if the pump and filter system are of the correct size and are maintained correctly. Although a filter pond pumps is only one piece of equipment needed to keep a pond clean and healthy, it is possibly the hardest working item, these pumps are happy to be sat in the bottom of your pond, where the dirty water collects, they will run 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and can consume very little electricity considering the volume of water they move. They can also be left with relative infrequent maintenance, this allows you to enjoy your pond instead.
These dirty water pumps need not be confined to powering a filter. They can be used for a number of other purposes such as powering a waterfall, stream, rill or used for extra in-pond water circulation. Their simple design makes them easy to install by even the most inexperienced pond keeper, they all come with long guarantees and 10m of waterproof rubber cable.
Maintenance of filter pumps is relatively straight forward as long as it is done correctly. Simply turn off the mains power, remove the pump from the pond and clean the strainer cage with a pan scrubber and some fresh water. Remove the filter case off the main pump and clean the pump body, look into the impellor chamber and ensure it is free from debris. If not, remove the impellor cover and clean, re-connect the filter case and place back into the pond.
A good rule of thumb to when your pump needs cleaning is when the flow rate starts to decrease. Ideally maintain the pump every three months, however in dirty ponds it may need to be more frequent.
Choosing the right filter pump
Choose a pump based on the volume of water you need to pump and the kind of livestock you keep in your pond. For example koi carp create lots of waste so you need to filter the water more regularly. It is not usually best to just buy the cheapest pump - not only are the top of the range ones more effective but they are also more economical and energy efficient in the long run.
For example the Oase Aquamax Eco Premium which carries a five year guarantee and 25% lower running costs is perhaps the best filter pump available. The Aquamax comes in six different models depending on the maximum flow rate you are looking for.
For more advice and information about the best filter pump, take a look around our site or contact our sales team on 0161 351 4700.