Selecting a fountain pump for your garden pond should be easy if you know what you need.
The pleasing look of a fountain that dances with ever-changing water displays and the sound of the water splashing gives a garden pond that extra special look and sound, so let’s see what’s available.
A dedicated fountain pump is there to run a fountain and maybe a small water feature, they are not designed to run a filter system, although there are some larger models that are capable of running a filter system.
Fountain pumps come with everything you need in one compact unit, they create a range of pleasing effects and most will also allow you to run a small water feature such as a spitter aswell as the fountain.
If you have an ornamental pond without any fish you don’t really need a filter system, if you want the sight and sound of a fountain then all you need to do is add a fountain pump, plug it in and you’re up and running.
If you have a pond with fish you will need to have a pond pump to run the filter system, some can and do have the facility to run a fountain, but they do have their limitations. The ideal solution is to run a dedicated fountain pump alongside your pond/filter pump, that will give you the best of both worlds. Not only will a fountain provide movement of water but it also oxygenates the pond water.
If you do decide to use a pond pump to run a fountain you might find a decreased flow as the pump tries to pass water through to many components, this could affect the water height of the fountain.
A pond pump needs to be running 24/7 whereas a dedicated fountain pump doesn’t, so it can be turned on and off without affecting the ponds ecosystem.
A pond pump needs to be placed in the right position to get full water circulation, a fountain pump can be placed anywhere within your pond.
It’s easy to maintain as you can take the complete fountain pump out of the water, there’s no hoses running to filters or waterfalls to worry about, just the power cable.
Due to their size they have a low running cost and because they don’t need to be running all the time they can be even cheaper to run.
PondKraft Fountain Pumps.
The PondKraft fountain pump range offers great value for money and is a very popular choice.
There are 7 pumps in the PonKraft range, the 750, 1000, 1300, 2000, 3500, 4000 and the 5000, price range from under £30 to about £100.
They all come with a sturdy anti/clog cage to stop debris such as blanket weed, leaves, stones, duckweed from getting to the impeller, this prolongs the life of the pump.
All the PondKraft fountain pumps comes with a telescopic extension piece, it depends on the pump to which size of extension pipe is supplied, see the table below.
They come with a flow adjuster t piece which the extension piece screws into, the flow adjuster is just a tap that allows you to adjust the flow rate up and down, this gives you complete control over the fountain or fountain/spitter depending on what the pump is being used for. The smallest 750 model is only capable of running the fountain or spitter not both.
Each of the fountain pumps come with at least 2 fountain heads, a two tier fountain and a bell jet, you also get a geyser jet with the larger pumps.
All the pumps come with 10 metres of cable but no plug.
You get a 3 year guarantee as standard with all the pumps.
Lotus Maximus Evo Fountain Pump.
There are five models available in the Lotus Maximus Evo range, the 800, 1500, 2500, 4000 and the 6000 with prices ranging from under £50 to well over £100.
The Maximus Evo is capable of running fountains, water features, waterfalls and filtration depending on the size of the model.
An interesting feature is the air mix system, this is a thin tube that draws air down from the surface which mixes air with pond water, this can increase the oxygen levels in the water aswell as enhancing the water clarity and promoting your fishes health.
They all come with an anti clog foam free cage to stop blockages and prolong the life of the pump.
You get a range of fountain heads and a telescopic fountain stem which you can adjust depending on the depth of your pond.
There is a flow adjuster to give you complete control on how much water goes to each feature.
They all come with 10 metres of cable and a 3 year guarantee.
Fish Mate Fountain Pumps.
The Fish Mate Pond Pump comes in 8 different models so there should be something for everyone.
Bradshaws stock smallest 700 then goes up to the 1200, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 7000 and the largest model 9000. Prices range from around £30 to over £150.
The 700 only has one outlet suitable for a fountain or small water feature, the rest have a side hose tail for diverting the flow of water to run another water feature as well as the fountain.
They have an anti clog filter design which stops excess sludge and debris from entering the pump. This prolongs the life of the pump and makes it easier to maintain.
All come with 4 fountain heads, bell, column, plume and tiered Jets which offers great looking water effects.
Each pump comes complete with a 10 metre cable and a 3 year guarantee.
Oase Aquarius Fountain Set Classic.
The Oase Aquarius fountain set has 5 models in its range.
The range consists of a 750, 1000, 1500, 2500 and 3500, price range from around £45 to about £100.
There’s a choice of 3 different fountain heads, magma, vulkan and lava, the fountain extension pipe is adjustable in height to suit the depth of your pond and tilt incase the bottom of your pondis not level.
There’s a second adjustable outlet that can be used to run a small water feature such as a water spot or water course.
They all come with a 2 year guarantee which you can extend to 3 years by registing online and 10 mtres of cable.
Solar powered fountains.
If you’re looking for the easiest solution to having a fountain in your garden pond with zero running costs then a solar powered fountain could be for you.
Oase Pontec Pondosolar island control 250
This floating solar powered fountain from Oase is simple to install and easy to use.
The Oase pontec can be positioned anywhere in your pond that gets sun or at least some sun throughout the day.
Hassle free installation, no cables to plug in, just float it on the water surface of your pond and let it use the suns rays to power the fountain up to 0.6m in height.
It also charges up for later use which is perfect as the sun goes down, it also comes with an led light that lights up the fountain.
The solar fountain comes with 4 heads for different patterns and a remote control.
It comes with a 2 year guarantee.
Check out the price at bradshawsdirect.co.uk
Oase Pontec PondoSolar Lily Island
This floating Solar powered fountain from Oase is in the shape of a large pond lily.
As with all solar products there are no cables to worry about, Just float it in your pond, as long as the solar panel in the center of the lily pad gets sun you will have a fountain that reaches about 30cm in height.
There’s 4 fountain heads to choose from creating differing water patterns that will cascade onto and around the lily pad.
It can be positioned anywhere that gets sun for zero running costs. Comes with a 2 year guarantee.
Check it out at bradshawsdirect.co.uk
PondKraft Solar Fountain Pump 800
This PondKraft solar fountain is more powerful and is can be controled using a remote control.
If your looking for a solar fountain with more power the PondKraft 800 could be what your looking for.
It has a separate solar panel with a battery built in, there are 5 metres of cable so you should find the perfect place to put the solar panel.
There are 2 fountain heads to choose from and you can add the LED lights that come with the kit for extra effect, especially as the sun goes down.
A remote control is included, it allows you to run the fountain for 1–4 hours, turn the pump or lights on and off independently and adjust the fountain height. There are 5 levels of power for the fountain.
You can check out the latest price at bradshawsdirect.co.uk
Oase Pontec PondoSolar Fountain Pumps
The Oase solar fountain comes in three sizes and range in price from around £30-£140.
The smaller 2 of the range offer use the latest technology and rechargeable batteries for use when there is no sunlight, the lagest of the range doesn’t have a rechargeable battery, instead it concentrates on providing more power.
The 250 has 4 fountain heads with different effects and delivers a height up to 0.6m, the 600 has 2 heads and a fountain height up to 0.8m.
The 1600 has 2 fountain heads and can deliver a height of up to 1.8m.
The 250 and 600 comes complete with LED lights and a remote control, the 1600 has no LED lights or remote.
Which one you choose is up to you, do you go for one of the smaller pumps with lights and remote or do you go with the no frills but powerful 1600.
Each comes with 5 metres of cable and a 2 year guarantee.
For more information and the latest price visit bradshawsdirect.co.uk
There are plenty more solar fountain pumps on amazon.co.uk that you might want to check out.
Buying and installing fountain pumps.
The first thing you need to do when choosing a fountain pump for your garden pond is to work out what size fountain you need.
Look at the charts to see how much power the pump has but more importantly the height of the fountain.
It’s no good buying a powerful pump with a large fountain if you only have a small pond, the same goes with a small pump in a large pond.
When positioning the pump in the pond you need to keep it away from the edge, if you put it to close to the edge of your pond there’s a chance the water from the fountain will fall outside the pond, especially if it’s windy.
A solar fountain doesn’t need to be plugged into a power supply so is easier to install but some don’t have a lot of power, on the other hand a mains powered pump has more power but needs an electricity supply, most have a 10 metre cable you should be fine.
If you are using a solar panel you need to install it where it gets full sun for most of the day.
A fountain pump is ideal to use alongside your main filter/pump system as it can be turned on and off when required without affecting your ponds ecosystem.