The Benefits and Function of a Pond Pump

Pond pumps have many different uses. They can be used alongside a filter to keep your pond clean and to provide movement to the water and disseminate oxygen. They are also used to power a water feature or fountain.

Oxygenating the water is vital to avoid stagnant areas, and to make sure that all organisms such as fish and plants benefit from a healthy supply to grow in health and vitality. Pond pumps do not supply oxygen but they distribute it around the water.

Looking at a few examples of pond pumps, and the advantages they offer will help you decide upon the right one for you. Many combine features to offer you great value for money and versatility.

Pump and Filter combinations

Saving money and space, a filter/pump combination unit has everything you need. The pump forces the water towards the filter at speed, which means the water is thoroughly cleaned. Many include a UV clarifier too, which exposes the passing water to Ultra Violet light cleansing it of algae cells.


  • Dual purpose – saves space and money

  • Submersible, so little noise is produced

  • Often able to power a fountain too

Feature Pumps

A water feature needs a sufficient pump to force the water to the right height. They are available with various flow rates for different heights. Many can create a fountain or waterfall without the need for an additional feature.


  • Long lasting as only one function

  • Often have various fountain heads

  • Creates an area of tranquillity in your garden

External Pumps

Often used for large ponds especially those containing Koi, external pumps sit outside of the pond. They are generally used with gravity fed filter systems and have a very high flow rate.


  • Great for larger ponds

  • Very quiet

  • Powerful flow rate for maximum results

Solar Powered Pumps

Great for the summer months, a solar powered pump is a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to circulate the water in your pond and power a fountain. Often supplied with a back-up battery pack, just in case, this type of pump is efficient and


  • Saves money and power

  • No wires

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Often comes complete with extra fountain heads

Carry out regular maintenance on your pump to keep it in good working order. Remove it from the water and remove all waste build up to ensure that it can still function at capacity.

In the winter months, fish do not need the same rate of circulation, so you can switch the pump off or simply lower the flow rate.

Speak to a good aquatics retailer for more advice about the right pond pump for you.

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