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Ponds are not just an attractive, eye-catching centre piece attraction of a garden but rather are a sophisticated bio-sphere and unique miniature eco-system which requires precise handling and care so as to best ensure that the various ambassadors from the animal kingdom all survive as well as thrive. Ponds are exceptionally fragile with each tiny element of a pond having a direct and correlating effect on the other sections, and so lack of proper care of the pond as a whole can mean the end of the pond. This is why pond pumps are such excellent investments, they help to maintain the overall health and sanitation of your pond, meaning your little slice of nature will last for a long time to come.

One of the most basic requirements of a successful pond is ensuring that the water is kept clean and free from toxins and contamination. This may sound a relatively simple task, but it seems that nature itself is conspiring against us at times although fortunately there is help at hand in the guise of pond pumps. For example, fish who will eat the various insects and plant matter that are present in the pond will eventually over time excrete their droppings which is toxic to the water and will encourage the growth of algae. Algae is the weeds of water, they will grow and grow, choking all the oxygen out of your pond and thereby making your pond an inhospitable wasteland. Pond pumps act as a natural filtering system, removing the toxic waste of the fish as well as the organic material (such as decaying plants) that will accumulate and thus ensure your pond is kept pristine and sanitary. Pond pumps for example, by promoting constant water flow, not only prevent the water from stagnating, but also prevent the development of mosquito nests. Mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs near pools of water, as it provides ideal hatching conditions and mosquitoes are more than just a mild irritancy, they pose major health risks in terms of malaria.

Pond pumps also help to ensure the aesrthic value of your pond by controlling and regulating the flow of water, allowing for waterfalls and other landscaping effects to be utilised with a degree of ease. There is a wide selection and range of different pond pumps for sale in the market, and determining which are the best pond pumps for you is entirely subjective. Make sure you carefully weigh up not only the original sale price but running and operational costs as well, how often do certain pond pumps require to be replaced for example? Some pond pumps maybe much more durable than other pond pumps with a rather small price difference, and this little extra can pay off huge dividends in the long run. A common mistake made by careless consumers is that they are all too readily attracted by the low prices of cheaper pond pumps, however such pond pumps tend to be more expensive in the long run due to their ineffective and inefficient management of electricity. The running costs of such cheaper pond pumps very quickly mount up so make sure you educate yourself as to the relative benefits and efficiency of all types of pond pumps.

Regardless of the differences in style, cost, design etc pond pumps are generally characterised by the volume of water they are able to pump in a given period of time, the industry standard is per hour. Don't worry you won't need a degree in engineering when purchasing pond pumps, many manufacturers provide very simple charts and diagrams to help explain the actual working of pond pumps as well as the amount of water they actually move.

The best pond pumps are those that will be able to move all the water in a pond at least once per hour. So, if your pond has a total volume of 500 gallons of water, then only pond pumps that could move 500 gallons of water per hour would be any use to you. This is an exceptionally simplified and watered down version of the factors involved (pun intended) and your choice of pond pumps will also have to give consideration as to any features such as waterfalls that may affect the flow of water as well.

When choosing from the different types of pond pumps available you may want to choose between submersible and external pond pumps. Submersible pond pumps are situated directly in the pond whereas external pond pumps as the name suggests are found outside of the pond however, submersible pond pumps are fast proving themselves to be the more popular pond pumps in the market. Little wonder, given the host of advantages to them, they are noiseless, are excellent filters and are also much cheaper than their external pond pumps counterparts in terms running costs.

Submersible pond pumps do have some problems associated with them however, they are more liable to wear and tear especially with their seals as these tend to be quickly worn out due to the chronic water exposure. Whilst they are cheaper in the long run they are more expensive to buy at the beginning than external pond pumps. It is crucial that you repair submersible pond pumps as quickly as you can because if left unattended, the gas that will escape from them can be toxic to fish in the pond.

The latest addition to the pond pumps market has been solar powered pond pumps, Solar powered pond pumps use solar panels to generate the electricity needed to power the pump. Solar panels for pond pumps convert the sun's energy, which is free to everyone, into a clean source of electricity. Not only this is an excellent way of significantly reducing your running costs in terms of electricity but also means that the burden on our already strained environment is also significantly reduced. Best of all, solar powered pond pumps can be used in a variety of different applications.




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