Many brands are available to the public now, so many that the choice can be very overwhelming to the inexperienced purchaser.

Some tips that may help you find the best choice for your needs should simplify the exercise in getting what you want.

All pond pumps have four main points to look for. Head height(Maximum lift), Volume, Voltage, Wattage.

Electrical Suggestion:

We suggest the use of weather proof outdoor powerpoints be available close to your pond or water feature.  This provides easy access for maintenance to your pumps or the ability to change lighting, filtration or garden electrical equipment. 

Hard wiring any pump equipment causes access problems.  When an electrician hard wires your pump or any electrical equipment it requires the plug to be removed - voiding the warranty.  Hard wiring will also means additional costs for an electrician to return to remove wiring should your pump or outdoor electrial products need replacing - this can get expensive. 

Talk to your electrician about the option of weather proof outdoor powerpoints as an easy option to garden electrial requirements.

Head Height(Maximum lift)

This tells you what height from the surface of the water the pump can lift to.

e.g: 2.5metres - This says the pump will not push water any higher than two and a half metres.  At 2.5 metre expect a dribble of water.


The most common voltage for large pumps is 240 volts.

With small pumps you can purchase 12 and 24 volt types. These mostly come with a transformer so can be easily installed without wiring in. 

HOT TIP: Keep your Transformer away from direct sunlight with in an area that will allow constant air flow for cooling - the transformers produce heat.  A SURGE PROTECTOR is recommended for these units as the transformers are susceptible to voltage fluctuations, which can cause a "blow out".

If you purchase 240 volt equipment you may require an electrician. It is worth talking these points through before you purchase. 

Hint: Electricians like to directly wire in pumps, meaning that they have to "cut off" the plug.  Normally this will void any opportunity if a warranty situation arises.  An external/outdoor socket is suggested unless electrial requirements require direct wiring. 


Like most appliances this refers to the amount of electricity required to run the pump. It also lets you know what the realistic cost of running your equipment will be. Most pumps use an extremely small amount of power. Pumps should run 24 hours a day as the filter must continually have water flowing to it to work properly. Also fish require well oxygenated water at night, not just during the day.

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