How to Choose a Pond Pump

Choose a pond pump well, it is the heart of the pond. It runs 24/7 to keep the pond healthy and oxygenated thus sustaining the life of the pond. They’re used to re-circulate water, power waterfalls and balance its ecosystem. Because of this, it’s important to not just choose any old pond pump. Rather, choose a pond pump that will ultimately work to fulfill your pond’s needs.

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Choose a Pond Pump for Your Pond

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all pond pump. There are pumps for everything from waterfalls to submersibles to air and external pumps. Don’t let your head spin; knowing what to look for in a pond pump makes all the difference.


When choosing a pond pump, look for something that’s energy efficient and durable. Your pump will be running for months on end without a break, it’s important to know it’s up to the task. Purchasing a pond pump simply for a cheaper value can quickly evaporate with high energy bills and frequent replacement. Different pumps capitalize on different types of ponds. For example, a direct drive pump is good at lifting water to high elevations making it perfect for waterfalls, but inefficient for smaller pond sizes. For those unsure of where to begin, a hybrid pump is usually your best bet.

Russell Watergardens invented the Ultimate Pondless Waterfall System that has a unique feature. The Ultimate Pondless System uses an “All-in-One” pump vault and water storage tank – the HydroChamber™. Choose a pond pump like the HydroChamber™ if you are interested in a well oxygenated pond.

First, let’s discuss “why” we aerate a koi pond. To dissolve oxygen into the water and to enhance circulation. Simple. Submerged aeration blow thousands of tiny air bubbles into the water to saturate the water with oxygen. The rising bubbles pull water upward creating a “bottom-up” water current.

How do we do both of those things without agitating the pond’s surface? Again, simple. We oxygenate the water “outside” the pond …. in-line with the plumbing. We position the water return lines to the pond in such a way as to turn the entire pond into a “vortex“. This vortex is circular water motion that creates an “up-to-down” water current.

We install the HydroChamber™ after the biological filter stage and before the pond returns. We use the HydroChamber™ to create a waterfall inside the tank to “de-gas” the water as it falls into the tank. We place the aeration systems air stones inside the HydroChamber™ to oxygenate the water. Water then exits the bottom of the tank into the pond return lines.

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