Email Sign-Up Go to Shopping Cart (0)
Drs. Foster and Smith Pet Supplies
Dogs Cats Travel Sale

Free Shipping on orders over $49

Customer Service

Choosing the Proper Pond Pump

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
Pond Filtration Systems Explained 
Which Pressure Filter is Right for Your Pond? 
How to Improve Pond Biological Filtration 
Pond Filtration & Pumps
Pondmaster Pressurized Filter System
Pondmaster Pressurized Filter System
As low as $349.99
Sicce Green Reset External Pond Filter w/UV
Sicce Green Reset External Pond Filter w/UV
As low as $393.59
Laguna Pressure-Flo UVC Filter
Laguna Pressure-Flo UVC Filter
As low as $279.99
Cat Flea & Tick Prevention

Lifegard Aquatics Self-Priming Pumps Selecting the correct pump is essential to whether you choose to power a waterfall or simply circulate water through your filter.

Most beginning pond-keepers buy pumps for filtration. When choosing a pump for filtration, the gph (gallons per hour) of the pump is the most important consideration. In addition, the type of pond you have will determine what power your pump will need. For instance:

Tetra Pond Debris Handling Pump

  • Water gardens usually require a flow rate (gph) equal to half the gallon pond size.

  • If you have a koi pond, you know how much they eat and how much waste they can generate. Remember that the more koi you have, the more wastes need to be removed, so you need a more powerful pump. Begin with choosing a flow rate that is twice the gph as the pond size. Choose a substantial filter with optimum mechanical and biological filtration.

  • Any heavily stocked pond requires a higher flow rate.

  • Make note of any additional requirements your filter may need such as a pumping height (head pressure) or a psi (pounds per square inch) maximum, then double check your pump choice to make sure the two will work together.

  • Some filters (sand filters come to mind) may require a pump that handles a higher pressure and flow rate, and have a minimum psi requirement. The filters should have their minimum psi listed on the package.

Pumps run 24 hours a day and are the chief piece of equipment responsible for keeping your pond healthy. Read product descriptions carefully to make sure you are making the correct pump choice.

We Recommend
Pondmaster Mag-Drive Pumps
Pondmaster Mag-Drive Pumps
Fish Mate Pond/Fountain Pumps
Fish Mate Pond/Fountain Pumps
Max-Flo Waterfall & Filter Pumps
Max-Flo Waterfall & Filter Pumps
Pump Pro-Tectors
Pump Pro-Tectors


Click here for a more printer-friendly version of this article.  
Click here for a pdf version of this article.  



Contact us