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Selecting the correct pump is essential, 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.

How big is your pond? When you know the volume of water in your pond, you know how many gallons per hour a pump must be able to handle in order to move the water to provide sufficient circulation. This includes components that affect the volume of the water. As a general rule, circulate pond water a minimum of once every hour. Insufficient circulation can cause areas of stagnant water, low oxygen levels, and many other problems, which eventually lead to an unhealthy pond.

How far do you need the pump to push the water? To determine the appropriate pump for your particular pond, there are several factors to consider. For example: Are you moving up an incline, through a filtration pump, or other equipment; how far are you pumping the water; how much tubing are you using; and how many elbows, bends, and other plumbing fittings do you need? Such factors will influence the maximum head height required for your system.

How much energy are you using? If you are concerned about energy usage, as most of us are, choose the pump with the lowest wattage that will fit your needs.

What other equipment are you using? Consider what other equipment you may be using and look at additional fittings you might need for tubing and other plumbing supplies. Pipe thread fittings come in MPT (male), FPT (female), or barbed (fit into female fittings to convert them into male fittings). 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.

Quiet One Pondmaster Mag-Drive Self-Priming External Pumps Dual Direct Drive
Mag-Drive Waterfall Pumps
HY-Drive Waterfall Pumps Easy Pro Mag-Drive Pumps Little Giant Out-of-Pond Pumps Solar Pump Kits
TetraPond Debris Handling Pump Total Pond Pumps Stainless Steel Submersible Pumps
High Efficiency Stainless Steel Pumps TetraPond Water Garden Pump  

Model Max
gph
Max
head
InletOutlet
Fittings
Watts Cord
Length
Quiet One
800 220 4 ft 4" sponge1/2" Insert 13.5 20 ft
1200 296 6 ft 1" sponge1/2" MPT 25.5 20 ft
2200 594 10 ft 6" sponge1" MPT 45.0 20 ft
3000 819 10 ft 4" sponge1" MPT 55.0 20 ft
4000 991 10 ft 1" sponge1" MPT 65.0 20 ft
5000 1,400 11 ft 6" sponge1" MPT 115.0 20 ft
6000 1,664 11 ft 6" sponge1" MPT 135.0 20 ft
9000 2,040 16 ft 4" basket in1.5" MPT 125.0 20 ft
16000 3,915 14 ft 8" basket in1.5" MPT 185.0 20 ft
Pondmaster Mag-Drive Utility Pump
PM 1.9 190 7 ft 3/8", 1/2"1/4" 19 10 ft
Pondmaster Mag-Drive Pumps
PM 5 500 10 ft 6" 1/2" inout 49 18 ft
PM 7 700 11 ft 6" 1/2" inout 60 18 ft
PM 9.5 950 12 ft 6" 3/4" inout 93 18 ft
PM 12 1,200 13 ft 6" 3/4" inout 110 18 ft
PM 18 1,800 16 ft 6" 3/4" inout 150 18 ft
PM 24
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2,400 18 ft 1" inout 265 18 ft

Model Max
gph
Max
head
InletOutlet
Fittings
Watts Cord
Length
Self-Priming External Pumps
1/6 HP 3,000 12 ft 1-1/2" FPT inout 409 no cord
1/2 HP 3,600 38 ft 1-1/2" FPT inout 793 no cord
3/4 HP 4,860 50 ft 1-1/2" FPT inout 1,058 no cord
1 HP 5,760 53 ft 1-1/2" FPT inout 1,380 no cord
Dual Direct Drive
1900 1,900 18 ft 1-1/4" inout 250 16 ft
3100 3,100 29 ft 1-1/4" inout 675 16 ft
4300 4,280 30 ft 1-1/4"1-1/2" inout 700 16 ft
Model Max
gph
Max
head
InletOutlet
Fittings
Watts Cord
Length
Mag-Drive Waterfall Pumps
2000 2,000 14 ft 1-5/8" slip, 1-1/2" barbed
inout
150 20 ft
3000 3,000 15 ft 1-5/8" slip, 1-1/2" barbed
inout
235 20 ft
HY-Drive Waterfall Pumps
3200 3,250 12 ft 1-3/4"1-1/2" 150 20 ft
4000 4,000 15 ft 1-3/4"1-1/2" 210 20 ft
4800 4,750 20 ft 1-3/4"1-1/2" 280 20 ft
EP850 850 12 ft. NA1" 60 16 ft.
EP1350 1350 15 ft. NA1" 90 20 ft.
EP1750 1750 20 ft. NA1" 130 20 ft.
EP2200 2200 20 ft. NA1" 190 26 ft.
EP3200 3200 20 ft. NA1" 260 26 ft.
EP4700 4700 17 ft 1-1/2"1-1/2" 280 20 ft.
EP6700 6700 19 ft 1-1/2"1-1/2" 520 20 ft.
EP9700
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10,000 38 ft. 2"2" 700 30 ft.

Model Max
gph
Max
head
InletOutlet
Fittings
Watts Cord
Length
Little Giant Out-of-Pond Pumps
1/8 HP 1740 1740 10 ft. 2"1-1/2" 137 8 ft.
1/8 HP 2760 2760 11 ft. 2"1-1/2" 174 8 ft.
1/8 HP 4260 4260 20 ft 1-1/2"1-1/2" 257 8 ft.
1/4 HP 5820 5820 21 ft. 1-1/2"1-1/2" 370 8 ft.
Solar Pump Kits
Mini 40 1 ft 7" NA1/2" 1.7 16 ft
Maxi 105 3 ft NA1/2" 5 16 ft
TetraPond Debris Handling Pump
DHP3600 3,6909 11 ft N/A1-1/4" to 1-1/2" 199 20 ft
DHP4200 4,235 13 ft N/A1-1/4" to 1-1/2" 199 20 ft
Total Pond Floating UV Filter with Pump
Pond BossTM 238 6 ft 6" N/A 28 16 ft
Total Pond Submersible Pump with UV
Pond 700 11 ft 6" N/A3-1/4" 120 16 ft
Waterfall
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1,300 16 ft 6" N/A1" 240 16 ft

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Model Max
gph
Max
head
InletOutlet
Fittings
Watts Cord
Length
Stainless Steel Submersible Pumps
1/5 HP 2,900 21 ft N/A1-1/4" 355 19 ft
1/3 HP 3,450 25 ft N/A1-1/2" 455 19 ft
1/2 HP 5,000 30 ft N/A2" 590 19 ft
3/4 HP 5,300 36 ft N/A2" 847 19 ft
1 HP 7,000 36 ft N/A2" 1,210 19 ft
High Efficiency Stainless Steel Pumps
1/4 HP 2,900 21 ft N/A2" FPT 333 20 ft
1/3 HP 3,900 27 ft N/A2" FPT 460 20 ft
1/2 HP 4,900 32 ft N/A2" FPT 644 20 ft
1 HP 5,900 43 ft N/A2" FPT 1093 20 ft
TetraPond Water Garden Pump
325 325 7 ft 2" N/A5/8" 22 12 ft
550 550 7 ft 2" N/A7/8" 42 12 ft
1000 1,000 8 ft N/A7/8" 80 16 ft
1900 1,900 16 ft N/A1-1/8" 185 16 ft
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