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Pond Vacuums

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

A pond vacuum makes maintenance a breeze, but can also help keep your pond healthy in a variety of ways:

The funny thing is, a lot of pond owners did not know how much they needed one until they actually tried one. Then, they didn't know how they maintained a pond without it!

When we ask pond owners what maintenance item they absolutely could not do without, the answer is almost always a vacuum.

A pond vacuum helps remove coarse pollutants before they burden water quality

A long-handled vacuum draws up scum between rocks at the bottom of the pond

It vacuums up accumulations of leaves and sludge from the pond

Any pond vacuum saves money because you can clean the pond yourself, without hiring help

A vacuum for your pond saves you from potential back-breaking work, since it does all the work

The right vacuum can clean waterfalls, bird baths, and other water features, too.

Take a look at the following comparison chart to see which model of pond vacuum you need for your pond.

Model Alpine Pond Vacuum Muck-Vac Pondovac 4 Pond Mini Vac Pond Vacuum XPV
Recommended Pond Size Any pond; easily maneuverable for smaller areas Smaller ponds; self-contained water features Larger ponds Smaller ponds; self-contained water features Any pond
Vacuum cleaning depth 9 ft 6 ft 10 ft optional pole, 8 ft 6.5 ft
Max debris particle size 1" 3/4" 3/8" Up to 1.5", depending on hose you use 3/8"
Suction hose length N/A N/A 16' Depends on garden hose you use 13'
Discharge hose length 16 ft 8.5 ft 8 ft N/A, silt sacks available, if you choose 6.5 ft
Nozzles 2 1 5 1 3
Power cord length 33 ft N/A 13 ft N/A 13 ft
Collection chamber N/A N/A 2 auto-circulating chambers 13" x 7" Silt Sack, purchased separately 7-gallon chamber; auto fill & drain
Vacuum dimensions 9" x 10" x 79" h 5.5" x 2.5" x 1.25" power head; 3 ft- 6 ft telescoping pole 15 15" dia x 27" h 2.75" x 7" x 20" h 15" dia x 22" h
Returns water to pond No No Yes No No
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