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Pond pump placement

If you didn’t have a skimmer, where do you put your pump? You know, while a little pond has pretty obvious solutions to pump on the bottom, a part of them are going to get great circulation, but there is a couple of potential problems with that. Number one, if the pump clogs which it can because that’s where you’re most solid is going to be, you can burn up your pump. Now, the solution to that is to have a pump that can handle solids. You know solids handling pump. You know, to pump solids, they can pump golf balls through them without clogging, that’s one solution. You could also put some netting around your pump, or buy a pump protector, or a pump cage. You know the protectors with normal netting, the bottom has kind of a weighted ring that has some kind of a weight to keep it at the bottom, and the pump goes in and the top is going to have a floating ring so it keeps the net up.

There is pretty inexpensive ways to do it and there is also some plastic cages. Basically, they are anything that can fit through the cage, can fit through your pump, so you don’t have to worry about clogging. You know the other problem you could run into with your pump at the bottom of your pond is what happens if you get the dreaded waterfall leak, which you know few ponds loses water. It is probably from the water fall and man I have seen some horrible situations where you know you’ve got everything working great and then all of a sudden you know you got your hose taking up and rock on it, something shows, the cat jumps up there, and everything messes your pond.  Man, your pump is at the bottom of your pond, and your pond is going empty.

You are going to come out to an empty pond and a yard with dead fish, and probably a burned out pump, so that’s kind of a problem. You know the other thing that can happen is, let’s say even if you don’t have a waterfall system your filter could clog. You can have a sort of filter system that can clog and cause it to overflow, so you are using a gravity return type of filter and that is easy to happen. You know and even in situations where you wouldn’t think there are any chances of clogging, you know I ran into that with cold water. We got a cold snap out of the blue I had to turn the filters off and because of the way it was circling the filter somehow it flows. You know the outlet flows, but at the end it didn’t, and all of a sudden I am emptying the pond in winter, which just sucks. So you know, that can kill your fish and burnout your pump during that also.

Now, one way to you know always protect the fish part of things is to rose the pump up just a bit. You know, you need a milk carton. You know, if you put a milk carton in there and put the pump right on top of the milk carton, you know with the plastic milk carton we are talking about you know the kind of you pull the milk out off but that’s going to give you a great spot to put your pump. It would still get a pretty good amount of circulation but in case of a major problem at least you don’t empty the pond and you have a chance to save your fish. The other thing that a milk carton can do for you, if you have some koi or a smaller fish of any kind, if you have a raccoon problem, those fish can go in there and hide, or if you’ve got some small fish that looks like you know the bigger ones are picking on them, ramming on them, it occurs when it mating season, the little guys can go in there and hide. Give them a spot to hide.

So you know there’s no problem in putting your pump down low. I even get all the way to the bottom though and I would also double-check, any time you run the pump. If you have some kind of a cut off switch available or something that’s going to shut that pump up in case of you know it gets hot or overheating, and be sure it has been. You know it is usually next to a few bucks to have some kind of protection you know, thermal overload protection on your pump.

Pump placement at or near the bottom of the pond can have some unexpected consequences. What to be aware of and how to protect your pond and your pond pump.

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