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momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2011
12:15 PM

Post #8333551

I am new to ponds. I put my preformed pond in the ground last summer and purchased a solar pump for it. It worked fine during the day when the sun was out. As soon as the sun went away, it stopped working. This year I am putting the pond closer to the house so I can have an electric pump. What I need help with is what pump to purchase? I don't want to spend too much either. It is approximately 100 gallons. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Erin

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 28, 2011
8:15 AM

Post #8334946

Erin

You would need to turn over 1/2 the volume of your pond in 1 hour. A small 50 gph pump from a reputable company would work well. Perhaps a small pond master.

momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2011
10:12 AM

Post #8335178

Thank you Carolyn! =D
DavEdsel
Amherst, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
5:07 PM

Post #8335877

Carolyn gave you excellent advice. I like Pond Master pumps best. Try and get the most powerful pump you can afford. You will be happier with the most flow, and can always easily control it if you want.
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2011
5:09 PM

Post #8335880

Can you suggest a website where to buy one ?
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2011
5:16 PM

Post #8335891

Do I need a water feature?
DavEdsel
Amherst, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
5:54 PM

Post #8335940

I've bought a few things from Pondbiz.com and was very happy. Here is a link: http://www.pondbiz.com/

Yes, you should have some type of fountain head that attaches to the pump. You can find kits with the pump and fountain head(s) together.

Your goal is to keep the water moving a little bit to help with the exchange of gases. Not too much, though. And if you put in water lilies you need to place them where the water is the calmest.

It is a very rewarding hobby and you get back every dollar you put in, in my humble opinion.
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8335971

So I need a pump and a fountain head. Do I need a filter? Tell me what I need and I will look at all the stuff. lol. I will have to go and see if the library has a book on ponds. I appreciate any help. Thank you.
DavEdsel
Amherst, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8335979

Many pumps come with a sponge filter and that should be good enough for your size pond. Look through all the pumps for sale and read the descriptions carefully.

A book on ponds would be an excellent idea.
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8335980

Thank you for all your help! =)
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 28, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8336062

Erin

I agree with Dave - another great company is Dr. Foster and Smith - just google them. Their service and customer support is the best. Also if you go to Webbsonline.com they are very competitive in pricing.

Let us know how you do.

Carolyn



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momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 28, 2011
7:18 PM

Post #8336094

I think that I may have found one!

http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=5163+11145+20275&pcatid=20275
DavEdsel
Amherst, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2011
10:47 AM

Post #8336964

That one looks great. Get the whole thing for only 71.99 plus shipping and you will be all set. Looks like it is a great site, too.
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 29, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8337166

Thanks for both your input! =D

Erin
DavEdsel
Amherst, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8337210

Please post another picture after you have your pond all set up this spring. I'm looking forward to seeing what you will be doing with it.

Have fun planning. :)
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

January 29, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8337241

I will take pics and post them. 49 days until spring! =D

Erin
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 29, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8337295

Erin

Can't wait to see your pictures!

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