Best Pond Liners

5 Best Pond Liners (2018 Review)

In this article, we’ll be talking about the 5 best pond liners. However, firstly we’re going to talk a little about pond liners, the different types, materials and sizes that you might find, and which one is suitable for certain types of usage.

Either way, we’re sure that you’ll be confident knowing which pond liner is suitable for your specific needs after reading this article.

So, let’s begin!

What is a Pond Liner

Pond Liners are water-tight, impervious geomembranes which are used for the reservation and withholding of water in a public or garden pond. They are commonly used and placed over an underlayment, helping to prevent damage and keep the geomembrane in optimum condition.

Types of Pond Liners

There are several different types of pond liner, the most common include EPDM, RPE and PVC liners. All of these have unique advantages and disadvantages, and the ideal type for you can be determined by your applicational usage. So let’s talk about each of the benefits and flaws:

EPDM/Rubber Liner :

Advantage:

  • Highly flexible, therefore suitable for very compact shaping, versatile for 90-degree angles.

Disadvantages:

  • Slightly softer than RPE liner, and requires pond underlayment to be installed before placing. Although once pond underlayment is installed, this greatly compensates for the softer material density.

 

PVC Liner :

Advantage:

  • Slightly stronger than EPDM liner, although this is not a general rule and may vary from brand to brand.

Disadvantages:

  • Not as flexible as EPDM pond liner

 

RPE Liner :

Advantage:

  • Doesn’t require pond underlayment
  • Lightweight

Disadvantages:

  • Not as flexible as EPDM
  • Not as commonly used or found

 

Pond Liner Sizes

Pond Liners are made in a range of different sizes to help accommodate for different tastes/requirements for their garden pond creation. They usually begin around 5 x 5 feet, but can be found leading all the way up to 35 x 35 feet.

We’ve linked to all of the different sizes of pond liners that we’ve featured in this article, making the process quick and simple for those who know their liner size and dimension requirements.

Installation of Pond Liner

We’ve featured all of the necessary steps for you to take, to help ensure a successful liner installation; So let’s get to it!

  1. Do some research (potentially call your local council surrounding permission and whether or not there are pipes or obstructions below your garden, that would prevent you installing a pond.
  2. If everything is fine, get the appropriate equipment for your installation, this includes a rope, shovel, hose and a horizontal measuring leveller.
  3. Pick a level location in your garden where you would like your pond to be. Bear in mind that a partially shaded location is more ideal, to help keep your fish cool and prevent the growth of algae within the pond; For more information on controlling pond algae, Check out our article on how to control algae in a pond.
  4. Design your water-garden on a detailed plan, with ideas about the size, shape and depth; The depth can be variable, with certain parts being deeper than others, although bear in mind that this will dictate the required liner size. Also, keep in mind that most ponds have plant shelves that are 9-12 inches in size.
  5. Begin digging your pond
  6. Pond Liners are usually made from plastics/rubber, and therefore the main vulnerability for these liners is abrasion caused by sharp objects such as jagged-edged rocks and stones. Therefore it’s important to make sure that the area directly below where the liner will be placed is smooth and rid of any potential piercing objects,
  7. Place a layer (2-3 inches) of sand over this area of ground will ensure that necessary steps have been made to reduce the risk of the liner being damaged. Alternatively, you can use pond underlayment material instead of sand.
  8. Set the pond liner in the pond, and place some rounded rocks within the liner to keep it in place. If you’re adding a rock waterfall on the outside, you can add this now.
  9. Begin filling the pond with water, and smooth out the pond liner if any major material wrinkles start to form.
  10. Setup your pond pump, but do not plug in just yet (for solar pond pumps, place the UV panels out of direct sunlight for now), and either attach the outlet hose if you’re using it for your waterfall (Find best-selling Rock Waterfalls on Amazon), or attach the fountain head attachments which is usually included within the pump kit.
  11. As the pond is filled, use decorative rocks to place along the outside of the liner, helping to secure it’s position further. Then trim the excess pond liner.
  12. Plug in your pond pump to a GFCI-approved outdoor power outlet, or for solar pond pumps, place the UV panels in direct sunlight to begin the water flow and aeration.
  13. Add fish and aquatic plants to the pond if you so desire.

 

Alternative to a Pond Liner

An ideal alternative to using pond liner is to use a preformed pond. Preformed ponds are great because they allow for a consistent look without you having to sculpture your own pond yourself; Ideal for the aspiring pond owner who wants minimal installational hassle.

Find a selection of Preformed Ponds on Amazon: (Amazon’s Best Selling Pre-formed Ponds)

 

How to protect my Pond Fish and plants?

Once you’ve placed your pond liner into the dug hole, and your water pump is working to oxygenate and aerate the water, you can then add your aquatic plants and fish.

However, there are many threats that pond fish can face, especially from predators lurking up above. Therefore consider this when designing the pond; Having a shallow pond will make easy prey of your fish for birds, and sloping sides will also make easy prey for the likes of cats and foxes.

A pond net should be used to place over your pond, allowing protection from predators

Find a selection of Preformed Ponds on Amazon: (Find best-selling pond nets on Amazon)

 

Top 5 Pond Liners of 2018

Below, we’ve featured the 5 best pond liners. We’ve segmented them primarily based on the material type, and then sub-categorised them based on our editor’s recommendation and pricing; Making the process of choosing your ideal pond liner as simple and straightforward as possible.

ProductMaterial TypeAvailable SizesCostCommentsBuy on Amazon
Aquascape EPDM Pond LinerEPDM8 x 10 feet, 10 x 10 feet, 10 x 12 feet, 10 x 20 feet, 10 x 30 feet, 12 x 15 feet, 15 x 15 feet, 15 x 20 feet, 20 x 25 feet.From $85.99Buy on Amazon
Firestone PondGuard EPDM Pond LinerEPDM5 x 10 feet, 5 x 15 feet, 5 x 20 feet, 5 x 25 feet, 5 x 50 feet, 10 x 10 feet, 10 x 20 feet, 10 x 25 feet, 10 x 30 feet, 15 x 15 feet, 15 x 25 feet, 20 x 25 feet, 20 x 30 feet, 20 x 45 feet, 25 x 40 feet, 30 x 30 feet, 30 x 35 feet, 35 x 35 feetFrom $52.99Editor's EPDM RecommendationBuy on Amazon
TotalPond Pond LinersPVC7 x 10 feet, 10 x 13 feet, 13 x 20 feetFrom $34.97Buy on Amazon
Pond Boss PVC Pond LinerPVC7 x 10 feet, 10 x 13 feet, 13 x 20 feet,From $36.87Buy on Amazon
Beckett Corporation PVC Pond LinerPVC8 x 10 feet, 10 x 12 feet, 10 x 15 feet, 12 x 17 feetFrom $49.95Editor’s PVC RecommendationBuy on Amazon

 

Best EPDM Pond Liners

 

Aquascape EPDM Pond Liner – From $85,99

Aquascape EPDM Pond Liner

All sizes are featured under the same Amazon listing, linked to above.

Pond Liner Sizes Available:  8 x 10 feet, 10 x 10 feet, 10 x 12 feet, 10 x 20 feet, 10 x 30 feet, 12 x 15 feet, 15 x 15 feet, 15 x 20 feet, 20 x 25 feet.

Based on the 4.5/5 star reviews of this pond liner alone, it’s a fantastic option. It comes in a huge range of sizes, is very easy to install, and the material is thick and highly flexible; All of this was taken from the comments, and they specifically tell you what sized pond liner the review is referring to.

Take a read of the reviews for yourself here: Aquascape Liner Amazon Reviews

Specification
  • 45 millimetres in thickness
  • Resistance to solar UV radiation, oxidation and ozone.
  • Ideal for ponds
  • Safe for plants and fish
  • 20-year manufacturers guarantee
Pond Liner Overview

Aquascape has a full range of high-quality EPDM pond liners, all of which are backed by an exceptional, industry leading 20-year manufacturers guarantee… So you know full-well before buying any of Aquascape’s liners, that they are backing up their promise of high quality.

The EPDM liners are naturally very flexible, but Aquascape’s liners are known for being especially reliable, easy to install and durable.

All of their liners and underlayment are 45 millimetres in thickness and are fish/plant safe. For these reasons, this pond liner has to be one of the best products on the market.

Firestone PondGuard EPDM Pond Liner – $52.99 – Editor’s EPDM Recommendation

Firestone Pondguard Pond Liner EPDM

All sizes are featured under separate Amazon listings, all are linked to directly below.

Pond Liner Sizes Available:  5 x 10 feet, 5 x 15 feet, 5 x 20 feet, 5 x 25 feet5 x 50 feet10 x 10 feet, 10 x 20 feet, 10 x 25 feet10 x 30 feet15 x 15 feet, 15 x 25 feet20 x 25 feet, 20 x 30 feet, 20 x 45 feet25 x 40 feet30 x 30 feet30 x 35 feet, 35 x 35 feet

Based on the 5/5 star average reviews of this pond liner, for most sizes, it’s clear that it wins joint-first for our Editor’s Recommendation. Again, the Firestone Pondguard liner comes in a huge range of sizes, and is very easy to install. The material is thick, very durable, and highly flexible; All of these descriptions have been taken from the comments.

Take a read of the reviews for yourself here: Firestone Liner Amazon Reviews

Specification
  • 45 millimetres in thickness
  • 75-year life expectancy
  • Resistance to solar UV radiation, oxidation and ozone.
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Ideal for ponds
  • Safe for plants and fish
  • 20-year manufacturers guarantee
Pond Liner Overview

Firestone has the largest size range of pond liners that we have seen; Making it easy for you to find the perfect liner for your pond. It has a 20-year pond liner warranty and an estimated lifespan of 75-years.

Again, these EPDM liners are incredibly flexible, and the Firestone has been noted (in many of the Amazon reviews) to be incredibly strong and resilient… which is particularly important.

We recommend that you also purchase an underlayment, or put a layer of sand below this liner, to further prevent any damage.

 

 

Best PVC Pond Liners

 

TotalPond Pond Liners – From $34.97

TotalPond Pond Liner

All sizes are featured under the same Amazon listing, linked to above.

Pond Liner Sizes Available: 7 x 10 feet, 10 x 13 feet, 13 x 20 feet

Based on the 4.0/5 star average reviews of this pond liner, it’s a popular PVC liner. However, there are mixed options about the strength of the material.

For more information take a read of the reviews for yourself: TotalPond Liner Amazon Reviews

Specification
  • 45 millimetres in thickness
  • Lightweight
  • UV radiation resistant
  • Ideal for ponds
  • Safe for plants and fish
  • Textured surface to encourage microbial growth
Pond Liner Overview

Totalpond has a small range of pond liners available, all of which are very inexpensive. Their range of liners are lightweight and easy to handle, being 14.5 millimetres in thickness.

However, based on customer reviews, it’s clear that there are some who have complained about leaking. For us, despite the positive Amazon star rating, it’s clear there may be more reliable alternatives to which we have featured in the article. We cannot verify whether these reviews are all valid, with some pond owners being more vigilant than others, so please keep that in mind.

 

 

Pond Boss PVC Pond Liner – From $36.87

Pond Boss PVC Pond Liner

All sizes are featured under separate Amazon listings, all are linked to directly below.

Pond Liner Sizes Available:  7 x 10 feet, 10 x 13 feet, 13 x 20 feet,

Based on the 3.8/5 star average reviews of this pond liner, for most sizes, it’s certainly a great option. Pond Boss have a smaller range of sizes than other brands we’ve featured in this article. However, from reviews of these liners, for the most part, it’s apparent they are very sturdy considering their thickness, and the liner can take a lot of wear and tear without being damaged.

Take a read of the reviews for yourself here: Pond Boss Liner Amazon Reviews

Specification
  • 45 millimetres in thickness
  • Easy to install
  • Lightweight liner for increased flexibility
  • Resistance to UV and abrasion
  • Safe for plants and fish
  • Environmentally-friendly, non-toxic material
  • 20 year limited warranty
Pond Liner Overview

Pond Boss have a smaller range of pond liners, these have been developed with a lightweight, strong polyester weave, which is interwoven within the PVC. This means that it weighs 30% less than an ordinary 20-millimetre liner, whilst being just as strong.

This PVC pond liner is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and features a textured surface in order to help promote positive bacteria growth; Helping create the right habitat for fish and plants.

We also recommend that you also purchase an underlayment, or put a layer of sand, or soft fabric below this liner, to prevent any damage during installation.

 

 

Beckett Corporation PVC Pond Liner – From $49.95 – Editor’s PVC Recommendation

Beckett Corporation PVC Pond Liner

All sizes are featured under separate Amazon listings, all are linked to directly below.

Pond Liner Sizes Available: 8 x 10 feet, 10 x 12 feet, 10 x 15 feet, 12 x 17 feet

Based on the 4/5 star average reviews of this pond liner, for most sizes, it’s another great potential option. Similar to other PVC liners in this article, there are a limited number of size options available, but a broad range still. The majority of reviews on Amazon say that this brand of liner is highly flexible and thus easy to install, suitable for irregular shapes and angles, whilst being extremely tough and durable.

Take a read of the reviews for yourself here: Beckett Corporation Liner Amazon Reviews

Specification
  • 20 millimetres in thickness
  • Easy to install
  • Lightweight liner for increased flexibility
  • Resistance to UV and abrasion
  • Safe for plants and fish
  • Environmentally-friendly, non-toxic material
  • 15-year limited warranty
Pond Liner Overview

This PVC pond liner by the Beckett Corporation is the thickest PVC pond liner featured in this article; and thus is extremely strong, which may be ideal if you have uneven or naturally rough/rocky terrain.

Even despite this 20-mil level of thickness, it is still incredibly flexible, which makes it a clear winner for us, regarding the PVC liners we’ve featured.

Despite this, we always recommend that you install an underlayment, or put a layer of sand, or soft fabric below this liner, to prevent any damage during installation.

 

In Conclusion, which is the best Pond Liner?

For the sheer amount of sizes available, alongside customer reviews: Firestone PondGuard EPDM Pond Liner – Editor’s EPDM Recommendation

Considering the increased thickness of this liner, and the noted flexibility from customer reviews: Beckett Corporation PVC Pond Liner – Editor’s PVC Recommendation

We hope that you’ve found our article on the best pond liners interesting and useful. If you have any more article or product review suggestions please contact us via our contact page.

How to get rid of pond algae

How to Control and Get Rid of Pond Algae

Although algae may be a potential source of biofuels for our next-generations, it can sometimes be a nuisance to pond keepers/owners. Without proper planning and prior knowledge, controlling pond algae can prove to be a daunting task. If you have tried it before, you definitely know what I mean.

In high density, algae blooms can cause poisoning, depletes oxygen in a pond and also causes water discolouration. This will, in turn, affect the water quality thereby making it unsafe for animals, fishing, swimming, etc.

However, in this article, we’ll be looking at several effective and efficient ways you can use to control and also get rid of any algae that grow in your pond. We aim to guide and help you learn the best ways to deal with algae growth as a pond keeper/owner.

Here is what you should consider when deciding how to get rid of pond algae. Read on to find out more:

The equipment for controlling pond algae

Almost all new ponds lack proper balance of animal life, plant life as well as other common biological functions. This makes combating algae a major problem for any new pond keeper/owner. The new Pond keepers/owners will have to search for ways to combat the algae, making algae control the most discussed topic among new pond owners.

The first and most essential step towards an algae-free new pond is to use proper and appropriate equipment throughout the whole algae control process. For instance, when installing a pump in your pond, it should be capable of moving about half of the volume of the pond to create a water garden, take a look at our range of recommended solar pond pumps.

A water garden is a pond that contains a lot of fish and also other plants. However, there are other types of ponds that contain a lot of fish but very few plants and thus need more filtration as compared to a water garden. A good example of such a pond is the koi pond.

For the koi pond, it’s advisable to move the entire volume of the pond per hour. In addition to moving the large volume of water, ensure it undergoes filtration. The pump you use should be able to pass water through a filter that is sizable depending on your pond size.

There is a guide to selecting the perfect combination of filters as per your pond size. Note that biological filtration usually takes several weeks if not months to fully mature to a point where it can make a significant improvement to the quality of water in your pond. Filters should run 24/7, nonstop, for the filtration process to work.

How to construct the perfect pond

Take a read of our 7-step guide on how to build a small pond in your back garden.

However, as a rule-of-thumb, for clean, high-quality water, the construction of a pond is an essential factor that must be considered. Here is what you should keep in mind:

• A pond has to have roughly 40% of its entire surface as a deep zone. This deep zone is supposed to be 3 feet or even more for koi ponds and 2 feet for a water garden.

• 30 % of the pond needs to be at an intermediate depth while another 30 % should be about 1 to 1 feet deep

• For easier removal of pond debris, it’s recommended that the pond should have a slight slope.

• Always use Pond skimmer to remove up to 85% of your pond debris before it sinks, and make sure that you use a high quality pond liner.

To avoid rainwater from flowing over your yard and into the pond, you should be keen and careful during the construction process. Rainwater flowing into ponds is among the most common reasons for the growth of algae. This is because rainwater brings about runoff water that erodes and carries several organic remains that may contain major nutrients that feed and help the algae thrive.

Besides, chemicals and fertilizer will be eroded into the ponds leading to even bigger problems. It is possible to alter the surrounding of your pond to ensure water runoffs don’t flow into it even if you have already constructed one. However, you can’t do anything about your pond depth if you have already finished constructing it.

Reduction of algae levels requires that you don’t build ponds using marble or limestone. This is because marble and limestone contain high pH that can cause more algae growth.

How to maintain your pond, to prevent the forming of algae

It’s a normal procedure for you to maintain your pond now and then. It’s also normal to notice a buildup of debris at the bottom of your pond. If the sludge buildup doesn’t exceed about ¼ inch, it’s not necessary to consider physical removal.

If you had constructed your pond properly, most of this debris would recollect into a small area which will be easy to remove. You can use a net to remove dead leaves and other course materials, i.e., string algae. In case the debris is very fine that a net can’t remove it, use a pond vacuum.

There are several products that you can use to reduce sludge in your pond. For example, you can use enzyme and bacteria products such as PondZyme, Simply Clear, EcoFix or other products from Microbe-Lift to improve fish conditions, reduce pond odor, improve the general water quality as well as reduce the quantity of sludge that may lead to algae growth.

Pond maintenance varies from time to time according to different seasons. For instance, there is a lot of work that needs to be done to the pond during summer and spring. During winter and autumn, you only have to make the pond livable by not allowing fish to hibernate due to freezing.

Number and type of plants in the pond

In case you don’t have a koi pond, ensure you have the right number and type of plants in your water garden. Plants like Anacharis, floating plants and other underwater plants get rid of excess nutrients found in the pond. They do this by absorbing the nutrients for self-gain and growth, hence algae starves because its source of food is no more.

Cover about 2/3 of your pond surface using plants that make the pond water surface shaded. Good examples include water lilies and floaters, i.e., Water Hyacinth, Water Lettuce, etc. By covering the water surface, these plants minimize the penetration of sunlight into the pond which, in turn, starves algae due to inadequate sunlight and also helps in keeping the pond water cool.

It’s worth noting that algae could be still present in your pond even if you use the right type and number of plants as well as proper components, but you don’t have a lot of fish. This happens mostly when the pond is quite young. During the first years of a young pond, you can use other methods to control algae. If the pond isn’t entirely emptied and refilled, as years go by and it matures, the presence of algae reduces.

Pond algae treatment procedure

For proper pond algae treatment, pond keepers/owners should use beneficial enzyme and bacterial products as earlier mentioned. This should be done regularly while the pond matures. In case you have some issues with green water, install an ultraviolet sterilizer. An ultraviolet sterilizer guarantees you 100% clean water as the pond matures.

Here are some products you can use in treating pond algae:

i. Using GreenClean for Filamentous algae

There are several types of algae, i.e., filamentous algae, planktonic algae, macrophytes algae, etc. However, Filamentous algae are the most common of all the others. This type of algae is mostly found attached to sticks, leaves, mud, rocks or other plants. As it grows, it stretches out to the surface, breaks up and causes new growth that is then transported throughout the pond by wave and wind action.

Filamentous algae occur in many forms, e.g., shot and furry, stringy and long and even in the shape of a mat or a web. It’s the short algae that usually covers almost everything in a pond. It’s velvet in color and very beneficial because it makes the pond look natural. It produces oxygen during the day, and most fish depend on it although it uses nutrients from pond water.

Filamentous algae can’t be eliminated at once with plants and fish in the pond. String algae are even harder to deal with because it can even coat an entire waterfall. Nonetheless, where possible, it can be removed physically from the pond. Due to the high intensity of sunlight on shallow streams and waterfall, filamentous algae will most likely thrive. This is because the sun will be providing more light and heat as well as constant nutrient supply flowing through the waterfall or shallow stream.

The best and most effective way to treat filamentous algae found on streams and waterfall is using GreenClean. It fights and prevents algae from blooming as well as releasing essential oxygen to pond water while it biodegrades. It is formulated without the use of chlorine or any other harsh chemicals to ensure they don’t affect the aquatic ecosystem negatively.

ii. Using Algaway

While your pond is maturing, Algaway is a very useful product in controlling algae. Algaway is an algaecide that helps control string algae. However, you should not use Algaaway in ponds that contain ornamental snails, mollusks, shrimps and other crustaceans.

This algaecide is meant for self-contained fountains and ornamental ponds that don’t have an outflow. Before the addition of Algaway to a small pond that has excess algae, ensure you clean off some excess algae. This will help you minimize the quantity of organically decaying matter.

iii. Using Barley Straw

Use of Barley Straw, as well as Barley Straw Extract, is also useful and efficient in improving the conditions of water in ponds. Barley Straw doesn’t kill previously existing algae. Instead, it inhibits the growth of new algae, making it very effective for use in new ponds.

Although it’s not clear how Barley Straw works, it’s believed to produce some chemicals that prevent the growth of algae. This occurs due to oxygen presence and when it’s exposed to sunlight. Barley Straw doesn’t affect other aquatic plant growth at all.

When it’s applied to a pond that has cold water, for example, less than 50F, the Straw will take 6 to 8 weeks for it to start producing the chemical that inhibits the growth of algae. If applied to warmer water, for example, 70F and above, it will probably become effective in 2-3 weeks.

You should apply about 2 to 3 bales of Barley Straw per acre of the pond. This translates to about 10-25 grams for every square meter of the pond area. The pond water depth isn’t necessarily important when applying Barley Straw.

iv. Using pond dye

Pond dyes work by helping color water blue-green or dark-blue. This coloring creates a shade for the pond water hence reducing the quantity of sunlight absorbed by algae. Black and blue dye are the best for use in lakes and large ponds due to low cost although it can also be used in other smaller ponds.

Note that Black dye may not help you if your pond is muddy because it might not penetrate suspended articles. However, a blue dye can readily penetrate suspended particles.

v. Using Fountec

Fountec improves the quality of pond water by keeping it clean as well as removing algae. In case your pond doesn’t have fish yet, this is an excellent product to use because it’s safe for other animals, e.g., pets that may drink water from the pond. However, it’s not safe for fish.

vi. Using pond Ionizer

This is among the most recent algae control products. A pond ionizer uses electric charges that run through an anode that is made of copper. The anode is placed in a line of water flow where it releases copper ions that minimize the growth of algae.

Whenever you are treating algae, it’s critical to make sure you abide by the product package directions and ensure there is adequate aeration in the pond. Besides, you should not overfeed fish or add a lot of fish that your filter and pond can’t support.

Conclusion

Do you now know how to control pond algae? Simple, isn’t it? With the right knowledge and proper planning, algae control will be quite simple. You should note that fish foods and fish themselves add nutrients to ponds. These are the nutrients that feed algae.

In summary, here are some points to note from this article:

• Sludge that is less than ¼ inch at the bottom of a pond should not worry you. Always keep down organic load in the pond by keeping any runoff out and also vacuuming any already accumulated sludge.

• There should be no overfeeding or keeping a lot of fish than the pond can support

• Ensure you install a bigger biological filter and allow some time, i.e., several months, for it to work.

• The aquatic plants you use should be able to act as floaters, shade as well as underwater plants to help in getting rid of excess nutrients. These plants should be of the right type and amount.

• Always use biological treatment methods and allow them some time to work effectively. Remember, some of the outlined methods, e.g., Microbe-Lift in this article take time.

• Barley Straw Extract is used in ponds with not more than 3000 gallons while Algaway is used to get rid of existing algae problems pretty fast.

• Always install and use the ultraviolet sterilizer to effectively control green water algae.

how to build a small pond in your backyard

7 Steps on How to Build a Small Pond in Your Backyard

Looking for a simple, easy to understand tutorial on how to build a small pond in your backyard? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

The sound of running water is known for its soothing qualities, its ability to refresh and calm the soul. Close your eyes and imagine the sounds of a creek, sitting on the shore with your toes tickling the water as it rushes by… This is an image of tranquillity and peacefulness that is stimulated by the familiarly of the sounds of water. Building a backyard pond in your own backyard can make this type of serenity a part of your everyday life.

There are landscape companies that specialize in building ponds, but if you’re a DIY junkie, you can build a small pond on your own with the right guidance. But before I dive into the ‘how-to’, check out some of the benefits.

Why You Should Learn How to Build a Small Pond in Your Backyard

Enjoy the outdoors

As the weather turns warmer, people are drawn to their backyard more. At first, it is to clean up after a long winter’s hibernation, preparing the yard for the warmth and joys of summer. Then it is the family barbeques, picnics and various parties that are hosted throughout the summer months.

If you are looking for something new to add to your backyard, consider building a backyard pond. With a little planning and preparation, you can create a backyard pond in only a few hours.

A backyard pond will improve your garden. The good news is that you don’t need to go to the park for the full effects of an outdoor experience.

Improve your landscape

Aside from the pleasure it brings, ponds also improve the landscape of your garden and make your yard more attractive to people and the local wildlife.

Increases the value of your property

One thing often overlooked by new pond keepers who want to know how to build a small pond for fish is the value a pond brings to their property. It will make it much more desirable to the buying public if you were to put your home on the market in the future.

Imagine someone walking into the backyard of a potential new home and seeing a beautiful water feature. They may not have considered it a benefit before, but when they see it, they will want one!

Attract some local wildlife

In addition to the emotional balance that your backyard pond will provide, the wonders of nature will also be yours for the viewing. Backyard ponds are not only an oasis for humans but animals enjoy them as well.

Do not be surprised if your backyard pond becomes a home for frogs, songbirds, turtles and other amphibians. It is also a beautiful addition to stock your pond with a selection of ornamental koi or goldfish.

Here’s a Step by Step Guide on How to Build a Small Pond

When deciding on the type of pond that would be most appropriate for your space, take the time to consider a few points. How big of a pond is going to work for your space and what type of pond do you want to build?

When building ponds, it may be beneficial to spend some time researching the options. But once you’re done, follow the below steps on how to build your pond.

Step 1 – Choose a location

One of the things to consider before you start digging that hole is the placement. Remember that any overhanging trees, even evergreens, are going to drop leaves or needles into the water and will need to be cleared out frequently to protect the ecology of the pond.

Also, don’t place a pond where runoff from rain will flow into the pond. This can carry dirt, fertilizer and other debris into the pond. If there is aquatic life or plants, water run-off can damage the environment and kill the fish and plants.

If you are going to install any powered equipment in the water, steps to provide power and to help secure the equipment once installed should be part of the plans made during the planning stage.

Step 2 – Pick a size

What size do you want? A small pond can be lined with a plastic lining and a big one can be as elaborate as having a surface area of several hundred square feet. The size you choose will depend on the size of your yard, how much space you are willing to devote to the pond and the amount of money that is in your budget for building the pond.

Once you’ve chosen a size, make sure you have the right size lining to cover the hole.

Step 3 – Dig a hole

Your pond can be as small as 3-4 feet in diameter and about 2 feet deep. If you plan to keep some plants in the pond, dig a shelf around the perimeter of the pond that’s about one foot deep and 1-2 feet wide.

Step 4 – Line the pond

You can now line the hole with a waterproof material or tarp. These Pond liners can be bought at a hardware store or from a local farm supply store. Place the lining in the hole and make sure it rests firmly at the bottom and sides of the hole. You can cut any extras with scissors or a utility knife.

Step 5 – Put a filter or fountain (optional)

Before filling the pond with water, you should put the filter in the right position – this also applies to water fountains too. Pond Filters are not really important for pond keepers who don’t plan to have fish. But if you do, a filter will keep your fish healthy, prevent bad odors and much more. 

Solar Pond Pumps are often used as an environmentally friendly solution for constant water flow around a pond, with them also saving the pond owner on electrical energy costs.

Step 6 – Fill the pond with water

Now it’s time to fill the pond. Fill it up with water by switching on the filter or fountain. If you plan to keep fish in the water, add some chlorine before introducing any fish.

Let your new pond sit for about a week before adding fish or plants so that the chlorine in the water would have evaporated.

Step 7 – Add plants and fish

Decorate the pond as you see fit. With stones, pebbles, colorful plants and fish. There are a lot of options available.

Colorful fish are beautiful to watch and add a sense of movement and vitality to your pond. The brilliantly colored fish in the colors of gold, yellow and white are a breathtaking contrast to the deep greens of plants and the dark water of the pond.

They’ll grow to fit the size of the pond so even if you choose your regular size goldfish, it’ll grow bigger than what you’d normally expect from a small aquarium.

When you build a pond it can be exciting, but deciding on what it should look like can take some time and some homework. There are many books and magazines that offer design ideas on how to build a small pond and if you are going to hire a contractor with experience in pond construction, they will undoubtedly have several design possibilities from which you can choose.

Healthy-Garden-Pond

6 Tips to Keeping a Healthy Garden Pond This Spring

A garden pond is much like a natural ecosystem – requiring maintenance and care to keep all its inhabitants happy and healthy. But while filtration systems and regular spot-cleans will keep your pond’s eco-system running smoothly most of the year, at least once each Spring you should give your pond a seasonal clean out.

A full clean out of your pond is designed to re-set its environment. By removing muck buildup, attending to plants, and repairing fixtures, you’ll keep your pond, and its inhabitants, happy and healthy.

A full garden pond Spring clean can take some time and effort, but it needn’t be an overwhelming task. Here are 6 tips to keep your annual pond clean as straight-forward as possible.

1. Prepare Your Holding Tank in Advance

Properly preparing your holding tank can mean the difference between happy, stress-free fish and juggling buckets.

Your holding tank will be where your fish hang out for the duration of your Spring clean. Depending on the size of your fish, it can be anything from a large tub to a clean kiddie pool.

If you have particularly curious or athletic breeds, such as Koi, it’s also a good idea to prepare pond netting to keep the fish from jumping out.

Once you have the holding tank set up in a cool, shaded area near your pond, you can start pumping pond water from the pond into the holding tank. There’s no need to fill it up all the way. Simply giving your fish a depth they’ll be comfortable in is sufficient.

Finally, you should add a method of aeration to your fish’s temporary home. An aeration kit ensures your holding tank stays oxygen-rich and your fish will thank you for it.

2. Use a Pump Sock

A pump sock is one of the best ways to keep your pond pump from sucking up large debris that might damage or block it.

It will also keep your fish from being accidentally sucked up. Larger fish will generally stay away from the pump on their own but if you’re worried some fish are getting too curious then a pump sock can be a godsend.

3. Catch Your Fish When Your Pond Water Is Low

When your pond level is down to about one foot of water it’s time to catch your fish. Waiting until the water level is at one foot makes the task a bit easier as your fish will have less area to hide and flee.

Be gentle when catching your fish in your fish net. Once you have them in their holding talk, secure your pond netting to keep overly startled fish from escaping.

4. Use a Power Washer to Clean the Lining of Your Pond

A hose may seem sufficient for cleaning the rocks and lining of your pond, but if you want to get the task over within a fraction of the time, and ensure you remove all the muck, then a power washer is the tool for you.

More than an inch of muck on the bottom of your pond can cause issues with bacteria and water clarity so getting in there with a power washer is the best way to restore your ponds happy equilibrium.

Start by removing any heavy debris by hand – sticks, leaves, and twigs should all be cleared. Once you have access to the rocks and liner then it’s time to fire up your power washer.

You’ll want to wash from the top down. Starting with waterfalls or higher rock formations, wash muck, algae, and other buildups down toward the pump. A pond vacuum can come in handy for removing what the pump cannot, especially on the pond liner.

5. Check Your Plants, Filters, and Lights While the Pond Is Empty

The perfect time to check your plants and lighting is when your pond is drained. You’ll be able to better-spot plants that look overgrown. You’ll also be able to check the lower areas around the edge of your pond that may be tricky to get to when your pond is filled.

When checking plants, have extra pots on hand. That way you can divide and repot plants as needed.

Check your garden pond edging thoroughly. Fill in any areas where soil has washed away and adjust your pond liner if necessary.

If your pond has a waterfall filter or skimmer it’s a good idea to double check they’re level and haven’t shifted over the winter.

Run a check of all the existing lighting in your pond while it’s still empty. Do a spot-clean of lenses and swap out any non-functional bulbs. This is also the ideal time to add any extra pond lighting if you so wish.

6. Acclimatize Your Fish Before Reintroduction

Before reintroducing your fish back into your filled garden pond a few steps must be taken to acclimatize them.

First, add a de-chlorinator to remove any chlorine and detoxify any heavy metals that may be present in the newly filled pond.

Once the pond water has been treated, add some of the new, treated pond water to the holding tank. This allows your fish to get used to the new water in a gradual way so as not to stress them unduly.

Leave your fish in the mixed holding tank for about 20 minutes to allow them to fully adjust to the new water temperature and chemistry.

Once your fish have adjusted, gently catch them and move them back into the newly cleaned pond.

It’s recommended you give your fish 24 hours to fully adjust to their new environment before feeding them.

Keep Your Garden Pond Beautiful Year-Round

The best thing you can do for your pond over spring is a spring clean out. It’ll give your ponds equilibrium a much-needed re-set and ensure that its inhabitants are healthy and happy in a cleaner environment.

Employing these 6 tips will mean your annual garden pond spring clean will progress without issue. The smoother your pond clean goes, the quicker you can get back to admiring your garden as it greets the Spring.

Want to keep your pond looking its best in between its spring cleans? Check out how our recommended range of solar pond pumps which will provide an increased flow of water circulation, helping to prevent the formation of pond algae and other substances within the pond, keeping it looking healthy.

Pond Filter System in action

Choosing the Best Pond Filters for Your Outdoor Pond

Outdoor ponds can add a natural, elegant vibe to your backyard and are a great look for most homes.

In order to keep them in the best shape, though, pond filtration is vital–especially when your pond is just installed.

Pond filters help to eliminate biological and particulate wastes from your pond, keeping your water clear and making your pond an even better sight. Luckily, there are many different types of filters that will keep your pond in an amazing shape.

Read on to find out more about the different types of filters and which ones are best for keeping your pond clean.

Submersible Filter

As the name suggests, a submersible filter is one which goes underwater and connects to a power source on the surface.

Submersible pond filters have many benefits. Because they’re based below the surface, they’re generally invisible. Submersible filters are quieter than most other types of filters and can be placed anywhere in the pond.

Submersibles aren’t perfect, though.

Due to their underwater positioning, underwater filters are a hassle to take out and clean. If you have a pump with fish, everyday cleaning will get old. Underwater filters are also only equipped to work with ponds no larger than 800 gallons.

If you feel a submersible filter is right for you, the Pond Boss FM002P is an excellent choice. It’s very energy efficient and is the perfect submersible filter for a smaller pond.

External Filter

If you have a larger pond and are looking for a more efficient pond filter, an external filter may be right for you.

Much like submersible filters, external filters can also be placed out of sight. They just need to be kept on the surface.

Most external filters also have a much larger “media capacity” which basically means that when it comes to filtration, they are much more efficient.

Those aren’t the only positives, though. Located outside of the pond, external filters are much easier to clean and maintain. They usually last longer too, meaning more bang for your buck.

With the many benefits that external filters can bring to large pond owners, you may want to invest in the OASE BioSmart 5000 Pond Filter. This is an owner favorite and can support a moderate fish load.

Solar Pond Filters

Many homeowners with ponds have taken up a new trend of having solar powered pond filters. Solar powered filters are ideal for pond owners living in areas with a lot of sunlight.

There are many benefits to having solar powered filters. For starters, solar powered filters are powered by the sun, so electricity costs will be eliminated. They’re environmentally friendly and the solar panels are typically an attractive backyard feature.

Solar powered filters are very quiet in comparison to external and submersible filters. They’re also easy to move and set up anywhere in the backyard.

Unfortunately, solar powered filters still have their drawbacks. The price of these solar filters can be very restrictive, although they save owners money in the long run. These filters are also unreliable during stormy times of the year when the sun is not at its peak.

Solar powered filters also have some issues when it comes to actually filtering. Their power supply is inconsistent and they are unable to be used for most large ponds.

If you want to take an environmentally friendly approach to your pond filters, check out this website for many solar powered options.

Other Filters

There are other less common filters your pond may need.

UV filters are pressurized filters, similar to the external filters mentioned before, that have a UV light installed. The UV light will kill most forms of algae and harmful bacteria that live in the pond and contribute to its uncleanliness.

Unfortunately, many UV filters also kill the so-called “good bacteria” that aid in cleaning the pond and keeping it healthy. If you have an algae problem, you may want to consider using a UV filter.

Vortex filters are another less-popular option on the market. Vortex filters will mainly filter out large solids from water before purifying the water with oxygen and pumping it back in.

The solids end up in a sediment area at the bottom of the filter that can easily be cleaned after usage. Keep in mind that vortex filters are usually seen as the “first line” of filtering and should be paired with other filters.

The final type of filter is the Bio-Tube filter. The Bio-tube pond filters are predominantly for koi ponds or other large ponds with a large amount of fish. These bio-tube filters even include a backwash system that allows you to never have to manually clean it!

While these pond filters are convenient, they can be very expensive. On top of that, most bio-tube filters need to be paired with a UV filter to kill harmful bacteria. Don’t forget to turn off this UV filter when adding any beneficial bacteria to your pond.

Are You in Need of a Pond Filter?

Ponds are a beautiful addition to your backyard. Caring for one can become a great hobby and an interesting part of your life.

Whether you have a small, empty pond or a large pond filled with wildlife, each pond needs its own special care.

For all your pond needs, from filters to decor, be sure to visit our website. We provide reviews of the newest pond items on the market and are looking forward to introducing our own products very soon.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for any and all of your pond care needs!

Koi Pond with Aerator System

Are Pond Aerators Worth the Investment?

It’s steamy, it’s hot, and you can’t see a thing.

It’s not a sauna. It’s your pond.

It stinks and looks horrible. All your beautiful (and expensive) fish are floating on the surface.

Something awful has happened in your pond. As a result, your carefully cultivated fish, plants, and crystal clear water are suffering.

To prevent this from happening, you need to keep oxygen dissolved your water. Some of the very best additions to the health of your water are pond aerators.

Need to learn more? Read on.

It’s Called an Inversion (and It’s Bad)

A pond can sometimes develop layers that vary in temperature and oxygen density. The top layer is rapidly warmed, which creates water with lower density and decreased oxygen capacity.

Lower layers of the pond are cooler water and decaying organic matter. Usually, cooler water holds more oxygen than warm water. In this case, the stuff rotting at the bottom of the pond is taking up what oxygen is available.

Your fish live in the middle layers. A sudden change like a rainstorm, a strong breeze, or throwing a rock in the pond causes the layers to suddenly mix and “flip over.” This sends the oxygen-poor warm water to the bottom and the cool oxygen-lacking muck from the bottom to the top.

The sudden decline in oxygen kills your fish, encourages algae to grow, and smells awful.

What Is That Smell?

The stinking black goo is heavy organic build up at the bottom of your pond.

This is the rotting remains of fish waste, dead plant material, and other debris composting. The anaerobic bacteria (oxygen-hating bacteria) gives off sulfurous gases.

Bacteria play an important role in the natural breakdown of organic waste in a pond. Proper bacterial balance with adequate oxygen can reduce bottom sludge significantly in a season.

Pond aerators to the rescue!

Starve the Algae

Pond plants use photosynthesis to naturally raise oxygen levels in your pond. An algae bloom is not only unsightly, but it can choke your plants and reduce your beautiful water feature to a swamp.

Algae flourishes when the water is rich in nutrients. The overall ecology of a pond depends on effective management of wastes and oxygen in the water. Populate your pond with plants to consume fish waste and the nutrients from decomposing matter.

Plants absorb nutrients and keep the water clear. Pond aerators help deliver dissolved oxygen to plant roots and encourage growth to keep algae at bay.

Vector Control

One of the disadvantages of letting your pond turn into a swamp is the mosquitoes and other biting insects that take over.

Still water is a mosquito breeding ground. A pond without fish or movement is likely to become quickly infested.

Pond aerators keep water moving and encourage fish to remain active and near the surface.

What Kinds of Pond Aerators Are Available?

Invest in pond aerators to keep oxygen levels high and prevent water stagnation.

Aeration adds oxygen to all levels of your pond reliably. This ensures that the top layer of water is not oxygen-poor and the bottom layer is sufficiently oxygenated to support your plants and fish.

There are two basic types of aeration, surface and sub-surface. Both can be achieved with a number of techniques.

Surface Aeration

When water makes direct contact with the air, it’s called surface aeration.

Typically, oxygen is gained through a fountain, waterfall, or spray. In general, surface aeration methods aren’t enough to boost oxygen to healthy levels in your pond.

With surface aeration, only the topmost levels of water are affected.

Sub-surface Aeration

Subsurface aeration works by adding air at the bottom of the pond, directly on the pond liner itself.

These bubbles rise to the surface and naturally agitate the water. Oxygen from the bubbles mixes with the water.

For best results, you want oxygen added to the oxygen-deprived top and bottom of your pond. A fountain or waterfall mixes only the surface of the water, while a bubbler beneath the surface does little to enhance the beauty of your pond.

Pick the Right Surface Aerator

For your surface pond aerator, you need to correctly calculate the size of your pond in gallons, the height you want your water to fall, and the width of the waterfall.

The rule of thumb is that you want to move at least half the volume of your pond per hour. So for a 1,000-gallon pond, you need a pond pump/solar pond pump rated at least 500 gallons per hour to move water through a waterfall and filtration.

This size pump will give you a waterfall about a foot wide and two feet high. You may find that isn’t enough if you want a wider waterfall or need to lift your water higher.

Pick the Right Sub-surface Aerator

A sub-surface aerator (properly called a diffused aerator) is made of three basic components. They are a compressor, some tubing to carry the air, and the diffuser. The diffuser is the piece that bubbles at the bottom of your pond.

You should consider the size of your pond and the surface area when deciding on your diffuser. There are types that force air through a semi-permeable membrane in a very fine mist of bubbles. There are also stones, perforated tubes, rigid tubes, and plastic blocks.

Select your aerator based on the maximum life cycle duty with a low risk of failure. Low maintenance is also important, as the unit must run without interruption.

Of course, make sure your compressor is correctly rated for outdoor use and your power cord and air tubing are long enough to service your pond.

Conclusion

Keeping your pond beautiful and healthy requires taking care of your water.

Adding dissolved oxygen with surface and sub-surface aerators reduce unsightly pond sludge and encourages beneficial bacteria. Pond aerators also discourage algae blooms and mosquitoes.

Follow our page for recommendations and reviews of the very best pond aerators for your pond.

Questions or comments? Contact us today!

8 benefits of using a solar pond pump

8 Benefits of Using a Solar Pond Pump

solar pond pumps use photovoltaic panels (or PVs) to convert energy from sunlight into energy for your pump. These pumps may be used for aeration, preventing algae from forming on the water top and especially on your pond liner, through to providing aesthetically pleasing pond fountains, being used as a solar fountain pump.

Sounds simple enough. But is that enough to make you switch over to using one?

As it turns out, using a solar pump has huge implications for everything from convenience, to your budget. This makes them a viable, effective alternative to conventional pumps.

But don’t take our word for it. Join us today as we take a closer look at eight great reasons to switch over to solar from your traditional pond pump.

What are the benefits of using a Solar Pond Pump?

1. Zero Operational Cost

If you’re considering making a change to a solar pond pump, your first concern might be the cost of changing up your system.

That’s fair. No matter how good of a device something is, costs will always influence your decision to switch over.

Luckily for you, solar pumps cost nothing to maintain. At all.

It’s in the nature of their construction. Running off solar energy, a pump won’t need access to your electrical grid. Its simple-but-solid design also means less time adjusting, maintaining or repairing components.

And in a world where time is money, not spending your time on your pond pump means the same as actively saving money.

2. Simple Installation

Just because you’re a pond owner doesn’t mean you’ve got a degree in water maintenance engineering. Maybe you just want to be able to get your pump, set it up, and leave it to do its work.

A solar pond pump is the way forward if you want to cut down on installation time.

No laying or insulating of wiring or power lines make the pump self-contained. This design is important because it also means the actual unit itself sets up easily, without much tweaking or adjusting.

If what you’re looking for is a no-hassle installation experience, it doesn’t get more straightforward than a solar pump for your pond.

3. Versatile

Because of their simple structure and self-contained operation, solar pumps can be used in ponds of all shapes and sizes.

No two ponds are the same, so you’re going to need a pump that can take all comers.

Looking for something to keep your koi pond aerated? Want to pump your biological pond the smart way? Effective in remote areas where electricity isn’t easy to reroute or a pond in a suburban setting, this is a pond pump that goes where you need it to.

And, speaking of where you need it to go…

4. Just the Right Size for That Fountain

This point has its own entry because, frankly, it’s not something many people seem to know is an option.

Solar powered pond pumps make for fantastic additions to a fountain because they’re often quite small. And given that your fountain is as likely to be outdoors as any pond, a solar-powered component makes a lot of sense.

Pump your fountain with a solar pump for a low-cost, easy-to-install solution you can rely on.

5. (Nearly) Completely Silent

In the list of adjectives that describe pumps of any size or shape, the word “noisy” usually comes higher than anything else.

Not so with a solar pond pump. With so few moving parts and construction that doesn’t actually have to be plugged into anything, these pumps make very little noise.

And there’s a lot to say for that. For many years, the trade-off with pond pumps has seemed to be, “They do their work, and we forgive them for the noise.”

Now you don’t have to choose one or the other. Get a pump that works hard and stays quiet with solar power.

6. Much Kinder to the Environment

This is one of the biggest reasons most people have for considering solar pumps for their ponds. Solar power, wherever it’s used, is always the environmentally friendly choice.

Standard pond pumps require an electrical connection to do their jobs. With a simple switch to solar, you can reduce your carbon footprint.

It might sound trite, but this is a good way to give something back to the environment you’re celebrating by having a pond.

7. Minimal Maintenance Costs

Operational costs feature into any investment, pond pumps included. And a big part of operating any piece of machinery is maintenance.

As we use devices over time, their components wear out and need maintenance or replacing. On a pump, this could be anything from the cabling to the electric motor, which can accumulate foreign matter during use.

Maintenance on a solar pump is as close to nothing as possible, especially when it comes to cleaning it out. Tying back to our previous point on their no-fuss design, components in these solar energy units are also less likely to break down from overuse.

8. Long Operational Lifespan

No two ponds are the same, but most of them are lifelong investments. Nobody installs a pond in their home or office with the idea that it might get taken out in the future.

With such a long future ahead for you and your pond, you want a pump solution with a lifespan to match.

Solar powered pond pumps are the answer to this problem. With very few moving parts and a power source that isn’t likely to run out anytime soon, each pump boasts an impressive operational lifespan.

Simply set them up, check in on them from time to time, and enjoy using your pump for years to come.

Discover the Benefits of a Solar Pond Pump

Whatever your pond size or layout, it’s time you forgot the power cords, weekly maintenance, and yearly replacements.

There’s a better option, and it’s powered by the sun. With a solar-powered pump in your pond, you can save time, money, and repair work with a solution that works consistently well.

Interested in learning more about the best solar pond pumps on the market today? Visit some of our other comprehensive blog pieces and find a pump that works for you.

Best Solar Pond Pumps & Solar-Powered Fountain Pumps of 2018 Review

10 Best Solar Pond Pumps and Solar Powered Fountain Pumps 2018

Welcome to our post on the Best Solar-Powered Pond Pumps of 2018.

We realise that everyone has different requirements of a pond pump, just we understand that each reader will have a different size pond, located in a different outside environment, but most importantly… each reader will have a different budget.

Therefore, we’ve identified each pump based on the size pond that it’s suitable for; Alongside the budget requirement of purchasing that particular pond pump… Making the process of choosing the ideal solar pond pump easier for you!

We’ve also featured an Editor’s recommendation for you readers with minimal time, and a section on technical specifications for each pond pump for you readers who want to learn more about the specifics of each pump.

So, let’s get to it!

What are the Best Solar Pond Pumps and Solar Fountain Pumps of 2018?

Featured below are the top 10 solar-powered pond pumps of 2018

ImageModelMax PowerSize SuitabilityPriceAvailable on AmazonEditor's Recommendation
SolarRiver Solar Powered Pond PumpSOLARIVER Solar Pond Pump412GPHUp to Large Ponds$150Buy on AmazonFor value and quality, this is our featured Editor's Recommendation.
Sunnydaze Solar Pond PumpSunnydaze Solar Pond Pump and Panel Fountain Kit396GPHUp to Large Ponds$260Buy on Amazon
Tangpan Solar-Powered Pond Pump and PanelTangpan Solar-Powered Fountain Pump365 GPHUp to Large Ponds$110Buy on Amazon
Lewisia Solar Powered Pond and Fountain PumpLewisia Solar Pond Pump Kit357GPHUp to Large PondsNot Currently AvailableBuy on Amazon
Ledgle Solar Powered Pond & Solar Fountain PumpLEDGLE Solar Pond Pump100 GPHSmall Ponds$31Buy on Amazon
Sieges solar powered fountain and solar pond pumpSIEGES Solar-Powered Pond Pump60 GPHSmall PondsNot Currently AvailableBuy on Amazon
Cosscci Solar Pond Pump and Fountain PumpsCOSSCCI Solar Fountain Water Pump60 GPHSmall Ponds$12Buy on Amazon
Feelle Solar Fountain PumpFeelle Solar Bird Bath Fountain42 GPHBirdbath/ Small Pond Fountain$25Buy on AmazonFeatures a Backup Battery
Soonhua small solar powered pond and fountain pumpSOONHUA Solar Powered Pump40 GPHBirdbath/ Small Pond Fountain$15Buy on Amazon
Solatec solar powered fountain pumpSolatec Solar Powered Fountain PumpN/ABirdbath/ Small Pond Fountain$12Buy on Amazon

 

SOLARIVER Solar-Powered Water Pump – $150 – Editor’s Recommendation

  • Solariver Solar Pond Pump

Pond Size Suitability: Up to Large Ponds

Based on reviews of the pond pump itself (Featured directly below), it’s clear that this pump is extremely versatile, being used in a 300 gallon koi pond, to a 12000 gallon swimming pool. Therefore we recommend that it’s suitable for Small, Medium and Large sized ponds.

Technical Specs
  • Brushless Magnetic motor, Fully Submersible , 20,000 + Hour Life, Removable filter, Easy Connector, Aquatic Life Friendly
  • Operating Voltage 12-24V, 16 foot long cable, includes 3 nozzle spray patterns
  • Maximum water Flow Rate – 259GPH @ 12V :  356GPH @ 18V /: 412GPH @ 24V
  • Max Head – 3.25 ft. @ 12V / 6.9 ft. @ 18V / 10.5 ft. @ 24V
  • 20 watt solar panel – Max voltage 17.28V – Max current 1.157A – Open circuit Voltage 20.88V – Short circuit current 1.37A
  • 1 Year Warranty – 100% Money Back Guarantee if the pump kit doesn’t meet your water pumping needs!
Pump Overview

This pump is the perfect all-rounder. It’s truly built to last, with the brushless magnetic motor offering over 20,000 hours worth of low-noise operation. The advancements in technology in these magnetic driven pumps means that this new generation of pump can handle all-day operation, as opposed to the traditional Bilge pumps which were not designed for this.

The pump has a 20W polycrystalline solar panel, this is rather powerful and should be suitable for small/medium sized ponds, whether or not you are using the pump for water circulation or more for an aesthetic purpose. The panel has a durable aluminum outer frame and includes a stake for placement.

The panel connects to the pump via a 16 foot lead, yes that’s right, a 16 foot wire! This means that you are given the freedom to place this in any position within your garden that gets the most sunlight, allowing for continuous operation. No wiring needed, all you need to do is plug in, set this panel in the sun and say goodbye to all of those expensive electricity bills! Sounds good!

In conclusion, you really cannot go wrong with this pump, whatever the purpose. We’ve heard about people using this in their 12000 gallon swimming pools, whilst they holiday for three weeks, returning to a perfectly conditioned pool, all thanks to this Solariver pump operating perfectly.

 

Pond Size Suitability: Up to Large Ponds
Technical Specs
  • Pump and Panel Kit – Includes two solar panels, four 3-inch extension tubes, two ground spikes, two panel brackets, 2 spray heads and 16 inch cable.
  • Provides up to 396 GPH
  • Maximum head height of 120 inches
  • Solar Panels require direct sunlight
  • Dimensions are 12″L x 10.5″W x 0.7″D
  • Weighs approximately 9 pounds
  • Includes a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty 
Pump Overview

This submersible pump and 2 solar panel kit is ideal for outdoor use, in any size pond. The pump can push out a maximum of 396 gallons of water per hour, and can spray up to 120 inches high, and with the 2 different spray heads, SunnyDaze Decor have included a few options for that wonderful water feature effect. With this being said, this pump is a great allrounder, being able to sit deep within the pond and, thanks to the 16 inch cable length connecting the pump to the powering solar panels.

Both solar panels are connected together by one 24-inch cable, and these panels must be in direct sunlight to operate at their optimal capacity. These panels do not store solar power.

 

Tangpan Brushless Solar Pond Pump

Pond Size Suitability: Up to Large Ponds
Technical Specs
  • Eco Friendly Brushless DC Pond/Fountain Pump 
  • Runs automatically, with no battery required
  • Solar Panel runs on 18V-15W : Glass Panel and Aluminium Frame.
  • Water Flow Capacity: 119-356GPH
  • Max delivery head : 8 meters
  • Max water height : 2.5 meters
  • Panel – Pond connector length : 3 meters
Pump Overview

The Tangpan brushless solar-powered pond pump system is an extremely versatile system, with the capability to be ran in a small/medium or large sized pond, thanks to the high maximum flow capacity.  This pump can really pump water high, with a maximum water height of 2.5 meters, and would be suitable for pond owners who value this as an important requirement.

Make note, the company Tangspan do not state whether or not a warranty is included with this particular pond pump system.

 

Lewisia Solar Pond Pump Kit – Currently out of stock

Pond Size Suitability: Up to Large Ponds
Technical Specs
  • This Brushless Pump runs on DC 6-24 voltage input
  • Water pump size : 3.95″L x 2.6″H
  • The solar panel runs on 17V/10W
  • Solar panel size dimensions : 13.4″L x 10.3″W x 7.1″D
  • Water Flow Capacity of 357 GPH
  • Maximum lift height is 8 meters
  • Maximum water heigh is 2 meters
  • Cable length is 10 feet
  • Total approximate weight is 3.86 pounds
Pump Overview

This specific pump is currently out of stock on Amazon.com

 

LEDGLE Solar Powered Pond Pump – $32.99

Ledgle Solar Fountain Pump for Ponds

Pond Size Suitability – Small Ponds
Technical Specs
  • Includes Solar Fountain/Pond Pump, Solar Panel and 7 Water Nozzles
  • Made from Polycrystalline silicon and ABS materials
  • Solar Panel Voltage (12v) and Power (5w)
  • Output Voltage of the pump (DC 6 – 12v)
  • Max water flow of 100GPH
  • Max Pumping Height of 1.2 meters
  • Max water spray height of 0.6 meters
  • Weight of approximately 1.0kg
Pump Overview

This eco-friendly solar powered pond pump is extremely similar in specification to the Luxjet 5W pond pump [Link to Amazon] with similar review status, but better customer support, which is especially important with any product that you decide to purchase online. It too is easy to install, operate and maintain, and it can be placed in any position, with no screws or plugs being required.

The pump itself has a water flow of 100GPH, and projects water to a height of 47 inches (120cm). It comes with multiple fountain nozzles, so you can swap and change whenever you feel, creating a new aesthetic water feature spectacle for your garden pond.

SIEGES Solar-Powered Pond Pump – Currently out of Stock

Sieges Solar Powered Fountain Pond Pump

Pond Size Suitability – Small Ponds
Technical Specs
  • Solar powered pond pump kit for small ponds only
  • Design for reliability and ultra-quiet operation to provide years of service
  • Small profile size makes the pump easy to hide or disguise, Suction cup mounting feet for either vertical or horizontal mounting
  • Solar energy, need no extra power, energy-saving and environmentally friendly; Starts automatically in 3 seconds when bright sunlight shines on the solar panel directly without any shadow (solar panel: 9V/1.8W; Maximum lift: 2.3 Ft/70cm)
  • This brushless water submersible pump is great for aquarium, fountains, spout and hydroponic systems. Easy to clean
  • Adjustable water flow rate, and comes with 4 different spray heads for replacement
  • Max Flow Rate: 60 GPH (220L/H)
  • Power & Voltage : 1.8 Watts & 9 V
  • Length of Power Cord: 5ft(1.5m)
  • Dimension: 1.87in x 1.68in x 1.24in (47mm x 43mm x 30mm)
Pump Overview

The SIEGES mini submersible pond pump is the perfect option for a small pond. It can create good strong flow in a small pond to provide oxygenation for the plants. It’s compact design is great for space-saving. The maximal flow rate can be up to 60 gallons of water per hour. Lift height can be up to 2.3ft.

Again, this pump should only be used for very small ponds, or small fountains. It cannot handle the same amount of water displacement as other recommended pumps, such as the Solariver pump.

 

COSSCCI Solar Fountain Water Pump – $12.59

Cosscci Solar Powered Pond Pump

Pond Size Suitability – Small Ponds
Technical Specs
  • Includes water pump, solar panel and 4 nozzles
  • Maximum Water Flow is 60 GPH
  • Maximum  Water Lift Height it 0.7 meters
  • Power (1.8w) and Voltage (9v)
  • 1.5 Meter long cable
  • Demensions (1.9 inch H, 1.7 inch W, 1.3 inch D)
Pump Overview

This pump is perfect for operation in shallow waters, i.e a very small pond or birdbath. As we’ve found out from people who own this pump, it only works in direct sunlight, any cloud will diminish the UV signals received by the photocell, which means that the pump will not work to it’s optimal level. Considering the inexpensive price of this pump, it’s a great little addition to your birdbath or shallow pond.

 

Feelle Solar Fountain Pump with Battery Backup – $24.99

Feelle Solar Powered Fountain Pump with Battery

Pond Size Suitability – Small Ponds
Technical Specs

Battery power – 10v, 1.5W
Size of solar panel: 180*25mm
Battery type:  Li-ion (rechargeable), 7.4V, 600 mAh
Water Pump power: 7V, 1.1W
Maximum water flow of pump: 42GPH
Maximum lift of pump: 1 meter
Maximum water height: 0.7 meter

Pump Overview

For those of you looking for a very small solar pond/fountain pump with a battery,  this is the one for you! The battery is charged by the photocell, which simultaneously powers the pump. Once sunlight has gone, the pump will begin to use the stored battery power it has accumulated throughout the day… meaning even when the sun goes down, your pond pump will still be functioning!

I must reiterate, this is a very small pump, and if you have a medium/large pond and are thinking about getting this over one of the more powerful pumps, I suggest that you don’t! The large pumps shown above will better aerate a larger pond, even despite not being on during the night.

However, if you have a medium/large pond and are only looking for a small visual fountain, this is a nice option!

 

SOONHUA Solar-Powered Fountain Pump – $9.99

Soonhua solar fountain pump for garden pond

Pond Size Suitability – Small Ponds
Technical Specs
  • Solar powered pond & fountain pump
  • Solar Panel power : 9V 360mA
  • Brushess Water Pump Power: 12V 210mA
  • Maximum Flow: 200L/H
  • Solar Panel Size: 19.1 x 17 x 2.4cm
Pump Overview

This solar powered pond & fountain pump comes with an external solar panel and stand. The pump is able to keep small/medium ponds well oxygenated which is a must if you have plants in the pond. Quick and easy setup and the company even offers a huge 24 month warranty!

 

Solatec Solar Powered Fountain Pump – $12.89

Solatec solar powered fountain pump for pond

Pond Size Suitability – Small Ponds
Technical Specs
  • 1.4 Watt Solar-powered small pond/water fountain pump
  • Comes with 4 different water nozzle heads
  • Maximum water height: 0.7 meter
Pump Overview

A nice addition to your small pond/birdbath for aesthetics only. Has been chosen by Amazon as their ‘Amazon Choice’ considering the 4.5* average overall rating from over 1075 customers! You cannot go wrong purchasing this solar pond kit.

 

What is a solar pond pump?

A solar pond pump is an environmentally-friendly alternative to a battery/mains powered pond pump, used to pump water around the pond, keeping it aerated and suitable for plants, etc. These pumps usually sit on a pond ledge or shelf, upon the pond liner itself. They are usually more expensive than conventional mains powered pumps due to the additional solar panel cost. However, are known to be considerably cheaper to run in the long term.

Pond pumps can also be used to aesthetically enhance a pond, if you’re looking for solar fountain pumps, this page has more suitable recommendations, especially for readers with smaller ponds/bird baths.

Solar Pond Pumps collect solar energy from the sun. This is absorbed through the pumps attached photo voltaic panels, also known as solar panels. The pump’s solar panel(s) are usually connected to the pump system via wires, or are in-built to the pump system.

For the pond pump to operate consistently, the solar panel must be placed in direct view of the sun and angled correctly, to prevent reflection. This is extremely important, as the power of the pump itself will vary, being solely dependent on the amount of solar energy transferred from the panel, to the pump, per second.

Therefore, it’s important to consider the availability and strength of sunlight that’s available in your garden. Notice, I did not say your pond. This is because the solar panel can be attached via a long line of wire, offering up to 15 foot of an extension, enough to place in an area of the garden which gets the most sunlight.

Features of Solar Pond Pumps

Solar Pond Pumps are a popular alternative to the classic, mains powered pond pump for several reasons. These include

  • They are easy to set up
  • They can be easily moved
  • They do not require any running costs
  • Are environmentally friendly, using renewable energy source
  • They are typically not as noisy

There are however a few disadvantages with using solar-powered pond pumps, as opposed to mains powered, these include

  • They provide less power output & subsequently lower water flow
  • More ideal for small/medium sized ponds, not suitable for large ponds
  • Cloudy & overcast days can block Solar Panels from absorbing energy needed to effectively power the pump
  • They are usually more expensive to purchase

How can I find the best solar pond pump for my pond?

There are several important factors and criteria that you should use to find the most suited solar pond pump for your garden. On a more general level, this includes weighing up the pumps functionality and ability to be able to pump the required amount of water, alongside the visual aesthetic of the pump and water effects it produces. We realise that readers will have their own unique priority and biases towards their situation and assuming you have a set budget in mind, the factor (functionality, aesthetics) which they could be able to potentially compromise on,

Going into more detail, there are some more specific factors which should be considered before making the final decision to which pump is right for your pond, these include..

Water Flow & Power Output

Generally speaking, the higher the power output, the more powerful and effective the pump will be. This power rating is determined by the unit of Wattage (W). The level of power will have a direct impact on the amount of water that the pump can handle, at capacity level, and the distance to which it can be projected into the air.

The majority of Solar Pond Pumps have a variable flow rate. This is dependent on the strength of the sun combined with the directional position of the solar panel.

This combination of factors will impact on the pump’s performance, especially on cloudy days.

Therefore it’s very important to consider the position of the pump within your garden, and place it a particular spot which gets the most continual sunlight over the day, only this will impact on its power.

Regarding pump water flow, despite having a similar output wattage, not all pond pumps provide the same strength of water flow, due to different internal hardware causing efficiencies and inefficiencies. Therefore some are more powerful than others, despite the same apparent wattage. Therefore it’s extremely important to look at photo and video footage of the pump in action, alongside customer reviews.

Regarding the solar-powered pond pumps that we are recommending readers to consider, we have featured this information, alongside links to follow to purchase the product.

If you happen to be looking for a pump with the single purpose, to function as a pond aerator and oxygenate the pond, we advise looking at our recommendations of Solar Pond Aerators. We’ve featured an extremely popular one below.

Beckett Pump

Beckett Solar Pond Pump

 

  • 1.5 watt solar panel
  • Power cord -9.8’
  • Nominal Voltage-7.68 V, Nominal current-195mA

 

This device is simply a solar aerator, therefore if your single purpose is to boost oxygen levels within your pond, this is a great solution. The relatively modest wattage of the solar panel (1.5w) indicates that it is only suitable for small/medium sized ponds. We’ve heard of people using it in 300 Gallon KOI ponds, and with it’s 4-star overall rating, it seems to be very reliable.

Luxjet Solar Powered Fountain pump

Solar Fountain Pump | Best Solar Fountain Pumps 2018

 

What are the Best Solar Fountain Pumps of 2018?

 

LEDGLE 5W Solar Fountain Pump


– Modern design Eco Friendly solar fountain pump

– Easy & flexible installation process, not requiring screws or plugs

– Water flow of 380L/H, with maximum height of 47in (120cm)

– Comes with multiple fountain nozzles (8 in total)

– Water Spray Height [Maximum} of 2ft (60cm)

– Weight of 1.02Kg

 

The Ledgle solar fountain pump package includes the water pump, solar panel and 8 water nozzles. This particular pump is very versatile in its functionality with it being very powerful. So powerful in fact that it is probably not suitable for a bird bath or an extremely small pond.

A little trick with this pump, if you find that the water is being propelled into the air too high, reposition the solar panel to an angle, so that it’s not directly facing the sun, this will limit the power transferred to the pump.

My only criticism of this pump is the fact that it doesn’t contain a storage battery, as when it’s very cloudy, it’s clear that the fountain struggles to gain energy to keep the fountain running smoothly. However, for the price point and considering it’s performance on less cloudy days, this pump is a fantastic option for small/medium sized ponds.

 

OUSI Solar Powered Fountain Pump


  • Two modes of operation – 1. Fully solar powered and works in direct sunlight, with no batteries or electricity needed. 2. extra 5-12 DC cable of water-proof interface, with a USB head to connect to electric power, therefore working day and night regardless of sunlight.
  • Eco-Friendly using operation 1, with the solar fountain pump operating entirely off sunlight.
  • Maximum water flow of pump – 220L/H
  • 16ft solar panel lead length
  • Includes 4 nozzle spray heads, to change water patterns and shapes
  • Max Water Height of Pump: 150 cm,
  • Max Water-jet Height: 60cm,
  • Allows for more than 10,000 hours of service life

 

The Ousi solar fountain pump is a fantastic solution for those who want the freedom to be able to enjoy their fountain all day/night without worrying about the need for sunlight, but also having the ability to select the eco-friendly solar mode of operation on those sunny days.

The separate solar panel with a long lead length of 16ft is perfect for those gardens which don’t catch the sun for as long as you would like, with the lead length giving you the ability to install the panel on the side of the house/fence/tree to prolong the pond’s use during the evenings.

 

 

FEELLE – Solar Powered Fountain Pump


  • Eco-Friendly solar powered fountain & brushless pumps system, entirely driven by sunlight
  • Able to float on top of pond
  • Max Water flow of pump is 150L/H
  • 1.6W solar panel (very efficient energy absorption)
  • Comes with 6 nozzle attachments for different water paterns and shapes
  • Max height of water flow up to 80cm
  • Fountain aerates the pond water and keeps water circulation
  • Weight of 197g

 

The Feelle solar powered floating fountain pump is highly efficient, with it’s in-built 1.6W solar panel and brushless pump. With over 6 nozzles to choose from, it’s a perfect all-in-one solution for anyone looking to get a solar fountain pump for their small pond.

Similar to the Ledgle, this fountain pump has to be in sunlight to work, with no internal battery. This could be a limiting factor because the solar panels are in-built, and therefore would not be suitable if your pond does not get any sunlight, unlike the Ledgle where the solar panel can be positioned separately to the fountain pump.

 

 What is a Solar Fountain Pump?

Solar fountain pumps provide an added aesthetic to any pond, spraying the water within the pond up into the air, usually in unique and visually attractive way.

Solar Fountain Pumps harness the solar energy of the sun through the solar panels (PV panels, also known as photo voltaic panels). They are used as an alternative to mains powered pumps, mainly because these have to be manually wired and connected to a mains socket and subsequently can be expensive to run, considering that a fountain pond pump is often turned on for long periods of time during the day/night.

Since the rate of energy, per second, collected from the sun depends on the size and quality of a pump’s solar panel, the larger the solar panel, the more powerful pump it can power.

However, with the limited physical size of the majority of affordable solar panels (below $200), they are often more suited to placement within smaller sized ponds, where the amount of water displacement required is minimal.

 Features of Solar Fountain Pumps

There are several advantages of using a solar-powered fountain pump system, opposed to a mains fountain pump. These include

  • Much easier to set up
  • Can be easily moved/removed
  • Doesn’t require any running costs
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Less Noisy

However, there are a few disadvantage of using a solar fountain pump system, these include

  • Less power output & subsequent lower water flow
  • Ideal for smaller sized ponds
  • Cloudy days can interfere with function, with reduced solar energy absorption
  • More expensive to purchase

 How can I find the best solar fountain pump for my pond?

It’s important to realise there are multiple factors that need to be considered, on a more broad spectrum balancing functionality with aesthetic features.

There are some more specific factors that should be considered when considering purchasing a solar-powered fountain pump, these include…

Power output and Water Flow

Generally, the higher the power output, the more powerful the pump will be. This will be determined by the unit of Wattage (W). The power will directly impact on the amount of water and the distance to which it can be projected into the air.

The majority of Solar Fountain Pumps have a variable flow rate, which is dependent on the strength of the sun and directional position of the solar panel in relation. This will therefore impact on its performance, especially on cloudy days. It’s very important that before considering a Solar Pond Pump, you have an idea to where exactly the pump will be positioned within the pond, giving you an indication to how much sunlight that particular spot will get, as this will impact on the power.

Regarding the water flow of the pump, despite having a similar output wattage, not all pond pumps provide the same strength of water flow, with some being more powerful than others.

To get the solar fountain pump that fulfils you needs aesthetically in it’s ability to project water up in the air, I recommend looking at the photos of the pump in action, alongside video footage.

The best Solar Fountain Pump to buy

We recommend the LEDGLE 5W Solar Fountain Pump, due to it’s incredible versatility and current level of positive feedback about its usability. At this price-point, it’s an astonishing product.