Pond Pump

Our natural alternative to a pump: oxygen plants

Buying a pond pump? Don't do it!

Think every pond needs a pump? Think again! A well-designed pond with plants will save you energy as well as worry.

The function of a pond pump

A pond pump keeps the water flowing and adds more oxygen. Stagnant water reduces oxygen levels, which allows algae to grow and is bad for fish and other pond inhabitants. Because of this, a pond pump helps improve water quality and animal welfare.

Plants can do this too!

Instead of a pond pump, you can use oxygen plants. These plants oxygenate the water and extract nutrients from it. As a result, algae have less chance to grow, which keeps the water clear. If you set up your pond properly with enough of these plants and regularly add beneficial pond bacteria such as Bacta Clear, your pond will stay clear and healthy naturally without a lot of work.

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With the right approach and a good planting plan, you can save a lot of money and maintenance. Plants are quite capable of filtering the water themselves and keeping it clear, clean and healthy. A good planting plan will ensure that algae have little or no chance to grow.

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Pond pump vs oxygen plants

A pond pump becomes unnecessary in a pond that is properly decorated with oxygen plants. These plants purify and aerate the water, produce oxygen, absorb nutrients, and prevent algae growth. As a result, they improve water quality and biological balance in the pond.

Pond Pump

Oxygen Plants

❌ 2 times a year ✅ Never
❌ Some years ✅ Long-term
❌ No ✅ Yes
❌ Neutral/disturbing ✅ Promotes the
❌ Replacement & flow ✅ Low to no cost
❌ Rarely ✅ Yes, attracts various animals
❌ Limited ✅ Efficient
❌ Limited ✅ Natural control
❌ Power consumption ✅ Environmentally friendly
❌ Yes ✅ No

Oxygen plant packages for a clear pond

For a pond from 100 to 20,000 gallons of water

Click on the image for an explanation of how to calculate the number of gallons of water in your pond.

Calculating content of your pond

Oxygen Plants Pond Package - S

- For 100 - 500 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 87.00.Current price is: 69.59.

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Oxygen Plants Pond Package - M

- For 750 - 1,500 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 162.00.Current price is: 129.59.

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Oxygen Plants Pond Package - L

- For 2,000 - 3,000 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 292.00.Current price is: 233.59.

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Oxygen Plants Pond Package - XL

- For 4,000 - 6,000 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 550.00.Current price is: 440.59.

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Oxygen Plants Pond Package - XXL

- For 12,500 - 15,000 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 1,330.00.Current price is: 1,064.59.

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Pond specialist & aquatic plant breeder

Tip from Simon: More plants in your pond is always better.

Too few plants increases the risk of algae and plant death. If necessary, choose additional plants you like in addition to the package.

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What pump do I need for my pond?

It is a common idea that ponds always need a pump. But this is not always the case. In fact, a pump that is too powerful can even cause damage. But what if you had an alternative? Plants are great for your pond. They keep the water clean, release oxygen and provide hiding places for fish. So before you decide to invest in a pump, consider the benefits of a well-designed pond with plants. It might be all you really need!

How many hours a day is a pond pump on?

In many cases, a pond pump is on 24/7. However, there are also situations where pond owners choose to run the pump only during certain hours of the day, for example to save energy costs or to reduce noise during the night. But it is important to realize that if the pond is not set up correctly, reducing the pump run time can affect water quality and the health of pond inhabitants.

Different types of pond pumps

  • Circulation Pump: As the name suggests, this pump circulates water in the pond. This helps to increase oxygen levels in the pond and prevent stagnant water. Often used in smaller ponds and water features where circulation is important to keep the water healthy.
  • Fountain Pump: This pump is designed to pump up water and create a fountain or water ornament. In addition to an aesthetic function, the fountain pump helps aerate the water, which helps increase oxygen levels.
  • Pond Filter Pump: This pump is used in conjunction with a pond filter. It draws water from the pond and sends it through the filter, where dirt and waste products are removed before the water is returned to the pond. Can be used in larger ponds or ponds with many fish.
  • Skimmer pump: In conjunction with a skimmer, this pump removes floating debris, such as leaves and other organic material, from the surface of the pond. This is especially used in ponds located near trees or shrubs, where leaves and other floating material can be a problem.
  • Submersible pump: This is completely submerged in water and is often used for quickly moving large amounts of water, such as when draining a pond or flooded basement. This is used for situations where water needs to be moved quickly or for emergency drainage.

These pond pumps each have their own function, but use of a pond pump is not necessary for any pond to keep the pond water healthy and clear if the pond is set up correctly. In fact, pond pumps, pond filters and fountains also involve a lot of expense and maintenance.

The cost of a pond pump

The price of a pond pump can vary greatly depending on the type, brand and capacity. In general, one can expect to spend between €40 and €500 for a pump, depending on specific needs. Electricity isn't free either; a pond pump that runs daily consumes electricity and, depending on wattage and local electricity prices, can cost several hundred euros a year in electricity costs. Pumps also require maintenance. They can become clogged with waste and algae, causing them to run less efficiently and consume more power. Sometimes parts have to be replaced. This can easily add up to a hundred euros a year. Pond plants, on the other hand, are a one-time investment that offers both functional and aesthetic benefits, often making them a more cost-effective and natural solution for many pond owners.



Which pond pump is best?

So a pond pump is not necessary to keep the pond balanced. If the pond is set up correctly a pond pump is unnecessary, the oxygen plants in combination with the other plant species, substrate and bacteria if the ratio is correct, keep the pond clear and balanced in a completely natural way. In addition, they enhance the natural appearance of the pond, promote biodiversity, increase the oxygen content of the water and naturally combat algae. It is also possible to add fish to an all-natural pond. All this together makes an all-natural pond the best option, you tackle this by following our step-by-step plan.

Pond pump solar

A solar-powered pond pump is a sustainable and energy-efficient choice for circulating and aerating pond water, using the power of sunlight. These pumps are ideal for garden ponds because they do not require external power sources or complicated wiring, simplifying installation and lowering operating costs. Additionally, solar pond pumps offer an eco-friendly solution, reducing the carbon footprint while supporting a healthy and vibrant pond environment.

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Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.