You want to see and hear the water move, choosing the right pump for your project is very important.  We carry pumps in all shapes and sizes to make sure you have exactly what you want.  All of the brands of pumps we carry are used on our installations and are based on efficiency & reliability to ensure they operate for years to come.   
All of our pumps have warranties; length is dependent on the manufacturer.  If for some bizarre reason your pump stops working before the warranty is up, just come by the shop, and we will pull a new one off the shelf so you do not have to deal with the manufacturer.

Choosing the Correct Size Pump:

The general rule of thumb is that 1/2 of the total volume of water must be moved every hour. However, if you have a waterfall, the pump is usually sized based on both head pressure and how much flow you would like to see over the falls. Typically, for every 18” of waterfall flow width, 3000 gph should be delivered to ensure a perfect flow for a nice white wash and sound.

Technically, you don't even need to have a pump to have a healthy clean water garden; if you have the right balance of fish and plants, the ecosystem will regulate itself.  However, you do need a pump if you want the relaxing sight and sound of a waterfall or stream.


Volume of water: (use average measurements)

Rectangle or Square: Length x Width x Depth x 7.48 = Volume of Pond Water (in gallons)

Circle: Radius x Radius x 3.14 x Depth x 7.48 = Volume of Pond Water (in gallons)

(Radius is half the distance across the center of a circle)


Magnetic Drive Pumps
Magnetic drive pumps are great because they only have one moving part, the magnetic impeller.  This magnetic impeller can easily and inexpensively be replaced if it fails; no need to buy a whole new pump.  Typically these pumps are limited to 'head' pressure below 15ft.
Direct Drive Pumps

Direct drive pumps can push more water at a higher 'head' pressure.  If you have a water feature with a total 'head' over 15ft., this is the kind of pump you want.  If you want to see more water choose a direct drive pump.

Head Pressure & Pipe Loss (for tall waterfalls and/or long pipe runs)

Head pressure is the amount of vertical height (starting at water surface) that the pump must overcome to discharge at the top of a water feature. The length of the hose can also increase the overall head pressure. Excessive head pressure can tremendously reduce a pumps performance. Each pump will list its head loss on a chart or graph. Measure the total vertical height then add one foot for every 15’ of pipe run. Be sure to choose the appropriate pump and hose combination to suit your situation.