External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use?


Article by: Brett Fogle

For many people, it's never been a question of whether to use a submersible pump , Decorative Garden Accents vs. an external pump , Straw Bale Culture Technique because most people have smaller ponds , Think Vintage for Your Garden and are used to just using a submersible pump. , Feng Shui In the Garden They're easy to install, and are pretty reliable - so why even consider an external pump?

There are a couple of reasons...

But before we go into that, let's briefly talk about the benefits of submersible pumps , Harmonize Your Yard: 8 Ways to Add Feng Shui Outdoors first. For obvious reasons, a submersible pump is named as such because it is designed to be placed in the pond, and submerged under the water. , Learn How to Enhance Your Habitat

These are the easiest of all pumps , Budget For Your Garden to install, just drop them in the water , Bamboo: a Versatile and Renewable Resource and plug them in - and you're ready to do. Of course, you might have some quick plumbing , Think Vintage for Your Garden to do, attaching a hose to the waterfall or to a submersible filter (another article entirely), but other than that - that's pretty much all there is to it.

Submersible pumps , Think Vintage for Your Garden range in size or gallons per hour, from 50 GPH all the way up to 50,000 gallons per hour, but for most ponds , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw - pumps anywhere from 350 GPH to 4000 GPH will do just fine...

So why might you also consider an external pump , How To Make Moss On Your Landscape Rocks And Garden Statues instead?

Here are a couple reasons. First, external pumps , Hydroponics Gardening verses Organic Gardening: Which Grows the Best Cannabis? can much more energy efficient. Now, a typical swimming pool or spa pump , Orchid Care won't usually fall , Organic Solutions For Pest Control into this category - so be careful not to compare apples to oranges! Pool pumps , Feng Shui In the Garden can also be huge energy , Bird Feeders: Look Who's Coming to Dinner hogs, so always check the amps to compare different pumps , Feng Shui In the Garden together. Anything over 10 amps will draw a significant amount of $$ out of your pocket every month in electrical costs.

The external pumps , Dutch Tulips that we are talking about are designed specifically for ponds , Learn How to Enhance Your Habitat and water gardens, , Flower Bulb Catalogs and are engineered for energy efficiency. I'm not sure why those folks in the swimming pool and spa industry haven't figured out how to , Orchid Care this yet, but I'm sure they'll catch on sooner or later.

I'm inclined to think the average pond , The Magic Plant Copier owner is a bit more intelligent than the average pool owner. Why else would someone choose a pool over a pond? Unless of course you have both, but at any rate - let's just assume that we're talking about external pond pumps , The Plant Philanthropist here.

For comparison, a typical 4000 GPH (gallons per hour) submersible pond pump , Think Vintage for Your Garden will typically draw anywhere from 10 amps all the way up to 15 amps, depending on the brand. This can really burn a hole in your wallet (or pocketbook) on a monthly basis, and in some parts of the country will run you $50 - $70 in energy , What to Feed Your Fish During Colder Winter Months costs.

In contrast, a comparatively rated external pond , Learn How to Enhance Your Habitat pump like the William Lim Wave I External Pump (https://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Pumps/wave_pump_for_ponds.htm) is rated at 4380 GPH at 3.47 feet of head, and only draws 2.3 amps - that's 3/4 less energy , Starting a Wildflower Garden consumption than the submersible pumps.

When you start getting into larger ponds, , 5 Things To Consider Before Purchasing a Push Reel Mower 1000 gallons up to 20,000 and above - it's usually a good idea to look into these more energy , What to Feed Your Fish During Colder Winter Months efficient pumps. , Think Vintage for Your Garden For example, the 3/4 HP Dragon pump (https://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Pumps/dragon_pumps.html) will move 7,770 GPH at almost 5 feet of head (and under pressure) and only burn 6.2 amps.

External pumps , Tea’s Important Role in Reducing Disease are almost always better for using with pressurized external filters as well, as submersible pumps , The Basics of Growing Roses are not designed to handle all the back pressure. Other benefits of using an external pump , 5 Things To Consider Before Purchasing a Push Reel Mower include:

-> Easy to clean without getting your hands messy

-> Come with a removable leaf trap which clog less often

-> Easy to hook up to bottom drains or surface skimmers

-> Generally last longer, and easier to repair , Mow A Better Lawn, The Easy Way / replace parts

So that's it, more than enough information , Preaparing Your Plants For Winter for you to make an educated choice.

Just to recap:

For smaller ponds, , How To Make Moss On Your Landscape Rocks And Garden Statues and for simple installation and daily use, submersible pumps , Brighten Your Path By Installing Decorative Landscape Lighting are probably your best option. For larger ponds, 1000 gallons and above, it may be worth looking into an external pump , How to Grow Apples for your needs. Although they cost a little more on the front end, the energy , Ultra Violet Pond Filter savings alone can often more than offset this increase in cost during the first year of use alone.
Brett Fogle is the owner of MacArthur Water Gardens , Reblooming Poinsettia and several
other pond-related websites including MacArthurWatergardens.com
and Pond-Filters-Online.com. He also publishes a free monthly
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