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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Pond Pumps - The Basics - Design and function

A pond consists of a trapped body of water - perhaps created naturally by a dip in the lie of the land - or man-made by using pond liners as a water retention device. The function of a pond pump is to move and circulate the water in the pond. This movement agitates the pond to avoid it becoming settled and stagnant - it also helps to introduce additional oxygen into the water. Oxygen in the water is vital to sustain life such as plants or fish. Once an oxygen-rich pond has been created it is important to keep the pumping process going if the pond contains wildlife as otherwise the sudden depletion of oxygen can kill pond fish and other pond dwelling creatures. It is correct that pond plants can create oxygen for a pond but this process is reversed during the night when they take oxygen away from the pond. Also the amount of oxygen created by such pond plants -sometimes referred to as pond oxygenators - is generally quite low compared to the additional oxygen created by splashing and moving the water via a pump. If you want to master your pond's eco-balance then a pond pump is a vital piece of pond equipment. As well as the health benefits this movement of water also offers up other opportunities. For instance the water can be pushed through to a pond filter that can sieve out dirt particles from the pumped water. (note: This process works best with larger 'solids handling' pond pumps - these pumps sometimes referred to as filter pumps can pump solid pieces of matter up to the pond filter where the dirt is caught in the pond filter media). Alternatively the pumped water can create a fountain - where the pumped water is pushed up through a fountainhead and into the air creating a pleasing display. Using a fountain pump a substantial amount of additional oxygen is added to the pond as the propelled water falls back down and breaks the pond surface. Another way to create an attractive natural looking feature is to create a waterfall - the cascading water hits the pond surface and generates a good supply of bubbles and oxygen. It is important to remember that some of the features discussed in this piece can be combined. For instance, quite often a filter pump will be used to push water up to a filter and the water will return via a waterfall after it has been filtered. Similarly, larger fountain pumps will ship with a T-piece allowing the flow to be adjusted between a fountain and waterfall or ornamental spitter.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Which pond liner should I buy? - Flexiliner (LDPE) offers the best value for money

There are many flexible pond liners available on the market today. We have tested and sold practically all of the main fabrics and found that all can do a sound job. At the cheaper end of the market there is simple low density polyethylene (a plastic derivative). This fabric offers great tensile strength and puncture resistance but can be difficult to work with as it doesn't fold easily. However, there is a version called Flexiliner Pond Liner which is tightly woven polyethylene that is then laminated on both sides. This creates two benefits:
First - this micro weave process provides 'rip-stop' properties. If the liner takes a puncture or cut it will not run unlike all of the other 'uniform' membranes on the market.
Secondly - the pond liner now folds over on itself much more readily making it easy to work with.
The UV laminate strengthens the liner giving it long lasting properties.
Though not the thickest fabric (typically 0.35mm) it comes out top in tests for tensile strength and puncture resistance - because it also tends to be the lowest price membrane this product is our bestseller.
As with all pond liners we recommend that your pond is lined with a suitable pond liner underlay for protection before it is installed.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Happy Christmas to all our pondkeeping friends.
After a hectic summer season we will be closing for a few days over the festive period. Despite the poor weather we are in the middle of yet another pond puilding project and will let you know how we get on over the next few weeks and months.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Pondkeeper Pond Liners

Welcome to the very first post of our new blog. We run which is a company dedicated to helping you create or maintain a perfect garden pond. We will be posting up help and advice to assist you in enjoying the best feature of your garden. We will also keep you posted with developments from the biggest manufacturers of pond equipment including oase, Hozelock and more....

Pondkeeper are UK suppliers of pond liners, underlay, pond pumps, filters and other pond equipment and water garden accessories.