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Designing a garden pond involves choosing the right pump to ensure the health and longevity of your pond. You’ll want to consider many different factors, such as flow rate, function, energy consumption and compatibility. Let’s take a look at each of these things to help you select the ideal pond pump for your needs…

What is the best pond pump for me?

There are a variety of pumps to choose from: all-in-one pond pumps, filter pumps or waterfall filters, to name a few. So, where do you start when deciding which to opt for?

Choosing the best pond pump involves understanding the unique needs of your water feature. Consider the size of your pond, the type of aquatic life it hosts and any water features you wish to incorporate. For example, a large pond will need a larger pond pump, and a waterfall feature will require a more powerful pond pump to create that typical waterfall effect. 

What to consider when choosing your pond pump

Flow rate

One of the main things to think about when choosing your pond pump is its flow rate, which is essentially the number of litres of water it can move per hour. You need to carefully calculate your pond size to determine the ideal flow rate for your pond pump.

A pond pump that’s too small won’t keep your pond clean. It won’t hurt to have a pump that’s bigger than what you need, although it will lead to higher energy consumption, which isn’t always ideal.

Most ponds benefit from a pump that has a flow rate that’s half the size of your pond’s volume. So, for example, if you had a 1,000 litre pond, then a pump that is suited for 500 litres is ideal.

You can learn more about how to calculate pond pump size to ensure you’re choosing the very best size.


Pond pumps are not one-size-fits-all. They come in various sizes, designs and functions, each serving a specific purpose. Some pumps focus on water circulation, vital for aeration and preventing stagnation, while others are designed to power water features such as fountains or waterfalls. 

Before making a decision, determine the primary function your pond pump needs to fulfil. Most of the Closer Pets Pond Pumps will also provide filtration to ensure the best quality water for your ponds.

Energy consumption

We understand that paying attention to energy consumption is very important. Some pond pumps use a lot of energy and will cost more money to run in the long term. As you need to run pond pumps 24/7, it’s important that they are energy efficient and therefore affordable to run so they can clean and oxygenate your garden pond.

The best pond pump is one that balances power with energy efficiency. The pond pumps from Closer Pets are not only powerful and reliable, but they are energy efficient too. 


Compatibility is crucial for the running of your pump. Check the compatibility of your chosen pump with existing filtration systems, water features and the overall size of your pond. 

Ideally, your pump should also have a compatible pond filter to keep your water beautifully clear. Fortunately, the pond products from Closer Pets are all compatible for your convenience.

Ease of installation

We know there’s nothing worse than buying a great product, only to find setting it up takes far too long. Ease of installation is a small but important factor to take into consideration when looking for the best pond pump for your garden pond.

All of the pond products from Closer Pets come with easy-to-follow installation guides for quick and easy setting up to get going.

Length of guarantee

A pond pump is an investment in the long-term health of your garden pond and the pond life inside of it, so choosing a pump with a substantial guarantee is crucial.

The Fish Mate line from Closer Pets comes with a brilliant three-year guarantee, providing peace of mind knowing that your garden pond is set to thrive for many years to come.

Spare parts and accessories

We believe that the best pond pumps can be easily fixed if things go wrong or if parts get worn. With this in mind, check if your pump comes with additional components like impellers and seals, or if spare parts and accessories are easily available. 

Having spare accessories also saves you the time and money of replacing the whole pump when you can simply fix and replace parts with compatible components. Check out the pond pump accessories and service kits available from Closer Pets for all our Fish Mate pump products.

Where to find the best pond pumps in the UK?

If you’re looking for a quality pond pump that is energy efficient and won’t cost the earth to run, be sure to take a look at the range of quality pond pumps from Closer Pets. We are a leading pet product supplier in the UK that has been proudly bringing pets and owners closer together for over three decades.

Our Fish Mate pond pumps are powerful, reliable and easy to install and repair, so we can help support you and your pet throughout their lifetime. Our priority is to help you create the happiest and healthiest environment possible for your fish, so you can feel confident in your pond’s nature and they can swim to their heart’s content!