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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Adding a Solar Pump with Solar Panel to a Backyard Koi Pond or Fountain

Question about replacing an electric water pump with a solar water pump for a Koi pond.

Q: We are working to reduce our dependence upon the power grid. Our electric pump for our backyard Koi pond is aging. Continuous aeration of the water keeps the koi healthy. We'd like to replace with a "green" solar pump. What choices do we have?

Answer: We recommend that you size your solar powered pump to your pond. You may need two pumps if your pond is oversized. Decide how many gallons per hour you want your pump to move.

Below are some pumps we currently offering including a floating fountain with pump:
  • Unique Arts Large Solar Pump for Ponds: For a larger fountain or pond. The separate 8 x 11 inch solar panel is staked into the ground. The 16 foot long cord means the panel can be placed in direct sunlight and the angled solar panel head easily adjusts to receive optimum sunlight. 130 GPH (gallon-per-hour output) with up to a 48 in spray. 18V DC brushless pump means no rotating brush to wear out, eliminating the need for replacement parts. Easy installation: complete and ready to go. A/C Jack and adapter is included to continue using the pump on rainy days. Three fountain nozzles are included.
  • Natures Foundry 26 Inch Solar Water Pump Kit:This solar panel operated pump has a one year pump and five year panel warranty. Solar panel capacity: 1.5 watts. Motor requirements: 6 volts with recommended panel of 1.5 watts. Water Flow Rate: 45-55 gallons per hour. Head Size: 26 inches. Outlet Hose: 1/4 Inch interior diameter. Solar Panel Size: 16 inches.
  • Natures Foundry - 14 in Solar Pump Kit Pump Dimensions: Physical size of pump: 3" x 4" x 5-1/2", Includes Garden Stake, Nozzle Kit, and 12 ft Extension Cord. 5 Year Solar Panel Warranty. 1 Year Pump Warranty. This unit is probably too small for your needs.
  • Floating Solar Pond Lily Fountain:. This fountain is 10 1/2"L x 10 1/2"W x 3 1/2"H and made of ABS Plastic, polyresin and polystyrene floater. The water sound is low: just float on your pond. Powered by an integral solar panel with an integral low voltage pump with filter. 3 different fountain heads. Maximum fountain height up to 17 inches. Water flow capacity: up to 50 gph. One year warranty.
  • Toskana SunJet 150 Mini Solar Pump Kit Create your own water feature in pond, bird bath or fountain. Powered by a separate solar panel (supplied). Low voltage water pump with filter. 3 different fountain heads. 16 ft cable to solar panel. Maximum fountain height up to 10 inches. Water flow capacity: 33 gallons per hour. Note: Fountain bowl not included.
Thank you for your question. Enjoy your pond.
Sincerely, Barbara

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