Making Waves: Why Your Pond Pump Should Be on the Bottom

Making Waves: Why Your Pond Pump Should Be on the Bottom

If you’re a pond owner, you know that proper placement and maintenance of your pond pump is crucial to keeping your pond healthy and clear. But where should your pump be positioned in the pond, and how deep should it be? And is it necessary to use a pump at all? In this blog post, we’ll answer these questions and more, providing you with the information you need to keep your pond in top condition. Whether you’re a seasoned pond owner or a beginner, read on to learn about best practices for pond pumps and bottom layers, and discover some tips and tricks for keeping your pond in pristine condition.

Should my pond pump be on the bottom?

It is recommended to position the pump at the bottom of the pond within easy reach for maintenance. Attaching a cord or rope to the pump can make it easy to lift out of the pond, but never lift it by its electrical cable as it can be dangerous.


How deep should my pond pump be?

If you do not want to create a waterfall, it is advisable to place a submersible pump at the bottom of your pond about two inches from the base. You can secure the pump location with a brick to prevent it from getting blocked by debris on the floor of the pond.

What should you put at the bottom of a pond?

Adding a thin layer of gravel to the pond bottom is recommended if you have a skimmer. The gravel can help the pond ecosystem break down organic debris that doesn’t make it into the skimmer basket, resulting in a cleaner pond and happier fish.

Do all ponds need a pump?

It is not necessary to place a pump or filter in a natural, small or any other kind of pond. Adequate oxygen plants, a bottom full of pond substrate and occasional addition of pond bacteria can keep the pond healthy and functioning well.

What height can a pump lift water?

In theory, if a pump could produce a perfect vacuum, the maximum height it could lift water at sea level would be 33.9 feet. However, in practice, no pump built can produce a perfect vacuum.

In summary

In conclusion, properly placing and maintaining your pond pump is critical to maintaining a healthy and clear pond. By following the tips and tricks provided in this blog post, you’ll be well on your way to a successful pond experience. Remember to position your pump at the bottom of the pond, ensuring it’s easily accessible for maintenance, and to add a layer of gravel to promote a healthy ecosystem. And whether or not you use a pump, always make sure to monitor your pond’s water quality and take action as needed. With these best practices in mind, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your beautiful pond.

Last Modified: April 6, 2023