I am not sure why the pond does not get more mentions on this blog, as it is such an important feature of the garden and I love it. It attracts so much wildlife, as well as giving me another “growing medium” for plants. I was delighted when Swell UK offered me something from their catalogue. Since we have lived here Shedman and I have used an indoor aquarium pump for circulating the water around the pond – not such a great idea as our pond is about 20 feet x 14 feet;- it was totally unsuited for the job we gave it to do. But you know how it is – the years flash past, the pump didn’t actually give up, and it was on our list of things to do … one day. We jumped at the chance to road test a “proper” pond pump and chose a Hozelock Aquaforce 1000 from the extensive range that Swell UK have.
It was important that whatever we chose would not harm the wildlife allready in the pond. The Hozelock Aquaforce has a wildlife protection system which stops newts, small fish and frogs from accessing the pump. As we have a large colony of newts and frogs, not to mention lots of baby fish – this was a crucial factor. Many years ago I had a pond which did not have wildlife protection around the pump – in the spring, the results were not pretty. We also chose one of the smaller pumps as we do not want a raging torrent, but a trickle of water as it patters over the slate water feature that Shedman built.
The large cage area of the pump helps to reduce clogging from the silt and mud and contributes toward water purity. All plus points that the fish in the pond appreciate.
Shedman found the unit easy to assemble and it came with clear instructions and all the bits you need, apart from the pipe and your chosen water feature:- fountain, waterfall etc.
The unit also has a carry handle, so much easier for lifting out of the pond for any maintenance, or during the Autumn. Hozelock do recommend removing pound pumps for the Winter. If you place your pump in the deep area of the pond, it is an idea to tie some cord to the handle so you are not tempted to drag the pump by the electrical lead.
Our only thought about this product is it might be unsightly, or need disguising if you have a very shallow pond, while the unit can be put on its side it is recommended that it is not placed directly onto the bottom of the pond, but on a flat level platform, approximately 300 mm above the bottom of the pond. We use a piece of slate. You can of course disguise your pond equipment with the strategic positioning of pond plants and rocks.
Our pump has been running for a few months now, and we are very pleased with it. It certainly helps with keeping the water clearer and has not clogged up. Winter is an ideal time of year for making plans for the garden and if you don’t have a water feature, put it on your list of things to do – the wildlife in your garden will love you for it!