With a little care and attention, a pond can become
a beautiful addition to any garden setting. If you follow
the guidelines listed below, not only can you enjoy
your pond all year round, but you can help to extend
the life of your pond equipment and provide clear and
healthy water for your fish and plants.
Filters U.V.C.s Ponds
Pond pumps can be split into two
categories, solids handling filter pumps which are designed
to convey solids into a filter and therefore, do not
include a pre-filter, and fountain pumps which do include
a pre-filter, either a fine strainer cage or foam, to
protect the impeller and stop the fountain head clogging.
The lack of pre-filter means that
a minimum of maintenance is required on this style of
pump. It is recommended that on a daily basis, the pump
is visually checked to ensure that it is performing
satisfactorily. On a monthly basis, the pump should
be removed from the pond so that the strainer and impeller
can be cleaned and freed from any blockages that may
have occurred. Finally, on a yearly basis, the pump
should be disassembled in accordance with the instructions
and all components should be washed in clean, fresh
All fountain pumps use some sort
of pre-filtration, be it in the form of a piece of foam,
or a fine strainer cage. This is to protect the impeller
from large solids, algae or fish waste, and to stop
the fountain head blocking up. This pre-filtration means
that a fountain pump will require more regular cleaning
than a solids handling pump, but this is a very simple
process. As soon as a reduction in the fountain or waterfall
flow is noticed, the pump should be removed form the
pond. On most new pumps, such as the Cascade 2000, 3000
and 4000 or the Maxima range, the pre-filter takes the
form of a foamless cage. This can simply be wiped clean
and then rinsed in clean, fresh water. At this time,
you should also rinse out the fountain head in the same
way. If your pump has a foam pre-filter, this should
be removed from it's holding cage and washed by squeezing
out any dirt into some clean pond water. Once reassembled
the pump can be returned to the pond.
It is recommended that this process
is also carried out on a monthly basis to prevent any
build up of algae or fish waste on the pre-filter. Finally,
on a yearly basis, the pump should be disassembled in
accordance with the instructions and all components
should be washed in clean, fresh water.
Always unplug and disconnect ALL appliances in the pond
from the electricity supply before putting your hands
in the water or starting maintenance.
• Never pull on the pump's
cable to remove it from the pond. This can damage the
seal and potentially shorten the pump's life. Tie some
string to the handle to ease removal from the pond.
• Never twist foam
when cleaning it, only squeeze it. Twisting foam can
dramatically reduce its life span.
• Do not use detergents
when cleaning pump parts, only clean fresh water.
• If your solids handling
pump is a Prima, it must be stored in water at all times
once it has been used, even when not running in a pond,
to prevent the seals from drying and cracking.
|Should you experience any problems with
water quality, or have any questions regarding any of
the details given in these pages, you should contact an
Either go to your local aquatics
specialist or contact
Hozelock Cyprio UK Helpline on +44 (0)1844
or email: Customer
All of the above details are guidelines
and are no substitute for reading instruction leaflets