Planning a garden design is always fun, but there is plenty to take into consideration. You want your garden to, in some ways, reflect nature, and what better way than to attract wildlife and have a natural-looking feature than to introduce a pond into the plan? Before we go on to talk about why ponds are a great addition to any garden – no matter how small or large the space – we should say that this is a surprisingly affordable addition to any garden, and one that will give you great pleasure across the years.
You can buy pre-formed pond liners, of many different sizes and styles, at aquatic centres and garden centres across the UK, but many people choose to dig their own hole, line it with available pond-liber material, and take it from there. Whichever way you choose to go – and there is plenty of information on the internet about how best to do it with tips and advice – there are certain accessories that are absolutely necessary, and among these is a pump and filter.
Do I Need a Filter?
If you want a fully-functioning and healthy pond, one that will support fish and plants, yes, you do. The reason is that, to sustain life, water needs to be suitably aerated and free from damaging bacteria that will build up naturally, and you will be surprised how quickly – without a filter – the water turns green as the algae thrives. There are several types of filter – each of which may operate with an independent pump that directs the water through it – and this article is about external pumps, which are among the most popular and efficient of all.
An external pump will consist of an outer casing that includes a series of cleansing devices. These include a UV light, which will kill the green algae, and a bacterial filter that will get rid of the bad bacteria, and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria. The water passes through the pump and back into the pond on a continuous basis. The filter can be buried up to a certain point, or hidden behind shrubbery, and is powered from the mains. The pump itself will be submersed and will send water to and from the filter by way of hoses – which can also be hidden – in what is actually a very simple process.
Choosing a Filter
The size and capacity of your pond – in other words, the amount of water you need to filter – will determine the model and type of external filter you require. You can find plenty of information on the website, including reviews of some of the best models, and you will be able to match your filter to the capacity of the pond.
These are not expensive items, are easy to maintain and clean, and are simple to install, so check them out now, and make sure that a good pump and filter is part of your plans for a beautiful and living pond.