HOW TO CHOOSE A HYDROPONIC, AQUAPONIC, ALGAPONIC, AQUARIUM, POND OR FOUNTAIN PUMP
– “Maximum Flow Rate” is meaningless because it is at ZERO lift.
– “Maximum Head/Lift” is meaningless because the flow at that height is only a trickle.
You need to choose an affordable quality pump that produces the “desired flow at your required lift” at the lowest wattage.
Step 1: Determining Desired Flow Rate
Hydroponic Systems – typically flow through a single loop allowing a single pump and need a flow rate near 100 GPH for each grow bed loop up to 120 feet. Flood/drain beds – need 2 to 4 cycles per hour. Fish tanks – need a least one exchange per hour or extra oxygenation. Waterfalls – need 100 GPH for each inch of width.
Step 2: Calculating System Lift
Measure the “vertical distance” from the “top” of the water in the pump tank to the pump discharge point.
Step 3: Pump Selection Considerations
– Continuous instead of intermittent pump duty cycle greatly increases pump life, plus no need for a timer or level control.<br – Low cost (<$60) pumps in the 3 to 60 watt pump range are typically submersible.
– A rule of thumb is that an average pump will last 2-4 times the stated warranty period.
– Best to buy a backup pump if fish or plants depend on the pump.
Note: A foam filter is rarely needed, a screen cover is enough.
This model has a high quality 5 foot waterproof cord. Comes with adjustable input flow-rate screen and and 2 outlet adaptors for 1/4″ & 1/2″ inside diameter tubing.
Durable Quality: Our Polished Stainless Steel #205 Impeller Shaft insures long pump life. Epoxy Resin Encasement of key internal motor components prevents unwanted conductivity and corrosion of metal parts. This pump incorporates a magnetic wet-rotor design, so there is no seal to fail that would damage the pump motor.
Efficient: Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB) Magnets are used in all our electric motors because they are the most powerful permanent magnetic materials commercially available and increase energy efficiency. Water- Lubricated Nitrile Bushings are used because they possess a very low coefficient of friction, have inherent vibration-dampening qualities and are non-polluting.
Safe & Easy: Safe for fish with no exposed copper and oil free. Easy to clean with no tools required to disassemble and clean filter/impeller. Our SJTW Electric Cord is waterproof, 18# gauge copper wire, molded plug with ground, heavy duty flexible vinyl jacket, resists oil/grease/moisture, abrasion resistant and very good flexibility at all temperatures.
Fresh water only with flow Rates of 66 Gallons Per Hour (GPH) @ 0′ Lift; 55 GPH @ 1′ Lift; 21 GPH @ 2′ Lift; Max Lift – 2′ 2″. 120VAC, 3 WATTS, 1 year limited warranty when sold by PonicsFarms.
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This item: PP06605 : 66 GPH, Submersible, Table Top Fountain Pump, Indoor/Outdoor - 3W, 5' Cord$11.99