Fountain Pump Specs Demystified – How to choose the right fountain pump

Fountain Pump Specs Demystified – How to choose the right fountain pump

Demystifing specs for a solar or electric fountain pump. What is gallons per hour (GPH)? What is the max lift for a pump? What’s max head or head height spec for fountain pumps? Does pump voltage and wattage matter when choosing the right fountain pump?

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Most important specs:
1- GPH (Gallons per hour)
2- Head height (or max head)
3- Lift (or max lift)
4- Cord length

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  1. Ross Frederick on November 4, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Does anybody know why fountain pumps do not come with long enough pipe from bottom of the pond to come out of the water. My pond is 1 meter high but cannot find a fountain pump with over a meter pipe ?? I don’t get it . Any help would be great. Excellent video.

  2. tamara stanley on November 4, 2021 at 10:46 am

    perfect timing. thanks .

  3. Terry Hueffed on November 4, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Really liked your video but I have a question. What does this mean max flow rate: 180 l/h mean?

  4. Paul Higgs on November 4, 2021 at 11:02 am

    What pump do I need for a large rock with a one inch pipe coming up the center? Pump is going to be approximately 5 feet below the top of the rock. The rock is about 44 inches tall and 40 inches wide. I’m pretty sure the pipe is one inch or maybe 11/4 inch diameter.

  5. awhite55grands on November 4, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Thanks so much! VERY HELPFUL! 😇
    You saved me from buying the wrong pump!!
    Great job deciphering all the manufacturers jargon!

  6. Kate krietor on November 4, 2021 at 11:09 am

    This was super helpful and covered the points well. As I was reading various how to descriptions I was getting more and more unsure.
    I do have a question- I want to do a small fountain with 3 heads- do I then multiply my Max Head and Max Lift by the 3?

  7. Kenneth Payne on November 4, 2021 at 11:13 am

    I have just replaced my fountain pump with the same size one ( Little Giant 100 ) , this new pump shoots the water higher than the old pump – too high for fountain ( maybe new is stronger than the older one ? being new ). I have a two level fountain ( flower round shape ) . How may I tone down the pressure so it won’t shoot so high . Thank you for any help

  8. Shaunda Lindsay on November 4, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Oh man… I’m going through this right now.

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  10. Lady CG on November 4, 2021 at 11:22 am

    What’s the difference between an aquarium pump and a fountain pump? I bought a cement statue fountain and they have an aquarium pump in it. 1500 LH but it barely pumps water up, it’s a trickle.

  11. Dija B. on November 4, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Thank you for the thoughtful video.

  12. Muhammad Zakiyyuddin Zainuddin on November 4, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for the information.

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