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Waterfall Pump Types

Adding a waterfall to your pond is easy with smartpond® waterfall pumps. All you need is a spillway and the right sized pump.

Standard Waterfall Pumps

smartpond® Waterfall Pumps are made with high-quality parts, ensuring continuous, uninterrupted flow.

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1,320-GPH Premium Waterfall Pump

Premium Waterfall Pumps

Premium Waterfall Pumps operate at peak performance thanks to a highly-optimized design that prevents potentially harmful large debris, ranging from twigs to leaves, from entering the pump. This pre-filtration mechanism ensures uninterrupted operation, for uninterrupted flowing waterfalls.

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Create a dramatic waterfall

How to Select a Waterfall Pump 

Choosing the right pump is essential. A pump that is too strong will create a turbulent flow, while a weak pump won’t give the full waterfall effect. Be sure to check the pump’s specification for the ideal pumping height at the head, or top, of your waterfall.

TIP: Excessive bending or in-line filters will reduce the flow. Smaller tubing equals more pressure at the head, increasing flow.

The rule of thumb is for every 1 in. of spillway width, you need:
100 gallons per hour flow (at the head!) to achieve a “sheet” look.  
Divide by two for a “trickle” look.  
Multiply by two for a “Niagara” look.  

For example, our 8 in. Spillway requires the following flows at the head:
8 in. x 100 = 800 GPH (sheet)
800/2 = 400 GPH (trickle)
800 x 2 = 1,600 GPH (Niagara)

Choose the right pump

Ideal Waterfall Height 5 ft. 10 ft. 15 ft. 18 ft.
Pump Type Standard Premium Standard Premium Standard Premium Standard
Model Nos. 52399, 52490 (Canada) 52667 52669, 52493 (Canada) 52304 52305, 52494 (Canada) 52668 52489 (Canada)
Pump Size 1,350 GPH 2,000 GPH 3,600 GPH 5,100 GPH
Ideal Height Flow Rate 940 GPH @ 5 ft. 1,200 GPH @ 10ft. 1,380 GPH @ 15 ft. 1,680 GPH @ 18 ft.
Max. Flow Rate (0 ft.) 1,350 GPH 2,000 GPH 3,600 GPH 5,150 GPH
Power Consumption 75 watts, 0.85 amps 80 watts, 1.4 amps 120 watts, 1.2 amps 130 watts, 1.5 amps 170 watts, 2.5 amps 170 watts, 1.8 amp 230 watts, 2.5 amps
Pre-filter Shell X X X X
Tubing Size (ID) 1 in. 1 in. and 1 1/2 in. 1 in. and 1 1/2 in. 1 1/2 in. and 2 in.

 

Note: Listed specifications are for the latest models. Please refer to the instruction manual included with your product for specifications.

smartpond® Waterfall Pumps

Cascading sheets of a waterfall are a beautiful sight and a sound to behold. smartpond® Waterfall Pumps can power your waterfall from a simple 2-ft drop to a dramatic 18-ft waterfall. Learn more about smartpond® waterfall pumps and find detailed project instructions.

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