Pond pumps are indispensable since they ensure the water is always moving. They do this through filtration, eliminating organic waste to ensure the ecosystem remains balanced. However, pre-filtration is an additional method for debris removal, which keeps the water in optimal condition. Below are some ways in which it benefits ponds.
How Pre-filtration Works
Most premium pumps come with a pre-filtration unit installed. The water must pass through it prior to entering the actual pump. Some models utilize a basket which may be emptied, along with an enclosure for the pump and sponge that captures the debris. Owners also have the option of using a mesh bag and filter box. Pre-filters shield the pump while assisting in the cleaning of the water.
Pre-filtration Gives Pumps Additional Protection
The pumps used in ponds require additional protection, a role that pre-filtration fills perfectly. The pumps are built to eliminate fish waste and bacteria, and will operate in conjunction with filters that are mechanical and biological to clean the water in a way that eliminates harmful bacteria without disturbing bacteria which is beneficial.
A pump which is not shielded by pre-filtration is more likely to become clogged, and once this occurs it will have to operate harder in order to ensure the water is being circulated. This additional strain and energy expenditure will result in the pump wearing out rapidly, and should an object such as a stick or rock get inside the pump, the impeller will become damaged. A pre-filter will block debris, keeping it out of the pump and pond while ensuring the water flows as it should.
Pre-filters Maximize The Longevity Of Your Pump
Pumps are subjected to a great deal of maintenance and stress, and since the high end models can be costly, you want them to last as long as possible. Pre-filters do a great job of maximizing the longevity of pumps by reducing their vulnerability to clogging and debris. Any debris which is allowed to enter the pump can damage it significantly, much more so than normal wear. The presence of larger objects such as leaves, rocks or sticks can make a pump overheat and then shutdown. If this happens, your plants and fish will be at risk, as the water quality will rapidly decline which leads to string algae, disease and other issues associated with dirty and stagnant water.
Pre-filtration Makes Pumps Easier To Clean
Anyone who has cleaned a pond pump knows what a pain it can be. First the pump has to be disassembled, after which it must be washed gently. Pre-filters are much easier to clean when compared to filtration systems used by pond pumps. If you don’t use a pre-filter and clogging is present, then you have to unclog it first, which is both gross and tedious. Since pre-filters stop clogging from occurring in the first place, they are easy to access and any debris which is present is simple to remove.