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Pond Pump Problems.

madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
I have a pond (Lagoon-160 gallons or 721 litres 206 x 131 x 63 cms) which currently has a twin airstone solar pump running.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CBU98GY/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza
Works well but is very noisy.My neighbour has been round to say so (amicably!) and as a compromise I have agreed to only run it in the morning and turn off at lunchtime.
Not sure what to do now,I have no electricity in the garden,but could possibly get this.
Could I just leave the pond with no pump and see what happens.My previous one had none and seemed OK so wondering if it is necessary. I just have goldfish in it.
Any ideas or thoughts please!

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  • ColinAColinA Posts: 328
    H for advice on that oneow old is your pump?I think I would contact the manufacturers
  • ColinAColinA Posts: 328
    Sorry about gobledegook
    I will start again How old is the pump? I think I would contact the manufacturers on that one for advice
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    It is just over a year old but has always been a bit on the noisy side.
    I am deaf and have tinnitus so was not a problem for me!

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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,490
    I kind of sympathise as I can hear my neighbours' hot tub humming away while I'm lying in bed. It's not really that annoying but it's noticable 24/7. Bubble aerators don't really increase the oxygen in the water using the bubbles, it's the surface agitation they cause that allows the gas transfer mostly. If your pond is planted and not over-stocked with fish then they're not really necessary. Do you have any kind of filter running on there?
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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    edited May 2019
    No filter but trying to get more oxygenating plants to grow.
    I have pond weed (Elodea densa) in a large pot which sits on the bottom of the pond but it does not seem to grow much.Would it be a good idea to have some weed (Elodea densa) just floating on the surface?

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
    How many fish do you have in it and how big sre they? Your pond looks as though it may be in full sun so your fish may fry in the summer if there is not enough oxygen in the water. Is it the sound of the pump or the sound of the falling water that your neighbour objects to?
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,490
    Goldfish are notorious for eating any useful weeds in the pond. Maybe you could fence off one end to let the plants grow in peace and see if that helps?
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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    hogweed said:
    How many fish do you have in it and how big sre they? Your pond looks as though it may be in full sun so your fish may fry in the summer if there is not enough oxygen in the water. Is it the sound of the pump or the sound of the falling water that your neighbour objects to?
    I have about 10 x 2" fish and one about 5".I had this many in the previous slightly smaller pond with no real problems (and no pump) only ever lost a couple over the winter months.
    Think I shall leave the pump off now and just get more weed and see how it all fares.
    On a happy note my neighbour was so pleased I was so obliging over the problem that he gave me a lovely bunch of flowers!  :)

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    Had a big think about the pond and pump and decided to ditch the pump and see what happens.
    I bought a load of oxygenating pond weed and some floating plants which should now increase.
    The fish seem happier already,moving about nearer the surface and staying just under the floating weed.
    I can actually see all my fish!
    Will be keeping an eye on things over the next few months to see how it all goes.


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  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,210
    Have you considered a solar fountain just to keep the water aerated? I have a tiny pond with fountain roughy 10p piece size water is always clear. I have oxygenating plants in there no fish now thanks to my cat! Only sound is trickle of water very pleasant 
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