Product Type: Blagdon Garden Irrigation
Newest Review: ... such as the Henri range. The minipond is much too large physically for use in these. The pump circulates 700 litres per hour and so ... more
Cheap, cheerful water feature pump!
Blagdon Minipond Pump 700
Member Name: RachyD
Blagdon Minipond Pump 700
Advantages: Cheap, easy to clean, multiple fountain head
Disadvantages: Not particularly low wattage, impellor is flimsy
The Blagdon Minipond 700 is the smallest in the Minipond range and is designed primarily for use in water-features.
The pump itself is small and so would fit in every shop-bought sump I've come across and is aimed at those wanting to create a small fountain - in a pebble pool perhaps. It isn't, however, small enough for use in some self-contained water features that you buy straight 'off the shelf.' By this I mean moulded/stone features such as the Henri range. The minipond is much too large physically for use in these.
The pump circulates 700 litres per hour and so delivers a small fountain of approximately 1.5-2ft in height dependant on the fountain head used - several are included including a multiple-tier and a bell fountain head. The flow restrictor siuated at the base of the fountain riser allows you to make the fountain lower/smaller if needed.
The main casing of the pump comes apart eaily for cleaning and contains a sponge to filter out larger particles to prevent to fountain head from clogging up. It is for this reason that the pump is not suitable for use in a pond environment. The sponge and filter head would clog up with fish waste/silt very quickly and would require daily maintenance. In a sump environment I've found that it still requires regular maintenance in order to keep the fountain as large as possible as some small particles do make it past the sponge.
The impellor is easy to access and clean although it isn't very sturdy and care should be taken not to break it. Spare impellors are available but at £15 or so (the pump itself is usually around the £20 mark), are very expensive.
The pump comes with a 2 year guarantee on the electrics which is impressive for such a small/cheap item. The impellor mentioned above is not guaranteed as it is classed as a perishable item however.
All in all a good, cheap item that's great for small water features. Ideal if you're not sure about the whole water gerdening idea but want to give it a try on the cheap!
Summary: Simple water fountain pump for the beginner
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