How to Set up a Submersible Pond Pump

A submersible pond pump is used in garden ponds and fountains to move water around, either for the fish to breathe or for a fountain to work. Just like an external pump, submersible pumps are made to operate constantly for 7 days a week, allowing you to experience your pond at any time.

Many people prefer submersible pumps mostly because most people have smaller ponds and are used to using a submersible pump. Submersible pond pumps are easy to install, and they are quite reliable.

Pumps are rated for how many gallons per hour (GPH) of water they can push through, and are offered in models ranging from 60 GPH for a tiny indoor fountain to 6000 GPH and even more for a big backyard waterfall/pond. Pumps supply oxygen for the pond fish, clean the water through a filter, and sometimes push water up and over a waterfall, producing delightful water sounds that add peace and atmosphere to the garden.

Here are 5 simple steps on how to set-up a submersible pond pump in your garden pond.

  1. Place your pump on the bottom of the pond. If the pump sucks in the dirt from the pond, it can make it run slowly and in the long run reduce the pump’s life. Place the pump on block of some sort or stack of rocks to keep it off the pond surface level. And make sure that the unit is fully under water.
  2. Set the flexible tubing so that it redirects the water to where you want it sent.
  3. Place the hose clamp to the hose tightly on the pump using the hose clamp. Have the clamp in a way so that it is about 1/2 inch from the end of the hose.
  4. Connect the electrical wire from the pond pump into the GFCI electrical outlet. jebabo-pump8000Check the electric cord to confirm that it is not laying in water or any risky or unsafe places.
  5. Before pouring water into the pond and sinking the pump into water, make sure the pump works and the water flows nicely with no leaks.


Consider taking a look at the pond pumps comparison table on the main page.