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Aquascape’s Poly-Resin Decorative Water Fountains

New for 2012!  Lightweight, affordable and eye-catching!

Aquascape poly-resin decorative water features combine beauty, detail and intricate design of more expensive traditional decorative pieces. Decorative water features are often made from more expensive materials like brass, steel or copper. Poly-resin is a sturdy material that can be intricately molded, allowing for an amazing amount of detail and consistent texture that easily fits into most budgets.

Check out all the poly-resin selection here at our website.

What are Hybrid Pumps?

What are Hybrid Pumps?

The term hybrid is becoming commonplace in many industries and there is no exception in the ponding world either.  A hybrid pump utilizes the power associated with a direct-drive pump combined with the electrical efficiency of a magnetic induction pump (mag drive pump).  Understanding these 2 separate pumps that combine to make the hybrid should help you to see why these hybrid pumps might just be great addition to your pond.

Direct Drive Pumps

The rugged direct drive submersible pump has long been used in the wastewater industry where they are known for their ability to pump solids while providing high head heights.  They are named direct drive because their impeller is attached directly to the motor, along with several seals on the drive shaft to ensure the motor is kept dry.  All this power has a downfall: high wattage expenditures-especially the older models that have flat-bladed synchronous impellers.  Synchronous impellers rotate in either direction, requiring that the impeller be flat-bladed to allow for it to spin in either direction.  Flat blades are not efficient but luckily, there have been many improvements on this design.

A huge energy efficient improvement that was made lately on the direct drive pumps was the design of asynchronous impellers.   Asynchronous impellers rotate in one direction only allowing for an efficient curved impeller blade.

Mag Drive Pumps

The magnetic induction pumps are a more energy efficient pump but also have lower head heights as a result of their inefficient synchronous impeller design.  As a general rule, most mag drives are effective up to 2000 gph with a maximum head height of 15’. The replaceable magnetic impeller assembly, when charged with electricity, will spin the impeller by magnetic attraction.  Clean, or pre-filtered water is needed with these pumps as they can’t handle solids.

Hybrid Pumps

A hybrid pump utilizes the best of both of both worlds:  it uses the direct-drive style asynchronous impeller with a magnetic induction motor used by the mag drive pumps.  The result is a high efficient pump suitable for low to medium head heights.

Check out our selection of Hybrid Pumps here.

New on Our Website: Pond Reference Calculators

Check our ever-growing reference area, with our new Pond Reference Calculators, including:  Head Pressure Calculator and Electrical Cost Calculator. 

The Head Pressure Calculator will prompt you for vital questions that will help assure you make a sound decision when it comes to knowing your current pond system’s head pressure. 

The Electrical Cost Calculator can help you determine how much a pump will cost you daily and monthly.  This calculator can be used for ANY electrical appliance.  It’s a great way to determine which pump or electrical product will be the most efficient yet still serve your needs.

 

Pond Weed Identification

Images compliments of Purdue University Botany & Plant Pathology
Images Compliments of Purdue University Botany & Plant Pathology
Images Compliments of Purdue University Botany & Plant Pathology
Images Compliments of Purdue University Botany & Plant Pathology
Images Compliments of Purdue University Botany & Plant Pathology

 

Images Compliments of Purdue University Botany & Plant Pathology

 

Hydrilla Weed. Image compliments of University of
 
 

Pickerelweed, Compliments of University of Florida