Find the right water pump for your hydroponics system, pond, or irrigation needs at Hydro Experts. Whether you need a submersible water pump for your reservoir, a pond water pump, an inline water pump, or a water transfer pump, we have a wide selection and experience to help you choose. Our water pumps available in Australia are built to last and come from top brands like PondMax, Aqua One, and more to match your flow rate and pressure requirements.
Submersible water pumps are a popular choice for hydroponic systems as they sit at the bottom of your reservoir, quietly pumping water to your grow beds, nutrient film technique channels, or drip lines. Pond water pumps help keep your pond, water feature or aquaculture system properly oxygenated and filtered. Inline water pumps are compact and easy to install directly into your plumbing system for transferring water between tanks. Water transfer pumps are ideal for moving water from one location or container to another.
Whether you need a small pump for a microgreen system or a heavy-duty pump for a commercial nursery, we have the expertise to help you find the right pump to meet your specific requirements in terms of flow, head pressure and durability. Browse our wide selection of pumps available in Australia today to find exactly what you need to optimize growth for your plants.
Choosing the Right Hydroponic Water Pump
For hydroponic growers, selecting the appropriate water pump involves considering three primary types, each suited to different scenarios:
Inline Water Pump: This type of pump is ideal for larger systems due to its higher power capacity. Inline pumps are positioned outside of the tank and typically incorporate air-cooling mechanisms.
Submersible Water Pump: Smaller-scale hydroponic gardens often benefit from submersible pumps, as they require less power to move water. These pumps are submerged directly into the hydroponic reservoir and utilize fittings and hoses to circulate the water.
Sump Pump: Designed specifically for sump systems, submersible sump pumps aid in managing runoff from the hydroponic system. They facilitate the movement of water to and from the tanks and can also assist in nutrient mixing within the tank.
Pumps that can perform multiple functions among these three types are known as utility pumps. To maintain optimal performance, remember to clean your water pump regularly, especially during nutrient solution changes, to prevent nutrient contamination.
Determining Pump Size
The size of your water pump depends on two crucial factors: the size of your hydroponic garden and the type of hydroponic system in use. For instance, a flood and drain (ebb and flow) system will require a pump with higher capacity compared to a simpler NFT method. Similarly, an aeroponic system will have different specifications compared to a deep-water culture system.
Q: What if Your Pump is Overpowered?
A: In the realm of hydroponics, it's often preferable to have a more powerful pump. You can always adjust the flow rate downwards if needed, but you can't make a lower-capacity pump perform like a higher-capacity one.
Q: How do I clean my hydroponics water pump?
A: For users of submersible pumps, cleaning is a straightforward process. Since these pumps can be fully immersed in liquid, cleaning is easier. You won't need any specialized materials. Simply use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water or hydrogen peroxide and water—the solution you use to clean your reservoir. Soak your pump in this solution for a few minutes, then wipe it down, including all its components. Rinse off any remaining solution, and ensure the pump is thoroughly dry.