Fish Mate 1800 – Pond Pump

Establishing a pond with some fish in it is a great way to bring an extra bit of life to an otherwise green area on your property, such as your garden.  However, having a pond requires more work than you may realise if you are completely new to the idea.  It’s not simply a case of digging out space, lining and filling it and leaving it for nature to take care of.  Especially if you are planning to keep fish, you need to participate in some maintenance to ensure that the pond stays full of oxygen and clean.

Even without fish, if you leave a pond without taking measure to take care of it, it will become stagnate and dirty.  This is why you should give careful consideration to the purchase of a pond pump.  With the exception of maybe a filter, a pond pump is one of the most important investments you can make when you want to establish a pond.

However, if you tried searching for pond pumps, using your preferred search engine you may be surprised by the sheer amount of choice there is with regards to products available at the moment.  It can feel slightly intimidating trying to choose one out of so many products that all look good.

Knowing exactly what you need from a pond pump is a good starting point for your search and doing lots of research and reading lots of reviews like this one will also help.

So could the Fish Mate 1800 pond pump be the perfect match for your pond? Let’s take a look…

Type

As with all the pumps on this site, the Fish Mate 1800 Pond Pump is completely submersible, meaning it can be placed directly in the water and connected up under the water level.

Maximum Flow Rate

Considering its relatively low price, the Fish Mate 1800 offers a more powerful maximum flow rate of water than you might expect at 1800 litres per hour and a head height of 1.7 metres.  This makes it ideal for small water features and fountains.

Outlet

The outlet diameter for a pond pump is important to know as this is how you will connect the water feature, fountain, filter or waterfall you are interested in having in your pond.  The Fish Mate 1800 pond pump has an outlet of 13 mm.

Power Usage

How powerful a pump is, indicates how efficiently it operates.  As this pump provides a reasonably high flow rate, it would normally be a sign that it would have a high power rating also, but it actually runs on the relatively low power rating of 25 Watts.

Extras

It is always good to know your money is going that little bit further and that is why it is so appealing to find products that come with extras and accessories.  This is very true when it comes to pond pumps.  Not only can extras make a good deal even better, they can also make the setup of a pond pump slightly easier.  With the Fish Mate 1800 pond pump unfortunately, apart from the mains cable, the only other extras you get are the 4 different head options for different fountain patterns – Tiered, Column, Plume and Bell.

Warranty

When you are buying anything electrical, whether it is big or small, expensive or inexpensive, you want to know that it will last for a reasonable amount of time.  You also want to know that you will be covered when it doesn’t.  That is why it is always recommended that you look for products that come with a manufacturer’s guarantee or warranty.  The Fish Mate 1800 pond pump comes with a full 3 year’s warranty.

What is Included In The Box?

  • 1 Fish Mate 1800 Pond Pump
  • 4 fountain heads – Tiered, Column, Plume and Bell
  • 10 metres of cabling

Pros

  • Relatively easy to setup and maintain
  • Easy to clean out
  • Anti Clogging filter
  • High flow rate, low running costs
  • Sturdy and Reliable
  • Well designed and constructed
  • Extremely affordable
  • 4 fountain head options – Tiered, Column, Plume and Bell
  • 3 Year’s Guarantee

Summary

It may not be the cheapest or best-looking pond pump on the market at the moment, but it is still relatively inexpensive and packs a reasonable amount of power and a good flow rate.  It is never a clever or cost-effective idea to base a buying decision on just one factor after all.  If you want a reliable pond pump to help aerate a small pond and keep your fish healthy or power a small water feature or fountain, the Fish Mate 1800 Pond Pump could be just what you need.

 

View our Blagdon 650 pond pump review here.

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