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31/03/2014 at 21:07

 I'm building the dog bed pond and have thought of an issue.

I'm wondering if anyone can advise me on this question, I think the pump I've bought is a little too powerful 1400 Litres per hour. I have an inline flow rate valve but I'm just worried it'll stress the pump out, what with the water backing up.

Am I worrying needlessly? This is my first water feature.

Thanks in advance.

31/03/2014 at 21:15

Hi James

Technical questions are beyond me sorry

But I've PMd you re the snowdrops

I think you should post a link to your blog, 

31/03/2014 at 21:23

Thanks, don't how it'll affect the pump....I get visions of an hour glass only with water and the pump having a hairy fit. lol 


For more photos of my creative bent...


31/03/2014 at 21:27

31/03/2014 at 21:40

It should be ok if its a centrifugal pump as they will run against a dead head, if you are worried you could run a bypass line from the discharge back to the reservoir/sump.

31/03/2014 at 21:54

Hi scroggin........thanks for the help, I'll check out the specs of the pump

is 1400 L/H a lot of movement of water?

I did see something on youtube about these valves helping to back up water so that it could be directed to higher places, for instance the water will go to the lowest point but this chap I watched installed a ball valve and was able to back up the water enough to feed a higher water fall first!


I'll do some homework on the pump and just have a fiddle, it may be the perfect pressure without needing the valve but will see.

31/03/2014 at 21:59

It depends what kind of water feature you want, but better to have too much capacity than not enough. With the aid of a few fittings you should be able to get it just right

Go to a reputable water garden centre and they should be able to supply what you need.

31/03/2014 at 22:05


02/04/2014 at 18:59

 I need not have worried the pressure is spot on, perfect in fact!

02/04/2014 at 19:10

That looks pretty

02/04/2014 at 20:01

Thank you 

02/04/2014 at 20:09

02/04/2014 at 22:08

I made a wee vid.....


Only a short vid but it running water after all.

I need to tidy it all up tomorrow after my boring work.


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