Hi guys, have any of you had any experience using solar pond pumps? I know that they won't be as powerful as a regular unit that uses electricity. I have a 50 gallon pond that is far away from outlet and was just curious to see if using one of those solar powered pumps was even worth the effort/cost. Main reason is to create some water movement to discourage mosquito breeding. Have some white cloud minnows but not enough to make a significant difference in the larva numbers.
I've heard about them but in reality dont rate them that much you'd be far better running an amoured cable to your pond from the house remember if there is cloud they wont work.
broxandval Fishiedude Flowersmile
I have a solar pump in my new 30 gallon pond that has no electrical outlet near it. The water only runs when full sun hits the panel. Even with partial sun, there's nothing. So, it has the potential to only run a few hours a day in my case. Second, this new one came with a floating styrofoam island. The raccoon ran off with it the first night, and it hasn't been seen since. He likes to eat styrofoam. So, I have the pump on the bottom. The suction cups won't stick to the bottom. Every single night, the raccoon knocks it over. Plus, when sun finally hits the panel, just the moving water makes it fall over. So, it does provide a little bit of water movement. Is it worth the cost? It depends. If your pond is in full sun, then I would say yes. If it gets less than a half day of full sun, I'd say forget it. I use Bt to control mosquitoes.