How To Choose Pond Pipe Fittings And Pond Tubing

Choosing the right pipe fittings and the whole issue relating to fittings and pond hose choice can be somewhat of a perplexing issue sometimes!  To complicate the matter further, tubing and fittings sizes are usually in metric when you want them in imperial and vice versa.  This of course usually is dependent upon where you live.

Why Do I Want Pipe Fittings?

The huge majority of water gardeners will have at least 2 pieces of equipment that they need to interconnect; a pump along with biological filter, for instance.  In certain instances they might have lots of items of equipment that have to be linked together.

TIP!  You will find a myriad of dependable, energy efficient pumps available to the water gardening market, nowadays.  A number of them are sold with the fittings included.

 In order to reduce flow limitations and save on energy consumption use a fitting that has as smooth a bend as possible.  Regardless of what pump model you use it will loose a bit of flow, for each and every piece of equipment that is connected together.  This is known as pressure drop.

Many pond keepers use what's called a T bit to split the water flow between two pieces of equipment.  This is a very poor idea!   The golden rule when picking fittings is to always to choose the widest diameter that you can; this again is to lower the pressure drop and therefore maximize the feasible quantity of flow.  With a Y piece to split flow minimizes friction losses or stress drop and is a far better choice.

Which Pond Hose Can I Use?

It's much better to use sterile plastic tubing as clear plastic allows sunlight to penetrate it.  Algae will grow on the interior, that there are sunlight and nutrients gift.  The algae colonize the interior of the hose, reducing the internal diameter whereby water is pumped.  This yet again causes a pressure drop.  Opaque tubing makes it rather tricky for sunlight to penetrate and this in turn makes it hard for algae to grow.

Very often you will want to bend the tube and this is the next reason transparent pipe is normally not the ideal choice.  Ribbed elastic pipe is ideal for water gardeners as it doesn't kink when it is bent.  Nearly all translucent hose kinks very easily and the effect is a lower water flow to your waterfall or fountain.  Whichever kind you decide to use should be as short as you can and should be as broad as you can.

If you attach hose you may often use what we're called a Jubilee Clip; make sure that you use stainless steel, so as to prevent rusting and corrosion.