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Even just two decades ago pumps and filters made specifically for use with backyard ponds simply did not exist in the American marketplace. The first units, fabricated by hobbyists and early suppliers consisted of trashcans with sump pumps and rudimentary filtration media.

Today’s components are far more sophisticated. With a vastly superior knowledge of outdoor water biology, decades worth of research and development have resulted in hundreds of well-made, proprietary filtration and pump products.

When considering developing your own filtration models for private label sales, keep the two basic principles in mind. Though fancy bells and whistles may catch the consumers attention, if your own brand of products doesn’t deliver the basics, it won’t be any better than the trashcan of yesteryear.

Any basic filtration unit focuses, first, on removing the large particles that float in pond water. Leaves and other plant debris, along with fish waste and blowing trash, must be removed before any further filtration can occur. Take a look at pool skimmer designs, that’s how early manufacturers tried their hand. Although the hardware involved for tough outdoor equipment looks different from that in the pool and spa world, the concepts are the same.

The second main component of any good DIY-built filtration unit involves biological filtration. The process involves passing skimmed water though a filtration media. The media, which contains colonies of beneficial bacteria, metabolizes the toxins in the water – turning them into harmless nitrates that feed pond plants.

The key to good biological filtration lies in selecting an appropriate filtration media. Filtration developers have used an astounding variety of materials in the past for maximizing surface areas for colonies to develop. Foam hair curlers, ceramic tubes, plastic pasta-like shapes, volcanic rock and many other materials have been used to create large numbers of tiny chambers where bacteria can form. Regardless of the proprietary medium you choose, keep in mind the thousands of cubic inches needed to house the natural bacteria that will serve as the work horse of your filtration unit.

Sound private label pump products don’t simply move water. A lesson from history proves the point. Early pond pumps were nothing more than standard sump pumps. The obvious problem being they were not designed for continuous use or for their ability to handle solids.

More modern products utilize tough, durable components with a focus on quality impellers that easily handle the odd stone piece of debris. Energy-efficient pumps further appeal to a public concerned with saving money in the long run. <HOME>

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