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Aquascape PL and PN Series Pond Pumps

Ideal for use in Ponds, Pondless® Waterfalls, and other water feature applications.

Aquascape PL and PN Solids-Handling Pond Pumps

World-renowned for their quality, dependability, and performance, Aquascape PL and PN series pumps are ideal for use in skimmer filters and Pondless Waterfall applications.

Constructed of stainless steel and composite resin for strength and corrosion resistance; with a semi-vortex impeller design enabling the pump to handle solids effectively. Resulting in less maintenance and trouble-free performance.

Engineered for Years of Use

Engineers have designed the Aquascape PL series pump to be hydraulically ‘dialed’ into the lower total dynamic head ranges typically found on water feature applications, helping increase the lifespan of the pump by reducing vibration and premature component wear.

The energy-efficient, continuous-duty, direct-drive motor operates at lower temperatures, extending the life of the pump significantly. Each PL and PN Solids-Handling Pond Pump also contains a built-in thermal overload, protecting it from damage if ever run in low-water conditions.

Features of PL and PN Pond Pumps

Aquascape PL and PN Series Pumps are Solids-Handling Pond Pumps for Ponds, Pondless® Waterfalls, and other water feature applications. Known for durability, performance, and value, each is constructed from stainless steel and composite resin for strength and corrosion resistance. Learn the many features and benefits of Aquascape PL and PN Solids-Handling Pond Pumps.

PL Series Pumps

Tsurumi PL Cutaway

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Threaded Output

2" threaded output maximizes performance and flow rates

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Shielded Intake

Shielded water intake prevents air from entering pump when used in shallow water applications

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Solids Handling

Semi-vortex solids handling impeller reduces clogging and decreases maintenance

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Unmatched Dependability

Double mechanical silicone carbide seals and oil lifter provide unmatched dependability

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Quiet Operation

Permanently lubricated, 60,000 hour life bearings provide reliable and quiet pump operation

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High Efficiency

High efficiency, continuous duty motor operates at lower temperatures which extends pump life

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Overload Protection

Built in thermal overload protection prevents pump from overheating

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Reinforced Power Cord

Reinforced power cord with anti-wicking, water tight design improves durability and prevents issues with electrial shorting

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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel housing combined with composite resin parts for strength and durability

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Integrated handle

Integrated handle makes removing pumps from tight areas easier

PN Series Pumps

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Threaded Output

2" (8PN) or 3" (12PN) threaded output maximizes performance and flow rates

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High Volume Flow

Cannel impeller and specially designed volute allows for efficient, high volume water flow

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Unmatched Dependability

Double mechanical silicone carbide seals and oil lifter provide unmatched dependability

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Quiet Operation

Permanently lubricated, 60,000 hour life bearings provide reliable and quiet pump operation

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High Efficiency

High efficiency, continuous duty motor operates at lower temperatures which extends pump life

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Overload Protection

Built in thermal overload protection prevents pump from overheating

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Reinforced Power Cord

Reinforced power cord with anti-wicking, water tight design improves durability and prevents issues with electrial shorting

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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel housing combined with composite resin parts for strength and durability

Compare Aquascape PL and PN Solids-Handling Pond Pumps

3PL5PL9PL8PN12PN
3PL5PL9PL8PN12PN
Model Number2997529976299772949530391
Maximum Flow Rate (GPH)3,3005,3007,3005,54810,000
Maximum Head Height14 feet23 feet35 feet56 feet23 feet
Motor TypeDirect DriveDirect DriveDirect DriveDirect DriveDirect Drive
Wattage32062010001000900
Amperage3.15.68.69.19.1
Power Cord Length20 feet20 feet20 feet20 feet20 feet
Pump Discharge Diameter2 inch2 inch2 inch2 inch3 inch
Ideal Pipe Diameter1.5 or 2 inch2 or 3 inch2 or 3 inch2 or 3 inch3 inch
Pump Dimensions12.2 x 5.6 x 7.1 inches (LxWxH)13.2 x 5.9 x 7.3 inches (LxWxH)14 x 5.9 x 7.3 inches (LxWxH)9.3 x 6.4 x 15 inches (LxWxH)11.7 x 7.7 x 15.1 inches (LxWxH)
Warranty (Limited)2 years2 years2 years2 years2 years
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Selecting the Proper Pump Size

Once you’ve determined which Aquascape pump family best suits your water feature application, you’ll need to select the proper size pump.

Length in Feet
Width in Feet
Avg Depth in Feet
Width in Inches
Elevation in Feet
Pipe Length in Feet
Pipe Diameter

Confirm your Water Feature Type

What type of water feature do you have? Select where the pump will be used, either in a "Pond" or "Pondless" water feature.

Pump Application
Pond
Pondless

Pond Volume

A basic pond pump will have the capability of turning the total volume of water over once per hour. Therefore, before choosing a pond pump, you need to know the number of gallons of water in your feature. You can find the volume of your pond in gallons with this useful equation:

(Length x Width x Average Depth x 7.48) x 0.8 = Pond Volume*

*Length, Width and Depth are measured in feet. We multiply by 0.8 to account for rocks in the pond.

Stream Volume

Before choosing a pump for your Pondless Waterfall, it would help to know approximately how many gallons of water your basin needs to hold. To do that, we will need to determine how much water is in the stream. You can find the volume of your stream in gallons with this useful equation:

(Stream Length x Stream Width x (Average Stream Depth x 0.25) x 7.48 = Stream Volume*

*Length and Width are measured in feet. For the purposes of this calculator we are assuming an average depth of 1 inch.


Your pump needs to remain fully submerged while running and the stream is full. We recommend the basin is large enough to hold double the amount of water found in the stream.

Stream Volume x 2 = Gallons in Basin

Flow Rate

Most pond pumps are rated by the gallons of water they're able to pump per hour (gph). As a general rule of thumb, a pump with a flow rate of 125 gph is needed for every inch of your waterfall width. So if the widest point in the waterfall is two feet wide, you'll need a pump with a flow rate of 3000 gph. Higher flow rates can be used if you want to produce a stronger, more dramatic water flow.

Waterfall Width x 125 = Apprx. Flow Rate*

*Waterfall width measured in inches

Head Height

Head height, also known as total dynamic head, represents the height water needs to be lifted (static head) plus the friction experienced by the water as it runs through the pipes (dynamic head).

Dynamic head is the amount of resistance caused by the plumbing. Water velocity (flow rate), pipe diameter, length and pipe material all play a role in dynamic head. Additional resistance will also be caused by fittings such as elbows and valves. Since this equipment is typically buried in the ground, sometimes an estimation of dynamic head needs to be used.

The calculation below is a simple way to estimate the approximate head height.

Static Head in feet + (Pipe Length in feet x 0.1) = Apprx. Head Height*

*Static head: The height difference between the surface of the pond and the waterfall
Pipe length: We're calculating 1 ft head per 10 ft tubing
Fittings: additional fittings would add 1 ft of head each


The pond calculator is designed to help you find the pump you need for your project. Be advised that variables outside of this calculator, such as pipe diameter or number of elbows used, can influence proper pump selection. If your pond project exceeds the performance from a single pump, please contact Aquascape Customer Care for additional help.

Aquascape PL & PN Series Pump Flow Chart (GPH)

If your pond requires a pump that doesn’t fall into the “Best Operating Zone” for our PL & PN Series Solids-Handling pumps, consider choosing one of our high-efficiency AquaSurge pumps.

Pump Flow Chart - PL/PN
ModelPurchaseMax Head Height0'5'10'15'20'25'30'35'40'45'50'55'
3-PL965814'30001700
5-PL964423'5300450035001800
9-PL963135'730064005600490041003000
8-PN 961756'55005200480043003600280020001500600
12-PN960423'10000760046001500

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