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If you keep fish, the pump and filter must be run constantly, all year long. Water movement from the pump (via the fountain or waterfall) increases essential oxygen in the water for the fish. The friendly bacteria within the life support system that processes fish waste and maintain a healthy pool also require a flow of oxygen rich water to live. If the ‘life support system’ is turned off for more than a couple of hours, oxygen levels will drop and the population of friendly bacteria will be reduced. This can lead to water health issues and poor conditions for your fish.
Providing your pond does not freeze to the bottom, therefore freezing the pump, you should run your pump and filter all year around.
Always turn the power off before maintenance. The pump motor can be permanently damaged if run dry. Only ever lift the unit using the handle.
Cleaning the Inpond is a straightforward procedure that only needs doing occasionally, and will only take a few minutes. A sign that the Inpond needs a clean is when the flow of the fountain/waterfall is visibly reduced or the water is not clearing completely. If you have several fish, it can need a quick clean approximately once a month. It is essential to only ever clean the foams and media with pond water scooped out in a bucket as tap water will damage the bacteria that live in these media. At the same time as you clean the Inpond replace the Polymer Wool Pad in the cartridge. Pour out any sediment from the bottom on the Inpond body, again rinse off with pond water if required.
Always keep and refer to the User Guide that comes with your Inpond (see Resources). This has detailed instructions for occasional maintenance, such as replacing the LED lamp or the pump impellor.
Replacing the LED lamp – Once the LED lamp reaches the end of its useful life it will cease to run. You will need to replace this lamp, which is an easy thing to do. See the maintaining your Inpond video.
Replacing the UVC lamp – We recommend that you change the UV lamp at least once a year at the start of Spring, before the days get longer and the temperature rises. However, if you are in a high sunlight area that experiences frequent warm temperatures then you may need to do this more often. You will be able to recognise if the lamp needs replacing by the clarity of your pond. If green water starts to appear then it is likely that your lamp needs replacing. See the maintaining your Inpond video.
Clean or replace the impellor – Once a year it is recommended to open the pump and check the impellor is clean and intact. See the maintaining your Inpond video.
All Inponds come with different fountain heads for a variety of attractive effects, if you would like a different look. You can easily swap the heads by pulling off and replacing (200/300) or unscrewing and replacing (600/900) the supplied options. See the Inpond components video for more details.
Firstly, always turn off the power before maintenance, as the pump motor can be permanently damaged if it is run dry. Only ever lift the unit using the handle. It is essential only ever to clean the foams and media with pond water scooped out in a bucket, as tap water will damage the bacteria that live in these media. When you clean the Inpond, replace the Polymer Wool Pad in the cartridge. Pour out any sediment from the bottom of the Inpond body; again rise off with pond water if required. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the individual set-up, the number of fish and the location of the pond or pond. However, the most reliable indicator that the Inpond needs cleaning is when the flow from the fountain or waterfall has visibly reduced or the water is not clearing completely. When the flow-rate reduces:
- Check the fountain head, as the small holes may be blocked. If they are, rinse under the tap and/or use a pin to dislodge debris if necessary.
- If the flow-rate is still reduced, then it is time to clean the foams, which must only ever be cleaned with pond water scooped out in a bucket, as tap water will damage the bacteria that live in these media.
- At the same time, the polymer wool pad can also be rinsed in pond water scooped out in a bucket.
- Replace the polymer wool pad. Replacement packs are available from your retailer.
- The ceramic bio media will only need cleaning once a year. As with all media cleaning, it is essential only ever to clean with pond water scooped out in a bucket, as tap water will damage the bacteria that live in these media.
- Always switch off your mains supply before carrying out any maintenance: Service your pump by dismantling and examining all parts for wear and damage, replacing any parts as necessary.
- Inspect your Inpond UVC and replace any parts that show wear and damage, as required.
- The UVC lamp (a PL 5w/9w) should also be replaced every spring. If you are in an area with winter temperatures over 50⁰F, the lamp may need replacing every six months, as green water algae will occur as the lamp output lessens. It is a normal occurrence, for UV light output to reduce over the life of the lamp.
Yes, if you are keeping fish it is essential to keep the Inpond running to keep the ‘life support system’ functioning.
This is easily done, by removing the LED lamp screw cap from the lamp holder, then the lamp cover can be removed, enabling the lamp to be replaced. See the How to maintain the Inpond film.
The Inpond can be run in the pond during the winter, but it must be fully immersed and care must be taken to ensure it cannot freeze solid. If the pump is not used during the winter, then it should be stored frost-free indoors or in a garage until Spring.
No, the cable cord should not be cut. Any excess cable cord should be tied together, so it does not trail and cause any possibility of injury to people. It should be located so as not to cause any possibility of any injury to people.
No, we recommend that a GCFI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is always used for safety reasons. You should always ensure that you comply with all safety regulations regarding electrical installations.
The light has an automatic sensor that turns on the light at dusk. However an optional sensor cover is present on the motor body that will cause the LED light to be on permanently. Move the sensor cover over the sensor to turn the light on permanently.
Yes, otherwise green water will form when it is switched off.
The UVC is protected by a safety switch; it automatically switches itself off when removed from the Inpond Filter. To check that the UVC is working, view the lamp by looking through the UVC viewing window located on top of the yellow contact chamber inside the Inpond Filter.
Fish & Water
It is very important to feed you fish correct amount so as not to ‘over feed’ and pollute the water. For more information on feeding your fish see: See ‘How to…’ page, Introduce fish successfully & Feed your fish in the Raised Pond section of the website.
Green water is a type of single celled algae and is common in the sunny months of the year. The green water clarifier in the Inpond should kill green water algae. It may be that your lamp needs replacing. This should be change at least once a year, and may be more often in sunnier regions.
Running your Inpond
The Pump in the Inpond 300 has a 12 watt motor and the 600 a 28 watt motor. The LED light (when on) uses an extremely low 0.76 watts.
The night time LED is set to come on at a certain level of darkness. This has been set to allow for the sensor getting a small build-up of dirt or algae, which would bring the darkness level sooner. If you want the light to run constantly, there is a sensor over-ride cover which can be pulled over the sensor to fool the light to believing it is night, thus running the light constantly.
The LED is a permanent and automatic fixture. However, you can remove the LED lamp from its casing if you want to permanently turn the lamp off. See the Inpond instructions that came with the product for replacing/removing the lamp or watch the How to maintain the Inpond film.