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Budget Pumps fall into five broad categories:

Fountain Pumps  -  Aquagarden  Mako and Universal  Pondmate series
Submersible Fountain Pumps are specifically designed for outdoor use.   They have long,  flexible power cables with sheathing appropriate for Australia’s outdoors.   They represent the Premium end of the Budget Pump range and include many features you would normally expect only in much more expensive pumps.   As well as incorporating features such as foam pre-filters and protection from over heating,  they also come equiped with fountain heads and 10 metre rubber jacketed power cables as standard.   They can also be operated in-line (outside the pond) if required.

Filter Pumps  -  Aquagarden  Barracuda and Universal  Pondmate Series
Filter Pumps are pumps rated for "solids handling".   They come equiped with strainers but do not require foam pre-filters.   Consequently they are also suitable for pumping polluted water in Pond Filtration systems.

Utility Pumps  -  Aquagarden  Marlin and Universal  Pondmate Series
Utility (Circulation) Pumps are submersible pumps suitable for use in aquariums,  hydroponics,  fountains and clean water irrigation systems.
Marlin pumps and the smaller Pondmate pumps are very compact - suitable for small fountains with confined pump housings.
Pondmate models ranging in size from the PM700P upwards can also be operated in-line if required, come with foam pre-filters and incorporate protection from overheating.

Low Voltage Pumps  -  Low Voltage models of some Pondmate Utility Pumps and Aquagarden Fountain Pumps are also available.

Basic Pumps  -  Very inexpensive submersible pumps, designed for situations where premium performance is not required.
Mako, Barracuda and Pondmate Pumps are Marine rated.  As such they are suitable for salt water as well as fresh water or tap water (but  not  heavily chlorinated water - such as in swimming pools).

Warranties [4] :     All Pondmate pumps come with a 2 year Warranty on both the pump motor and Impeller.   Aquagarden Mako and Barracuda pumps come with a 2 year Warranty on the pump motor and a 1 year warranty on the Impeller.

240 Volt  pumps generally come with 3 core power leads terminated with 3 pin plugs (excluding some smaller pumps, which may have 2 core power leads).

Aquagarden Fountain Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
10 m power cable,  2 year warranty [4]  
Mako 1000 $69.00 1,050 1.40 m 12 W
Mako 1500 $85.00 1,400 1.80 m 20 W
Mako 2500 $115.00 2,400 2.15 m 35 W
Mako 4000 $159.00 4,000 3.00 m 70 W
Mako 6000 $279 .00 5,800 4.10 m 130 W
Mako 9000 $299.00 8,000 5.00 m 200 W
Low Voltage models of some Aquagarden Mako
Fountain kits are also available.

Pondmate Fountain Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
10 m power cable,  2 year warranty [4]  
PM700FP $59.00 610 1.20 m 10.5 W
PM2400FP $129.00 2,300 2.40 m 40 W
PM3500FP $149.00 3,500 2.80 m 60 W
 
Fountain Pumps are specifically designed for outdoor use.   They have long,  flexible power cables with sheathing appropriate for Australia’s outdoors and are rated for continuous operation.   They represent the Premium end of the Budget Pump range and include many features you would normally expect only in much more expensive pumps.  

Features include:  A Pre-filter (to protect the pump’s impeller) and Thermal Overload Protection.   Mako fountain pumps also come with flow control.   Mako and Pondmate fountain pumps come equiped with multiple Fountain Heads,  are suitable either for Submersible or in-line (out of pond) operation and are equally at home in fresh or salt water.

Aquagarden Filter Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
10 m power cable,  2 year warranty [4]  
Barracuda 4000 $249.00 3,600 2.4 m 45 W
Barracuda 6000 $269.00 6,100 2.6 m 65 W
Barracuda 10000 $325.00 10,000 4.5 m 135 W
Barracuda 15000 $399.00 15,200 5.5 m 210 W
Barracuda 25000 $569.00 25,000 9.5 m 620 W
   

Pondmate Filter Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
10 m power cable,  2 year warranty [4]  
PM6000DWP $229.00 6,000 5.0 m 150 W
   
Filter Pumps (also known as Solids Handling or Dirty Water Pumps) are designed to allow some solids to pass through the pump without causing damage to the internal pump mechanism.   The pumps come with inlet strainers to filter out solids which are too large for the pumps,  but they do not require foam prefilters.  

These Pumps are ideal for irrigation, hydroponics and pond filtration systems.   They can operate submerged in the pond or operate out of pond (when the pump is installed  in-line ).   When operating in-line, the inlet pipe must contain a strainer with openings no greater than the openings on the strainer that comes attached to the pump.

Pondmate Utility Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
3 m power cable,  2 year warranty [4]  
PM250P $24.00 200 0.6 m 5 W
PM350P $29.00 350 0.7 m 6 W
PM550P $35.00 550 1.2 m 10 W
10 m power cable,  2 year warranty [4]  
PM700P $49.00 610 1.2 m 10 W
PM1000P $65.00 1,100 2.0 m 17 W
PM1500P $75.00 1,500 2.0 m 20 W
PM3500P $129.00 4,000 2.7 m 70 W
   

Aquagarden Utility Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
3 m power cable,  1 year warranty [4]  
Marlin 300 $19.50 300 0.65 m 5 W
Marlin 450 $29.00 450 0.75 m 6 W
Marlin 650 $39.00 650 1.2 m 8 W
   
Marlin 250 pump Marlin 650 pump
Utility (Circulation) Pumps are Submersible Pumps rated for continuous operation.   They are suitable for use in aquariums,  fountains and hydroponics.   All pumps in this range include integrated flow control.
Utility Pumps with flow rates up to 3,500 are also available in a Low Voltage configuration.

Via Aqua/ Tornado Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
1 year warranty [4]  
Via Aqua VA360
(Indoor only)
$19.50 500 0.8 m 6 W
Tornado 750 Pond Pump
10 m power cable
$39.00 750 1.6 m 12 W
Tornado 400 LV Pump
1.8 m LV power cable
$29.00 350 0.7 m 6 W
Tornado 450 LV Pump
3 m LV power cable
$35.00 400 0.65 m 5 W
Tornado 600 LV Pump
3 m LV power cable
$49.00 600 1.1 m 8 W
Tornado 750 LV Pump
3 m LV power cable
$55.00 750 1.5 m 12 W
   

Cyclone Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
10 m power cable,  2 year warranty [4]  
Cyclone 1000   (240v) $35.00 1,000 1.30 m 20 W
Cyclone 1000LV   (24v) $45.00 1,000 1.30 m 20 W
Cyclone 1200   (240v) $45.00 1,200 1.30 m 20 W
Cyclone 1200LV   (24v) $55.00 1,200 1.30 m 20 W
Cyclone 1500LV   (24v) $85.00 1,500 2.00 m 32 W
   
Although very inexpensive,  Via Aqua Pumps still provide excellent performance.

The  Tornado 750 Pond pump comes equiped with an external cage strainer.   It is ideal for ponds where debris may accumulate over time.

Tornado LV (12 Volt, low voltage) pumps come with plug pack transformers which are only suitable for use indoors (or under cover, out of the rain).

The Aquagarden Cyclone range of fountain pumps combine value with great performance.   Some pumps in this range also include fountain kits.   Low voltage pumps come with IP44 rated,  weather proof transformers.

Pondmate Low Voltage AC 12 or 24 Volt  Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
5 m power cable,  2 year warranty [4]  
PM350PLV (12 V) $49.00 350 0.70 m 6 W
PM550PLV (12 V) $59.00 550 1.22 m 10 W
PM1000PLV (24 V) $89.00 1,100 2.0 m 17 W
PM1500PLV (24 V) $109.00 1,500 2.0 m 20 W
PM3500PLV (24 V) $210.00 4,000 2.75 m 70 W

Mako Low Voltage AC 24 Volt  Fountain Pumps
Model
 
 
Price
 (AUD)
(incl. GST)
     
Flow
rate

Lt/ hr   
[ 1, 2 ]
Max.
Head

(metres) 
[ 1, 3 ]
Power
(Watts)
[ 1 ]
5 m power cable,  2 year warranty [4]  
Mako 1000LV $115.00 1,050 1.40 m 19 W
Mako 1500LV $139.00 1,400 1.80 m 30 W
Mako 2500LV $165.00 2,400 2.15 m 44 W
L V Extension Cable $29.00 10 Metre Extension Cable
   
Pondmate low voltage pumps come with IP44 rated transformers, suitable for positioning in a sheltered position outdoors.

Aquagarden Mako Fountain Pumps come with IP65 rated transformers, suitable for positioning in exposed positions outdoors. They also come equiped with a set of fountain heads and associated plumbing parts.

Notes:
  1. Manufacturer’s Specification
  2. Maximum flow rate in Litres Per Hour (Lt/ hr) - Pond surface and Pump outlet at the same height
  3. Supports a column of water at this height - zero flow
  4. Warranties cover repair or replacement of Material and Manufacturing defects.   They do not cover damage caused by inappropriate operation or,  unless stated otherwise,  damage to the impeller (the rotating pump mechanism),  which is a wearing consumable part.

Pondmate  Utility  Pump
All pumps 700 lph or greater can be run either submersed or in line (out of pond)

Pondmate  Solids  Handling  Pump

Pondmate  Fountain  Pump