Home > Decorating Your Pond > Five Great Gadgets for Your Pond

Five Great Gadgets for Your Pond

By: Dr Gareth Evans - Updated: 24 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Solar Gadget Aeration Water Vacuum Ice

There’s certainly no shortage of ingeniously effective gadgets available to help you get the most out of your pond – whether you’re looking for something just as a bit of fun, or to make doing a serious job a bit easier. Here’s a quick guide to five of our favourite, from the hundreds available by mail order, online and from garden centres across Britain.

Solar Aerator

Even the best aerated pond can do with a bit of help to keep those dissolved oxygen levels up when the weather’s really hot and this little device makes a great way to do it. A photovoltaic solar cell powers the little air pump that drives the system and the more the sun shines, the faster the pump goes and the greater the aeration. It’s clean, green and simple to use – and a godsend for gasping fish in a heat-wave!

Solar-Powered Lily Pad Fountain

Here’s another solar gadget that’s ideal for small ponds. This plastic moulded device makes a surprisingly lifelike lily pad – provided you ignore the solar cells embedded in its surface and the fact that it squirts a jet of water a foot or two into the air whenever the sun shines, that is! A self contained unit that floats on the pond, it’s the perfect way to get the moving water experience in your summer garden, without any of the fuss involved with wiring in a conventional pump. If you’re looking for a fun and distinctly informal fountain, this could be just the thing for you.

Novelty Ice Breakers

Pond-keepers have been floating footballs and the like on the surface of their ponds to keep the winter ice at bay for years, but now the idea’s been brought right up to date with a range of novelty ice breakers. Whatever your garden’s look, or your own sense of humour, there’s probably something to suit, from your favourite cartoon characters to gothic dragons and gruesome floating skulls, while the traditionalists amongst us can even choose lifelike waterfowl to do the job. It’s a far cry from the days of old soccer balls and yellow plastic ducks!


Owning your own pond vacuum is no longer prohibitively expensive and there are some excellent mini versions around that will do a good job, without breaking the bank. Most of the latest generation are fairly light and easy to use, being targeted principally at the small to medium sized pond owner and they undoubtedly make cleaning much quicker and easier to do. Although they can’t be expected to handle really mucky ponds well without clogging, they are perfect tools for regular removal of fish excrement and light sediment, so if you routinely like to keep your pond clean and never let too much debris build up, one of these could be perfect for you.

Automatic Feeder

If you’ve got a pond full of fish and no nearby family or friendly neighbours to call upon, going away for a fortnight can be a bit of a problem – unless you buy yourself an automatic feeder. There’s no shortage of designs around, and most of the best come with an accurate quartz timer and the ability to dispense two or three weeks worth of daily meals in your absence. With an initial price tag of around £20, running costs are also typically low – a single AA battery, which lasts for over a year, even if you used it continuously! For peace of mind and the knowledge that you never have to bother anyone else again, this is one gadget no fish keeper should be without.

Whatever we do, we seem to love a gadget to help us do it – and fish keeping is certainly no exception to that general rule. Whether you’re an out-and-out gadget fiend, or a bit more discerning in the gizmos you buy, it’s worth taking a look in your favourite pond suppliers to see what’s on offer to make things quicker, easier and a whole lot more fun.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Nana
    Re: Managing Plant Overgrowth Within Your Pond
    I have an average size wildlife pond in my garden full of goldfish and newts, sadly no frogs this year! It is…
    8 April 2020
  • Wanna C
    Re: Repairing Your Pond
    Hi. I have inherited two fish ponds which are raised to about 4 feet and cladded with wood. Both are made from a rigid fibre glass and are…
    7 April 2020
  • Pondnewbie
    Re: Repairing Your Pond
    We've just moved and have inherited a rectangular brick pond approx 6x4 in very poor condition. Apart from massive moss overgrow, there is…
    2 April 2020
  • Donita Gower
    Re: Dealing with Green Pond Water
    We have an old pond which is purely used for wild life.... there are no fish i it. This year the pond water has turned into green…
    1 April 2020
  • stuatel
    Re: FAQ: Pond Water Problems
    I have a problem with our pond which has a flow of water through it. The water comes from field run off and goes through our pond and…
    31 March 2020
  • LondonSteve
    Re: Plants for a Small Garden Pond
    I am building a pond/water feature for a couple of goldfish. It’s a round bowl shape 120cm diameter and 60cm at the middle…
    28 March 2020
  • Log
    Re: Building a Concrete Pond
    What paint do I need to put on the concrete to seal the wall and the base please Peter
    21 March 2020
  • Shazzy
    Re: Your Top Pond Questions Answered
    I have just built a raised pond which is about a foot above the ground. I would love to have frogs and toads in the pond…
    4 March 2020
  • Dons
    Re: What Could be the Reason for all the Fish Dying?
    Lost a fish 2 weeks ago now and just looked in pond 2 more dying they no spots on them
    13 February 2020
  • dieterlost
    Re: What Could be the Reason for all the Fish Dying?
    Hi just changed the water 2/3rds of the pond this January because fish were gasping for air and I’m…
    13 February 2020