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advice needed - looking for replacement pump #1
Not exactly fish pond related but couldn't think where else to put this question. I'm looking for a 12 volt AC submersible pond pump, flow rate around 1000l/h. They seem surprisingly hard to come by. Anyone know where I can get one?
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Re: advice needed - looking for replacement pump #2
A/C in the UK is 240V....so a mains powered pump is going to be 240V unless you get a 12V DC pump which uses a transforming power supply unit to convert the voltage.

Any specific reason the pump itself needs to be 12V DC? If not, this should do the job:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/600-1000-15 ... &var=&hash=item5401d3dc98
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Re: advice needed - looking for replacement pump #3
Thanks for your reply. It's 12v AC - it runs off a transformer which outputs 12v AC, not DC. Main reason for 12v is quite simply it's going to be a direct replacement for an existing pump so the transformer is already in place, and a replacement pump will just plug straight into the transformer rather than having to rip it out and rewire. There are plenty of 12v AC pumps around, just having a bit of trouble finding one the right size. So far I've only found 2 which both have extra connections on them for lights - they would do but not ideal so was just wondering if there's anything else out there. Also forgot to mention it needs a 19mm hose outlet, whereas a lot of them seem to be smaller.
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Re: advice needed - looking for replacement pump #4
As you are finding, 12v ac pumps are not very popular*

Why not change it to a mains pump and do away with the bulk of a transformer?

* Often a pump will be specifically made for a specific device. Nothing wrong with that, until..........said pump fails, then you find that you can not get that exact one. It is quite common to find this scenario in table top water features, the only thing you can then do is to put said feature in the bin, as all the nearest capacity pumps will not physically fit.

What was this pump operating?
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Re: advice needed - looking for replacement pump #5
Funny you should say that 2010...it's a water feature!!! I've considered changing to a mains pump, it's just that sticking with 12v is easier - wiring up the transformer to the supply in the first place was a pain in the butt. The exact pump originally supplied is discontinued unfortunately, so can't replace like for like. Not worried about it immediately, I'll be draining it for the winter soon anyway, and for the time being the existing pump works if you give it a poke with a broom handle Just wanted to try and find a replacement for next year. As I said I think I've found one which will do the job if I can't find anything else, but just wondered if there was a better one out there without the extra connections. Thanks anyway.
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Re: advice needed - looking for replacement pump #6
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* Often a pump will be specifically made for a specific device. Nothing wrong with that, until..........said pump fails, then you find that you can not get that exact one. It is quite common to find this scenario in table top water features


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Funny you should say that 2010...it's a water feature!!!


There is a surprise. (not)

I can only wish you luck with the one you think you have found. Often (hope I am not right) either they are too physically big or just not up to the job required.

Its because of what you are now finding i never recommend people buy ready made water features, unless its a henri studio one. (They are still in business after umpteen years, but are very expensive)
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Re: advice needed - looking for replacement pump #7
Hopefully this one should be OK, it's about the same spec as the old one and doesn't look any bigger. At the moment it's out of stock until January so I'll just have to wait until then to find out.
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Re: advice needed - looking for replacement pump #8
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............it's out of stock until January


It's January.
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Re: advice needed - looking for replacement pump #9
Lol thanks 2010!! I'll keep an eye out for it now. No hurry anyway as I've drained it for the winter.
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Re: advice needed - looking for replacement pump #10
Well it was still out of stock in January and they said it would be in stock from 15th February. And now it's still out of stock, so I'm guessing they're not getting it back in. So I reckon it's time to rip out the transformer and go with a 240v pump.