How to Make Your Aquarium More Energy Efficient with Solariver's Solar Water Pump

How to Make Your Aquarium More Energy Efficient with the Solariver 160GPH Solar Water Pump

Aquariums can bring their owners a lot of joy and relaxation, but they can also be energy hogs. Running a traditional water pump for long periods of time can significantly increase your energy bill, not to mention the environmental impact. However, there is a solution: solar-powered water pumps. Using a Solariver 160GPH solar water pump saves money on your energy bill while maintaining a healthy and thriving aquarium.

Why Choose a Solar-Powered Water Pump for Your Aquarium?

Solar-powered water pumps are a great alternative to traditional electric pumps for several reasons:

  1. Energy Efficiency: Traditional electric water pumps can consume a lot of energy, leading to higher energy bills. Solar-powered water pumps, on the other hand, use energy from the sun, making them highly efficient and cost-effective.
  2. Eco-Friendly: Solar-powered water pumps have a minimal environmental impact, as they don't rely on electricity generated from non-renewable sources. They also produce no greenhouse gas emissions, making them an eco-friendly choice.
  3. Versatility: Solar-powered water pumps are highly versatile and can be used for a wide range of applications, including aquariums, fountains, and irrigation systems.
  4. Low Maintenance: Solar-powered water pumps require little to no maintenance, as they have no moving parts and don't require oil changes or regular servicing.

How to Install a Solariver 160GPH Solar Water Pump for Your Aquarium

Installing a Solariver 160GPH solar water pump for your aquarium is a straightforward process. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Choose the Right Location: Find a location for your solar panel where it will receive ample sunlight throughout the day. Ideally, it should be in a spot that's not shaded by trees or buildings.
  2. Install the Solar Panel: Once you've found the right location be sure to angle it toward the sun for maximum efficiency.
  3. Connect the Pump: Connect the pump to the solar panel using the included cable. The pump should start working once it's connected.
  4. Adjust the Flow Rate: Use the included knob to adjust the flow rate of the water pump to your desired level.
  5. Maintain the Pump: Solar-powered water pumps require little maintenance, but it's still important to keep the solar panel clean and free of debris. The solar water pump is easy to disassemble for cleaning. Check the pump and panel periodically to ensure they are connected and functioning properly.

 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long do solar-powered water pumps last? Solar-powered water pumps can last up to 25 years, depending on how well they're maintained. Solariver™ water pumps are designed to last 20,000 hours if properly maintained.
  2. Can solar-powered water pumps work at night? No, solar-powered water pumps require sunlight to function. However, some models come with battery backup systems that allow them to operate at night. Solariver offers a battery assisted version of the larger 360GPH kit here.
  3. What is the best solar-powered water pump for aquariums? The Solariver 160GPH solar water pump is an excellent choice for aquariums, as it's specifically designed for this purpose.
  4. What is the maximum distance a solar pump can push water? The maximum distance a solar pump can push water depends on the model and the size of the pump. The Solariver™  160GPH solar water pump can push water up to 4.9 feet vertically and 19 feet horizontally.
  5. What size solar panel do I need to run a water pump? The size of the solar panel you need depends on the wattage of the water pump. The Solariver™ 160GPH solar water pump comes with a 12-watt solar panel.


Making your aquarium more energy-efficient can not only save you money on your electricity bills but also help reduce your carbon footprint. By using the Solariver 160GPH solar water pump, you can enjoy a healthy and vibrant aquarium without relying on traditional electrical power sources.

Not only is the Solariver solar water pump an environmentally friendly option, but it is also a reliable and efficient solution for aquarium owners. Its durable design and easy installation process make it an attractive option for those looking to switch to solar power.

Investing in a solar water pump is a great way to take the first step towards making your aquarium more energy efficient. With proper maintenance and care, your aquarium can thrive while also doing your part for the environment.