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Choosing the Right Floating Fountain for your Pond

Aquamaster Master Floating FountainYou own a pond and feel a floating fountain would be needed to provide aeration, circulation and a nice visual aspect to your pond? Here is what you should know and what needs to be considered.

A fountain should not be considered as main source of aeration for larger ponds.

Fountains provide circulation and minimal aeration that may not be enough for the pond’s needs. Also, it is false to think circulation provides oxygen to the water. To maximize aeration, surface water tension has to be broken and the whole water column has to circulate. This is possible when a bubble is created in the water. Therefore, the best aeration than can be provided to the pond is provided by a bottom aeration system (system creating bubbles at the bottom of the pond). However, in smaller shallow ponds, a fountain can be enough to provide primary aeration.

For esthetic reason and added value to a property, a nice floating fountain does a great job.

Floating fountains vs. fixed based fountains are very popular because they are easier to manage, easier to install and easy on the electrical bill! Install the floating fountain where you want it to be on the pond, secure the unit with bricks using the mooring ropes provided and plug the power cord with control panel provided into your power outlet. Voilà, you can now sit and relax watching your fountain as you listen to the sound of water falling back in the pond.

Display of Kasco Marine Floating Fountains and light kits

Light kits are also available and sold separately if you want to see your fountain at night.

The control panel provided with the fountain includes a photo eye to turn on the light system when the sun goes down. The timer shuts the fountain and light system off automatically at the time you pre-determine.Kasco Marine VFX floating fountains

What size floating fountain to choose?

  1. It all starts with what pattern/shape of spray you want to see and how high you want it to be. The height of the spray should not be more than half the width of your pond. If the fountain spray is too high, the pond could empty itself on a windy day (wind pushing the water of the fountain spray outside the pond). The shape and height wanted for the fountain dictates the model fountain and size of motor to consider.
  2. Determine the position of the floating fountain on the pond and calculate the length of power cord needed from the fountain on the pond to the power outlet it will be plugged to. Extension cords should not be used. Do not forget to consider the depth of water under the fountain as the power cord should drop straight down to the bottom directly under the fountain and follow the slope up to get out of the pond to reach the power outlet. If you are having trouble with this, contact us and we can help! In no circumstances should the power cord be suspended in the water. Fountains up to 1HP usually require 115V power. 2HP fountains or higher will require at least 230V. Please confirm the power availability on site at your request.
  3. Determine if you would like your fountain to be equipped with a lighting system. The further away the fountain is positioned, the more lights should be included in the kit. A 3 light kit is appropriate for residential purposes and a 6 light kit is more common for public installations.
  4. Once you know the spray shape, height and width of spray pattern, length of power cord required and if the light kit is wanted, please contact us for model options, pricing and availability.

Kasco Marine floating fountain VFX

Recap of the information to be provided when you require information on floating fountains:

  • Spray shape and height desired.
  • Power cord length required.
  • Available power on site (distance, voltage)?
  • Do you require lighting and if so, how many lights?

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