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Small Fountain Aeration Packages for Ponds & Lakes
Who hasn't seen a fountain in a park or Botanical Garden or on a golf
course and said to themselves: "Wow! That is beautiful!"?
I know I have! I also know that I've seen some fountains that look
like someone had run a garden hose from a sump pump and screwed a
spray nozzle on the end and rigged up a homemade float out of white
Styrofoam to make a floating fountain for under $50...whoo-eee did
that thing like horrible, more like a stream of piddle coming from
a over pressurized cherub than anything decorative.
Of course, not
everyone has the budget of a golf course or the botanical gardens
and some of the higher-end fountains, whether they be floating or
fixed-base, can cost thousands of dollars and up but with most people's
ponds a fountain can be built or installed at a reasonable price.
First, why would someone want to install a fountain? A fountain can
be a very decent form of aeration actually!
The pumps in floating fountains can draw anywhere from 50 to 500 gallons
per minute of water through the nozzle or propeller sprayer and this
water is hoisted in the air where oxygen transfer takes place; oxygen
rich droplets of water fall back to the surface of the pond.
The surface tension is broken, the water is circulated and more mixing
occurs! What a great way to combine aeration with aesthetics! The
sound of the water cascading down in a lovely pattern onto the surface
creates a beautiful sound that can mask any unwanted traffic noise
or background sounds so prevalent in urban areas; but the more delicate
and fine spray mist is created the more subtle and unique the sound
will be...the best fountain should almost be like hearing ocean waves
and not like the sound someone dumping a bucket of water into a toilet
Before we go too far, let's look at the different kinds of fountains
so you can make the best choice for your pond. There are few different
styles of fountains. One of the most common is the floating type where
a float holds a submersed motor that spins some sort of propeller
or shoots water through a nozzle to create a decorative display in
Another type uses a water pump on shore with an intake in the pond
and a nozzle connected to a float with a water line coming from the
pump. The third type is a fixed fountain where a pump and nozzle are
placed in the pond or basin. There are advantages to each style of
fountain and price points can be varied.
Heads and Nozzles
Heads & Nozzles
least expensive method of building your own fountain is to buy an
inexpensive fountain head or nozzle and attach it to some PVC or
SCH 40 pipe that is fitted to the outlet of a submersible pump.
Most pumps have 20 foot cords so unless you have a small backyard
pond you won't be able to set the pump in the center of the pond
but will need to run your water pipe from the pump, which is close
to the shore as far out as the power cord will allow.
You should use the largest pipe diameter you can do reduce any flow
reduction due to pipe friction. Flexible tubing can be used to run
to they spot in the pond where the fountain nozzle will be. The
nozzle can be attached to a metal pole that is inserted solidly
into the pond bottom or you could rig up some sort of float.
I've seen some Styrofoam floats that were effective but were very
ugly and basically ruined the look of the fountain. Attaching the
fountain spray jet to a float can work if the float is anchored
properly and is made to be discreet. I have found that attaching
the spray jet to some sort of steel pole is the best as you can
make sure it is out of sight and doesn't spoil the look of the pond.
Every pond nozzle has a recommended number of gallons per hour of
flow to achieve various heights and diameters.
There are geyser type nozzles that will shoot a frothy column of
water straight in the air and there are more decorative, almost
floral, atterns that have multiple tiers that cascade to different
heights in wonderful formations that will look good from any angle
around the pond. Just make sure to use the proper sized pump with
the right amount of flow and take into account the pipe length between
the nozzle and the pump as this can reduce the flow but about one
foot of head per ten feet of pipe length.
Some jets and geyser foam effect nozzles are injector nozzles whose
effect is dependent on the water level.
Care should be taken when using these nozzles because if the water
level drops the once thick frothing geyser jet will become more
like a thin stream like a garden hose shooting in the air without
form of decoration.
Because of the injection effect, surrounding water and air are sucked
in, intensively mixed and thrown high into the air by the injector
This has an
economical effect, since with a relatively low pumping power a voluminous,
tapered fountain jet can be achieved. The water pattern can be changed
by varying the water level. At lower water levels the jet is tall
and slender, above standard levels it is short and full.
certain basin arrangements a wave effect may appear, creating a
very interesting visual effect. Check valves must be installed in
designs with different water levels to prevent water from draining
back through the nozzle when the fountain is turned off.
If your pond is smaller there are some fountain kits that include
various nozzles. These are usually small and only good for backyard
ponds and water gardens as the sprays are the common bell pattern
or mushroom as it is sometimes called.
There are some fancy dancing waters type of small fountains that
have LED lights and flexible nozzles that swirl and dance, some
of them even move to music!
Heads & Nozzles
We typically see these types of fountains in ponds that are larger
than 1/4 acre or 10,000 square feet in size. Smaller backyard ponds
and water gardens typically use fixed base fountains which we will
discuss later on, for now let's look at a typical pond or lake that
is between 1/4 and and 5 acres.
This is the main size of ponds that we typically install a floating
fountain and the reasons are many. These systems have submersible
cords that connect to a shore mounted control panel so all you need
to do is anchor the fountain float in position and run the underwater
cables to shore and plug it in; there's no heavy PVC tubing or costly
flexible 2" hose to run between a water pump and the nozzle.
1/2 HP, 120V, 50Ft. Cord, Model# 2400VFX
120 Volt display aerator with black float ring. Produces a V-shaped
display pattern 15-ft. in diameter and 5ft. high. Includes power
cord, C-25 (120V) control box, two 50-ft. black mooring ropes,
plus a top and bottom screen. Model: 2400VFX
3/4 HP, Model# 3400VF
120V display aerator with black float ring. Produces a V-shaped
display pattern 21ft. in diameter and 6ft. High Includes 100ft.
Power cord, C-25 control box, two black mooring ropes, plus
a top and bottom screen. Light kit and other cord lengths available
3/4 HP Multi Nozzle, Model# 3400JF050
Provides water oxygen and agitation for a healthy pond 5 beautiful
patterns: Sequoia (7ft.H x 4ft.W geyser), Linden (6ft. x 3ft.
inner tier and 3 1/2ft. x 20ft. outer tier), Cypress (6ft.H
x 16in.W 9-stream arch), Willow (4 1/2ft.H x 15ft.H V-shape)
and Juniper (3ft.H x 20ft.W V-shape) Includes float, mooring
ropes, control panel
2HP 8400JF100 2HP Multiple Nozzle
Kasco Marines 8400JF 2 hp Floating Aerating Fountain or Decorative
Fountain Aerator is great for larger ponds or when multiple
large patterns are desired. 8400JF Floating Fountain is unique
for its size in that it comes standard with 5 interchangeable
In these fountains,
the motor is held just below the surface of the water by a black
or blue low-profile float, some fountains have white floats but
I find these to be a bit too noticeable on the surface so prefer
the black or blue.
A favorite with
golf courses, municipalities, campgrounds and recreational parks as
well as typical pond owners who just want to add a little decorative
splash to their backyard pond. Because these are floating units any
fluctuation in water depth will not affect the final spray pattern.
In some fixed fountains a drop in water depth can lead to misshapen
spray or to unsightly lengths of tubing and steel anchors showing
above the surface. For practicality and ease of installation these
floating models are really the simplest to use and upkeep.
The motor is usually a stainless steel casing protecting an oil-cooled
motor; the motor usually has some sort of propeller system to push
water at high speed through a nozzle or flow-straightening tube
to create a decorative effect. Many of the best brands on the market
offer interchangeable nozzles or packaged kits that contain many
premium nozzles that can easily be changed by the end-user.
Includes 1/2HP motor, 3 spray patterns, control panel and 100' power
cord 100' Cord is protected by PolyFlex material to prevent damage
by pests Operates in as little as 24" of water depth Industry-leading
spray patterns that outmatch 3/4HP and 1HP fountains Protected by
3 Year Warranty
100' Cord is protected by PolyFlex material to prevent damage by pests.
The EcoSeries Floating Fountain showcases beautiful industry leading
spray patterns that outmatch other 3/4 HP and 1 HP fountains. The
EcoSeries Fountain operates in as little as 24 inches of depth and
includes an energy efficient 1/2 HP motor, 3 spray patterns, control
panel and comes with 3 Year Warranty. The EcoSeries 1/2 HP Fountain
was designed to be easy to assemble. No tools are required for assembly
or when changing nozzles. The EcoSeries Fountain is equipped with
a quick disconnect cord for easy removal of the motor and float. The
1/2 HP motor is energy efficient drawing 6 Amps, 690 watts on 120V
power. The asynchronous motor, silicon carbide shaft bearing and ceramic
shaft are housed in a stainless steel body with suction screen. The
EcoSeries Fountain comes standard with 3 spray patterns: Classic,
Trumpet and Crown & Trumpet. The included control panel is set-up
to run your fountain and any optional LED Light Sets (not included).
Standard Display Fountains | Kasco
Multi-Nozzle Display Fountains
"Family owned for over 4 decades, Kasco Marine has been a recognized
leader in products that promote healthy water quality in ponds and
lakes. Kasco manufactures a complete range of floating fountains,
pond aerators, water circulators and de-icers for projects of all
Courtesy of the KascoMarine.com Website
One of the more popular fountains of all those we install and recommend
for our clients, these well built models have exceptional construction,
are made in the USA, and have a long 1 to 3 year warranty.
Easy to install and put together right out of the box the nice feature
of the Kasco models 3400JF, 4400JF and 8400JF, 3.1JF and 5.1JF are
that they come with multiple nozzles in the same kit! Changing spray
patterns is as easy as turning a screwdriver; units have debris screens,
lockable control panels, mooring ropes and optional halogen lighting
kits for glamorous nighttime water features.
fountain reviews we've done have been excellent. Customer satisfaction
is extremely high with the product and in dealing with the manufacturer
on the few warranty issues that ever arrive. Probably the highest
rated fountains of all we've tested and installed because of the affordable
price and simplicity of design and ease of owner-operator installation
Our Kasco fountain reviews are based on feedback from over 200 clients
as well as our own experience in the field with these products. Ideal
for small ponds, medium sized lakes, and even commercial and municipal
Website : www.kascomarine.com
Aerator Fountains Scott
Aerating Fountain Displays
"Scott Aerator Company's main focus is to supply you, our customers,
the highest quality value-based pond fountains and water aerators
on the market. Your satisfaction and enjoyment has been this family
owned business number one goal for over 40 years. Located near Grand
Rapids on the shores of Lake Michigan, Scott Aerator provides you
with a convenient source for tested and proven American manufactured
fountains and water aerators - guaranteed. "
Courtesy of the ScottAerator.com Website.
Scott Aerator fountains are an excellently built line of fountains,
American made, that are not as well known as other models but everyone
we've spoken to who has one of these fountains has only said good
things about them. Easy to install, exceptional quality and craftsmanship
and an extremely nice spray pattern array make almost all the Scott
aerator reviews extremely positive.
Scott Fountain Displays
Clover Bigshot Fountain
Clover Fountain 1.5 HP
Skyward Bigshot Fountain
Skyward Fountain 1.5 HP
The Gusher Fountain
The Jet Stream Fountain
Scott Aerating Fountain Displays
Boilermaker Aerator 1 1/2 HP
DA-20 Display Aerator
DA-20 Display Aerator 1 HP
North Star Fountain Aerator
The DA-20 1 1/2 HP Display Aerator
fountains are well built and are light on power consumption, so
are popular with many of our customers. Lighting kits are optional
and have colored lens kits that can be placed over the lamp housing
unlike other brands which require you to actually change the light
bulb if you want colored lights.
The timing center is an option which some folks actually prefer
because if you don't need a control panel why pay for one?
Most models come with a standard 70' of submersible electrical cord
most models only need 26" of water depth to perform. Overall
this is a dependable fountain with a good warranty and, perhaps
more importantly, some very high spray patterns at a low cost!
Every Scott Aerator Company fountain and aerator comes with an unconditional,
5-Year motor warranty, the best in the industry. All of our products
are made in the USA of oil-free stainless steel components guaranteed
to be the most environmentally friendly water features on the market.
The Scott Aerator Fountains creates an impressive cascade of water
that sounds as beautiful as it appears! The brass center nozzle
of the Scott Aerator Fountains sprays at heights of up to 20 feet,
and it's surrounded by separate side nozzles which create a spectacular
angled spray pattern, projecting water over 15 feet at a 45 degree
When purchased with the optional 1 ½ hp oil free motor, the “Clover’s”
main stream will reach heights over 40 feet and the side nozzles
over 20 feet. Form and function can coexist, as the Scott Aerator
Fountains not only beautifies your pond but it also provides a healthy
aquatic environment through oxygen transfer and water circulation.
Like all of the products Scott Aerator manufactures, the Scott Aerator
Fountains utilizes a stainless steel, oil-free submersible motor,
making it the most environmentally friendly style of fountain on
The Scott Aerator Fountains is proudly manufactured in the USA and
carries an unconditional 5-year motor warranty. This unit comes
with 70 feet of submersible 12 gauge cable, greater lengths available.
Available with lights too! GFCI required, please disconnect power
source when swimmers present.
Manufacturers Website : www.ScottAerator.com
Heads & Nozzles
"Worldwide leader in the engineering and manufacturing of fountains,
aeration equipment and natural microbial products for any aquatic
environment.AquaMaster® products are available in both 60 and 50
Hz, from 1/3 to 25 HP, in whatever voltage is required. With thousands
of successful projects around the world, we know you'll be pleased
with your AquaMaster® Fountains and/or Aerators product's performance.
Our Commitment to Excellence in designing, building and delivering
Superior Aquatic Management Systems is the key to your success.
Choose the industry leader for quality and dependable Fountains,
Aerators and MasterClear Natural Microbial Products for all your
aquatic requirements." Courtesy of the AquaMasterFountains.com
fountains are certainly a premium brand of fountains with one of
the longest warranties in the industry and a superlative material
construction, also built in the USA. The typical AquaMaster fountain
adds over two pounds of oxygen per hour per horsepower to ponds.
There float system is ultre-sleek and discreet and helps eliminate
unwanted splash noise and maintains stability in rough waters. AquaMaster
fountain reviews have consistently been extremely good, when a product
is put together in such a professional manner it's easy to see why.
The small and medium sized units have a plug and play sensibility
that allow quick installation and the larger models on wheeled carts
can be launched from a boat launch and easily anchored in place.
High quality steel construction control panels with a wide variety
of options including photocell for lights, digital timers, wind
sensors that lower the spray pattern on larger models as well as
lighting sequencers that allow you to customize the lighting patterns
to create dazzling displays for private or commercial settings.
Classic Series 1/2 - 5 HP : AquaMax, Crown, Cloverleaf, Crown
& Geyser, Crystal Geyser, Plume, Geyser, Plum Tree, Standard
HVF, Wide Geyser
Masters Series 1/2 - 10 HP : Ace, Augusta, Bayside, Baytree,
Birdie, Biscayne, Captiva, Champion, Crown & Geyser, Crystal
Geyser, Cypress, Diamondback, Double Eagle, Eagle, Firestone, Geyser,
Half Moon, Lakewood, Longbow, Medinah, Monterey, Par, Prestwick,
Red Tail, Reflection, Sanibel, Sawgrass, Turnberry, Valhalla, Wide
Celstial Series 10 - 25 HP : Aquarius, Aries, Gemini, Leo,
Libra, Pisces. Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio
Quality Warranties • Masters Series® - 1 to 5 HP; 5 years, ½ , 7.5
and 10 HP; 3 years • Classic Series - 1 to 5 HP; 3 years, ½ HP;
2 years • Celestial Fountains® - 10 to 25 HP; 3 years • Fixed Base
Fountains - 1 to 5 HP; 5 years, ½ HP 3 years • Volcano II and Hydromax
- 1.5 to 5.5 HP; 5 years, ½ HP 3 years • AquaAir® - Compressor &
Cooling Fan; 2 years • AquaAir® - Diffuser, Tubing, Cabinet; 5 years
• Oxymax® & Ultimax® 1 to 5 HP; 3 years, ½ HP; 2 years • Night Glow
Lighting - 3 years (lamps have no warranty) • Control Panel - 1
year • Industry's Only Total Component UL, cUL Listing and CE Mark
Not just individual components, but complete product assemblies.
• Industry's Best Delivery Lead Times Equipment there when you need
it, up to 5 HP shipped within 5 days. • Ease of Installation Up
and running out of the box with 2 people in only 2 hours. • Competitively
Priced Value Added Products Most competitive price points in its
Masters Series® fountains are custom designed and built for superior
performance and longevity; available in 30 beautiful spray patterns
with sizes range from 120 volt single phase to 575 volt three phase
(60 Hz) and 220 volt single phase and 440 volt three phase (50 Hz).
Units include Ground Fault Protection as standard equipment (except
575V). All models (except 50 Hz) come complete with in-house built
UL and cUL Listed NEMA rated electrical control panels, with timer.
Panels are standard in galvanized painted steel. Stainless steel
and fiberglass are optional. Multiple units can be controlled from
a Custom Control Panel (CCP).
Manufacturers Website : http://www.aquamasterfountains.com/
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