Fountains seem to have an attractive power that makes us want to pause and enjoy the sights and sounds of moving water. The sound of splashing water helps with relaxation and gives a sense of serenity.
It used to be that you could only experience a fountain at a public display like a botanical garden or park. We’ve all seen movies featuring a large private estate complete with a massive water fountain.
The good news is you don’t have to own a large property to enjoy a fountain. You can have one in your own backyard. Even if you rent an apartment, there’s a fountain for you.
There is an almost infinite number of fountain options. It can be confusing. Plus, there’s the idea of mixing electric for the pump and water. In most cases water and electric don’t mix. But in the case of ornamental fountains there are a variety of pumps and accessories that are completely safe for use in and around water.
We’ll explain how to select the right fountain and how to install it safely. But first, let’s determine the type of fountain that is right for you.
How does water fountains work?
Types of fountain heads
Ponds and water gardens
How to choose the right size fountain?
Understanding head height
Matching the water pump to a fountain head
Installing the pump and fountain
How to raise the pump level?
Floating fountain pumps
Recommended Pond Fountain Kits Reviews
1. Pond Boss Floating Fountain with Lights
The pond boss 1/4 HP Floating Fountain with Lights aerates the water with a beautiful fountain and illuminates the fountain at night.
The pump is encased with a study floating platform.
This kit comes with three fountain heads (trumpet, single tier, and 3-tier).
The dusk to dawn sensor automatically illuminates the 3 LED lights at night.
The 50′ power cord and the 150′ mooring line allows for flexible placement in a large body of water. This fountain kit is rated for ponds up to ¼ acre.
A ½ HP fountain kit, rated for ponds up to ½ acre is also available.
- The pump floats, reducing the chances of clogging.
- 3-year warranty.
- ETL safety certification.
- Combines a fountain and LED lighting.
- Comes with mooring line.
- Requires two electrical outlets.
2. Patriot Pond Floating fountain with lights
The Patriot Pond floating fountain kit comes with a submersible pump that attaches to the floating fountain head.
The parent company, Half-Off Ponds, is located in the US with in-house customer support.
The fountain head has a built-in 48-LED light array. The LED colors create an automated light show using red, blue and green LEDs.
The fountain kit comes with two 30-foot power cords for the pump and light. The fountain sprays approximately 40 inches into the air with a diameter of about 30 inches in diameter.
- Made for medium-sized ponds.
- Easy installation.
- Automated light show.
- Small pre-filter clogs easily.
- 1-year warranty.
- No safety certification.
- LED lights operate at all times.
3. Kasco ¾ HP VFX floating fountain
Based in Prescott WI, Kasco Marine is a family-owned manufacturer supplying pumps and fountains for over 50 years.
The Kasco VFX floating fountain produces a unique V-shaped spray pattern designed to maximize aeration.
Water sprays almost 6 feet into the air. The falling water reaches about 21 feet in diameter.
The Kasco VFX fountain uses a custom water deflector and pump screen that protects against clogging. A larger 4400 VFX 1 HP fountain is also available, providing 8 feet of height and 26 feet of return splash.
- Heavy-duty construction.
- US-based manufacturer.
- UL, CSA and CE certification.
- High-quality power cord.
- Made for large ponds and lakes.
4. Scott Aerator Display Pond Fountain
Scott Aerator is a US company located in Michigan. Their fountains are designed and manufactured in the US.
Their Display line of fountains is designed to maximize splash and water movement with the goal of aerating pond water.
This aerator moves 400 gallons of water per minute in a cascading, trumpet-shaped spray pattern, approximately 6½ feet tall by 22 feet wide.
The stainless steel, oil-free submersible motor can be left in the pond all winter long.
It comes with a 70-foot submersible, 12-gauge power cable.
- 5-year warranty.
- Made in the USA.
- High-quality workmanship.
- Optional light kit is available.
5. Viajero solar fountain
This small solar-powered fountain is designed to float in a small pond or even a swimming pool.
The float has integrated solar panels that change a battery.
The kit comes with four different plastic fountain heads. The water sprays up to about 20 inches.
There are no power cords to plug in.
The pump will automatically turn off if it gets clogged or no water is present.
- No electrical outlet needed.
- Good for bird baths and small ornamental displays.
- Not designed to aerate pond water.
- Must have sunlight to operate.
- 1-year warranty.
6. Custom Pro FT3500
The Custom Pro Floating Fountain Kit is designed for medium to large ponds.
With a powerful 3500 GPH pump, the kit will provide a tall, impressive fountain.
The fountain kit includes three fountain choices; Gusher (16-18’ tall), Skinny trumpet (10-12’ tall), V display (4-6’ tall) and Multi-tier (4-6’ tall).
The float includes a cage that acts as a pre-filter. The kit comes with a 100-foot power cord. The FT6000 kit contains a more powerful pump and multiple fountain heads.
- Creates a variety of fountain shapes.
- Fountain height ranges from 4-16 feet.
- Lifetime warranty on the float.
- Comes with four fountain heads.
- One-year pump warranty.
Solar-powered fountains seem like a good idea but their usefulness is limited to bird baths and tiny water gardens. They’re fun, small and easy to set-up and put away when finished. The Viajero solar fountain is perfect for these non-demanding applications.
But if want a serious fountain with a tall spray and lots of splash, you’re going to need some pump horsepower. You’ll notice that there are fountain kits designed mainly for ornamental appeal in a back-yard setting and heavy-duty aerating fountains intended for large farm ponds and lakes.
If your application is ornamental, the Pond Boss floating fountain will provide the splash your looking for plus beautiful lighting at night.
If the goal is to circulate a lot of water, aerate and keep goldfish or koi alive, the Kasco VFX line of fountains deserve a close look.
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