Pond fountain | All you need to know about pond fountains
Chris van der Velde
A fountain in the pond appeals to many people because it looks beautiful and because fountains, like waterfalls, exude a sense of tranquility. A fountain can be placed in any pond However, there are a number of things you need to take into account. In this blog I will explain what I mean by this.
All about pond fountains
- Why a pond fountain?
- How does a pond fountain work?
- How do I make my own fountain?
- Which pump to use for fountains?
Why a pond fountain?
A fountain can be a valuable addition to the pond because it looks beautiful and can spray pond water in a variety of ways. As a result, it adds to the design of your water feature. Also, the relaxing sound of flowing water can help mask background noise and create a soothing atmosphere in your garden. Furthermore, a fountain improves water circulation in the pond, improving oxygen distribution and reducing the risk of stagnant water. Of course, you do not need a fountain for this, this same result can be achieved by sufficient oxygen plantn and other types of aquatic plants in the pond.
Hardy oxygen plants from our own nursery
How does a pond fountain work?
A fountain pump draws water from your pond and propels it with impressive force through a pipe to which a nozzle is attached. This force and the fountain create a magnificent water experience in your pond. In addition, a compact fountain pump can serve to pump water up a garden water ornament, adding charm.
A topic we dwell on a lot is: 'biodiversityThis is the variety of animals and insects within an ecosystem. Biodiversity can be increased in different ways; a fountain can be seen by animals as a watering place, attracting them to the pond. But for insects, fountains are not ideal because they cannot lay eggs on the moving water. Something with which you always contribute to increasing biodiversity are pond plants. They offer all kinds of animals: shelter, nesting material, food. Colorful marsh plants attract all kinds of insects to the pond with their nectar containing flowers. So if you want to contribute to biodiversity, choose sufficient aquatic plants!
Hardy marsh plants from our own nursery
How do I make my own fountain?
Creating a homemade fountain in your pond can be a fun and satisfying project. Follow these steps to create your own pond fountain:
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First, think about where you want to place the fountain in your pond and what kind of spray pattern you want. Consider the size of your pond and the desired height of the fountain.
Select an appropriate fountain pump based on the size of your pond and the desired height and power of the fountain. Make sure the pump has enough capacity to spray the water at the desired height.
You will need a fountain pump, a spray head, a flexible hose that fits the pump, and possibly a base or stand to place the spray head at the desired height.
Attach the spray head to the pump using the flexible hose. Place the base or stand at the bottom of the pond so that the spray head sits just below or above the surface of the water, depending on the desired effect.
Hide the pump
Make sure the pump and hose are well hidden so they are not visible in the final design. You can camouflage them with rocks, pond plants or other decorative elements that match the style of your pond and garden.
Hardy pond plants from our own nursery
Which pump to use for fountains?
To install a fountain in your pond, you need an appropriate fountain pump. The type of pump you choose depends on several factors, such as the size of your pond and the desired height and power of the fountain. When choosing a fountain pump, there are some aspects to consider:
- Capacity: Pump capacity is usually indicated in liters per hour (L/h). Choose a pump with sufficient capacity to spray water at the desired height and with the desired force.
- Head: The head is the maximum height at which the pump can spray the water. Make sure the pump you choose has a head suitable for the desired height of your fountain.
- Energy efficiency: Choose an energy-efficient pump to keep operating costs low and minimize environmental impact. Modern pumps with low energy consumption are better for both your wallet and the environment.
Frequently asked questions about pond fountains
Yes, it is possible to have a healthy and balanced pond without using a UV filter or pump. Aquatic plants act as a natural filter to keep the water clear and fight algae. With the right combination of plants, even polluted water can be purified, thus not harming the environment.
Pond fountains come in many variations; the model, size and material can all vary. There are modern and natural fountains for sale and everything in between. Ready-made ones are also available for waterfalls.
Simon van der Velde
Pond specialist and aquatic plant grower since 1986
Simon's vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. No need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, then the water in the pond is of good quality. With a good planting plan and the right approach, you can save a lot of money and maintenance, and ensure a clear, biologically balanced pond that becomes more beautiful every year.