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Congratulations! You own a pond and now get to take care of it…. FOREVER!!
Though slightly dramatic, the preceding statement is largely correct. It is up to you to select the hardware and strategies that will keep your pond clean and clear for the duration of your time as a pond steward. You may also choose to show the neighbors “what’s up” with a majestic fountain, letting them all know that you have gotten this pond thing figured out.
Floating fountains are a beautiful addition to any large pond, providing not only visual appeal but also functional benefits such as increased aeration and circulation. However, with so many floating fountains available on the market, it can be challenging to determine which one is the best fit for your specific pond. In this article, we will explore the key factors to consider when choosing the best floating fountain for your large pond.
There are a few types of floating fountains available on the market, each with its own unique style and functionality.
(For a longer discussion on pond aeration categories please see the link below.)
When choosing a floating fountain type, consider the desired functionality and visual effect. An aerating fountain may be best for a pond with a high fish population, while a decorative fountain may be a better choice for those who want to enhance the beauty of their pond.
Pond Size / Pump Size
The size of your pond is a critical factor when it comes to selecting the right floating fountain. You want to choose a fountain that is appropriately sized for your pond to ensure that it looks balanced and aesthetically pleasing. A fountain that is too small for your pond will not create the desired visual impact, while a fountain that is too large will overwhelm the space and look out of place. Aside from the visual aspects, sizing an aerating fountain to your pond is vital to the future health of the aquatic environment. So, size matters…ahem…
The size (horsepower) of the pump is an important consideration when choosing an outdoor fountain and is directly related to the size of the pond. The pump is responsible for circulating water through the fountain and should be appropriately sized for the fountain to ensure optimal performance.
When choosing a pump, consider horsepower, voltage, and power consumption.
When choosing a decorative floating fountain, consider the height of the spray, as well as the width of the water pattern. The height of the spray should be proportional to the size of your pond, and the water pattern should fit comfortably within the boundaries of the pond. That being said, if you’re looking for a grand display, feel free to oversize the fountain a tad to get extra attention to the property. A pond that is ½ acre in size or larger can hold (contain) virtually any decorative fountain.
Oh, and don’t forget the lights. Fountain lights are a must for decorative fountains.
Beware: in windy areas, tall geyser type patterns can blow around in gusty winds. No sense emptying your pond into the neighbor’s yard, parking lot or street…
Aerating fountains are better suited to a basic rule of thumb. 1HP per surface acre will suffice to circulate enough water on a continual basis to keep algae in check and even gain ground on nuisance issues like duckweed or nutrient runoff from lawns, fields, or parking lots.
This rule of thumb may also be used for surface aerators with the knowledge that you are getting more circulation per HP with a surface aerator than with an aerating fountain.
Having a goal for your pond is the best place to start your fountain selection process. What do you want for your pond? What do you want for your community? What’s best for the pond’s ecosystem? All of these questions help narrow down which unit is best suited for your project.