10 Reasons to Install a Pond Fountain
June 19th, 2023
Ever thought about sprucing up your backyard pond with a fountain? You're in for a treat!
We're about to look at why installing a pond fountain is a fantastic idea and what to consider before you invest in this valuable tool.
By the end of this guide, you'll learn:
- How a pond fountain can amp up your yard's aesthetic appeal
- The magic trick fountains have up their sleeves to battle algae
- The role they play in improving air quality and keeping your fish healthy
- How they're a sustainable mosquito control solution
- The way fountains prevent pond sludge and improve water quality
- How they act as a natural cooler during those hot summer months
- The easy-peasy installation and maintenance process.
Sounds exciting, right? Let's dive in!
What to Consider Before You Install a Pond Fountain
Okay, so you're all pumped up about installing a pond fountain – exciting, right?
But hold up! There are several key points to consider first.
What's your main goal for getting a fountain? Is it purely for aesthetics, or do you need it for aeration as well?
Fountains come in two types: decorative and aerating.
If you're all about visual appeal, decorative fountains are a hit with their versatile display patterns and impressive water height. On the other hand, if aeration is part of the game plan, an aerating fountain is the way to go.
2. Pond Depth
The pond depth matters if you aim for proper aeration. For ponds 6-8 feet deep or less, fountains do the job perfectly. But for anything deeper, you may want to consider supplementing your fountain with a submerged aeration system. Decorative fountains, however, are great for any pond depth.
3. Fountain Size and Horsepower
For aesthetics alone, size is more of a personal preference. It’s all about balance.If you’ve got a large pond (say, more than an acre), you may want a fountain of at least 1 HP just to keep things proportional.
However, if aeration is your main goal, the rule of thumb is 1.5 HP for every acre. Remember, you can split this power across multiple fountains if you prefer.
In a nutshell, consider these points before you install a pond fountain:
- Purpose: Aesthetics or aeration?
- Pond depth: 6 feet or less is ideal for fountain aeration.
- Fountain size and horsepower: Small and less horsepower for aesthetics; 1.5 HP per acre for aeration.
Installing a pond fountain is an exciting project, and considering these factors will help you make the best choice for your needs.
Now, let’s look at the reasons to get yourself a pond fountain!
1. Improve the Aesthetics
Who doesn't love the allure of a water fountain?
Imagine your tranquil pond, but now with a stunning water feature that perfectly complements your style - awesome, right?
Not only do they add beauty, but fountains can also boost your property's value. Whether you're renting or selling, people are drawn to well-kept, attractive outdoor spaces.
You can even take it to another level with pond fountain lights.
So a pond fountain isn't just an aesthetic upgrade; it's a financial win too. Now that's what we call a worthwhile investment!
2. Say Goodbye to Algae
Issues with algae spores? Fountains in ponds are like natural algae busters.
First, the constant flow of water reduces the stagnation that algae love.
Second, the aeration caused effectively mixes algae spores deeper into the pond, where sunlight's scarce. Less sun means fewer green nuisances sprouting up.
Fountains starve out the nutrients algae need, which makes it harder for them to grow and prosper. It's like moving algae to the basement and taking away their food supply.
3. Freshen Up the Air
Ever been near a pond and caught a whiff of something unpleasant?
Yikes! That's where a pond fountain can come to the rescue.
Fountains aerate the water, which means they give it a good old shake-up and oxygen boost. That prevents hydrogen sulfide gas (the stinky stuff) from building up at the bottom of your pond.
A pond fountain is like an air freshener.
The bottom water becomes oxygenated, and any foul-smelling gas is significantly reduced.
4. Keep Your Fish Healthy
Let's talk about fish - they're not just good for sushi.
If you've got a pond, chances are you've got some aquatic organisms in there. And you know what helps keep those fish and other critters happy and healthy?
Pond fountains aerate the water, which is a fancy way of saying they boost oxygen levels. That improved oxygenation doesn't just make for healthier, happier fish, and other aquatic organisms, but also a better overall pond ecosystem.
A pond fountain isn't just a pretty face – it's like your pond's very own personal trainer!
5. Make the Mosquitoes Move
Are bugs bugging you around your pond? Pesky mosquitoes love calm water to hatch their larvae.
A pond without a fountain can be a viable mosquito breeding habitat.
But guess what?
Fountains can disrupt their plans.
With the constant water movement from a fountain, your pond is no longer the ideal nursery for mosquito eggs. It's like a natural, sustainable form of mosquito control.
No need for bug sprays or citronella candles when you have a fountain creating a steady water flow. A pond fountain is like hiring a bouncer to keep uninvited insect guests away.
6. Prevent Pond Sludge
Ponds can sometimes turn into a mucky mess. That's because low oxygen conditions can lead to the accumulation of organic sediment.
Not so pleasant, right?
Well, a pond fountain can help you reduce the overall accumulation to improve the water quality.
These fountains aerate the water, which means they increase oxygen levels. Adding oxygen helps speed up the decomposition of organic sediment. As sediment organic matter decomposes, you might even save on dredging costs down the line.
You'll need an electricity source nearby to power the fountain. But it's well worth it to reduce the overall accumulation of bottom sediment and improve the water quality.
7. Cancel Out the Noise
Life's noisy, isn't it? From car horns to construction rackets, wouldn't it be nice to have a tranquillity bubble?
A pond fountain could be your answer.
Big lake fountains can physically absorb sound waves and turn down the volume knob on external noise.
Choosing the right fountain depends on two things:
The outdoor space
The type of noise
Is traffic noise bothering you? Try a water feature with maximum water movement and position it close to the noise source.
Fountains can muffle high-frequency noise like loud alarms, but they won't completely eliminate it. And some find the sound of water distracting. But for most people, a fountain is a ticket to peace.
8. Keep Your Cool
Feeling the heat? Imagine having a natural AC right in your backyard!
That's what pond fountains can do for you.
In the sizzling summer months, a fountain's water movement sparks evaporation, giving the surrounding air a cool hug. It's the perfect way to beat the heat and make your outdoor space much more inviting.
Want to take it up a notch?
Think about adding a misting installation. Combined with a fan, atomized water can supercharge the cooling effect because it accelerates heat exchange with the environment.
Bonus point – people love to cool off in the visible mist!
9. Attract Local Wildlife
Wildlife enthusiast? Imagine having a mini nature reserve right at home.
Water features are a magnet for an array of birds, beneficial insects, and other critters. You'll have a vibrant hub of biodiversity steps away from your living room.
Hummingbirds darting and hovering, their wings a blur.
Butterflies gracefully flutter from bloom to bloom.
Dragonflies, those aerial acrobats performing their mid-air stunts.
Frogs croaking their twilight serenades.
All this is from creating a healthier habitat with a fountain.
Who needs to turn on a wildlife documentary when you've got the real, live-action happening right in your backyard?
10. Set It and Forget It
Don't let the thought of complex installation and upkeep deter you. Honestly, pond fountains are a breeze to install and maintain.
Considering all the benefits they bring, they're certainly a cost-effective addition to your water oasis.
Not much of a DIY enthusiast?
Everblue Pond has you covered with professional installation services. We can help you set it and forget it with one of our pond management programs.
Time to Make a Splash
There you have it; ten amazing reasons to get a pond fountain, plus a handy guide on what to think about before installing one.
Here's a quick recap of what we've covered:
- Pond fountains = a major aesthetic boost and a financial win
- They're your secret weapon for excessive algae growth and stinky air
- They're key to happy, healthy fish and keep mosquitoes at bay
- They improve water quality by preventing the accumulation of organic sediment
- Fountains offer tranquility, help keep you cool, and attract a variety of wildlife
- The installation and maintenance? A total breeze!
Ready to take the plunge?
Trust us, a new fountain is more than just a pretty feature - it's a game-changer for your outdoor space.
Reach out to our team at Everblue Pond today.
Let's discuss how we can help you install and maintain your pond fountain and turn your backyard into a paradise.
Time to make a splash!