Choosing Your Fountain
Our conservative recommendation is 1 HP per acre. This will provide just enough in terms of display size & aeration.
Keep in mind, this is not a steadfast rule. You can certainly size up your fountain as much as you'd like! Just double check that the spray dimensions will fit & your pond meets the unit's depth requirement.
This will depend on what type of power source you have set up at your pond. 115V & 120V will work with any standard residential outlets.
If you want to go with a larger fountain (over 1 HP) then you will need to use 230V or 240V power.
If this is the case, don't worry! Typically this is as easy as swapping out your breaker and outlet receptacle to accommodate the higher voltage. Depending on your skill-set you may be able to do this yourself - but we always recommend consulting with a licensed electrician.
* Important Tip: Scott Aerator fountains that are 1 HP and 115V have very specific electrical requirements. If you are planning to get a 1 HP / 115V Scott Aerator Fountain, ensure that your breaker is not more than 100 FT from your pond. If your breaker is more than 100 FT from your pond, consider sizing down the horsepower or swapping to a 230V motor.
Aerating fountains are specially designed to pump more gallons of water per hour. They utilize a propeller which forces the water through an open orifice rather than through a decorative nozzle.
This causes them to agitate & circulate the water at a faster rate, allowing for more aggressive surface aeration. They are a wonderful option if the goal is to remove surface algae or muck.
Decorative fountains are designed mainly for aesthetic purposes. Unlike aerating fountains, they force the water through nozzles which provide decorative & elaborate spray patterns.
Keep in mind, decorative fountains will still provide aeration benefits due to the nature of them agitating the water.
Installation Into Your Pond
All of the fountains we carry float in the pond and are anchored in place using nylon rope. One end of the nylon rope will attach to the eye-bolts on the fountain float or motor. You may either tie the other end to cement blocks (for anchoring to the pond bottom) or to ground stakes (for anchoring to the pond shore)
The waterproof power cable will run from the fountain, under the water, back up to the shore and finally to your outlet. As long as you already have a power source set up near your pond then the installation process is very straightforward.
* Important Tip: Scott Aerator Fountains that are 2 HP or more do not have a plug at the end of their cable. They will require hardwiring to their provided control box. We advise hiring a licensed electrician to help with their installation.
Optional Fountain Lighting Kits
Light kits are not included with the fountains and are sold separately. They can be added to purchase now or at a later date. We strongly recommend them if you are looking to enhance your display, our customers consistently express that they were worth it!
* Important Tip: Remember to pick a light kit from the same brand as your fountain. Unfortunately, they are not cross-compatible with one another.
Check out all of our Pond Fountain Light Kits.
All of the light kits easily attach to your fountain's float within minutes using the provided hardware.
Each light kit comes with its own set of power cable which will run from the fountain to your outlet.
Optional Fountain Nozzles
Yes! All of our decorative fountains include at least one nozzle, this will be whichever is pictured.
However, we do offer fountain packages which include up to five nozzles at no extra cost. Check out our Multiple-Display Pond Fountains.
Yes, this is one of the wonderful benefits of all the pond fountain brands that we carry. Each brand is compatible with additional nozzles which simply screw onto your fountain. This makes it easy for you to enjoy many different displays from the same unit.
* Important Tip: Only our decorative fountains use nozzles. If you have an aerating fountain, nozzles are not compatible.
Check out all of the great Pond Fountain Nozzles we carry.