How to Choose a Fountain for Your Pond

Perhaps nothing accentuates the tranquility of a garden oasis like the gentle dance of water from a pond fountain. Not only do they elevate the aesthetics of the landscape around you, but they also serve a grander purpose – fostering a healthy ecosystem. Choosing the right fountain for your pond is more than a mere decoration; it’s a decision with far-reaching impacts on the environment and the ambiance.

The Elegance and Importance of Pond Fountains

A Vision of Serenity in your Backyard

Pond fountains are an architectural feat in natural settings, a harmonious blend of art and science. The elegance of streaming water can turn an ordinary body of water into a spectacle, captivating visitors and instilling a sense of calm.

The Operational Symphony Underneath

More importantly, fountains are key to your pond's health. Beneath the surface, fountains orchestrate an operational ballet necessary for pond health. By aiding in aeration and circulation, fountains prevent stagnation and balance oxygen levels, promoting the well-being of aquatic life and aesthetic clarity. They are truly the unsung heroes of ponds large and small.

Pond and lake aeration can provide critical improvements in water quality:

  1. Oxygenation of Water (Dissolved Oxygen): Dissolved oxygen (DO) is a critical indicator of water quality, crucial for the survival of fish and aquatic life.
  2. Prevents Stratification: This reduces the accumulation of bottom sediments (muck), maintaining a cleaner environment.
  3. Reduces Algae Growth: Aeration disrupts algae by pushing it away from the surface, limiting its access to sunlight that is essential for its growth.
  4. Eliminates Foul Odors: Oxygenating the bottom water through aeration reduces the hydrogen sulfide gas responsible for unpleasant smells.
  5. Decreases Mosquito Activity: Mosquitoes thrive in stagnant water for breeding. A pond aerator or fountain disrupts this calm, making the area less appealing for mosquito breeding.

Understanding Your Pond's Needs

Entering the world of pond fountains begins with a study of the very waters they'll inhabit. Before selecting a fountain, it’s critical to conduct a thorough analysis of your pond's needs. Here are essential factors to consider:

Pond Size and Depth

The sheer dimensions of your pond play a pivotal role in fountain selection. A small water body may be overpowered by a towering geyser, while a large lake may require multiple fountains for an effective display.

You can find information on the optimal pond size for all fountains on the APM Store!

Existing Aquatic Life

Aeration, a key benefit of many pond fountains, is crucial for sustaining a healthy aquatic environment. Fountains help in oxygen transfer and preventing stratification, both supporting fish and plant life.

Water Circulation

Stagnant water can foster algae growth. An optimally placed fountain can create a gentle current that discourages algae blooms and promotes a thriving ecosystem.

Type of Fountains for Ponds

Aerating Fountains

  • Primarily designed to aerate and destratify the water
  • Efficient in oxygenating large bodies of water
  • Offer a subtle yet significant flow that's more functional than ornate
  • Recommended for larger, deeper ponds with a focus on water quality

Decorative Fountains

  • Mainly for visual appeal, adding a touch of grandeur
  • Available in a myriad of designs like statuary, urns, or basalt columns
  • Often combined with LED lights for dramatic night-time displays
  • Work best in tandem with additional aerators for complete water health management

Surface Aerators

  • Ideal for smaller to medium-sized ponds
  • A self-contained unit that floats on the water’s surface
  • Easy to install and relocate
  • Available in a range of heights and patterns, from delicate sprays to dramatic cascades

Sub Surface Aerators

  • High Efficiency in Deep Water: Sub surface aerators are exceptional for deeper ponds where surface aeration is less effective. They deliver oxygen directly to lower water levels, promoting thorough circulation.
  • Minimal Surface Disturbance: Unlike fountains, these systems work beneath the surface, maintaining the pond's natural appearance and minimizing evaporation.
  • Improved Water Clarity and Quality: By aerating from the bottom up, sub surface aerators help clear up murky water and enhance overall water quality by reducing the buildup of harmful gases and detritus.
  • Energy Conservation: Often more energy-efficient than their surface counterparts, sub surface aerators can offer a cost-effective solution for large-scale aeration needs.
  • Wildlife-Friendly: The lack of visible equipment and reduced surface disturbance make these aerators ideal for ponds that serve as habitats for fish and other aquatic animals.

All Pond Fountains at APM