Tips for Choosing and Maintaining Pond Fountains

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Posted on November 2, 2022

Tips for Choosing and Maintaining Pond Fountains

Pond fountains add value by keeping your pond water clean and fresh with added oxygen and minimal surface vegetation. When pond fountains are added to commercial properties such as apartment complexes, business parks, and universities, the overall value, and appeal of the property increase.

Fountain Type

Occasionally pond fountains will be separated into 2 categories – decorative fountains and aerating fountains. Decorative fountains are principally used to enhance the aesthetics of a property and their height usually varies from a few feet to 20 feet or more. These fountains use interchangeable spray nozzles for creating different spray patterns such as starbursts, cascading tiers, and jets. Aerating fountains are used principally for aeration. They provide the best circulation and pump more gallons per minute than their decorative counterparts. If your primary goal is aeration, a V-shaped aerating fountain is an ideal choice as it provides maximum aeration.

The Size of a Fountain

When installing a pond fountain, one must consider the depth of the pond. If the fountain is required to aerate pond depths of 6’ or shallower, it will do very well. Beyond the 6-foot line, water will not be adequately circulated. In this case, it may be best to look into a different type of aerator.


The purpose of your fountain plays an important role in determining the horsepower needed for it. If you are using a pond fountain for aesthetic purposes only, you can get away with a lower horsepower. If your fountain is intended to provide aeration, you should opt for a fountain based on 1 to 1.5 horsepower for every acre. If you are looking for more sophisticated spray patterns, you should opt for a higher horsepower fountain (at least 1 HP) to maximize the appearance of the display.

Maintenance of a Pond Fountain

The intake or filter on the fountain’s pump can get clogged with weeds, algae, leaves, and more. One must ensure that the pump is free of debris like small sticks and leaves. The fountain should be flushed with clean water at least once per season to prevent the build-up of such damaging materials. You may require more frequent cleanings in the case of dirtier ponds. When fountains have a filter over the intake, it is easier to maintain them as leaves and sticks are stopped before entering into the pump’s intake. This helps to prevent clogging, which can make the unit overheat and cause damage. In order to avoid that, you should regularly check the intake or filter and if possible, periodically replace the water in the pond.

In conclusion, a pond fountain adds invaluable benefits to a home or commercial landscape design. If you are looking for quality products to maintain or improve your pond, Admiral Lake and Pond Restoration is your one-stop shop for locally designed and built products to improve and enhance your waterscape.

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