Monday, February 20, 2012

Sizing a pond fountain for your pond!

When selecting the correct size pond fountain, you will need to consider a few things:

A pond fountain is much more than just a beautiful display. It aerates, breaks up water columns, retards algae growth, and helps prevent water-born pests. In order to do all of this, it must fit your pond correctly. These tips will help you choose the right size!
1. The diameter of your pond.
  • 10' to 70' - Any Calais or Vienna Fountain
  • 30' to 150'  -The Amazing 1/2 HP Fountain
  • 1/3 acre to 1 1/2 acre - Amazing 1HP or 1 1/2HP Fountain
If your pond is elongated, you might consider 2 or 3 fountains, as one in the middle might not aerate the ends.

If you have a lot of fish in the pond or extream algae problems, you might consider an aerator.

Our fountains are designed to work in fresh and salt water. In natural or lined ponds. The condition of the pond will dictate how often the pond fountain will need to be cleaned. Ponds with a lot of debri or algae will need to be cleaned more often. It is important to keep the intake of the fountain clear so that it will maximize the life of the motor.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pro Tips For Inline Pond Pumps

Inline Pump Installation
Locate the pond pump as close to the source as possible. It is best to have your main (longest) run of pipe on the discharge side of the pump.

Flooded Suction
Install the pump outside the pond, and below the surface level of the pond to create a flooded suction. This will help ensure a proper and consistent supply of water to the pump. The inline pond pump will not operate properly and may be damaged if the water supply is not constant. A flooded suction may be retained with a supply line that runs up and over the pond wall and back down below the water surface, as long as all air has been removed from the line.

Non-Flooded Suction
If installation of a flooded suction is not possible, the following is recommended:
Position the pond pump as low as possible and as near the source as possible. Install a priming pot on the pump inlet. Install a foot valve or a check valve in the inlet below the water level. Always prime the entire inlet line, priming pot, and pond pump before turning it on. DO NOT RUN PUMP DRY!

These suggestions mey help you avoid most common installation problems.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Why Knowing a Pond’s Volume is Important For Selecting a Pond Pump
1) Gallons in a pond will tell you the following
a. Size of pump for you pond
b. Size of filter for you pond
c. Approximate Number of fish for your pond
2) How to calculate approximate number of gallons in an existing pond
a. Volume for rectangle ponds:
avg. WIDTH x avg. LENGTH x avg. DEPTH = Pond volume (cubic ft.)
EXAMPLE: 10ft x 12ft x 2ft = 240 (cubic ft.)
240 (cubic ft.) x 7.5 gal = 1800 Gallons
b. Volume for circular ponds:
c. Volume of a pond can be most accurately calculated by using a water meter that can be connected to a garden hose while initially filling pond.


Take measurement of pond opening and use the following formula:

Maximum Length + Twice Depth + 3' = Dimension #1

Maximum Width + Twice Depth + 3' = Dimension #2

Example: For 8' x 10' opening that is 2' deep,
Length: 10' + 4' + 3' = 17'
Width: 8' + 4' + 3' = 15'

For this example, unroll 17' from a 15' wide roll of EPDM Pond Liner.

Pond Building Tip: Best to dig pond opening, take measurements and then secure the liner.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Choosing a sewage pump!

I am often asked how to size a sewage pump either for replacement or new applications. We have several helpful articles on our website to help our customers choose the right size pump for their sewage application. Lets go over that briefly. First always check what the code is for your county or city. They might have certain requirements that you will need to know about before purchasing a new sewage pump. The next question is what are your specifications. What size pipe will you be connecting to? What is the measurement of elevation from where the sewage pump will be placed down in the tank up to the city main sewage line? What is the horizontal run of the pipe? Once you have that information, we will be happy to help you size the correct sewage pump for your needs.

Low Voltage Fountain and Pond Pumps

Spring is fast approaching and that means we will be outside attending our gardens, ponds and fountains.
If you are putting a fountain or pond out in your yard, you might want to consider using a low voltage pump. A low voltage pond or fountain pump uses a fraction of the electricity that a 110v pump uses, and is a safer alternative as well if you have kids and animals playing near the water.

For smaller applications, like birdbath fountains, small low voltage pumps come with an integrated transformer. For larger applications, like rock fountains and tiered fountains, you will need to use the larger low voltage pumps and those do not come with a transformer. You will have to purchase one separately or integrate into your existing low voltage lighting system. One thing to keep in mind is that the pump will turn on when the lights turn on, unless you use a multiple use transformer.