Using Fountain Pumps
When building a backyard pond, it is often desired to add a water feature which allows the water to flow. When the water is flowing in the form of a fountain or stream, the water takes on a life of its own. The most reliable way to do this is to use a fountain pump. Powered by electricity, fountain pumps are designed to work underneath the water. They are placed inside of a pond in order to suck up water and force it up a tube. The tube could be connected to any water feature of choice, including garden fountains and cascading rock formations.
Fountains are created by attaching a vertical tube to a fountain pump with a sprayer of choice. Different types of spray formations are available, each of which spray the water in a different way. The vertical tube must be able to stick out of the water just a bit while allowing the pump to sit on the pond floor.
The pump should be set on a relatively flat portion of the pond floor, preferably a spot where the liner is exposed. If fish are present in the pond, the fountain pump may need to be secured into place. Very small fish may be able to get caught on the pump’s intake port, so use common sense.
Another type of water feature is known as the cascading fountain. Generally in the form of a tiered rock, this setup requires that the pump feed water through a long flexible tube. The tube is attached to the pump and discreetly sent up to the rock structure sitting on the surface. When turned on, water will flow down the rock and back into the pond. The pump needs to be powerful enough to pump water up to the height of the rock.