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    Choosing the Right Floating Fountain For Your Lake or Pond

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 24, 2012

    Wythe_Creek_2_AquaMaster_Masters_Series_Lakewood_3.5_HP_Poquoson_VA_Kyle_Finerfrock_SOLitude_2015_cOwners and/or managers of pond property have many things to consider with regards to proper care and maintenance. Any pond, whether installed for aesthetic beauty or for functional purposes like fishing and recreation, must be free of pests and maintain environmental balance. As you survey how certain businesses and property owners keep ponds, you may notice some have installed fountains. These fountains serve multiple purposes, and are something you should consider if you wish to have healthy grounds and water.

    Floating fountains not only enhance the appearance of your water property, but they contribute to the water's overall "health." When the water in the pond enjoys constant movement, it naturally does not stagnate. This, in turn, helps prevent mosquitos and other pests from breeding in the area. Proper aeration in your water also helps aquatic and plant life thrive. A fountain is a good investment for your property, and once you decide to have one installed you'll need to research styles and sizes. Consulting with a professional lake management firm is a good first step.

    Choosing a Fountain Style

    No two fountains are the same. As you research various manufacturers you will find that many have their own names for the styles they offer. Typically, though, fountains come in a variety of different water patterns:

    Geyser: A simple vertical pattern that shoots water straight into the air, the geyser is a common fountain style that helps with aeration.

    Crown and Geyser: This pattern is a bit more complex. Several small geyers shoot from around a larger one to resemble a crown.

    Plume: The plume usually is constructed of four spouts that shoot water in a plumage fashion, not unlike a featherduster.

    Volcano: The water in this design doesn't exactly shoot, but bubbles overs, to resemble an erupting volcano.

    Once you select the pattern that works best for your pond, you should consult with a lake management specialist about installation and maintenance. Installation of a fountain requires more work than simply placing the equipment in the ground. You may need the water quality tested and to assess the effect of any fish or plant life on the property. You may also discuss whether you want lighting installed to illuminate the fountain at night. This could be viewed as a good safety feature if you plan nighttime activities.

    A fountain provides an attractive quality to your water property and the means to protect people from pests. Talk to a professional today about your pond fountain options.

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    Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles about lake management and pond management. Since 1998, SOLitude Lake Management has been committed to providing full service lake and pond management services that improve water quality, preserve natural resources, and reduce our environmental footprint. Services are available throughout the Eastern United States. Fisheries management consulting and aquatic products are available nationwide. Learn more about SOLitude Lake Management and purchase products at www.solitudelakemanagement.com.

    Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aeration