Your Questions About Water Fountains Outdoor Gardens

Maria Your Questions About Water Fountains Outdoor Gardens

Maria asks…

How can I power a small fountain/pump 50 ft from an outlet?

I am making a 25-30 gallon container water garden with a couple goldfish. I would like to have a filter/fountain in it, but where it will be is 50′ from the closest electrical outlet. A solar fountain is out of budget, so I would like to run an outdoor extension cord under the ground. Years ago, my Dad ran two 100′ unprotected outdoor cords between two houses and left it there for about 5 years without problems. But my situation is a little different. It will be underground, and it will be running almost constantly. Is this feasible? If so, how can I protect the plug at the pump? Electrical tape?
Thanks!

admin answers:

Run from the closest outlet to the fountain using the appropriate size wiring for the current load. Use UF cable not the NM. Bury the wire to the required depth, we use 18″ here, and come up with conduit and to a weatherproof box, as was mentioned in the other answers. The UF is good for direct burial, but if you’d feel safer, or you are going to be digging in the area with plantings then run it in PVC pipe for extra protection. Good luck.

John Your Questions About Water Fountains Outdoor Gardens

John asks…

Why is our fountain so noisy?

We purchased a fountain that looks very similar to this one, EXCEPT it has two bowls above the large retangular shaped basin below (three water bowls in all), AND the water flows from a sort of faucet (about 1 inch in diameter). Our fountain looks like this one proportionately, but ours is considerably larger, about 5 ft tall and 40 inches wide. The base bowl is about 18 inches deep.

http://www.garden-fountains.com/Detail.bok?no=66

The instructions call for a minimum 170 GPH pump, but the only one we could find at the time was 240 GPH.

Now we have installed the fountain and it looks lovely, but the water flowing into the bowls is anything but relaxing. It reminds me of the sound of a bathtub filling, or a garden faucet left on full force.

We want to try to mitigate the sound by adding some small cobbles to the bowls, but preliminary trials with a few cobbles don’t show much change. I feel like the problem is that the water is just flowing WAY too fast, or way too strong. Is it possible that a 240 GPH pump is too much for a fountain that recommends no less than 170 GPH? Is it feasible that 70 GPH would make that much difference? Could the wide diameter flow tube (faucet) cause this?

I wanted a slow-flowing fountain with a delicate sound. This fountain did not sound this loud at the store display, but there were many working at the same time in a large outdoor patio garden section, so perhaps I didn’t realize it’s sound level.

Any experienced ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.

admin answers:

If your fountain doesn’t have a regulator to slow the flow, try this….rig up something to squeeze the tubing from the pump to the ‘faucet’ to slow down the water some…. If that improves the sound, then you’ll either need to make that permanent or get a new pump, a smaller gph one….. Note that impedement of the flow can cause the pump to burn out sooner…. But it’s a way to test to see if it’s actually going to make a difference to you if it’s less flow and less ‘noisy’ to your ears….

If you’re not happy with it, can you not return it and get another?….

Betty Your Questions About Water Fountains Outdoor Gardens

Betty asks…

Outdoor goldfish in a pond?

I’m thinking about putting a pond into my garden. I have quite a big garden but wouldn’t want a very big pond. I would like a raised hexagonal (or similar) pond approx 4ft. square. How many fish could I keep in this and what care would they need? Filters, water changes etc. Help please, (constructive only!) as I’ve only had indoor goldfish before. If my idea isn’t feasible please just tell me and I’ll rethink my water feature idea! Also, could it have a small fountain of water in the middle. My idea came from something I saw in someone’s garden whilst I was walking the dog! Don’t know if they have fish in it though. Thanks.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/50-Gallon-Raised-Pond-SAVE-50_W0QQitemZ120274338830QQihZ002QQcategoryZ109070QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

This is what I have in mind

admin answers:

I’ve just answered your other question but forgot to say tell you that we have a fountain in ours as well, an electric one, not solar powered, they’re useless!
Put the fountain on a large, flat stone or something. Don’t rest it on the bottom or else it will keep getting blocked up with all the silt from the bottom.
You need to leave the pond for a couple of days after filling it before putting in your fish.
Also, don’t mess about with the water too much. Let it settle and it will become crystal clear eventually.

Sandra Your Questions About Water Fountains Outdoor Gardens

Sandra asks…

Does your city have….?

I’m looking for cities that have outdoor water fountains. Just got back from Madison, Wisconsin. They have one in their outdoor mall, surrounded by flowers with benches so you can sit and enjoy it. They also have an indoor year round tropical garden complete with a waterfall. Does your city have anything like these? I’d love to visit places like that but don’t know where they are. Thanks.

admin answers:

DA BURGH Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania does

Richard Your Questions About Water Fountains Outdoor Gardens

Richard asks…

Does your city have….?

I’m looking for cities that have outdoor water fountains. Just got back from Madison, Wisconsin. They have one in their outdoor mall, surrounded by flowers with benches so you can sit and enjoy it. They also have an indoor year round tropical garden complete with a waterfall. Does your city have anything like these? I’d love to visit places like that but don’t know where they are. Thanks.

admin answers:

Almost every downtown in the U.S. Has fountains of some sort. Dallas, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco….

Although if you want to see beautiful gardens, museums and outdoor theater than visit Balboa Park in San Diego. They have very beautiful fountains and architecture. It covers 1200 acres and also includes the San Diego Zoo so I’m sure you can find something to do there. Plus, you can see the Pacific Ocean from some parts of the park. Take a look at their website, you’ll want to hop on a plane tomorrow.

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