Q: What is the best way to choose a fountain?
A: This is the question we receive most frequently, and it carries a lot of weight. We would start by asking: is aeration the goal, or is it aesthetics? Or, do you need both? Consider one of our Aerating Fountains if you're looking for aeration, or both. Compared to aesthetic fountains, they circulate much more water at a much higher rate. In terms of aesthetics, there is a wide variety of options to consider. What it looks like is ultimately up to you. To begin with, make sure your pond meets the minimum depth requirements. Then, make sure your display doesn't exceed the capacity of your pond. Each fountain product page contains display dimensions.
Note: Water can only be aerated up to about 6 feet deep using fountains and surface aerators.
Q: What is the right horsepower choice for a fountain?
A: The horsepower refers to a motor's size, which determines how large the spray pattern will be. In addition, make sure that your pond is deep enough and that the spray won't spill onto the sides regardless of the horsepower you choose. Our fountains work best with ponds that are a quarter acre or larger in size (depending on their shape). In order to choose the horsepower you need, you need to consider your budget and the size that you'd like.
Q: Should I hire someone for my fountain installation?
A: A licensed electrician should install a power source if you do not already have one installed by the pond. Our fountains are fairly easy to install once the power source is up and running. With nylon rope and cinder blocks anchored on two sides, and powered by a submersible cord that plugs into a power source at the edge of the pond, our fountains float in the middle of the water. We often have customers who install their own fountains in order to save money. You will need to take into account your available resources.
Q: Which is better for me: 110-120V or 210-240V?
A: 210 to 240 volts is generally ideal if the power source is more than 70 feet away from the main breaker. Naturally, your power source needs to be able to handle the higher voltage. In this manner, you can ensure that your fountain receives sufficient power to run continuously. Choosing the lower voltage will result in your fountain running intermittently or turn off immediately after being turned on or it will not operate at its full potential if your pond is too far from the main breaker. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Q: Does the price include lights?
A: No, lights are not included by default. It is possible to order them simultaneously with your fountain or sometime later. Attaching them to the floating unit is as simple as snapping them on. It is well worth the investment.
Q: What determines the price of the power cord?
A: Material costs are largely responsible for this. Different kinds of power cords are available for fountains, ranging from 14-gauge copper or stainless steel wire to 4-gauge copper or stainless steel wire (dependent on fountain size and cord length).
Q: Is it okay to leave my fountain in water over the winter?
A: Scott Aerator Fountains are the only fountains that remain operational throughout the winter. In the winter, either run them continuously or turn them off completely. Once the ice thaws, they can be turned back on.
Q: Can aeration maintain the health of my fish and clean my pond?
A: Without a doubt. Whenever a pond needs to be cleared, the first step is aeration.
Q: What is the best way to choose an aerator?
A: Your pond's size and depth will determine this. There are various categories on the website based on the size of the pond (in acres). Our Surface Aerators and Aerating Fountains are ideal for ponds under six feet deep. Sub-Surface aerators are recommended for ponds over 6 feet deep.
Q: How do I get my aerator installed?
A: A licensed electrician should be consulted if a power source has not yet been installed by the pond. We have designed our aerators so that they easily install once the power source is ready. We have found that most of our customers install the equipment themselves without any problems and save money by doing so. You will need to take into consideration your resources.
Q: How should the aeration setup be configured?
A: An ideal aeration setup would include a surface aerator or aerating fountain, as well as a Sub-Surface aerator. A surface aerator or fountain would circulate oxygen released from the pond's bottom thoroughly.