Intake Considerations for Pond Fountains
Properly locating the intake of your pond fountain or aeration system is critical to ensure the health of your
pond and maximizing the efficiency of your system. The following are a few of the most important
Center your pond fountain intake - By centering the intake you are best able to turnover the entire pond.
While there will always be areas of stagnation, especially in irregular shaped ponds, by centering your pond
intake, you will have the best chance of inducing flow to the largest percentage of your pond.
Find the deepest location - One of the main purposes of pond fountains is to ensure a breakup of the thermal stratification in the ponds. This can be best accomplished
by placing the intake at the deepest part of the pond, thus taking water from this sludge or benthic layer. This will ensure that water is taken from the lowest thermal
layer where it will be sent and mixed with the surface water.
Do not Agitate the bottom - A real concern is when you place the intake of the pond fountain too close to
the bottom of the pond. This will cause the sludge layer or benthic layer of the pond to be churned and will
cause nutrients from the pond floor to be brought to the surface, thus decreasing the available oxygen