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rok-a-bill-e
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Jul 12th, 2019 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does anyone own or has anyone installed a backyard fountain? At a recent motel stay the courtyard had converted their former pool into a lounging area with fountain, and I found the sound of trickling water most pleasant. It blocked out city noises and provided a nice background murmur. That fountain featured a lovely mermaid who I also found most pleasant, and I'm thinking that Mermaid fountain should be a backyard feature for my retirement nest, along with a fire pit. Any thoughts on the costs, maintenance, or other ups and downs?

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She turned me into a newt!....
Jul 12th, 2019 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I can't speak to having a large "built it" fountain like you describe but I did/do own a birdbath fountain.

It originally had an AC wired pump and worked for 2 seasons before quitting. I replaced the pump with a solar powered one from Harbor Freight and that lasted 2 seasons.

I have since removed the pump and just use it as a birdbath.

I don't think the birds care if it has trickling water or not.

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THAT...IS...RIGHT!
Jul 12th, 2019 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does a lawn sprinkler count as a water feature?









:^D

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If irritation occurs

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Jul 12th, 2019 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you want to keep maintenance to a minimum, a fountain or small waterfall is a cinch to install and maintain. The parts are not expensive if you do it yourself (yES you Can).

A pond, especially with fish, is more work.

You can also buy a pre-made (molded resin) fountain that looks like stone and has its own reservoir and pump. All you have to do is plumb it into your water supply (much like a fridge ice maker) to keep the water topped up due to evaporation.

Funny this topic comes up, because last Saturday I helped a pal muck out a very large (18' L x 8' W by 6' deep) square concrete water feature that was built in the 50s. It was the size of an endless pool, and had not been cleaned out in memorable history. And it showed. There was more that 24" of peanut butter-like muck combined with the roots of the giant lily pads that were growing in there. He also had a bunch of 6"-8" goldfish and huge frogs in there. We worked from 6am to 5pm straight and I could barely walk on Sunday.

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Jul 12th, 2019 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Check these out (below)...these are the molded resin type I mentioned above. They are self-contained, with an internal water reservoir, pump, etc. All you do is fill it with water and plug in the power for the pump. Some have underwater LED lights that look really cool at night.

The best way to install these is to add an auto-fill system. You can easily do this by adding a Y to a hose bib (garden hose spigot) and run a 1/4" tube from that to a small float valve in the back of the fountain.

If you get a fountain like this, add a cup of peroxide every few weeks to keep the algae down. Some people use Clorox, but these fountains splash a little and if any gets on a plant it can kill it.

Park one of these among tall plants; they look fantastic and sound great.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 02:23 PM, Jul 12th, 2019)

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Jul 12th, 2019 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a small fish pond, maybe 150 gallons, below the deck off my living room. The filter is above the pond and returns the filtered water from a "waterfall" about a foot from the pond surface. This is intended to aerate the pond but has the added benefit of creating that pleasant splashing sound.

From my rocking chair on the deck I can watch the fish go about their business.

It's a bit of work -- the pond isn't deep enough to over winter the fish so I have to bring them in to a big aquarium in my cellar. I've kept the pond going for over twenty years -- I can't see being without it.

rok-a-bill-e
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Five is enough!
Jul 12th, 2019 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good link, Peegoo, and much more affordable than some. My dreams of a life-sized mermaid with water trickling over her bronze perkies may be beyond my reach, as those are pricey.

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jul 12th, 2019 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I found the sound of trickling water most pleasant"

That might just make me wanna pee.


I should think that a mermaid-themed water feature would be quite de rigueur in a Tiki Lounge Man Cave.

Here in CA, I'm pretty sure that the purchase of water features require a 10-day waiting period and background check. And, of course, high-capacity, assault-style water features are completely illegal.

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The Escalator
Jul 12th, 2019 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

... but you can smoke or eat water now!

Peegoo
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Jul 12th, 2019 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you were really loaded, you could afford a slightly larger water feature with real mermaids

and manatees!

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The Escalator
Jul 12th, 2019 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was a water feature in the middle of the night when I was young.

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Jul 12th, 2019 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like to call them mosquito hatcheries.

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Jul 12th, 2019 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not if you drop a 'dunk' in the water.

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I now have four seasons!
Jul 12th, 2019 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was able to forgo the waiting period here in CA by getting mine with a house attached. They are OK if you get the package deal just no concealed carry fountains or waterfalls.

My fountain

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Jul 13th, 2019 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Make sure to keep it a "backyard feature".
There is one house on the block here, with a gigantic fountain in the front yard, and it stands out like a water spurting Willy Wonka tribute to his Oommpa Loompas.

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jul 13th, 2019 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Why I would never install and outdoor water feature: around here, it's draw raccoons like a magnet.

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Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Jul 13th, 2019 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you plan to install a waterfall or other such device including a hose bib near will make refilling much easier. We had one and the pump lasted about 9 years and we had hard water. Wish I could help you with the brand and model.

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Jul 13th, 2019 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's a pic of the project I mentioned above. This still isn't done; the homeowners are going to install some tall plants around the fountain to give it some 'frame' so it doesn't look so out of place.

Big-ass water feature

rok-a-bill-e
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Five is enough!
Jul 13th, 2019 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's mostly for the sound. On vacations we have had beachfront with the sound of the waves and we have had a cabin by a mountain stream and either way, nothing relaxes me like the sounds of water. When we stayed at the hotel with mermaid fountain I had an "a-ha!" moment and thought that I could equip any backyard with that relaxing sound.
But I *also* enjoyed that lovely mermaid.

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