How to Make a Garden Fountain That Recycles Water


The same type of small, circulating pumps used in aquariums are widely available as immersible garden fountain pumps. Do-it-yourselfers can make water fountains out of any container that can hold water. Immersible pumps don't need any special plumbing or electrical wiring, just a regular electrical outlet for power. They recycle the water through their closed system.

Things You'll Need

  • Watertight container
  • Chicken wire
  • Immersible pump
  • Rocks and pebbles
  • Place the immersible pump into the center of the bottom of the watertight container. Feed the power cord up the side of the container and let it lay on the edge.

  • Bend a piece of chicken wire into a mounded shape. Make it large enough to surround the immersible pump. This will keep the rocks from damaging it. Place the wire cage around the pump.

  • Feed the outlet hose through the top of the chicken wire. Use the clip at the end of the hose to attach it to the chicken wire.

  • Fill the bottom of the container with rocks, gravel or pebbles, up to the level of the top of the pump and chicken wire, completely covering them. Keep track of the location of the water outlet hose.

  • Position several rocks so that the tip of the hose emerges between them, but is still somewhat hidden. The water will run out of the hose, causing a ripple or small water spout, depending on the strength and model of your immersible pump.

  • Fill the fountain with water barely to the top of the rocks.

  • Plug in the power cord.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although it is a closed system that recycles water, some evaporation will occur, so add water occasionally to keep its level just below the top of the rocks.
  • Algae is less likely to form and grow in your fountain if you leave the pump running all the time.

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