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You Must Read This Before Purchasing A Floating Pond/Lake Fountain...

An informed customer is a customer for life!


An informed customer is a happy customer. In short, we set out to make your purchase very simple, fast and above all enjoyable. We have been establishing a list of questions over the years that come up most often. These questions come from our customers and (some from our engineers). So please take a few minutes to review these questions in which ultimately aid in an informed decision on your purchase.     


Question #1:

What is Fluid Engineering?


Answer:  When Comet Fountains references “fluid engineering” that means in layman language..... "minimizing water friction loss." In short, it is the loss of water being discharged to the top of the water line and then being shot into the air (the beautiful display of water that you actually see above the water line). The goal here is to engineer a pump that works in synchronous with the water discharge outlet in the most effective and efficient manner possible.  For example, like a well-engineered car transmission matched perfectly with the car’s motor.  Overwater misting problem comes from incorporating an "overpowered" pond or lake pump. Over misting leads to ponds and lakes water receding much faster than they normally should.  Comet Fountains design pumps that are specifically engineered to push the water through the discharge outlet in the most effective and efficient way possible. Ultimately, casting the most beautiful and amazing water displays. So please keep in mind.... by buying a larger horse powered pond or lake pump that is not correctly paired with the fountain's water discharge outlet will ultimately hinder the performance and life of the fountain. In conclusion, inefficient and overpowered pond and lake pumps will lead to premature pump failure and over water misting problems.  This is where creative and smart engineering comes into play… Comet Fountains design pumps to achieve almost perfect pumping results when “paired” correctly with the water discharge outlet. Comet Fountains captures the very essence of water displacement.  We at Comet Fountains call this “fluid engineering.”


Question #2:

What electric supply will be required to power the floating pond/lake fountain?


Answer:  The good news is this… most residential ponds and lakes will utilize 100 feet of cable or less to energize the fountain’s pump motor and led lights. In the United States and Canada, a majority of household utilize the standard 120-volt alternating current at 60-hertz set-up.  In some situations, commercial buildings, including apartments, condominiums, and office buildings may already have a 220-volt alternating current set up. Not to worry... if you require 220 volts then it is very simple to purchase a step-down transformer. Please click this link:  to visit Westside Wholesale website. Westside Wholesale can help you out with any type of step down transformer that you may need. The transformer simply steps down 220 volts AC (Alternating current) to 120 volts AC (Alternation Current). Even easier.. have a licensed and insured electrician convert the 220 volts to 120 volts. it is a very simple job which takes no longer than 1 hour. And of course, have this unit installed by a licensed and fully insured electrician. MOST IMPORTANT!!!  Comet Fountains floating pond and lake fountains MUST BE INSTALLED WITH GFCI protection (which is installed on the pump connector already). Result in not doing this may cause a serious injury or even death!! Comet Fountains often sell to commercial customers and almost all of those customers decide to convert their 220 volts to 120-volt floating fountain simply because of cost savings and reliability by switching to a Comet floating fountain. 


Question #3:

Where do I plug in the power cable on the floating pond and lake fountain?


Answer:  It is, of course, best to have a 120-volt electric power source as close to the pond or lake’s edge as possible (and please!!  it must be in accordance with all state and local electrical codes). Plug the Comet Fountain pump GFCI plug directly into a 120 volt (AC) Alternating Current outlet. It is that simple. Comet Fountains offers a proprietary low voltage 4 light LED setup that can be purchased with your new pond or lake pump fountain and installed free of charge at the time of purchase. Or, after you have purchased your floating pond or lake pump fountain not knowing that you would need the LED light system until later… not to worry….You can simply just add the LED light system by yourself at a later time. The lights operate with Comet Fountains 120 volt AC step down transformer. The step-down transformer converts 120 volts (AC) Alternating Current to 12 volt DC (Direct Current). The LED system is very simple to hook up. It will take around 15-20 minutes to install.


Question #4:

What Size & Shape Is Your Pond or lake?


Answer:  Ponds from 1/2 to 1 acre should use the Comet Fountains "A247" series. Larger ponds, from 1-2 acres should consider the Comet Fountains "B247" series.  Ponds and lakes from 2-5 acres require the "C247" Comet Fountains series. Keep in mind for the 2-5 acres ponds and lakes it is easy enough to double or triple the floating fountains needed. On a round pond, the fountain would be placed in the center. In a kidney-shaped or figure 8 shaped pond, you will want to place the fountain in the center of the larger area and consider using 2 fountains, one in each end. If your pond or lake is long and thin, you may also consider 2 fountains as compared to a single fountain placed in the center, because it may not draw the water from the ends of the pond. Comet Fountains recommends at least 32 inches of water in the pond or lake.


Question #5:

What water conditions can Comet Fountains run in?

Answer:  Comet Fountains are designed to work in fresh, salt or brackish water conditions. They will work in both natural ponds and lined ponds. The water condition will dictate how often the pond fountain needs to be cleaned (generally 1 time per year). Salt and brackish ponds may need cleaning more often due to barnacles that can build up inside. It is important to keep the water intakes as clear as possible to prevent damage to the motor. With LED light system it is best to clean the patented lens covers, both inside and outside with soap and water, ending the process with Rain-X. 

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