My DIY Water Fountain Experiment

August 21, 2017

 
The point of this post isn’t to teach you how to make a water fountain, because there are many other folks out there with amazing tutorials.

The point I want to share is that anything can be done once we get clear in our mind of our needs, usually with things lying around the house.

Backstory:
We originally got a big ass water fountain for our house, one of those 3 tier rock fountains with lights.

The problem was that it was too loud and splashed a lot. The pump isn’t adjustable, so the water flow was always fast and loud. I tried my best to get it to quiet down, trying various experiments, but nothing worked. So one of the other family members vetoed having it run in the house.

The reason for the fountain was for ambiance and feng shui purposes. You know, how we should put a moving water feature in the north side of the bagua, which is the career section.

I thought of buying another quieter water fountain, a buddha waterfall one, but that didn’t feel right for some reason. I wanted to be more resourceful.

DIY Water Fountain Experiment:
I saw a few videos on youtube of other people making their own water fountains.

Those experiments varied from simple fountains to very elaborate ones, but the main ingredient was the same: you needed a water pump. Once you had that, everything else could be done.

Since my pump was too powerful, I originally thought of buying one of those low-power adjustable water fountain pumps for around $8. Then I had the idea to modify what I already had, because all problems should have solutions, and we should be able to do it by being resourceful rather than throwing more money at the problem.

My needs were:
1. A moving water feature for feng shui purposes
2. It had to be quiet, gentle, and slow, no splashing
3. Should be somewhat aesthetic, nothing major fancy but decent to look at.
4. I’m normally NOT a diy person at all, so this had to be simple, using basic tools like scissors and knives.
5. All parts had to be from whatever I could find in the house.

The process:
1. So I pulled out the loud and fast pump from the original big ass fountain.

2. Cut out part of the tubing from that fountain, attached it to the pump.

3. Found a big colorful plant container lying around in the garage, filled it up with water, put the pump in there.

4. Put a plastic tupperware bowl over the vase, so that I could fill it up with items. This was also being unused in the garage. Magically it was a perfect fit!

5. Pulled the tube up into the plastic container through a hole in the bottom. I cut more holes on the sides of the plastic bowl so that water would circulate into the vase

6. Tied a piece of mesh cloth at the open end of the tube, to reduce the flow.

7. Pulled off a water nozzle from a random plant watering container in the garage that wasn’t being used. This would allow for gentle sprinklings of water.

8. Found an unused bag of garden rocks. Poured that into the plastic container.

9. I have tons of buddha statues, found one that was a perfect fit.

That’s basically it.

This is the current version.
I’m leaving out the dozens of random things I had tried for many hours until I got this setup going. It took a while to figure out how exactly to quiet the flow of the water, yet still have movement.

There were many variations to this fountain, including a small ceramic dolphin floating in the water and a small wood elephant statue standing right next to the buddha. But in the end, all that felt too crowded.

This isn’t the final version, I assume. I can adjust further as necessary to make it look different now that I have the basics down. I may add more things on top of the rocks for color later.

Best of all, my brain released tons of endorphins and whatnot into my body, giving me that intense happy satisfied feeling that comes from solving a longstanding challenge!

Supplies:
Homasy Submersible Water Pump
I ended up buying this new low-power water pump, so that I can make another custom water fountain for the house! This one is adjustable, so you don’t need to jump through all those hoops of reducing water flow. It comes with two tube fittings but not tubes, which you’ll need to get separately, if needed.

EasyCare FounTec Algaecide
No matter what fountain you have, will need some type of algaecide so that the water doesn’t turn green, slimy, and icky. This is the one I’m using.

Namaste Buddha Indoor Table Fountain
This is the one I had my eye on to buy, which ended up giving me inspiration to make a diy fountain with a buddha statue in it.

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