Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 20
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by mixerpilot Cute
This inexpensive outdoor fountain is a nice addition of motion to our garden. It comes complete with all the components needed to set it up. Just choose the container you desire and place pump inside. The pump come with three different spray heads. The kit did include water proof puddly to seal hole you might put in pot to run the cord. The spray heads had to be taped to hold in place. Does have white led lights that show spray in the dark.
May 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dutchgirl Works well; bright LED light; relaxing water sound; quiet pump operation.
This is a lightweight, portable, inexpensive container fountain kit that has worked well for us so far after about a week of daily use for six or more hours continuously. The unit comes with clear written and picture instructions. The pump housing, optional extension legs, fountain stem and interchangeable fountain heads are all made of plastic, but seem sturdy enough. There are also six tiny LED lights on top of the pump housing around the fountain stem, which provide bright enough light in the evening.
You can use this fountain in your container of choice, either a portable planter or your homemade shallow pond. If you're going to use this in a planter, make sure it holds at least 20 gallons of water so there's less splashing of water and subsequent water loss. I just bought a cheap, plastic planter from the dollar store, and it has worked fine, as long as it is watertight. You can let the electrical cord dangle over the side of the container, which is admittedly a bit less slightly, or you have the option of making a hole in the bottom side of your container to run the cord through and using the included putty to plug the hole.
The fountain stem itself can be extended upward if you use a tall container or downward if you use a low, wide container. The unit comes with three different fountain heads; water spray, water bell and trumpet. I find in the planter I'm using, the water spray tends to go over the sides of the container and you have to add water more frequently. I think the water spray would be nice to use in wider, shallower container or small pond. With the water bell and water trumpet heads, you have to screw those in an additional plastic piece that you put on the fountain stem. I've foud that if you screw them in only about halfway, it'll make a smaller water bell or water trumpet and if you screw them tighter the water bell or water trumpet becomes bigger, allowing you to adjust the size of the water bell or water trumpet.
The electrical cord is heavy duty but only about 5-6 feet long, with a three-pronged plug. Fortunately, I have three-pronged outdoor outlets, and the instructions do not indicate if one can use this unit with a converter plug if you still have the older-style two-pronged outlets or even with an extension cord if you want it further away from the wall. The kit also comes with a cord holder to tie a loop in the cord near the pump to make it stay in place.
Per the instructions, you can also take off the pump housing to take out the filter pad to clean any debris which may make the pump less effective.
I think with normal use and proper maintenance, this container fountain can last a long time.
June 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by alti4 Easy upgrade to the patio.
I really like this water fountain. It is so easy to install and use, it was up in minutes. The container you purchase separate, so that leaves lots of options available to fit your taste. The instructions are very easy to follow, I do want to mention that after you put in your extension tubes you have to put in the lower fountain head nozzle, this nozzle has the threads in it to attach your water nozzle choice. There are three water display choices, I picked the waterbell nozzle insert. I took the waterbell nozzle and screwed it into the fountain head, and with that you can screw it up or down again choosing which water look you want. It does come with water proof puddy to seal any hole that you might make to run the cord through, or just leave the cord hanging over the container. LED light looks great and is bright enough to be warm and inviting. It makes a calming sound of the water flowing. I think for the price and ease of this project it is worth it.
May 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by decguy Cheap, easy quick water feature.
Initially with this I was just going to use it in a ceramic pot to make a small fountain to go on the front porch. But then I saw this idea on the HD site for a whiskey barrel planter with the fountain in the middle and plants around the perimeter. Showed that to my wife and she was all for it (doing this for her) We already had 2 unused whiskey barrels and some ground cover type plants we were still deciding where to use. So this was perfect since I had everything but a container for the water which was a quick local pickup. The only drawback was that I had only the one fountain and the local store did not carry these so I now have a second one on order (since I was now on the hook to build 2 of them). I used a cheap black 5 gallon bucket as the water container and opted to just do the over the edge install on the cord (versus through the side). With proper arrangement and just a little plant growth the cord will hide pretty well. The light is OK but I would be perfectly happy without it. However my wife likes the light and I was doing this for her. My particular install became part of a bigger project to redo an area around an address post (on which I already had power making this easy in that regard). Of the 3 heads the fountain comes with we chose the bell one mainly because we were after a low profile fountain since the plants in the barrel were low ground cover type plants. It would be easy enough to swap that out if we later change our minds and go for a taller spray. The 2 barrels will go on either side of the post in the picture with some yews and junipers between them. The fountains just add a little something to this arrangement versus just having the plants. Of course I'm also pulling another tap off this power to create a pond so I had some scope growth on the project. Small projects tend to do that for me sometimes so that is why it is not yet finished in the pics The pump is a little light so getting it to sit level and stay where put took a minor bit of maneuvering. I had some old steel weights I no longer use so I took a small 5 lb plate, painted it black with a couple coats and strapped the pump to it with black cable ties. I considered using a black grit guard bucket liner which I could pick up pretty cheap but I had the weights and black paint already on hand so they cost me nothing. You could easily pick up a small steel plate for a few bucks lots of places and they are cheap - and it was just the right height. This keeps the pump rock steady where it is positioned making it easy to center. The 5 lb weight was more than enough to do the job. I'm sure there are lots of different ways to go about this but I'm prone to using what I have on hand. I also ordered some 3/4 inch heat shrink to keep the fountain head on the shaft since it will not stay put without something (it just blows off). For the time being I just used some black electrical tape and that works fine too. It might be all I ever really need but I know heat shrink will hold up under the water. Not so sure about the tape. All in all it was a very easy install in spite of having to make a few minor accommodations. If only the rest of the project took so little effort.
May 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kathleen Quick and easy beautiful fountain
I bought this fountain for my cats, who prefer to drink from running water. For me, installing this fountain was as easy as filling the container and plugging it in. The fountain runs smoothly (I used the bell option) and the LED lights are beautiful in the night reflecting off of the water. There are, however, some things to keep in mind which I noticed during installation.
First of all, this fountain (and any) require a watertight container. So although you could turn any flower pot into a fountain, as the packaging states, bear in mind that you will need to seal the container with waterproofing, or purchase a plastic liner. This kit does not come with any waterproofing.
Secondly, it is important to be aware of size. The first container I intended to use, which was about 10 inches in diameter, turned out to be too small. Although the flow of the trumpet and bell can be adjusted to different sizes, even at the smallest size the container proved too small with all the splashing.
Third, it comes with putty to seal the cord. This is required if you have a particularly deep pot and/or don't want to have the cord hanging over into the pot, so you drill a hole and install the cord through the side of the pot, add the putty to make it watertight. The instructions actually recommend against installing it in this manner. You will also require the putty if you have a flower pot that has holes in the bottom for drainage.
Keeping the above criteria in mind, I selected a pot which is built out of plastic (watertight), has no built-in drainage hole (no sealing putty required), is black on the inside (hides the cord so I don't have to worry about drilling through the side), and is about 18 inches wide (minimal splashing). Home Depot has a great selection of potential pots like this in the garden center.
The fountain comes with three interchangeable heads: bell, trumpet, and spray. The bell and trumpet are similar in shape and size, except the trumpet is elongated and goes higher up than the bell. For my purposes (cats drinking out of the fountain) I chose the bell because it has minimal splashing and is at a better angle for the cats. The spray would not work for my purposes, and I also would recommend the spray only for much larger containers due to all the splashing. I could see the spray working great to convert a bird bath into a fountain.
Overall, this is a fantastic fountain. There are plenty of options to customize the fountain, including the three different heads as well as well as the ability to adjust the height of the pump, and the size of the fountain. The only thing I might change about this kit is to make the cord longer. The cord is only a few feet long, and the exterior power outlets on my house are few and far between. So, depending on where you intend to use it in the garden, I recommend purchasing an extension cord as well.
June 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1garden love this pump works in some many conditions I used it to replace two fountain pumps so far and going for a third.
Easy to install as a replacement pump to existing small or large fountain
August 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MedSchoolDIY Make Your Backyard a Spa!
This product is a quick, easy, and affordable option to make your backyard a spa!
If you are intimidated by doing a fountain yourself- don't be! This product came packaged well with easy to follow instructions. I put this together in just minutes with no problems. There are several different nozzles which allow you to pick how you want your fountain to look and sound. All you need is this kit and a cute flower pot with no hole in the bottom and you've got yourself a fountain. It sounds serene and looks great with the LED at night. I have gotten many compliments on this product!
June 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WeekendPlumber Great Fountain Kit With Great Light Feature
I really like the TotalPond Container Fountain Kit with LED light!! It has a great little pump with plenty of volume for a small container and I really like the screw on extensions which raise the pump off the bottom about 1.5 inches. The LED light really looks nice at night and gives a nice mood feel. It comes with three different nozzles which allows you to choose the effect you want for the water sound and look. I'm using mine in a whiskey barrel with liner and it looks and works very nicely. I'd definitely recommend it to you for its dependability and the pleasure it brings.
May 31, 2016