What is the difference between an aerator and fountain?
Aerators provide water quality management by adding oxygen and inducing circulation in your pond virtually eliminating algae growth, foul odors, insect breeding, and fish kills. Surface aerators do this by pulling water from the lower levels of the pond and throwing the water into the air. As the droplets travel through the air they trap atmospheric oxygen, releasing this oxygen into the water as they strike the surface. In essence, the more water that is pumped into the air, the more oxygen will be transferred into the water. Aerators pump high volumes of water at low pressure.
A fountain’s main function is to create an aesthetically pleasing decorative pattern with minimal aeration qualities. Fountains pump low volumes of water at higher pressure. By capping off the high pumping rate and channeling pressurized water through various nozzles you are able to achieve more decorative and elaborate patterns.
What do you recommend for unit removal during winter?
If you live in a region of the country that experiences long periods of cold weather it may be necessary to take the aerator out of the water. Know that damage caused to the unit due to freezing in will NOT be covered under warranty. For recommendations, refer to the list below: (click here for tips on storage & maintenance)
Remove These Units from Water in Winter
Units that Can Remain in Water During Winter*
The following units can stay in the water, however, they should run a minimum of 12 hours a day, preferably 24 hours a day to avoid freezing in and damaging the motor/pump. (NOTE: If you experience severe weather for prolonged periods we suggest that you remove and store unit.) *If power is shut down and the unit is frozen in, you must wait until the ice clears to turn it back on or severe motor damage may occur.
|Aerating Fountains||30 in (75 cm)* + additional 10 in (26 cm) when adding lights|
|Large Aerating Fountains||40 in (100 cm)*|
|Industrial Aerators - High Volume||40 in (100 cm)|
|Industrial Aerators - Mixers and Aspirators||3 ft (92 cm)|
|Diffused Aeration||6 ft (2 m)|
|Giant Fountains||6 ft (2 m)|
|Fractional Series||16 in (41 cm)*|
|Instant Fountain||18 in (46 cm)*|
|Aerating Fountains||5 years|
|Large Aerating Fountains||2 years|
|Industrial Aerators||3 years|
|Diffused Aeration||2 years|
|Giant Fountains||2 years|
|Fractional Series||2 years|
|Instant Fountain||2 years|
|Fountain Glo™ Lights||1 year|
Where to Locate Otterbine Serial Numbers?
Otterbine Serial Numbers can be found in a variety of places depending on the product line. Click here to See Images.
All product serial numbers can be found on:
What is the evaporation rate?
The evaporation rate is 1/10th of 1% of the primary pumping rate. Click here to read more on Spray Evaporation.