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Making A Small Tabletop Fountain

Making a small tabletop fountain can be enjoyable to do. In particular, a tabletop fountain is especially conductive as a do it yourself (DIY) fountain and use as a Feng Shui tool. Let's look at how we can build a small water fountain for our table, the materials and parts required, and assembly.

Before attempting to make your own tabletop fountain you should spend some time acquiring the basic parts needed.

These parts are the:

  • Basin or bowl
  • Water Pump
  • Flexible or rigid plastic tubing
  • Pieces of slate or small stones
  • Support tube for the pieces of slate

Reservoir and Pump

The first thing is to get a small bowl for the water reservoir. This bowl will hold the water and also the pump that recirculates the water. You may want to ge the water pump first to ensure it will fit in the bowl you will be looking for. Water pumps can be commonly found at pet supply and aquarium stores, or anywhere that sells pet fish. The pumps are also called 'power heads'. The smallest ones will be ideal for a table fountain. Look for pumps have suction cups which will attach to the bottom of the bowl. The cord will need to drape over the bowl edge for this project, since drilling a hole and sealing it watertight is too advanced for beginners.

Support and Tubing

One we have the bowl and pump we can begin assembly. Simply position the pump in the center of the bowl with the upper water nozzle in the center. The next thing required is a piece of plastic tubing to fit over the pump and rest on the bowl bottom, or small narrow sticks or rods that can rest on the bowl edges. If you use the plastic tubing to place over the pump method, you will need to cut it through vertically to enable the pump cord to exit since the tube section will be placed over the pump in the bowl. The tube must also be high enough to clear the top of the pump, but must also be flush with the rim of the bowl or thereabout. This clearance between the pump, bowl and tubing must be considered as well when looking for parts which kind of need to be acquired in conjunction with one another. It is common to have to sometimes exchange things and search around the first time, before you have an understanding of the size issues involved. The process of finding parts becomes easier with time and later on intuitively finding properly sized parts becomes second nature and you will notice more and more things that can make great fountains when shopping or just browsing in stores.

Slate and Pebbles

Once the tube or sticks are in position we simply place small pieces of slate or stone on the upper parts of the tube or sticks. The pumps usually come with small pieces of plastic tubing that attach to the upper water pump nozzle. So we attach this tubing here. Leave room in the center for this nozzle tubing when arranging the slate pieces. Then just trim the tubing, or cut it if it's the rigid type, flush with the top of the slate pieces. Make sure the slate pieces are secure and stable so they will not fall or shift.

Fill and Run

We can now fill the water bowl and turn on the pump. The water should flow through the tube and up and over the slate pieces. You will need to position the slate to ensure that water does not drip out beyond the bowl. You can adjust the water flow level on the pump itself so it is not too strong. You may need to remove the slate assembly to get a the pump again to do this. Getting a pump with a water flow valve, like the Hagen Aqua Pump, is recommended, because the water will need to be adjusted to make sure the water pressure is not too strong.

Final Thoughts

You can also put small stones or glass pebbles on the slate pieces for a more interesting display. Later on, holes can be drilled in flat slate pieces and other types of minerals for the tubing to go through in more advanced endeavors to make even more unique displays of water.

 

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