Large Stunning Water Feature Nozzles (Heads) and How to Choose the Right Fountain Jet

This page briefly covers the larger professional type of jets or fountain nozzles used in larger ponds, water features and formal settings in and around hotels for example. Golf courses for example also use this type of fountain for aeration of their water ways. See bottom of page for comprehensive literature especially useful to landscapers and architects... all about fountains (many examples), introduction to different fountain types, and complete range and specification of all fountain nozzles available. All in PDF format for downlaod.

Professional Nozzles and Large Pond Fountain Jets...

Specifying the right nozzle or fountain jet for large installations can be quite complex since the finished effect is a function of the pump in use and the height/diameter of the fountain itself.

The comprehensive range of OASE nozzles we offer vary in price between a few hundred rands and about R15,000 for really big and complex fountain effects.

The principles in general are the same ...

  1. To what height do you want to pump the fountain
  2. What type of fountain effect is required and
  3. What diameter is required for the spray pattern.

The answer to these equations will determine the pump required. In this context and as described here all pumps are those from the Oase range and as such are matched perfectly to the specifications. It is possible to attach the same fountains to other pumps. it's just that in these cases you need to be able to match your own pump's hydraulic properties (head and volume flow rate) to the suggested Oase model. It may also be necessary to make changes to fittings depending upon your pump type.

An Example of an Oase Pump/Fountain Specification... The Vulcan 37-2.5K 3 tier fountain as shown below

Vulcan fountain nozzle The Vulcan 37 fountain head has 37 fountain jet nozzles which are used to produce the classical and pleasing 3 tier effect as shown to the left. The table below shows the relationship between the important variables and the pump required to create the desired effect.
Diameter cm Height cm Pump Required
85 100 Nautilus 200
130 200 Nautilus 250
200 285 Nautilus 350
250 385 Nautilus 400
290 440 Nautilus 450
130 160 Aquarius 4000E
180 210 Aquarius 5000E
180 300 Aquarius 7000E
200 230 Nautilus 6000
240 320 Nautilus 8000
280 430 Nautilus 12000
330 675 Atlantis 200
330 675 Profinaut 21
To download a detailed introduction to fountains and their types download this pdf... click here This is a very large file so be patient.
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3 tier fountain from Vulcan 37 jet

Available Range of Fountain Jets... Indispensible literature for landscapers and architects.

fountain example from catalogue FRIENDLY WARNING... These pdf files are large (up to 20MB) so downloading will take a few minutes.There are many types and sizes of fountain jets available that can be used in a vast array of situations. To see many examples download this pdf... Click here to download this really useful and detailed full colour booklet. It covers all conceivable fountain arrangements from small to massive and also includes Jumping Jet fountains and a range of floating fountains with and without lights.

To see the full range of fountain nozzles or jets please download this comprehensive All Nozzles pdf. It includes drawing and full specifications making it easy to select the right fountain for the job in hand.

These publications made available for download are indispensable for landscapers and architects.

Please contact Tony Roocroft for help in specifying these nozzles (call 011-454-0105)

We can make these publications available on CD for architects and landscapers. Just send your request with your name and details of your organisation to pondprof(at)

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Basic Fountains for Garden Ponds

Choosing a nozzle for most garden ponds is straightforward because basic nozzles are made to suit a variety of pumps and fountain designs. Typical fountain fountain types are bubble jets (also called a mushroom jet) or a 3 tier fountain as shown in the 2 images opposite.
The actual jets will normally be similar to to the arrangement in the adjacent image. Notice the different head sections which are interchangeable and fit on top of the pump stem. Most pumps that can be used with fountain jets also come equipped with a diverter valve as can be seen. This allows part of the water flow to go to the biofilter with the balance going to the fountain. To get a good fountain effect you need to match the pump to the nozzle. Depending upon the pump chosen the dimensions A and B in the images left will vary. The more powerful the pump the greater will be the dimensions of A and B. Installing a powerful pump with a large fountain in a small pond may result in loss of water caused by wind blowing the fountain spray outside of the pond area. Always bear this in mind. Use the diverter valve to regulate.
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