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Steps: 1. Place decorative slate or tile on table. Place bowl on slate or tile.
2. Place pump at bottom of bowl, taking care to see cord is draped to back of container. Use suction cups to make pump stick to bottom of container. Add tap water to more than cover intake value [2” minimum]. Plug pump into electric outlet. (It is advisable to test out pump in a bucket or sink before placing it in container.) Unplug pump to adjust water flow, if needed.
3. Cut tubing length to fit your container and design. Fit one end of tubing to pump spout. Place larger rocks to cover pump and fill bottom of container.
4. Arrange smaller rocks and tiles /slate /driftwood by stacking them so as to create a diverse and irregular path for water flow. You can reduce water flow from a geyser to a gurgle by covering open end of tube with tumbled glass.
5. Plug in pump, adjust water volume and stones as needed to produce sound that appeals most to your ears.
6. Suction excess water from container with a turkey baster.
7. Place figurines, plant cuttings, ivy, moss, shells or tiles to hide tubing and electric cord.
8. Place a candle in a candleholder beside fountain, light from candle will glisten on water and reflect its light onto fountain arrangement.
Check water level daily for first week, adding fresh water as needed to keep pump completely covered. Add a small amount of bleach or petri oil to water to cleanse fountain and keep water shimmering. Clean fountain components every month to remove slime and algae. Every three months, take fountain apart and clean pump. Pull off front cover, remove debris from propeller and screen, and wipe bottom. Reassemble your fountain, experimenting with a different bowl and accents.
Tabletop Fountain: "Mountain Seep" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/victorygarden/knowhow/pp/tabletopfountain/
Simple Rock Fountain: http://www.ivillage.com/home/howtoguide/garden/articles/0,,170784_209022,00.html?arrivalSA=1&cobrandRef=0&arrival_freqCap=2
Under $30 fountain: http://www.stylewiz.com/articles/index.cfm?fuseaction=article_page&id=115
Feng Shui Table-Top fountain: http://bellaonline.com/Article.asp?id=1033
Copper Frame Fountain: http://www.rebeccasgarden.com/howto/items/19foun01.html
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