How to get colored water for fountains

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How to get colored water for fountains
Fountain dye can add colour to your landscaping. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fountains are a lovely addition to the landscape. Ranging from abstract, modern shapes to timeless Greek gods, the water fountain presents a well-loved position in any appointed landscape. Some fountains provide a water resource for animals and birds; others grow aquatic plants and support whole ecosystems. One way to transform the appearance of a fountain quickly is to alter the colour of its water.

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Things you need

  • Fountain
  • Measuring cup
  • Pool and fountain dye

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  1. 1

    Determine the water volume of your pond, water feature or fountain. Calculate the water area (length times width times depth).

  2. 2

    Select a pool or fountain dye suitable for your application. Pool dyes range in colour and in function. Most dyes are blue, blue-green or black.

  3. 3

    Measure the correct amount of dye for your fountain, and pour the dye as close to the fountain aerator as possible. Dyes will not discolour fish or your skin. A large pond or water feature may take as much as two hours to completely change colour. Small fountains will change water colour almost immediately.

Tips and warnings

  • Most pool dyes are designed for large bodies of water, so it only takes a small amount to change the colour of a small fountain. This change in colour can last up to four months.

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