Banishing Algae Growth: Tips for Maintaining an Algae-Free Bubble Wall Fountain


Bubble Wall Fountains add a touch of elegance and tranquility to our living spaces. However, the serene ambiance can be disrupted when algae start to invade the bubble panel. Algae growth not only affects the aesthetic appeal of the fountain but also compromises its functionality. Luckily, with proper care and maintenance, it is possible to keep algae at bay and enjoy a sparkling, algae-free interior fountain. Here are some effective tips to eliminate algae growth and maintain a pristine fountain.

Using the Proper Water for the Bubble Wall

Use of tap water in your bubble wall can shorten the life of components, clog up the bubble wand, and cause the growth of algae. Tap water contains high levels of minerals, chemical additives such as chlorine and fluoride, and even aluminum, arsenic, copper, iron, lead, pesticides, herbicides, uranium, and more! The only water to use in your bubble wall is distilled water, which is free of these contaminants, and will help your bubble wall run smoothly and beautifully for a very long time between water changes. You can find distilled water at any grocery store in your area. 

Control Sunlight Exposure

Algae thrive in the presence of sunlight, so controlling the bubble wall's exposure to direct sunlight can help prevent excessive algae growth. Consider moving the fountain to a location that receives partial shade or use curtains or blinds to filter the sunlight. By reducing the amount of light that reaches the water, you can create an environment that is less conducive to algae growth.

Use Algaecide or Natural Treatments

To further combat algae growth, consider using algaecides or natural treatments specifically designed for fountains. Algaecides are chemical solutions that effectively eliminate algae and prevent their return. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and dosage recommendations when using algaecides, as excessive use can harm the fountain's components.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Maintaining proper water quality in your bubble wall is essential to proper operation of the fountain's components. It is recommended to change the water out of the unit every 3-6 months depending on location and usage. The bubble wand should be removed and cleaned or replaced at this time. Cleaning of the interior of the bubble tank can be accomplished by spraying out with a water hose and then set out to dry before refilling with new distilled water. Be sure to check and clean the filter on your air pump too, for peak bubble performance!


Maintaining an algae-free interior fountain requires regular cleaning, proper sunlight control, the use of algaecides or natural treatments. By following these tips, you can eliminate algae growth and enjoy a pristine, visually appealing bubble wall fountain that enhances the serenity and beauty of your living space. Remember, proactive maintenance is key to preventing algae growth, so be diligent in your fountain care routine to ensure long-lasting enjoyment.