Backyard Fish Pond Installation

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This Backyard Fish pond installation included an Aquascape Ecosystem 8′x11′ Pond with waterfall. The Pond was installed next to the pool for optimum enjoyment while hanging out by the pool or entertaining family and friends. This Project was installed in Lancaster, PA


 

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Backyard Fish Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

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Backyard Fish Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

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Backyard Fish Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

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Backyard Fish Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

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Backyard Fish Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

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Backyard Fish Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

Top 10 Features to Add to Your Pond

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by: Aquascape

You add new plants to your gardens, and you might even add a new patio or deck in your yard. Why stop there? Consider adding a new item or two to your pond this year to change things up. We’ve drafted a list of our top 10 favorite features to add to your existing pond in 2015!
 

1. Fountain

Fountain in Pond - Aquascape
Fountains not only add beauty to your pond, but they provide valuable aeration as well. If you think your existing waterfall isn’t adding quite enough oxygen to your pond, consider adding a fountain. You can place it in the center, or near the edge of a pond for drama.
 

2. Water Lily

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Go ahead and splurge on a beautiful water lily. Not only will it add gorgeous color to your pond, but the lily pads help shade the pond and give your fish a place to hide from predators. Available in hardy and tropical varieties, you’ll find an endless assortment of water lilies, which you can purchase online or at your local pond store.
 

3. Lighting

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The addition of garden and pond lighting extends your viewing pleasure well into the evening hours. Lights placed behind waterfalls create excitement and drama during the nighttime hours. Underwater lights at the edges of the pond reflect off the fish as they swim by. Set your lights on a timer so you never have to worry about turning them off and on.
 

4. Fish

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Adding fish to your pond is a great way to enhance the water feature lifestyle. You’ll enjoy feeding them at the pond’s edge and will feel the stress melt away as you watch them swim about. Why do you think so many doctors’ offices have aquariums? To help you relax! If you already have fish, consider adding a pond fish that’s currently not a part of your pond habitat.
 

5. Adjustable Flow Pump

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An adjustable flow pump with a remote control lets you turn the volume of your waterfalls up or down! Want a quiet dinner by the pond? Keep the volume low. Having a large party? Turn up the flow to create your “party waterfalls!” You don’t even have to get up out of your Adirondack chair to change the mood!
 

6. Spitter

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Spitters create whimsical focal points in the pond and can be added just about anywhere. Don’t feel you need to keep the spitter in the middle of the pond. You can add one at the edge of a stream or tuck it in an unexpected location.
 

7. IonGen™ System

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Everyone wants an algae-free pond and the IonGen® electronic algae controller effectively kills algae without the use of traditional liquid chemicals. You can purchase the IonGen™ and install it yourself, or hire a local Certified Aquascape Contractor to do it for you!
 

8. Floating Plant Island

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Use a floating plant island to display plants in deeper areas of your pond where there aren’t any plant shelves. The floating planter keeps the soil intact and lets water in while protecting the plants from your fish.
 

9. Automatic Dosing System

Aquascape Automatic Dosing System
The Automatic Dosing System is a brand new product for ponds and we had to add it to our list of must-haves! The system accurately and consistently applies your choice of water treatment throughout the pond season. You’ll no longer need to hassle with the guesswork or routine of adding water treatments to your pond or fountain. We think you’re gonna love it!
 

10. Waterfall

Aquascape Waterfall
It might not seem possible, but not everyone includes a waterfall when they build a pond, but there’s no reason it can’t be added later on. Waterfalls provide valuable aeration to your water feature while creating the soothing sound of running water. If you already have a waterfall, consider adding a second, smaller one for added interest. If you like to build with rock, you can also tweak your existing waterfall, creating new sounds for the summer.

Aquascape Pond Squad – Waterfalls of Fun – Episode 3

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Aquascape Pond Squad - Waterfalls of Fun - Episode 3

Aquascape Pond Squad – Waterfalls of Fun – Episode 3

Improving the quality of life for others is one of the many great benefits of being a pond builder. That couldn’t be any truer than when the Aquascape Pond Squad installed a unique Pondless Waterfall for an incredible worthy organization, Casa Hogar home, on the top of the Baja in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The results of the efforts speak for themselves in the smiles for the thirty to forty boys who call Casa Hogar home. The Aquascape Pond Squad couldn’t have done it without the help of several Certified Aquascape Contractors. Watch the inspiring story!

Watch more Pond Squad episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDN7H5HkmH5VM9RXPDJLbfg

Backyard Fish Pond and Waterfall

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This Backyard Fish Pond and Waterfall installation included removing an existing pond and the existing retaining wall supporting the pond. The pond is 11×16 and has a 15′ stream. The Pond has LED lights throughout as well as in the waterfall.
 

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Backyard Fish Pond and Waterfall installed in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, PA

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Backyard Fish Pond and Waterfall installed in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, PA

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Backyard Fish Pond and Waterfall installed in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, PA

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Backyard Fish Pond and Waterfall installed in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, PA

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Backyard Fish Pond and Waterfall installed in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, PA

Fountain & Landscape install | Lancaster, PA

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This Fountain and landscaping Project in Lancaster, PA included removal of the existing landscaping at the front of the home, keeping and repairing the stone garden walls and installing various new plants. We also installed a bubbling Fountain water feature and landscape lighting.
 

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Fountain & Landscaping Installation in Lancaster, PA

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Fountain & Landscaping Installation in Lancaster, PA

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Fountain & Landscaping Installation in Lancaster, PA

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Fountain & Landscaping Installation in Lancaster, PA

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Fountain & Landscaping Installation in Lancaster, PA

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Fountain & Landscaping Installation in Lancaster, PA

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Fountain & Landscaping Installation in Lancaster, PA

Aquascape Dosing System For Ponds and Fountains

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Introducing the NEW Aquascape Automatic Dosing System for Ponds and Fountains! Maintaining optimum water quality is easy as 1-2-3. Join Scott Rhodes, The Product Guy, as he explains the features and benefits along with step-by-step installation instructions for the NEW Aquascape Automatic Dosing System. Eliminate the chore of consistently adding and choosing the correct water treatments for your water feature.

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Pond Tour 2015

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C.E. Pontz Sons Pond Tour 2015

C.E. Pontz Sons Pond Tour 2015

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!!!!!

Make a splash with a water garden

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water garden

 by: CATHY MOLITORIS | LNP CUSTOM CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR

Take your gardening up a notch by creating a water feature. It’s a great way to add visual interest and make your yard a welcoming oasis, says Bobby Kenyon, “creative solutions guru” for C.E. Pontz Sons in Lancaster.

“Not only are water features more visually stunning, but what’s more relaxing than the sound of running water or tranquillity of watching your pond fish swimming?” he says.

It’s easy to get started, Kenyon says.

First, consider what type of water feature you’d like and the amount of interaction you plan to have with it, he says.

“There are many different types of features, including ponds, pondless waterfalls, fountains and rainwater harvesting systems,” he says. “Some features require a bit of maintenance, while others are virtually maintenance free.”

Look for spaces around your yard — and think outside the garden, too. Experts at Better Homes and Gardens say even small spaces on a deck can make perfect spots for container water gardens.

Once you’ve chosen a water feature, consider the options for plants, Kenyon says.

“There are tons of different plants for water gardens, just as there are for normal gardens,” he says. “Just be sure to know the difference between the hardy plants that will return each year and the tropical ones that will not over-winter in our local climate.”

The most popular choice, he says, is the water lily, which provides benefits to an ecosystem pond as well as added beauty.

Other options include lotus, which produces large showy flowers, or cattails.

And, don’t forget to consider your budget and visit home and garden centers or online sites for inspiration.

“We typically recommend interested parties visit our creative center where we have various display features on site to get a better idea of what they would like to see in their yard,” Kenyon says.

Remember, he adds, that the best part of having a water garden is the opportunity to really get creative in your yard.

“Every water feature is a unique piece of art that can’t be duplicated,” Kenyon says.

For some water garden inspiration visit C.E. Pontz’s blog on water gardens, cepontzsons.com/choosing-perfect-water-feature-yard/, for ideas including ecosystem ponds, fountains and container water gardens.

Brick Walkway Renovation | Lancaster, PA

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This Brick Walkway project in Lancaster, PA included lifting the existing brick walkway, removing stone dust and excavating for a proper base depth. We then installed a proper stone base and relayed the existing bricks in the similar pattern. Finally we will installed an epoxy based mortar between the brick joints and installed an edge restraint to prevent future separation of the bricks.

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Brick Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

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Brick Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

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Brick Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

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Brick Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

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Brick Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

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Brick Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

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Brick Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

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Brick Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

Koi Spawning

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Magic in the Pond

by: Aquascape

Koi are basically river fish with mechanisms that were developed for river life. That’s not to say they cannot live in a pond. Actually, they do fine in ponds – but they’re bodies and their behavior is all “river-y.”

Magic in the Pond

Why is this important in this conversation? Because they are engineered to scatter their eggs everywhere without parental care afterward rather than laying them in a nest like a pond fish would. The mother and father koi never give the fry another thought. In your pond, all the same stuff happens as in a river, but you get to see more of the gory details … and they matter, so listen up!

Do you know why fish spawn? Ostensibly, to lay eggs and make babies, right? But I meant do you know why, biologically they actually spawn? What causes it?

Well, it’s two things – first, the water warms up in the spring, and then the days get longer. These two changes in the environment cause hormones to be released by the fish, causing the female to become full (gravid) of eggs and the male to dress them up for hatchin’ (fertilization)!

The Spawning Dance

During this time you will likely see koi chase each other around the pond; usually first thing in the morning. It’s a remarkable sight because large koi can really, really wreck a pond with their shenanigans. They will bull around the plants in a group, upsetting pots, rocks, roots – and all for spawning. The female, usually a larger rounder fish, is “driven” by one or more males, and in their blind excitement, even females will join the pursuit of the female laying her eggs. They all get together going in one direction like, “Hey, it’s a Conga line!”

All of this has to happen because the female koi has no ability to push her eggs out with abdominal muscles. Instead, the eggs are basically leaked out of the fish from the passive pressure that comes with pushing the female fish around the pond, usually against something like a rock or some plant material. The males bump their heads (rather hard) into her flanks to provide the extra oomph needed to expel most of her eggs.

If there are no shallows, obstacles, or plants for the female to push into, it is unlikely, to almost impossible, that a female koi will spawn on her own. In plain liner ponds with no decorative elements, rocks, plants or shallow areas, the fish have no obstacles to spawn against and they may require artificially induced spawning hormones.

It Can Get Pretty Rough

The reason I want you to know about the spawning rush is because in the spring, the unprepared will be shocked and appalled to see their fish fighting when, in fact, they are not really fighting, but instead are rushing each other in a spawn.

The second reason I wanted to mention this is because of what some people refer to as breeding injuries. When the female koi gets rushed into the side of the pond, the shallows or the rocks, she may endure some abrasion of her face and/or flanks. These will quickly heal under two conditions:

1. Be alert to the number of females in your pond. Ideally, there should be about two males to every female. If there is a higher ratio of males to females, she becomes basically the only gal in the pond, and is pretty much rushed all day. When this happens, she can get pretty beat up and severe injury can occur. Remove any female that gets run for more than four hours.

2. If the water quality is healthy and the important nitrogen numbers are all zero or nearly so, then she should go on and heal up fine as well. If the water is high in ammonia, nitrite or nitrate, or if the pH is sagging low, the female will not heal well and infections are inevitable.

People talk about sharp rocks in the pond, cutting up the fish. There are several problems with this hypothesis. First, sharp rocks should never be used in the pond. Your liner is far more likely to get cut by (the weight of) sharp rocks than your fish are. So if you have sharp, gashy rocks in the pond, don’t gnash your teeth for the fish, gnash them for the long-term integrity of your liner! Ouch!

Secondly, rocks under water are not abrasive! Give any rock three weeks under water and, unless it’s a foamy piece of lava rock, it’s going to be too slick to stand on in that short span. I dare you to try! The slime on rocks is called bio film and it’s a wonderment to the fish as well as a beneficial cleansing component for your water.

Now What?

So, now you have all these eggs, and spent fish. What now? Well, if the water gets quite foamy, a partial water change would be recommended. Then get in the pond and set up all the plants for tomorrow, because chances are there will be another female ready to pop and you can do it all over again … orrrrr simply put your plants in more protected or plant them in rock crevices in such a way that the fish can’t knock them over.

In two days, the eggs will hatch but they are so small that you really can’t see them. If you have gravel in your pond, it makes a great place for them to hide out, away from the danger of being snarfed up by the bigger fish. They will hide there for another day or so using their yolk sac for energy then, when they are 24 to 36 hours old they will swim up into the foliage of the pond. Of course, if you have no foliage, it’s a short story of delicious fry sushi and no babies the following day.

The fry eat microscopic plants and animals at this point. If you have a pond with a coating of biofilm and a thin greenish layer of algae on things, then the fry will have plenty to eat. They grow fast. Of course some of the fry will be spied by their elder siblings and the parents and, shall we say, be taken as food. Others will survive by color or cunning, and live to join the shoal.

Are They Really That Cute?

Baby fish (and young koi in general) grow an inch per month in the first year, especially in biologically filtered ponds with an abundant plant, copepod, nematode, rotifer, crustacean, molluscan, and protozoan-rich gravel bed to sustain them. In clean, liner-bottom, drained ponds, few fry live.

Of the babies that live, a small, small percentage of fish will have colors of any appreciable pattern or brilliance. Fish of collectable quality are very rare, and are hand-selected from a hundred thousand babies by talented breeders in Japan who recognize good fish nearly at birth and discard all the rest. In your pond, of the hundred thousand offspring, a thousand will hatch and a hundred will live to even be seen by you. Of that hundred, 10 will get big enough to catch with a net and be examined, and of that 10, maybe one will be tolerable as a “keeper.”

The vast majority of spawned “homemade” babies in your pond will be grey or brown. This is partly because the genes for that color are very, very common, and that grey and brown are good survival colors for koi ponds. So these will be the dominant babies you’re left with.

A Final Word

A word on mixed populations of goldfish and koi – koi don’t like baby fish very much. Oh sure, in a pinch, they’ll take some … probably more accidentally than intentionally. Goldfish, on the other hand, love baby fish – especially the big, chunky koi eggs and babies. When you keep koi and goldfish together, the surviving babies will all be goldfish babies, not koi babies. I’m sorry to tell you.

So if you want koi babies this spring, consider relinquishing your goldfish to another party who wants them, and leave the koi to the koi.

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