Pond Renovation Before & After

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Before & After Pond Build Lancaster, PA

Before & After Pond renovation installed in Lancaster, pa

This Pond Renovation project in Lancaster, PA consisted of removal of the existing pond and installation of a new pond measuring roughly 16′ x 18′ and wrapping around the patio and included pond LED lighting. The waterfalls and stream were moved to the left of the current waterfall for better viewing and the landscaping around the water feature will changed based on the new shape. We transplanted existing plants and put a fresh coat of mulch around the patio and pond area to finish it off.

Large Scale Pond Project

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This Large scale Pond Project included removal of existing pond and various plants in the driveway island and housing koi in tanks until the pond was complete. We installed a 15′ wide pond at its widest point and 20′ long pond at its longest point with a maximum depth of 4′. This pond will then provide more room for the existing koi as well as use more of the given space for the feature. We then installed a waterfall and stream combination approximately 15′ in length for desired sounds and visual impact. Our goal is to have the water feature be seen as you are pulling up to the house as a way to usher you into the home. We installed LED lighting in the pond as well as up lighting the paper bark maples and path lights around the sitting bench area and steps. also installed was a natural irregular flagstone patio to measure roughly 5’x10′ and make a nice surface to place the existing bench and patio furniture. The pond is complete with a fish cave as a means for heron protection should that become a problem. This will give the fish a place to enter should there be a heron attack. The overall look of the pond is to be a close to mother nature as possible including some strategically placed driftwood in the pond and falls as well a use of native rock currently on site as a way to further naturalize the feature. This pond project was constructed in Dillsburg, PA.

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

Repotting & Fertilizing Aquatic Plants

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Aquatic plants play a critical role in the ecological balance of your water garden. Learn just how easy it is to re-pot and fertilize your aquatic plants as Scott Rhodes reveals the secret to unlock their full potential and beauty.

Travertine Patio project

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This Travertine Patio project in Lititz, PA included removal of the existing concrete slab and installation of a cappuccino travertine stone patio. The total patio square footage measures approximately 475 sq.ft. Also included in the patio project was installation of a natural stone fire pit and a smokeless wood burning insert to compliment the new patio.

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Travertine Patio installed in Lititz, PA

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Travertine Patio installed in Lititz, PA

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Travertine Patio installed in Lititz, PA

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Travertine Patio installed in Lititz, PA

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Travertine Patio installed in Lititz, PA

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Travertine Patio installed in Lititz, PA

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Travertine Patio installed in Lititz, PA

Water Quality in Ponds

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What You Should Know about Water Quality in Ponds

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When a pond builder puts shovel to soil, foremost on his/her mind should be the goal to create an ecosystem pond that produces superior water quality. While the customer may focus more on the design of the waterfall and type of fish and plants, it’s the pond contractor’s job to ensure that healthy water supports the life forms residing in the water garden.

Water chemistry need not be a scary topic. Quite the opposite is true. Understanding water and how it responds to environmental influences should be a basic tool in every pond professional’s belt. While fully mastering water’s intricacies can seem daunting, becoming familiar with a few key components like pH and nutrients will provide you with confidence and skills to create balanced ecosystems for your customers.

Potential of Hydrogen

A familiar term you should understand as a pond professional is pH, which stands for “potential of hydrogen.” The last time you probably heard about it was during a shampoo commercial. Essentially, pH describes the relation of hydrogen ions to hydroxyl ions on a 14-point scale. The higher the hydrogen content and the lower the hydroxyl content, the more acidic the water becomes. Conversely, the higher the hydroxyl content and the lower the hydrogen content, the more basic the water.

When the hydrogen and hydroxyl ions are in complete balance, the water is neutral. On the 14-point scale, a pH of 7 is neutral. On the same scale, numbers higher than 7 are called basic (or mistakenly, “alkaline”), while numbers lower than 7 are termed acidic.

Your typical pond falls in a pH range from 6 to 11, which covers ground from slightly acidic water to strongly basic. So for example, a pH of 8.2 is highly acceptable for pond water, while a pH of 4 (which is acidic enough to dissolve nails) would be unacceptable if your aim is to sustain aquatic life.

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Many factors can influence the pH values found in water. The presence of dissolved metals and materials has perhaps the biggest affect on pond water. These substances are commonly called buffers, and are typically discussed in terms of alkalinity and hardness.

Alkalinity: When present at high levels, alkaline materials tend to hold the water’s pH at higher levels. The concentration of these buffers is expressed as parts per million (ppm).

Hardness: A specific form of alkalinity, hardness refers to the amount of dissolved calcium, calcium carbonate and magnesium in the water. Water is termed “hard” when levels of these materials reach 300 ppm or higher.

When present at higher levels, these buffering factors tend to stabilize pH. In fact, when hardness and alkalinity values are high, it’s less likely a pond will experience significant fluctuations in pH.

Aquatic Nutrition

Beyond pH, there are other contributors to water quality that must be considered, namely, the macronutrients and micronutrients that help sustain life in aquatic systems. Seventeen of these essential ingredients — three macronutrients and 14 micronutrients — need to be included in ponds and streams.

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Macronutrients are what you find in commercial fertilizer mixes. For example, when you see a fertilizer that says 20-10-20, the numbers refer to the percentage (by volume) of nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K) in the mix. These are the nutrients required in the largest quantities for proper plant growth.

Nitrogen: In a pond, nitrate and ammonia are the most common forms of available nitrogen. High levels of either of these substances are good for plants (especially algae) but are toxic to most fish, so it’s best if they are undetectable or held at very low levels.

Phosphorus: Again, in a pond situation it is best to have low or non-existent levels of phosphorus, which appears in the water in the form of phosphates. Although in the case of a pond, these substances are not problematic for fish, they do invite prolific algae growth and are best held at minimal levels.

Potassium: It’s rare to find high levels of potassium in pond ecosystems, but it wouldn’t be a problem in any event, because potassium is a key to both plant and fish metabolisms.

The other category you need to consider features the micronutrients. Fourteen of them are required for life: boron (B), carbon (C), calcium (Ca), chlorine (Cl), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), hydrogen (H), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), nickel (Ni), oxygen (O), sodium (Na), sulfur (S) and zinc (Z). Each is required in different ratios for different members of a pond-based ecosystem, and each plays a highly specialized role on the cellular level for all forms of life.

A well-designed pond system will often produce water that is balanced in terms of pH and nutrient content. When algal blooms or other water-quality issues arise, don’t hesitate to seek help in determining treatment regimens that can correct the situation.

How Many Fish Can You Add to a Pond?

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Obviously, the pond needs to be large enough to support fish and their growth. Pond fish generally need 10 gallons of water for every inch of their length, and you have to be ready for them to grow larger, so you should be careful not to overstock no matter how tempting this may be! Some pond experts go so far as to recommend only ½ inch of fish per 10 gallons of water as a maximum stocking density.

How Many Fish Can You Add to a Pond?

On occasion, you may encounter ponds crowded with 2 or even 3 inches of fish per 10 gallons of water and the fish seem to be fine. However, the density and ecological strain of this loading turn these ponds into fragile systems. The pH tends to sag, the fish tend to grow more slowly, and disease can become a common occurrence.

It’s very difficult to salvage sick fish in a pond that’s overcrowded. Most likely, Mother Nature will pick off your favorite fish to achieve her ideal stocking density based on the system the fish are in, and then the remainder may recover. So we advise you to reduce the number of fish if your pond is overstocked.

Pond Squad Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Build

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Check out this awesome time-lapse video of Aquascape Pond Squad, featuring C.E. Pontz Sons at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo – “The Little Zoo That Could” Water Feature build for the spider monkey exhibit.

 

There’s no monkeying around when the Aquascape Pond Squad travels to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo to create a showcase water feature near the zoo’s entrance. “The Little Zoo That Could” endured 3 hurricanes in one year before moving to its current, safer location. You’ll be amazed at the grand and spectacular urn waterfall that flows into a twisting stream on the island that’s home to a playful group of spider monkeys. It’s an amazing story you don’t want to miss!

Full Episode Here: https://youtu.be/hMWwdcBLlzU

 

 

Gulf Coast Zoo Pond Squad Build

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Check out the Gulf Coast Zoo Pond Squad Build on the latest episode of Aquascape Pond Squad once again featuring C.E. Pontz Sons

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C.E. Pontz Sons on Aquascape Pond Squad

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C.E. Pontz Sons on Aquascape Pond Squad

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C.E. Pontz Sons on Aquascape Pond Squad

There’s no monkeying around when the Aquascape Pond Squad travels to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo to create a showcase water feature near the zoo’s entrance. “The Little Zoo That Could” endured 3 hurricanes in one year before moving to its current, safer location. You’ll be amazed at the grand and spectacular urn waterfall that flows into a twisting stream on the island that’s home to a playful group of spider monkeys. It’s an amazing story you don’t want to miss!

Pondless Waterfall Memorial

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This Project consisted of a Pondless Waterfall Memorial installation in Hummlestown, PA at the Allegheny Valley School. The Pondless Waterfall has dueling streams measuring approximately 25′ in length disappearing into a 400 gallon pondless underground basin. We installed LED lighting in the water feature and under water falls for night time viewing. This Pondless waterfall was built as a memorial to Jilly a resident at the school who passed away.

The Allegheny Valley School provides residential, therapeutic, educational, vocational and social programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They provide care to people from childhood through adulthood. An individualized plan of care is designed for each person with the goal of achieving the highest level of independence while enhancing his/her quality of life.

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Pondless Waterfall Memorial installed in Hummelstown, PA

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Pondless Waterfall Memorial installed in Hummelstown, PA

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Pondless Waterfall Memorial installed in Hummelstown, PA

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Pondless Waterfall Memorial installed in Hummelstown, PA

Pergola install on Outdoor Kitchen & Living Area

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Time-Lapse GoPro video showing the installation of a pergola over a Outdoor Kitchen & Patio that we recently installed. Stay tuned for video of footage of the entire project.
 

 
This video was shot with a GoPro Hero