Pond Aeration Systems

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The warmer weather is upon us and it’s time to start taking precautions with the oxygen levels in our ponds. The Aquascape Pond Aerators are a great addition to any pond in need of additional circulation.

Every process that happens in the pond is dependent on oxygen. This is especially important at night when your pond lights don’t provide the necessary light for your plants to convert fish-created CO2 into oxygen. Dissolved oxygen levels are also generally lower in warmer water temperatures. Pond aerators and pond aeration systems oxygenate your pond, helping create a more stable environment, resulting in healthier fish and plants.

Dave Kelly, the Tech Guy, shows you the value and benefits of the Aquascape Pond Aerator systems in this week’s video. Besides being energy-efficient and simple to maintain, these extremely quiet, high-quality aerators come with a newly designed air disk to reduce clogging and increase durability, pre-assembled check valves, and a new and improved durable UV resistant outer housing that prevents external damage. It also comes partially assembled and ready to use right out of the box. Our Pond Aerators 2 & 4 can be assembled easily without tools in a matter of minutes.

Pond aerators oxygenate your pond, helping all biological processes and creating a more stable environment, resulting in healthier fish and plants.

Pondless Waterfall

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This is the Pondless Waterfall we built during our first of 3 pond tours in 2013 at our Creative Center on New Holland pike in Lancaster, pa. This 5′ pondless waterfall is a smaller water feature built on the backside of our large scale pondless waterfall with multiple water falls and streams that sits at the front of our property. The video was shot with our GoPro Hero.

Pond Build Before & After

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This Project consisted of an 11′x16′ Aquascape Ecosystem Pond Build in Lancaster, PA. The Pond install included a 10′ stream. LED landscape lights were installed in the Pond and the Stream. Also included were fish and aquatic plants. We finished off the pond build with some surrounding landscaping including a few plants and mulched planting beds. We used Bark mulch and pine needle mulch around the pond.

Pondless Waterfalls

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Pondless Waterfalls are simply a re-circulating waterfall and/or stream without the presence of a pond. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

The waterfall is undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in a water garden. If space is lacking in your yard or you have safety concerns with a pond, go Pondless! The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. So why would you want a waterfall without a pond? The truth is that a Pondless Waterfall isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great alternative for someone who isn’t quite sure if a pond is right for their family.

Safety

Because there is no pool of water, a Pondless Waterfall is a great option if you are concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond.

Cost

Cost can be a big factor when considering the type of pond you want to build. In most cases, the price of a Pondless waterfall will be less than a pond, because there is less labor involved, as well as less rock and materials. Operating costs are also less. Because you’re not dealing with an established ecosystem, it’s not necessary to run the pump 24/7.

Space

The small size of the Pondless Waterfall means you can build and enjoy a beautiful waterfall anywhere in you yard.
Maintenance – Taking care of your Pondless Waterfall is easy. Filling the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss because of evaporation is all that’s required.

Flexibility

Perhaps the best part of the Pondless Waterfall is the possibility for the future. If you change your mind later, wishing you’d build a pond, that’s ok! If you leave enough room around the base of the waterfall, it’s easy to add a pond onto a Pondless Waterfall.

Complete System

Pondless Waterfall – MicroPondless WaterfallIt might be difficult to imagine a waterfall and stream without a pond. Where does the water go? A Pondless Waterfall works much like a regular pond. The hole, deeper than a normal pond, is dug then lined with rock and gravel, and filled with water. The water is then circulated from beneath the rocks and gravel by a pump that sits on the bottom, inside a Snorkel™ Vault and Centipede™ Module. A pipe runs from there up to a BioFalls Filter and into an overflowing waterfall, where it falls back into the reservoir. Since the water level never pools above the level of the rock and gravel fill, it give the appearance of a waterfall without a pond, when in fact, the “pond” is there but not visible.

The Pondless Waterfall has made many water-lovers who were previously unable to indulge in the sweet sounds of falling water, very happy. It’s a great alternative for those who are trying to get their feet wet, or looking to fit a little bit of paradise into their own backyard. In other words, when all else fails … go Pondless!

Amazing Wetland, Stream & Waterfalls addition to Large Pond (GoPro)

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We installed an Ecosystem wetland concentrated pond filter to aid in the clarification of the existing pond. By installing two wet wells in the pond and pumping pond water to the top of the front embankment and through a wetland filter we will be able to clarify and remove excess nutrients that cause the pond water to be compromised. The wetland filter system is planted with various hardy aquatic plants that are known to work well at removing impurities in the water and feed on excess nutrients. This will create much better water quality as well as a lushly planted wetland that will have blooming aquatic plants throughout. The other component to the project is a 50′ long natural stone stream. This allowed for position of the wetland near the top of the front hill and deliver the water back to the pond via a stream and various waterfalls for viewing pleasure. The goal was to be able to not only enjoy the waterfalls by the pond, but to be able to see the waterfalls and stream from the house which is located in the distance. This gave the pond a completely new dimension and helped bring it to life. The Video was shot with a GoPro Hero.

 

5 Tips for the Summer Pond Season

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As we approach the dog days of summer there are things that you need to remember about your water feature in order to keep a balanced ecosystem pond along with happy fish! Take a moment to refresh your memory with these 5 critically important tips.

1.Add oxygen to your pond by placing an aerator or AquaForce® pump in your pond. You can also install a fountain with a pump if your pond doesn’t have a waterfall or stream built in.

2.If you feed your fish, feed them in the morning and be careful not to overfeed. Uneaten food decays faster in warmer water and can pollute the pond.

3.Be sure to remove dying leaves and flowers before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water.

4.Aquatic plants such as waterlilies help provide fish with shade from the heat of summer sun, cooling the water and making algae control easier too.

5.Is there really a leak?

Often, people do not realize how much water can evaporate from a pond during the dog days of summer.

The Midwestern states typically lose 1 to 1.5″ of water each week.

Pond owners in the hot, arid Southwest have reported evaporation levels in excess of 3″ a week.

Remember, these are averages. Some ponds may not experience evaporation levels this high. Other ponds with large pumps pushing high volumes of water, or ponds designed with multiple waterfalls and a lot of cascades and splashing may have evaporation rates much greater than these.

Read More: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/5-critical-tips-for-summer

Acclimating Pond Fish with Aquascape’s Pond Detoxifier

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Learn from Scott Rhodes, The Product Guy, how to properly acclimate your new pond fish. Quick tips for selecting and transporting fish are also provided. Be sure to use Pond Detoxifier to help remove ammonia and reduce stress on the fish during this process.

Aquascape Pond Detoxifier makes tap water into pond water. Because tap water including well water often contains chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals, that if left untreated can cause damage to the pond ecosystem. Aquascape Pond Detoxifier eliminates chlorine, chloramines, ammonia and chelates heavy metals making them safe for fish and plants and allowing for metals like iron to be used by pond plants as fertilizer. Why buy two separate products when Aquascape Pond Detoxifier can do it all?

Available in two sizes: 250ml/8.5 oz, 500ml/16.9 oz.

 

Ecosystem Ponds

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Ecosystem ponds can be easy to understand if you have a good grasp of what components go into a basic, functioning ecosystem. An ecosystem pond works with Mother Nature to provide food, shelter, and safety to the wildlife around it. It also provides you with an all-natural, low-maintenance piece of paradise. It’s important to remember, however, that every piece of the ecosystem puzzle must be present in order for a true ecosystem to be in place. Eliminate one of these elements and you’ve got an unbalanced ecosystem that won’t be so low-maintenance anymore. Check out the things you’ll need to get your ecosystem pond fired up:

Circulation System is really just a fancy way of saying “pumps and plumbing.” The proper size pump and pipe diameter are extremely important for the aesthetics of a water feature. More importantly, an efficient circulation system keeps the water moving and provides the necessary oxygen levels for healthy fish and plants.

Proper Filtration System includes the use of both a biological and a mechanical filter. A biological filter provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water. A mechanical filter will not only pre-filter the water and house the pump; it will also skim debris from the water’s surface to prevent the accumulation of organic materials on the pond floor.

Fish are an integral part of any ecosystem. Unfortunately, fish are often seen as creating a maintenance nightmare. Contrary to popular belief, fish will actually reduce pond maintenance, as they graze on string algae and bottom feed from the pond floor.

Aquatic Plants are Mother Nature’s true filters. Plants are great for adding character to a pond by providing color and texture, but from a filtration perspective, they’re second to none. Thriving from the excess nutrients in a pond and depriving algae of its food source, the aquatic plants in a water garden, given proper coverage, are critical for the overall health of the ecosystem.

Rocks, Gravel, and Bacteria have been a controversial element in the hobby for many years. Many enthusiasts have steered away from rocks and gravel out of fear that their system will become a maintenance nightmare. On the contrary, rocks and gravel will not only make your pond look more natural, they will also protect pond liners from UV light degradation and they provide tremendous surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down excess nutrients in the water and dissolved organic debris on the pond floor.

Having all these things in place makes all the difference in the health and success of your water garden. Use them and work with Mother Nature, not against her, for a chemical-free wonderland of water! The truth is that most people opt for the ecosystem way of water gardening because it’s easier and it just makes sense. A low-maintenance ecosystem pond provides you with more free time to enjoy friends and family … while gathered around your pond, of course!

 

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Be sure to check out Aquascape in The Pond Stars premiering this September on Nat Geo Wild : http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/aquascape-news/nat-geo-wilds-new-series-pond-stars

Pond Stars

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NAT GEO WILD’S New Series Pond Stars Transforms Typical Backyards and Community Spaces into Private Paradises

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A backyard is a terrible thing to waste, especially when it has the potential to invigorate the surrounding ecosystem. But, what’s a homeowner to do? Beginning this fall, they can call the Pond Stars – a group of some of the world’s best pond builders, who can turn any barren plot into an attractive, inspirational and even, healing oasis.

From the wetlands of Northern Florida to the mountains surrounding California’s San Gabriel Valley, Nat Geo WILD’s latest series introduces viewers to a new type of behind-the-scenes adventure and a number of furry, feathered and scaled critters. Led by longtime pond expert Greg Wittstock, or “The Boss,” the team uses its unique expertise and appreciation for the outdoors to tackle these challenging assignments.

Wittstock, who has successfully developed a childhood hobby into Chicago-based Aquascape Inc. – North America’s leading supplier of water gardening supplies – is joined in Season I by co-workers and outdoor enthusiasts Ed Beaulieu (“The Scientist”), Brian Helfrich (“The Foreman”) and Chris Hanson (“The New Guy”). Together, the team presents more than 75 years of experience in the business, having spent decades both training and educating on backyard redesign. Each team member brings a distinct expertise and personality to the series’ transformations and plays a pivotal role in reconnecting clients with the nature around them.

 

Pond Stars premieres Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. PDT.

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For more information on the show, please visit www.NatGeoWild.com or contact PondStars@miller-pr.com.

Using Your Pond Products

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When used as suggested your pond will look better and be more enjoyable. All dosages are based on gallons of water in the pond which can be calculated by multiplying length (ft.) x average width (ft.) x average depth (ft.) x 7.48.

Beneficial Bacteria/AquaClearer (Blue Lid) – use when the water is at least 60 degrees. Use daily for the first two weeks then once or twice a month until the water temperature drops below 60 degrees. Dosage-ONE TEASPOON per 1000 gal. – can be sprinkled around perimeter of pond or in front of the skimmer.

S.A.B. Stream and Pond Clean (Green Lid) – use when the water is at least 60 degrees and when string algae or organic material starts to build up in the pond and waterfall. Dissolve dose in a bucket of warm (80 degree) water and spread around the perimeter of the pond. Dosage- ONE SCOOP per 100 GALLONS. Use- When adding for the first time use a double dose weekly for the first two weeks. Use normal dosage once every two weeks for maintenance thereafter.

EcoBlast (Red Lid) – can be used in colder water and is to be sprinkled in small amounts on algae in streams and waterfalls. It may be necessary to shut pump off before applying and to allow the product to work for 5 minutes or so before restart it. Use care with this product so as not to get it directly on aquatic plants and KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.