Pond Stars: Building a Turtle Pond

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The Pond Stars come out of their shell in Atlanta tackling two wild projects in just five days. Their first job is at an environmental center, creating a pond specifically for rescued turtles. The turtle pond will be used as an outdoor classroom for an upcoming kids’ camp, IF the team can finish in time. The second project is for the birds, literally. Greg and his guys build a 35-foot waterfall and underground reservoir that will have wildlife flocking to this suburban backyard.

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NAT GEO WILD’S New Series Pond Stars Transforms Typical Backyards and Community Spaces into Private Paradises: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/aquascape-news/nat-geo-wilds-new-series-pond-stars

Pond Stars Coming Soon!!!

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Pond Stars follows the wild world of pond building, as this talented team transforms uninspired spaces into water feature wonderlands, bringing wildlife into backyards and public areas all across America.

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What is an Ecosystem Pond?

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Learn how all parts of the Aquascape Ecosystem work together to create a beautiful, low-maintenance water feature.

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:

1. Filtration System

Importance of Ecosystem – Filtration systemIncludes the use of both a biological and a mechanical filter.
•A BioFalls® (biological filter) provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water.
•A Skimmer (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.

2. Rocks and Gravel

Rocks and gravel will not only protect pond liners from UV light degradation, but they will also provide tremendous surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down excess nutrients in the water and dissolved organic debris on the pond floor.

3. Recirculation System

This 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 will keep the water moving and provide the necessary oxygen levels for healthy fish and plants.

4. Fish

Fish are an integral part of any ecosystem. Unfortunately, fish are often seen as high maintenance. Contrary to popular belief, fish actually reduce pond maintenance as they graze on string algae and bottom feed from the pond floor. They also make very enjoyable pets, providing hours of natural entertainment.

5. Aquatic Plants

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.

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Landscaping Renovation

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This Landscape Renovation included installing landscaping on the bank and backyard of the home as well as natural stone steppers and a few landscape boulders.  This project is located in Lititz, PA (Lancaster County)

 

 

LED Pond & Landscape Lighting

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Expand the enjoyment of the outdoors into the evening hours with the installation of an Aquascape LED Pond & Landscape lighting system. Add an entirely new dimension to your outdoor lifestyle. The versatility of Aquascape’s LED Pond & Landscape lights provide you with many ways to use them in the water feature and landscape setting.

Aquascape announces its all-new 2014 LED Garden and Pond lighting options which can be fully submersed or used in traditional landscape settings. All 2014 Aquascape LED lights consist of permanently sealed watertight fixtures and are backed by a limited 5-year full replacement warranty.

“We’re excited about our new line-up of Garden and Pond LED lights,” claims Dave Kelly, Vice President of Product Development for Aquascape, Inc. “Our newest component fixtures feature a die-cast metal housing, finished with a 3-part brushed architectural bronze coating providing a durable finish that holds up in all weather conditions.”

Additional features and benefits of Aquascape’s 2014 LED lights include:
•Five-year full replacement warranty.
•Warm, natural-looking light color that blends in easily with traditional halogen lighting.
•Up to 90% energy savings compared to halogen lighting, with 30 times longer bulb life.
•Easy to install quick-connect system.

Aquascape’s LED Garden and Pond lights are available in a variety of options, including three sizes of LED spotlights, an LED waterfall and landscape accent light, LED fountain accent light, and a DIY spotlight kit that includes 3 lights pre-wired for easy installation.

Before & After Pondless Waterfall (Lancaster, PA)

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This Project Consisted of removal of existing water feature and flagstone walkway. We then installed an Aquascape Pondless Waterfall and Stream that meanders throught the flower bed before disappearing into an underground basin. We relayed the flagstone paver walking path and added a few plants and some fresh mulch to finish off the existing landscape and freshen up what was disturbed. The Pondless Waterfall has a memorial plaque attached to one of the small boulders in the stream. This project was done at Grace Lutheran Church on Queen Street in Lancaster, PA.

Pond Filtration

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Pond Filtration is one of the most important components in maintaining a healthy and balanced ecosystem. Quality filtration equipment is necessary to maintain optimum water quality. Aquascape offers a wide selection of premium pond filters, skimmers and filter media to suit any budget or water garden.

Learn about the features and benefits of the top selling mechanical pond skimmer filter in the water garden market! Dave Kelly, The Tech Guy, walks you through how an Aquascape Skimmer can help you create a beautiful, low-maintenance water garden. He’ll show you how it works and just how easy it is to maintain. This video is part of our Ecosystem series of videos.

Pondless Waterfall, Natural Stone Steps, and Boulder Retaining Wall

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This is a recently completed project in Lancaster County, PA consisting of natural stone steps with a limestone boulder retaining wall and a 15′ pondless waterfall with 5 LED landscape lights in the stream. The video was shot with our GoPro Hero. Below are some still shots of the waterfalls and stream.

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Natural Backyard Ecosystem Fish & Koi Pond

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11′ x 16′ Natural backyard ecosystem fish & Koi pond with a 50′ stream and waterfalls in Lancaster, PA. The pond runs through a brick walkway which is connected by stone steppers. There is multiple pumps for added circulation and tons of drift wood. The mature aquatic plant life and large koi give the pond the natural look as if it was always there.

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.

Large Scale Pond with Wetland, Stream, and Waterfall addition

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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.