Springtime Pond Changes

https://cepontzsons.com/springtime-pond-changes-2/
Springtime Pond Changes

Springtime Pond Changes

Each season comes along and your pond begins to change. Springtime pond changes are some of the most critical when considering pond health. Read below to help you understand the changes as well as prepare your pond for optimal health.

 

SPRINGTIME POND CHANGES

BYAquascape 

Now that spring is here, you’re probably noticing some changes in your pond – your fish are coming back to life and you may even be able to see some plant growth. Understanding the transition that your pond makes from winter into spring and summer is essential in maintaining a healthy pond ecosystem.

Springtime Pond Changes

You may have just spent your weekend cleaning your pond – or having your pond contractor do it for you.  Don’t be concerned if you experience new algae growth after your pond is cleaned. It’s normal this time of year as your pond is balancing itself.

You can, however, perform some simple, important steps that can make the difference between a balanced pond with minimal maintenance and a pond that requires unnecessary maintenance. Although bacteria and plants don’t start growing properly until water temperature reaches 55°F, there are still some simple steps you can take to maintain a trouble-free pond.

We recommend using SAB™ Stream and Pond Cleaner and EcoBlast™ granular algaecides early in the season.  SAB contains a powerful phosphate binder to help maintain clear water and EcoBlast is an extremely effective algaecide.  Both of these products can be used throughout the season, but they are especially effective helping maintain optimum water conditions until water warms up and the beneficial bacteria and aquatic plants have the opportunity to kick in.

Fertilizing pond plants is also an important step toward balancing your pond. Strong healthy plants quickly utilize excess nutrients. Aquascape has two fertilizers, one short-term and one long-term. For optimal results use both fertilizers. The short-term fertilizer will jump-start your plants in the spring and the long-term fertilizer will continue to feed your plants for one full year. You’ll have beautiful, vibrant plants that help balance your pond’s ecosystem.

Algae don’t mind cool water, but for the rest of your pond’s ecosystem, 55° F is kind of the magic number. The plants and bacteria don’t jump into action, in the battle of the green monster, until the water temperature reaches, and consistently stays, around 50° to 55° F.  At this time they start growing and are then able to use up the excess nutrients that the algae would otherwise be feasting on. This is the reason for new spring algae blooms.
 

The Plants

While growing, aquatic plants absorb a lot of the nutrients in the water, and this helps combat algae growth.  Until they are actively growing, they have no use for the natural fertilizer lurking in the pond.  But as they begin growing, they will start to out-compete the algae for nutrients, the algae will be starved, and the pond water becomes clearer.  Another benefit that plants provide, particularly water lilies, is that they shade the surface of the water helping to keep the water cool, all while cutting down on the growth of string algae as well as green water.
 

The Bacteria

Bacteria also need warmer water to begin growing and colonizing, helping to provide clear water quality as well as reducing maintenance.  You can help jump-start the pond in the spring by adding supplemental bacteria such as Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria for Ponds, and providing it with a place to colonize.  Since bacteria like lots of nooks and crannies, having rocks and gravel in the bottom of your pond helps provide surface area for bacteria to grow.  A biological filter containing a filtration media like Aquascape BioBalls, with lots of surface area, provides optimum conditions for biological filtration in the smallest space possible. The more surface area available for bacteria to grow, the more efficient your biological filter.
 

Fish

Fish are also sensitive to water temperature, and as pond water warms up, you will see more activity, and be tempted to feed your fish.  You’ve missed your fish all winter, but until the water temperature is consistently at 55° F, don’t feed them.  Their metabolism is still in slow motion and they are unable to digest the food properly. If you do feed them and food cannot be digested, this can result in food starting to decay in the body of the fish, causing fish to become sick.  When you do start feeding your fish, begin with small amounts of a quality fish food formulated for colder water temperature, such as Aquascape Premium Coldwater Fish Food Pellets for all pond fish.
 

Patience Please…

You gotta have patience.  If you’ve stocked your pond with a sufficient number of plants, the temperature’s just right, and you’ve started supplementing with Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria for Ponds, your pond will quickly balance. Beneficial bacteria need to be added to a consistent maintenance routine to obtain optimal results.

Most Effective Way to Filter Pond Water

https://cepontzsons.com/filter-pond-water/

Filter Pond Water

Do you have questions about the most effective way to filter pond water? I bet you do. Having the proper filtration system on your pond is key. But there is more. Read the article below so you can understand what it takes to achieve clean and clear pond water.

 

BY:Aquascape

One of the common misconceptions consumers have today about pond ownership is that maintenance is tedious and time consuming. This simply isn’t true when proper steps are taken to create an Aquascape ecosystem pond that works with Mother Nature, not against her.

filter pond water

In addition to plants, fish, aeration, rocks and gravel, a low-maintenance ecosystem pond requires adequate filtration to help keep the water crystal clear.  Three types of pond filters are available on the market and include biological, mechanical, and sterilizers.  Biological filters use bacteria to break down pond wastes, converting them into less harmful compounds that can be used as aquatic plant fertilizers.  Mechanical filters trap and remove debris and sediment.  Water sterilizers pass water through a tube that houses an ultraviolet bulb, killing living microscopic particles in the water.

A good biological filtration system, teamed with a proper mechanical filter to remove solids before the water enters the biological filtration unit, is the most effective way to filter pond water.  With adequate biological and mechanical filtration, the need for sterilizers is eliminated altogether, thereby ensuring a natural ecosystem pond.

 

The Job of a Skimmer

The main function of mechanical filtration, or skimmer, is to remove debris before it sinks to the bottom of the pond and decays. The skimmer also houses and hides the pump and plumbing from view, as opposed to being placed directly in the pond where they become an eyesore.  The skimmer won’t drain the pond if a possible leak occurs in either the plumbing or waterfalls.

There are two main types of skimmers: box skimmers and floating skimmers.  Both types filter the water by removing floating debris and waste before it’s had a chance to fall to the bottom of the pond.  The box skimmer is the predominant type of skimmer on the market today because it’s easy to maintain.

Box-style skimmers come with either vertical or horizontal filter mats.  Horizontal mats prove to be the most effective, while providing the least amount of maintenance. In addition to frequent cleaning, vertical mats need to be constantly monitored to make sure there is enough water in the pump chamber for the pump to operate properly.  An advantage of horizontal filter mats is that they lay flat so there is no sagging and they don’t lose their shape.  They also never clog to the point of preventing water from passing through, so the pump chamber does not run dry.

As water enters the skimmer, the large debris is removed and the water is then further filtered through the horizontal mat. The pond water then travels through the plumbing buried underground, up to the biological filter where it’s further treated before re-entering the pond.

 

Biological Filtration Goes to Work

The biological filter receives water that has already passed through the mechanical filter, or skimmer, typically placed on the opposite side of the pond.  The water enters the biological filter via flexible pipe located near the base of the unit.  The water then flows from the bottom to the top of the filter, traveling through filter media housed inside the unit.  The filter media helps with the removal of fine to medium-sized particles.  The larger debris was already removed by the skimmer.

As the biological filter fills, it will overflow and cascade over its waterfall lip, cascading down rocks that have been set to create a beautiful and preferably natural-looking waterfall.  The waterfall creates aeration for the pond, assisting in the circulation and health of the water.  If a slower, stream effect is preferred, the unit simply needs to be sunk lower into the ground.

Biological filters on the market today range in size. For larger ponds, multiple biological filters can be incorporated into the design.

Waterfalls aid in filtration

 

The Science Behind the Design

Mechanical and biological filtration are critical to processing the many types of nutrients found in a water garden system, including fish waste, uneaten fish food, leaves, and runoff from lawns to name a few.  High levels of ammonia (a form of nitrogen) are highly toxic to fish and are a major contributor to prolific algae growth, and so they need to be carefully controlled.  In water gardening, the primary nutrient that biological filtration utilizes and renders usable is nitrogen.

In biological filtration, nitrifying bacteria, known as facultative bacteria, absorb ammonia, and turn nitrites into nitrates, which are less dangerous.  These bacteria require oxygen to live, so it’s important for the pond’s pump to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If the pump isn’t running, the waterfalls aren’t flowing, and aeration is eliminated from the necessary equation to maintain an ecosystem pond.  Keep in mind that if the pump shuts down, the bacteria will quickly use up all of the oxygen and die.  This isn’t a good thing.

Nitrates are then removed from the pond by another biological filtration method known as de-nitrification.  This process occurs only in anaerobic (without oxygen) areas of the pond.  That’s why it’s not necessarily bad for some areas of the pond to experience minimal water flow (such as on the bottom of the pond, under an inch or so of gravel).  The bacteria that live in this area of the pond turn nitrates into nitrogen gas, which is released into the atmosphere.  Nitrates are also absorbed by aquatic plants and algae during their growth processes.  A pond without aquatic plants will prove to be a maintenance nightmare.

For any biological filtration to work, there literally needs to be billions of bacteria working to purify the water.  They prefer to anchor onto things, which is why surface area is so important.  More surface area means more bacteria, and more bacteria means better biological filtration.  Surface area is provided by filter media, rocks, and gravel.  A pond with gravel on the bottom will contain more surface area for bacteria, as opposed to a pond with exposed liner on the bottom.

 

The Role of Aquatic Plants

Another important component to pond filtration is the use of plants. Many gardeners add a pond to their landscape for the variety of aquatic plants available, and while their beauty is certainly an aesthetic asset; a critical benefit is the work these plants do to help filter the water. Plants help purify pond water by reducing nutrients, filtering out sediments and absorbing toxic compounds through the process of phytoremediation.

filter pond water

If these excess nutrients are not removed, algae will feed on them, resulting in green water, string algae, or both. Algae control is not the only way plants help create a low-maintenance ecosystem pond. Submerged and marginal plants also provide food, shade, and protection for the fish and other wildlife that live in and around the pond.

 

Low-Maintenance Customers

To keep pond water quality high, the simple process of repeatedly turning the water over through the mechanical and biological filters is needed in order to create a naturally balanced, low-maintenance ecosystem pond.  Add the remaining components of plants, fish, aeration, rock, and gravel, and you’ll find greater success in creating easy-to-maintain water gardens for your customers.

More on how to filter pond water: www.aquascapeinc.com

Creative Outdoor Living

https://cepontzsons.com/creative-outdoor-living/
The Face of Creative Outdoor Living: C.E. Pontz Sons

The Face of Creative Outdoor Living: C.E. Pontz Sons

 

The Face of Creative Outdoor Living

BY: Susquehanna Style

 
“The outdoor living trend is as popular as it’s ever been,” says Bobby Kenyon of C.E. Pontz. “But over the last year or two, more and more empty nesters are building backyard living spaces so they can enjoy time with extended family, kids, and grandkids. They are saying, ‘Why go on vacation for a week when I can renovate my backyard and enjoy it for a long time?’”

Kenyon, who goes by the title of “creative solutions guru,” says customers appreciate the personality, fun and relaxed approach of C.E. Pontz Sons. We are talking about backyards, after all.

Founded in 1934, C.E. Pontz Sons has completed projects of all sizes—a feat that requires creativity and ingenuity. While complete backyard renovations can involve patios, seating and dining areas, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, pavilions, sound systems, fire pits and water features, the Lancaster County company also enjoys the challenge of smaller projects.

“We’ve done lots of small waterfalls and patios in city backyards where space is tighter,” Kenyon explains. “Coming home to the sound of water in your backyard is about as tranquil as it gets.”

 
Read More:http://www.susquehannastyle.com/May-2017/FACES-of-the-Susquehanna-Valley-2017/

HOW MANY FISH CAN YOU ADD TO A POND?

https://cepontzsons.com/how-many-fish-can-you-add-to-a-pond/

Have you ever wondered how many fish can you add to a pond. Do i have too many fish? Can i add more? Luckily for you we have all the answers provided thanks to our good friends at Aquascape!

How many fish can you add to a Pond

How many fish can you add to a Pond

 

HOW MANY FISH CAN YOU ADD TO A POND?

BY: Aquascape

Pond owners love fish but can collect them to the point of overcrowding their pond. While fish certainly bring joy to any pond, they can also bring headaches to water quality if you go overboard when stocking fish. Too many fish creates an imbalance in the pond’s ecosystem so you’ll want to make sure you are smart about the number and size of fish in their water garden.

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 be ready for them to grow larger, so they should be careful not to overstock no matter how tempting this may be! Some pond experts go so far as to recommend only one-half 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 eliminate some of your customer’s fish to achieve the ideal stocking density based on the system the fish are in, and then the remainder may recover. So advise your customer to reduce the number of fish if their pond is overstocked.

Additional Reading

The Secret to Healthy Pond Fish

How to Add Fish to a New Pond

Are All Fish Foods Created Equal? 

Pond Cleaning

https://cepontzsons.com/pond-cleaning/
Spring Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA

Spring Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA

 

Spring Pond Cleaning

Pond cleaning is typically done in the spring but may also take place in the fall. Spring clean outs consists of draining the pond water and removing any fish. The fish will be safely stored in holding tanks with aerator’s during the clean-out. We then power wash the pond and filter media as well as removing excess debris and fish waste accumulated at the bottom of the pond. During this time aquatic plants will be thinned out, removed, or replanted as necessary. After the pond is thoroughly cleaned, pond detox will be added to the filling 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. We will then begin to reintroduce the fish back into the pond.

 Pond Clean out Lancaster, PA

Pond Clean out Lancaster, PA

 

Pond Maintenance

Beyond spring pond clean outs there are a few maintenance chores that go along with owning a water feature. While many pond owners enjoy this interaction with the water feature, some do not. That is why we offer a total water feature maintenace program!This Program includes: Bi-weekly maintenance visits year round, Spring Pond Cleaning, Fall Close-ups, and winter prep. Included in your maintenance program is a complimentary AUTO DOSING SYSTEM. As long as you are enrolled in the maintenance program you will be included in our Pontz Preferred Membership. call us today 717-394-9923 or contact us here if you’re interested in getting signed up for any of our water feature maintenance programs!

Spring Pond Clean out Lancaster, PA

Spring Pond Clean out Lancaster, PA

Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA

Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA

Landscaping Around Pools

https://cepontzsons.com/landscaping-around-pools/

Looking for options for Landscaping Around Pools? Well you’ve come to the right place. Pontz is well versed in the world of creating amazing outdoor living spaces around your backyard pool. Whether your looking a patio area, pool decking, or seating and living areas. Maybe waterfalls going into the pool. Lighting for evening enjoyment, or quality outdoor sound for entertainment. Possibly a near by fire place to warm up on cool summer nights. Pontz has got you covered. Here’s where to start.

 

Landscaping Around Pools

Landscaping Around Pools

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

This is the complete outdoor living package. The project consists of just about everything one would want in their backyard. The large poolside outdoor living project has tons of different features throughout the property. The largest and most noticeable feature being the large timber frame pavilion. The pavilion sits above a massive wood burning fireplace. A large chimney and stone veneer accent this beautiful fire feature surrounded by a spacious outdoor living room. The fireplace hearth also includes wood storage sides.
To the right of the outdoor living room is a one of a kind pool house. The pool house is surrounded by a paver patio area that connects to the existing concrete. The pool house features a natural stone top bar area with stone veneer. inside is room for storage and changing and also includes a restroom.
The pool area is surrounded by stone veneered sitting walls and pillars as well as matching pillars at the base of the pavilion. The seating walls and pillars finish of with thermal flagstone caps.
An outdoor kitchen and dining area was installed under the existing deck. The outdoor kitchen in complete with custom made granite counter top and dining table area. It includes a gas grill and double side burner, as well as a refrigerator and underneath storage areas and in complete with stone veneer.
Next to the outdoor kitchen are is a hillside pondless water feature. The limestone bolder waterfall stretches approximately 15 feet with multiple cascading waterfalls.
Landscape lighting was installed throughout the pool area as well as the surrounding landscape beds and walkway areas.
New landscape beds and plants were installed inside of pool fence as well as beds around front and side foundation of home. Sod was installed on disturbed areas inside of pool fence, and grading and seeding was done to areas outside of the fence. Plantings were also installed in existing beds on front slope and a new bed to left of the driveway entrance. All beds were finished off with a fresh coat of mulch.
This project is located in the beautiful hillside of Lancaster County, PA.

 

Natural Stone Patio

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area with smoklees fire pit installed in Marietta, PA

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area with smoklees fire pit installed in Marietta, PA

This Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living project included a few phases of construction and design. Above is a Before & After photo of the project. We installed various natural stone patio, and walkways throughout the property and surrounding the pool, as well as a natural stone diving rock at the pools ledge. The main seating are includes a natural stone fire pit and a smokeless wood burning insert. There is multiple Wisconsin weathered limestone boulder retaining walls. one retaining wall is between the top and lower tier of the main patios as well as one retaining a portion of the patio and surrounding the hot tub/ spa area. There is landscape lighting including path lights as well as accent lights installed throughout the property. We also installed trees, plants and mulch in the surrounding landscape to complete the project. This project was installed at a beautiful historic house located in Marietta, PA Lancaster County.

 

Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area

Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area installed in Hummelstown, PA

Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area installed in Hummelstown, PA

This Poolside Patio and Outdoor Living area project is located in Hummelstown, PA. The project includes installation of upper and lower paver patios around the pool, cast concrete steps, and boulder retaining walls. The upper patio includes sitting wall and smokeless fire pit as well as stepping stone paths. This project also includes landscape lighting, landscaping and sod inside the fence and seeding outside the fence as well as shade trees and evergreen privacy trees. There is natural stone steppers and landscaping with tiki torch landscape lighting leading up to the pool slide. This is a true outdoor living paradise perfect for family get-together’s, but large enough to entertain the entire neighborhood!!!

 

Natural Stone Waterfalls

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

This project consists of a Natural Stone Waterfall installation in a Swimming Pool in Mechanicsburg, PA. The swimming pool was installed by integrity pools & spas, and we were brought in to install the waterfalls. The Water Feature consists of two separate waterfalls which spill onto a seating or diving ledge located in the deep end of the pool. The water is then filtered and recycled through a modern pool filtration system.

 

Pool Waterfalls

Natural Stone Waterfall into Pool and Paver patio installed in York, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall into Pool and Paver patio installed in York, PA

This Project consisted of a natural stone boulder waterfall that spills into the pool with natural stone dive rock in between the waterfalls. We also installed a large TechoBloc paver patio and walkways around the pool for outdoor living and poolside entertaining purposes. This Project is located in York, PA.

 

Boulder Retaining Walls

Pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

This Pool Landscaping project consisted of installing a complete new landscape around a new installed pool. The pool landscaping included new landscape beds and plant material as well as buffer planting on the right side of the home. Landscaping was installed around the deck and patio are directly behind the house. The spa area included a stone setting base for the hot tub. A flagstone walk and stone mulch bed were installed leading up to the hut tub area. Landscaping was also installed along the foundation of house. A Natural Stone Boulder Wall was installed behind the pool towards the back of the property. The boulder wall is approximately 87 feet long and 3 feet high and constructed of limestone. Centered in the wall is a set of square cut flagstone steppers. The steppers lead to the natural stone steps leading to the backyard play area. Below the boulder wall is a landscaping bed runs the distance of the wall. This bed includes plantings with a river stone mulch. Above the boulder wall there is another bed full of plantings finished off with bark mulch. All of the areas disturbed by the pool installation and landscaping were fine graded and seeded. The final seeding was finished off with erosion control matting and straw mulch. The fence around the pool area and the landscaping has yet to be installed at the time of these photographs. This project is located in Lancaster, PA

 

Poolside Pond

Poolside Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

Poolside Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

This Backyard Fish pond installation included an Aquascape Ecosystem 8’x11? Pond with waterfall. The Poolside 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

 

Outdoor Kitchen & Entertaining Area

Landscaping Around Pools

Poolside Kitchen & Entertaining Area installed in Lancaster, PA

This Poolside Kitchen & Entertaining Area includes an outdoor kitchen, unilock paver flooring in the kitchen and dining area, walk to fence gate and conservatory stoop, natural stone step from the sunroom, stone veneer from the conservatory egress window to the the back of the home from kitchen to the sunroom and wrapping around the sunroom, stone veneer on the kitchen cabinets facing outward and stucco on the back side around the egress window, 36? grill in stainless steel, single side burner, wine caddy, two double access and one single stainless steel doors under the cabinets, and low voltage lighting to down light the counter tops from the pergola structure. This project also includes supply and installation of a pergola over the kitchen island constructed of oiled douglas fir.

BEAUTIFUL BACKYARDS

https://cepontzsons.com/beautiful-backyards/

BEAUTIFUL BACKYARDS: BE INSPIRED!

BY:Aquascape 

Beautiful backyards create additional living space on your property. Perhaps you’ve added a deck or patio to your backyard for outdoor dining and entertaining. Why not take your outdoor living space to the next level by adding the soothing sights and sounds of water to your landscape?

Beautiful Backyards with Pond

Up Close and Personal

When adding a backyard water feature, you want to make sure you place it in a location where you can most enjoy it. Close to a patio or deck is ideal. You can open up the windows and listen to the waterfall from inside your home.

Deck and Pond in the Shade

Locating a pond near your patio also provides a convenient place to feed your finned friends!

Backyard Koi Pond

Explore More with a Bridge

When designing a backyard pond, waterfall, or stream, consider adding a stone bridge or stepping stones to reach yet another viewing area of the pond. You’ll enjoy seeing your water feature from all angles.

Backyard Pond and Patio

Backyard Fish Pond with Stepping Stones

Simple Viewing Area

Sometimes all you need is a simple bench or chair to enjoy the view of your water feature. Be sure to include landscape plants that soften the edges of a pond or waterfall and help to transition the feature into the rest of the yard.

Serene Koi Pond

Backyard Pond Viewing Area

Earthy Elements

Fire and water are a popular landscape combination. Consider locating your fire pit near your water feature for maximum benefits of both elements.

Backyard Pond with Bridge to Fire Pit

Dining and Entertaining

A favorite past-time of pond and waterfall owners is dining and entertaining near the water. When you enjoy a meal with loved ones next to a gorgeous water feature – it’s like treating your friends and family to a day on vacation!

Dining Area with Backyard Pond

Dining Area with Backyard Waterfall

Ponds and waterfalls truly add a special element to beautiful backyards. No other form of landscape creates such amazing vistas and soothing sounds. Make this summer the year that you add the element of water to your outdoor living space.  You’ll wonder why you waited so long!

 
Enjoy our video showcasing beautiful backyards!

How to Harvest Rainwater in Your Yard

https://cepontzsons.com/harvest-rainwater/

Harvest rainwater

rainwater harvesting


 

Harvest Rainwater

 
Why contribute to run-off when you can harvest rainwater in your yard? The typical home landscape is designed for water to run off the property. This water then runs of your roof driveway etc in to the street sewer and eventually into lakes rivers and streams polluting them. Save rainwater to use to recharge soil moisture, cut down on outside water use like topping off your pool, washing your car, watering your plants, etc…

harvest rainwater

 

WHY RAINWATER HARVESTING?

The earth is known as the Blue Planet for a reason, it’s no surprise that water is a dominant part of our everyday lives. The worlds current challenge is to improve the planet’s water quality and then maintain clean and healthy water that supports all life forms in our diverse environment.

 

RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEMS MAKES DOLLARS AND “SENSE”

  • Reduce water bills including city storm sewer charges
  • Alleviate demand on municipal systems
  • Avoid strict watering schedules

 

BETTER FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE THAN MUNICIPALLY TREATED WATER

  • Rainwater is extremely rich in nutrients
  • Using rainwater to irrigate will reduce fertilizer use
  • No chemicals have been added to rainwater

 

THE RAINXCHANGE™ SYSTEM IS REVOLUTIONARY!

The Aquascape RainXchange™ Harvesting Systems are a revolutionary design that combines a recirculating decorative water feature with a sub-surface rainwater harvesting collection system.

  • Clean, Filtered Water Collection & Storage – While you enjoy the benefits of a decorative water feature, the RainXchange™ Rainwater Harvesting System filters the stored water to prevent stagnation and growth of unhealthy bacteria.
  • The RainXchange™ Rainwater Harvesting System reveals only a beautiful water feature that integrates easily into existing landscape.
  • Collecting and storing the water underground maintains the integrity and beauty of your home and landscape.
  • Wildlife Habitat – Because the water stored in the RainXchange™ System is constantly moving and being aerated, it becomes a sanctuary for wildlife.
  • Water Feature Lifestyle – Enhanced landscaping improves property value and water features provide soothing sights and sounds that help you relax and de-stress in today’s busy world.
  • Environmental Conservation – Capturing rainwater to operate the water feature creates true self-sustainability, drastically reducing the need for chemically-treated traditional water sources.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
1 inch of rainfall on a 2,000 sq. ft. residential roof generates 1,250 gallons of water that can be reused.
That same roof in a region receiving 30 inches of annual rainfall generates 41,000 gallons of reusable water.
The average US household with a 10,000 square foot lot uses 5,000 gallons of water weekly for landscape irrigation.
Running a sprinkler for 2 hours can use up to 500 gallons of water.
The RainXchange™ allows you to collect thousands of gallons of water anywhere, even in the Desert!
RainXchange rainwater harvesting & collection system diagram

KOI INDUSTRY AT RISK

https://cepontzsons.com/koi-industry-risk/

KOI INDUSTRY AT RISK: HOW YOU CAN HELP

BY: Aquascape 

Pond owners love their koi, often giving them names and training their fish to eat right from their hand. At Aquascape, we treasure the benefits that koi and other pond fish provide to an ecosystem pond. And so, it is with a heavy heart that we need to make you aware that the U.S. koi industry is at risk. But there is good news – you can help!

Koi industry at risk

Injurious Species List
The Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP) has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to add 43 species of fish to the Injurious Species list. Included on the list is common carp, or koi.

If these fish are added to the Injurious Species list, it will be illegal to transport them across state lines. Importation and production of koi will no longer be economically feasible. Koi retailers will likely lose their businesses and pond owners will no longer have access to the variety of koi they currently enjoy.

In response, the National Aquaculture Association is formulating a plan to fight and oppose this regulation. Likewise, Aquascape is committed to raising awareness of this issue

Your Help is Needed
We hope you’ll join our efforts by following the simple steps below.

  • Spread the word. Let other pond owners know what is at stake if koi are added to the Injurious Species list. Share the news with your local water garden club, or post about this issue on social media.
  • Contact your elected officials to voice your disagreement with this proposed regulation change. Call, write, or email their office with your concerns. You can find your elected officials here.

Instructions for Petitioning U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Download the petition
  • Change the information in the first line to match your name, business, and location.
  • Feel free to add any other information that you desire to express your concern.
  • Sign your name at the end of the letter.
  • Save the file with a unique name.
  • Email the letter to craig_martin@fws.gov. Be sure to mention koi and the Injurious Species listing in both the subject line and body of the email.
  • Print two copies of the file and mail to the following:

Craig Martin, Chief
Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

and

National Aquaculture Association
PO Box 12759
Tallahassee, FL 32317-2759

Thank you for any support you can provide on this matter. We’re confident that the koi industry and koi enthusiasts like you can successfully push back against this proposed regulation.

If you have questions or want to learn more about Aquascape ecosystem ponds and the integral role koi play within a balanced ecosystem, please visit aquascapeinc.com/ecosystem-pond-approach.

SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR YOUR POND

https://cepontzsons.com/spring-maintenance-tips-for-your-pond/

8 SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR YOUR POND

BY:Aquascape 

Spring is almost here and it’s time to get a little maintenance done on your pond. These maintenance tasks can help prevent future problems from arising throughout the pond season. Some pond enthusiasts enjoy performing their own maintenance, but you can always hire a professional to take care of it for you. Certified Aquascape Contractors are trained to properly care for ponds and water features. You can find a CAC in your area by clicking here.

SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS

1. Clean out your pond, whether that means a full cleanout or just picking up a bit and rinsing things off. Enjoy our easy-to-follow spring cleanout instructions.

2. Check your pump to make sure that it’s clean and functioning correctly. Your pump is the heart of your water feature and needs to be in tip-top shape at all times. Learn more about water feature pump maintenance.

3. Fix any leaks in your water feature. Constantly adding tap water to make up for a loss of pond water means the constant addition of nutrients which will eventually promote algae growth.

Remove algae from your pond

4. Remove algae, leaves and other debris left over from the season before. This is crucial because an excess of decaying debris will add to the nutrient levels and the algae in the pond.

5. Start adding beneficial bacteria treatments and continue to do so regularly throughout the season. It competes with the algae for available nutrients, starving the algae of its food source.  Use Aquascape’s Automatic Dosing System to avoid the hassle of consistently adding and choosing the correct water treatments for your water feature.

6. Add plants to control algae. Since plants directly compete with algae for nutrients, they are the most important addition to the pond. Using a wide variety of plants will not only add to the natural look of the pond, but will reduce algae growth as well.

7. DO NOT overfeed your fish. Fish food that is not eaten will add more nutrients to the pond, helping feed the algae. See our 5 Tips for Feeding Fish article for more information.

8. Last but not least, have fun with your water feature! Spruce it up with new landscaping, add a fountain within your feature, add lighting or just change up some of the rock work! Get creative because after all, your water feature is your masterpiece to enjoy and show off to others.

Need more information on getting your water feature ready for the season? Check out this short video below:

Read More: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs