The Secret to Healthy Koi and Pond Fish

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You love your finned friends and can’t wait to see them swimming about after the winter thaw. While you’re dreaming of summer days by the pond, start thinking about your fish and taking measures to ensure they remain healthy throughout the year. Most fish issues can be avoided by following a few simple, preventative measures.

Backyard Koi Pond in Lancaster, PA

Backyard Koi Pond in Lancaster, PA


 
BY: AQUASCAPE

 

1. Understand Water Quality

The majority of issues with fish are caused by poor water quality. Make sure that the fish population is under control and not over-crowded. A general rule of thumb for pond sticking is to ensure you have no more than ten inches of fish (in length) for every 100 gallons of water in your pond. So if your pond is 1000 gallons, you can have a total of 100 inches of fish. You should balance your fish population with a variety of pond plants. Your plants will absorb fish waste as fertilizer and will starve algae of this fertilizer.

Beneficial bacteria should be added to your pond on a regular basis to help keep it balanced. Consider adding the Aquascape Automatic Dosing System, an electronically operated dispenser automatically releases the proper dose of water treatments for your pond.
 

2. Buy Your Fish from a Responsible Retailer

Never buy sick fish and if possible, quarantine new fish for a few days before adding them to your pond. Always ask how long the retailer has had the fish. If they have just received them, ask the retailer to hold the fish for a few days to make sure the fish recovers from stress related to transport and new water chemistry. You can read our 10 tips for buying fish to help you make the right choices
 

3. Keep a Close Eye on Your Fish

Watching your fish is one of the great pleasures in Living the Aquascape Lifestyle™! If you notice any signs of disease or unusual behavior, refer to our fish treatments page which includes a handy chart for identifying and treating the most common pond fish issues. You can always consult the store or garden center where you purchased the fish, or visit our favorite koi vet’s web page for even more information.
 

4. Test Your Water

Test your water if you suspect there might be a quality issue. The level of pH can affect your fish in an adverse manner. But if you’re consistently adding beneficial bacteria, have proper pond filtration, and a good balance of fish and plants for the size of your pond, you should rarely have issues. Keep in mind that outside factors like lawn chemicals can leach into your pond and cause problems. It’s best not to apply chemicals to plants or grass near your pond.
 

5. Feed Your Fish a High Quality Food

Feeding a high quality fish food will not affect water quality and will ensure that your fish are getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need to maintain proper health. Be careful not to overfeed your fish as uneaten fish food will decay and can cause an imbalance in pond water. Feed your fish no more than they can eat in five minutes. In the summer, you can feed them up to three times per day. In cooler temperatures, feed them only once – and stop feeding your fish altogether when pond water temperature drops below fifty degrees.

Prevention is the best cure for your finned friends! The easiest way to avoid disease problems is to maintain optimum water conditions. Feeding a quality diet and adding beneficial bacteria on a regular basis helps maintain a balanced ecosystem. Disease problems must be addressed in the early stages to be successful.  By following these simple tips you’ll enjoy seeing your pond fish swim happily and healthily throughout the pond season!

Poolside Patio & Living Area

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Poolside Patio Kitchen & Living Area in York, PA

Poolside Patio Kitchen & Living Area in York, PA

This Poolside Patio Kitchen & Living Area project consisted of a large multiple tier Techo-Bloc Patio surrounding the inground swimming pool complete with pergola, outdoor kitchen, and landscape lighting.

Poolside Patio Kitchen & Living Area in York, PA

Poolside Patio Kitchen & Living Area in York, PA

The project began with the installation of the upper patio at the back entrance to the home. Following installation of this patio the pool was then installed. an outdoor entrqace from the basement was installed with poured concrete sidewalls and steps. After main installation of the pool was complete we installed a large redi-rock retaining wall around the perimeter of the property to bring it up to grade. We then began with surrounding techo bloc patio around the pool with additional walkway from the backyard to the driveway at the side of the home. Planting beds with landscaping and landscape lighting were installed around the patio and backyard area. The top patio was outfitted with a challenger outdoor kitchen Including a 32” grill with rotisserie and sear burner, grill cover, built-in trash can drawer, sink and faucet, multiple cabinets for added storage and a beautiful granite counter top.

Poolside Patio & Living Area in York, PA

Poolside Patio & Living Area in York, PA

A large cedar pergola was installed over the raised patio area. The pergola is attached to house and includes down lights installed in pergola rafters. The landscape lighting system is installed using FX Luminaire system, with zoning, dimming, and color changing capabilities.

Poolside Patio & Living Area in York, PA

Poolside Patio & Living Area in York, PA

This is the first Phase of a two phase project to also include outdoor audio, lower patio area, pavilion, and fire feature. Stay tuned for the epic conclusion.

Poolside Patio & Living Area in York, PA

Poolside Patio & Living Area in York, PA

Poolside Patio Kitchen & Living Area in York, PA

Poolside Patio Kitchen & Living Area in York, PA

Our service areas include Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

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Landscape Lighting Design & Installation

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Looking for Landscape Lighting Design & Installation? Well Look no further. Our highly qualified crews service area includes Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

Front Entrance Lndscape Lighting installed in Lititz, PA

Front Entrance Landscape Lighting installed in Lititz, PA

 

Landscape Lighting Design

When it gets dark outside, your beautiful out-of-doors need not disappear! Double the enjoyment of your landscaping with outdoor lighting. Warm, subtle, energy efficient lighting!

Properly designed landscape lighting will combine smooth transitions and varied light levels that will direct the eye naturally from one focal point to the next and will create depth and balance across the entire property.

Whether you are looking to create stunning curb appeal, enhance your home’s security, or simply want to enjoy evenings spent outside, if you live in the Berks County, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Lancaster, & York PA area we’d love to design and install a system for you.

Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

Our service areas include Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

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Natural Stone Patio Design & Installation

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Looking for Natural Stone Patio (Flagstone) Design & Installation ? Well Look no further. Our highly qualified crews service area includes Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

Epic Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Epic Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Natural Stone Patios

Do you love the rustic beauty of Natural Stone? Want a patio that will only get more beautiful with age? We specialize in the design and installation of natural stone patios in the Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, and West Chester PA Area! What a better way to turn your backyard into a natural looking oasis than using real stone! Our designs incorporate a wide variety of both local and imported stone to create the patio of your dreams!

Natural Stone Patio Design & Installation Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone Patio Design & Installation Lancaster, PA

Flagstone is one of the best materials for patios primarily due to its narrow packed joints that allow water to permeate instead of running off. Flagstone patios also have a very natural, organic look due to their shape and earthy shades of browns, reds, grays and blues. The most common types of flagstone used for paving patios are sandstone, slate and limestone. Flagstone provides a durable and naturally slip-resistant patio surface that will last for years.

Natural Stone Backyard Makeover

Natural Stone Backyard Makeover

Benefits of a Flagstone Patio:
Natural look
Durable
Can be laid dry for a permeable surface
Moss, grass or a hardy ground cover can be grown between the stones
Rich color with natural variation
Flagstone Patio Patterns & Layout

Natural Stone Patio Design & Installation Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone Patio Design & Installation Lancaster, PA

 
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Landscape & Garden Fountains

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Looking for Landscape & Garden Fountains Sales & Installations? Well Look no further. Our highly qualified crews service areas include Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

Landscape Garden Fountain | Harrisburg, PA

Landscape Garden Fountain | Harrisburg, PA


 

Landscape & Garden Fountains

Adding a water feature brings a whole new sensory experience to your garden. A well-placed garden fountain can transform an ordinary backyard into a relaxing outdoor retreat with the restorative sound and hypnotizing movement of trickling water. A fountainscape can also serve as a focal point in a front yard, plaza or courtyard.
 

Landscape Fountains (Fountainscapes)

Landscape & Garden Fountains provide homeowners in the with a unique and creative way to decorate their outdoor living space. Many homeowners desire the soothing sounds of running water, but are just not ready for a pond or simply can’t afford one. Aquascape’s handcrafted decorative line, provides the perfect solution for capitalizing on these small, entry-level water features.

Got a spot in your garden leaving you without ideas about what to put there? Maybe it’s a shady spot where grass struggles to grow. Perhaps the soil isn’t the best for nurturing healthy perennials and annuals. Or maybe you’re just interested in attracting a few more birds and butterflies to that location.
 
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Professional Pond Repairs & Leak Detection

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Looking for Professional pond repairs? Well Look no further. Our highly qualified techs service areas include Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

Professional Pond Repairs & Leak Detection in Lancaster, PA

Professional Pond Repairs & Leak Detection in Lancaster, PA


 

POND Repairs & Leak Detection

Finding a leak in a pond can be a daunting task for someone without a great deal of experience. Professional pond repairs and renovations in the Lancaster & Central (PA) area of Pennsylvania means…. we know how to fix your pond leak. We use a consistent trouble shooting methodology to narrow down the source of your leak as quickly as possible. We start with the most likely suspects, such as leaky plumbing connections, skimmer and filter leaks, and improperly formed waterfalls. If the leak is not found in these areas, and we’ve ruled everything else out – you’ve got a hole in your liner. Rather than wasting your valuable time and money searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack, we will replace the liner. Close to 40 years combined experience has shown that replacing the liner is less expensive and time consuming than trying to find a hole – which can take days or weeks. A liner replacement is a relatively simple operation that can usually be accomplished in a single day, depending on how your pond is built.
 

Pond Water Clarity Problems

Why is water clarity listed in the repair section? Because if you are not able to see a dime placed at the bottom of your pond, there is a good chance that some part of your pond ecosystem is not working properly and needs to be repaired or replaced. Do you have green pond water or black pond water in your pond? We can figure out why and repair the pond ecosystem to resolve these issues.
 

Pond Filter/Pump Repairs

There are many types of pond filtration systems & pumps, and we’ve worked with just about all of them. If your filter or pump worked at one time, but is no longer performing the job – we perform all types of pond filter & pump repairs that can help. If your pond filter has never worked the way it should, we can help you with that as well.
 

Waterfall Repairs

Customers have come to us with all kinds of waterfall problems. An improperly designed waterfall can cause a great deal of water loss, or it may just look unnatural and need a face lift. Our team has built dozens and dozens of waterfalls, and we know how to do it the right way. It really doesn’t matter what your waterfall problem is – we can fix it, and ensure you will have many years of low maintenance enjoyment of your water feature.
 
Our service areas include Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

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Professional Pond Cleaning & Maintenance Services

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Looking for Professional pond cleaning and pond maintenance services? Well Look no further. Our highly qualified techs service area includes Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA

Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA


 

Pond Cleaning & Maintenance Services

Spring is always just around the corner and before you know it you will be outside enjoying the weather and all the wonder and excitement of your beautiful pond again, which brings us to the topic of preparing your pond for Spring and the upcoming season. We recommend that your pond receive a full professional cleaning at least once, on occasion twice per year to help maintain its low maintenance and beautiful appearance. Failure to perform an annual clean out could result in increased maintenance or fish health issues.
All customers receive a custom price quote for their clean out. If we have serviced your pond in the past or if we installed your pond we can give you a cost for your cleaning once you have contacted us. If you are a new customer we will require a Pond Profile to familiarize ourselves with your pond and to give you an accurate Spring Pond Maintenance price. If you would like to hire C.E. Pontz Sons to perform your spring maintenance services. Please contact us now to ensure we can fit you into our spring schedule.

 

Pond Clean out Details

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Drain, Rinse & Pond Refill
Pond Sludge Removal
Pressure wash rocks & gravel
Thin out overgrown aquatic plants
Removal of excess debris and leaves
Fish Health Check
Pond Water Quality Inspection
Lighting Check
Pump Maintenance Inspection
Pond Filters Cleaning/Inspection
Pond, Stream & Waterfall Face lift (Adjust Rocks, Add Gravel, Etc.)
 
Our service areas include Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

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Disappearing Backyard Pondless Waterfall Contractors

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Looking for Disappearing Backyard Pondless Waterfall Contractors? Well Look no further. Our highly qualified crews service areas including Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)
 

Massive Disappearing Waterfall installed in Elizabethtown, PA

Massive Disappearing Waterfall installed in Elizabethtown, PA


 

Disappearing Backyard Pondless Waterfalls

Disappearing waterfalls or “Pondless Waterfalls” are a great, low maintenance water garden option for your landscape ideas. If you live in Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. We can fill your yard with the sites and sounds of waterfalls and fluttering birds that bathe in the cascading water. But unlike a pond, the water ends up in a re-circulating basin that is hidden under decorative gravel.
 

So What Is A Pondless Waterfall?

C.E. Pontz Sons in the Lancaster, PA area, specializes in pondless waterfall construction. And unlike other pond contractors who will only do the water feature itself, we know no pondless waterfall is complete without the proper landscaping to make it look natural and beautiful. We can help make it beautiful.. We know what plants look best around a pondless waterfall to make it look like a natural stream and not just a water feature plopped into the ground. So let us take take of everything from start to finish. No need to find multiple contractors to get your job done right the first time.
 

Pondless Waterfalls

Pondless Waterfalls installed by Master Certified Aquascape Contractor C.E. Pontz Sons, are simply a re-circulating Disappearing 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. If you are considering a Pondless Waterfall for your yard, you can trust in a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor to get it done right the first time.
 

Safety

Because there is no pool of water, an Aquascape 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 water garden you want to build. In most cases, the price of an Aquascape 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 are not dealing with an established ecosystem, it is not necessary to run the pump 24/7.
 

Space

The small size of the Aquascape Pondless® Waterfall means you can build and enjoy a beautiful waterfall anywhere in you yard.
 

Maintenance

Taking care of your Aquascape 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 Aquascape Pondless® Waterfall is the possibility for the future. If you change your mind later, wishing you had built a pond, that is ok! If you leave enough room around the base of the waterfall, it is easy to add a pond onto an Aquascape Pondless® Waterfall.
 
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Pond Maintenance & Services

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Pond Maintenance & Services

Pond Maintenance & Services

Pond Maintenance & Services

Looking for a Pond Maintenance & Services contractor in your area? We offer top of the line quality service to Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, PA and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the most comprehensive and logical pond maintenance services programs available. From Pond Cleaning, to small or large Pond Repairs, we have you covered. This dedication to all the service end of our business enables us to make educated improvements on our uses of the Aquascape product line we use, ultimately providing you with the best Pond Maintenance services that you will find in your area. Simply put we love Ponds and Waterfalls and enjoy the opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise with you so that you may enjoy your Water Gardening lifestyle. We recommend you research the maintenance plan any company is proposing to you and ask for references the same as you would for the initial installation
 

Pond Algae & Water Clarity Issues

Are you struggling keeping string algae under control in your pond? Or worse yet… cannot seem to get your pond water clear and healthy? Whether you have a large pond or small backyard fish pond…First things first… we suggest a Pond Profile as your first step. Maybe you are a very busy individual who travels often in your profession, or simply want your water feature professionally cleaned and maintained so all you have to do is relax and enjoy your Pond, Fish and waterfalls. We often compare our pond maintenance services to having your Lawn professionally maintained.
 

Pond Algae, “the good, bad, & the ugly “

While pond “string algae” is the sign of a healthy ecosystem, pond algae grows primarily when one or more of the pond’s natural balances is out of whack. We seek to balance the pond organically while using as few chemicals as possible. While this method of controlling algae is a solution and works well, it usually requires a bit of patience while nature does its part.
 
Again Our service areas include Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)
 
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Fish & Koi Pond Design & Installation

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Fish & Koi Ponds

Looking for a Fish & Koi Pond Design & Installation Contractor? Well Look no further. Our highly qualified crews service area includes Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

 

Fish & Koi Pond Design & Installation in Lancaster, PA

Fish & Koi Pond Design & Installation in Lancaster, PA


 
So What is an Ecosystem Pond Anyway?

A pond is comprised of an ecosystem which includes both biological and mechanical filtration. Backyard ponds are truly the jewel of the water feature lifestyle. They contain all the parts of a balanced ecosystem pond–plants, fish, rocks and gravel, and a biological filtration and circulation system.
There is nothing quite like a fish or koi pond in a landscape built by a professional Pond builder or installer. The soothing sound of cascading waterfalls, the sight of graceful, colorful koi swimming in the water and aquatic plantings can give you your own piece of paradise in the Berks County, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Lancaster, & York area. Water gardens are the perfect cure for a stressful lifestyle and give you a paradise oasis right in your own yard, right here in Central (PA).

But few pond builders have a true sense of the art of construction and creation it takes to make your pond look real and function properly. C.E. Pontz Sons serving the Lancaster (PA) area, takes care to hand-pick boulders complete with moss and lichen. We know the art of rock placement to complete a natural look. And we also know how to properly filtrate your pond so it will stay clear and be low maintenance.

So just how does C.E. Pontz Sons know all these things? We are a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor, and are undergoing annual training to keep the prestigious designation. There are less than 300 CACs in the United States, and we are the only one in the Central PA area. If you are thinking about a pond, make sure you pick a contractor with a proven track record and contact us today !
 

We Install The Aquascape Ecosystem Pond Filtration System

Fish & Koi Pond Contractor/Builder/Designer/Installer

 

Pond Ecosystems Bring your Backyard Landscape to Life…

Ponds are ecosystems, in that they play host to a total interrelationship of all organisms in the environment– birds, fish, frogs, plants, and many other varieties of microscopic organisms. Thus, ponds not only create a natural ecosystem in their defined environment, but they also fit into the community or life cycle of not just one homeowner’s back yard, but of the entire ecological region. 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.

Our service areas include Lancaster, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, West Chester, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania (PA)

 

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