HOW MANY FISH CAN YOU ADD TO YOUR POND?

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Ever wonderful how many fish you can add to your pond? How many is too many or too little for your backyard water feature? Lucy for you we have the answers you desire.
 

HOW MANY FISH CAN YOU ADD TO YOUR POND?

Chances are … if you have a pond, you have fish. In fact, your pond fish might be the primary reason why you even wanted a water garden in your yard.  Fish are fun to watch and most pond owners name each and every one of their finned friends.  While fish create a memorable experience, they can also bring headaches to water quality if you go overboard when stocking fish. Too many fish in the pond creates an imbalance in water, so you’ll want to make sure you’re smart about the number and size of fish that you place in the water garden.

Pond fish typically need 10 gallons of water for every inch of their length, but keep in mind they will grow larger over the years. So no matter how tempting it might be to add just a few more fish, be careful not to overstock! Some pond experts even go so far as to recommend only ½ inch of fish per 10 gallons of water as a maximum stocking density.

If you’re a fish fanatic, you may find yourself with a pond containing 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 can turn your pond into a fragile system. 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 sadly 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 before adding another fish to your koi collection, make sure you have ample space so that all your fish are ensured a happy, healthy home!

How Many Fish Can You Add to Your Pond?

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Winter Pond Tips

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Winter Pond Tips

Winter Pond Tips


 
DON’T WALK ACROSS YOUR FROZEN POND!!!!!!!! Check out all the winter pond tips you need to get you through the cold season from our good friends at Aquascape!!!!!
 

Aquascape VP of Construction, Brian Helfrich, shares really great tips for keeping your pond in tip-top shape during the winter months. Just don’t do what he did and try to walk across your frozen pond!

Small Ponds

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SMALL PONDS PACK A PUNCH

 

BY: Aquascape

If you’re under the impression that a pond simply won’t fit in your yard … think again! Ponds come in a variety of shapes and sizes and their versatility is what makes them such a great addition to your landscape … in addition to the music of the waterfalls and the birds and butterflies they attract. Small ponds are an attractive option for a number of reasons!You might not think to use big rocks for a smaller pond, but a few boulders create focal points, softened by aquatic plants. The flat rock on the left is a perfect spot to sit and dangle tired tootsies in the water.
 

Boulders create focal points in small ponds, softened by aquatic plants.

 

The waterfall is in proportion to this smaller pond, nestled snug against the corner of a patio. This used to be a boring patch of grass, but now the homeowner loves sitting outside to drink in this view.
 

The waterfall is in proportion to this smaller pond, nestled snug against the corner of a patio.

 

An unexpected surprise awaits visitors to this deck. A magical water garden is tucked smack dab into the middle of the deck, carved out specifically for this tiny pond. A stately tree and beautiful mural create an enchanting backdrop.
 

A magical water garden is tucked smack dab into the middle of the deck, carved out specifically for this tiny pond.

 

Would you rather mow grass, or spend time relishing the serenity of this backyard oasis? Small ponds (and large) require less maintenance than the same expanse of grass … and it’s much easier on the eyes, too!
 

A water garden requires less maintenance than the same expanse of grass.

 

This newer pond looks like it’s been there for years. Strategic use of the surrounding landscape was considered when designing this pond and waterfall.
 

Strategic use of the surrounding landscape was considered when designing this pond and waterfall.

 

A waterfall and winding stream spill gently into this small pond. A mix of aquatic and terrestrial plants mingle with the rocks and water.
 

A waterfall and winding stream spill gently into this small pond.

 

A variety of grasses creates a soft backdrop for this 6’x8? pond while creating privacy at the same time.
 

Small 6x8 Aquascape Pond

 

Not sure what to do with that empty space beneath an outdoor staircase? Add a waterfall and pond! This one tucks nicely into this once unused area next to a lower level patio.
 

his pond tucks nicely into this once unused area next to a lower level patio.

 

Japanese gardens are typically void of color and emphasize the texture and and shape of green foliage. A simple bench beckons you to sit and meditate on the water garden’s simple beauty.

 

A simple bench beckons you to sit and meditate on the water garden's simple beauty.

 

Whether you choose a small 4’x6? pond or something much larger, you won’t regret sprinkling your landscape with a little water.

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Outdoor Living Patio Area (Before & After)

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Outdoor Living Patio Area (Before & After)

Outdoor Living Patio Area (Before & After)

This Outdoor Living Patio Area project included installation of new patio area, pergola, front and side walkways, and lighting as per our design. As you can tell from the before pictures we basically started with a blank canvas. A small existing patio was removed and a masterpiece was created. Installed was approximately 530 square feet of patio area with a landing step area at the rear door. We used Techo-Bloc ‘Blu 60 Smooth’ pavers for the patio area as well as the front walkway. The existing Front and side walks were removed prior to the hardscape installation. Outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and step were all constructed with Techo-Bloc ‘Graphix’ wall stone. Fire pit and step capped with Techo-Bloc ‘Graphix’ Cap. The Outdoor kitchen is topped with a custom marble counter top. 38? grill and 38? double access door were installed in kitchen area. The Pergola is constructed using Western Red Cedar and stained to compliment the hardscaping. Low voltage LED lighting that was installed includes, under cap lighting on step and kitchen; up lights on trees (2 lights each); and a 150 watt transformer. Landscape beds and new plants were installed around the new patio area. The Landscaping included, mulching of new landscape beds, Repair, grade, and seeding damaged lawn areas as well as Trimming existing Hydrangea and Boxwoods. This Outdoor living patio area was installed in Lancaster, PA.

LOGAN PAUL BACKYARD POND

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Check out this amazing Water feature we built along side our CAC brethren for LOGAN PAUL at His Dream Home in Los Angeles… The Maverick house is now outfitted with the HOTTEST, WETTEST POND IN THE GAME…….. Over 30 Aquascape Contractors built the most stunning koi pond in his “zen garden”. IT WAS EPIC…….. check it out
 

Logan wanted the “most next level pond builders in the game” to complete his dream home vision at The Maverick House. We gave him exactly that.
 

Logan Paul Waterfall at his home in Los Angeles, CA

Logan Paul Waterfall at his home in Los Angeles, CA

Multiple Bubbling urns installed in Pond

Multiple Bubbling urns installed in Pond

Logan Paul Waterfall at his home in Los Angeles, CA

Logan Paul Waterfall at his home in Los Angeles, CA

Bubbling Fountain urns installed in Pond

Bubbling Fountain urns installed in Pond

Ecosystem pond in stalled at Logan Paul's home in Los Angeles, CA

Ecosystem pond in stalled at Logan Paul’s home in Los Angeles, CA

Ecosystem pond in stalled at Logan Paul's home in Los Angeles, CA

Ecosystem pond in stalled at Logan Paul’s home in Los Angeles, CA

Multiple Bubbling urns installed in Pond

Multiple Bubbling urns installed in Pond

Logan Paul Waterfall at his home in Los Angeles, CA

Logan Paul Waterfall at his home in Los Angeles, CA

Bubbling Fountain urns installed in Pond

Bubbling Fountain urns installed in Pond

Check out the videos below from Logan Paul’s personal vlog which document the build!!!!!!!!!!

 

A special thanks to everyone who participated in this amazing project!

 

WINTER POND KEEPING

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Pond Winterization Lancaster PA

Pond Winterization Lancaster PA

Winter pond keeping comes with some pretty serious task that luckily don’t require huge effort, but they are imperative to your ponds health and your fish’s survival. Below our friends at Aquascape have provided you with the tips you need to ensure your ponds survival through the harsh winter months.

 

TIPS FOR WINTER POND KEEPING

 
Maintenance and Care

Silvery ice formations and velvety white drifts of snow create a dreamy landscape with a winter water feature as the focal point. If you’re like most people, you shut down your water feature for the winter season. While this is a perfectly viable option for most people, some of you opt to keep your water feature running. To ensure that your pond and waterfall provide all the pleasures of a winter wonderland, be sure to follow our handy winter pond keeping tips.

 Pond and Waterfalls in Snow

 

Check for Ice Dams

Keeping your pond running during the frozen months of winter will allow you to enjoy the beautiful ice sculptures that form in the stream and waterfall. Although beautiful, it’s possible that the ice buildup can form dams that could divert your pond water out of the pond. Check on the waterfall and stream and monitor the water level periodically throughout the winter. If you see an ice dam forming or the water level dropping at a high rate, your pond might be losing water because of the frozen sculpture and it might be time to turn off the pump for the winter. If you decide to leave the pond running until warmer weather however, your main concern is to ensure there is enough water for the pump(s) to operate properly.

 
Winter Water Feature with Ice Formations

 

Add Water to Your Pond

During the winter months, the usual water supply options are not available.  Outdoor water spigots and automatic water fill valves should be turned off to prevent pipes from freezing and cracking.  Therefore, pond owners who run their systems during the winter will have to find an alternate water source to replenish their pond.  Water can be supplied via a hose run from inside the house or by making multiple trips with a five-gallon bucket.  Generally speaking, it’s not uncommon to have to go out a few times a month during the winter to “top off” the pond.
 
Winter Pond and Waterfall
 

Check the Circulation of Water

Pump size is important when determining a waterfall’s ability to operate during the winter.  A pump that provides at least 2,000 gph can be operated throughout the winter without a problem, as long as it runs continuously. Moving water will usually keep a hole open in the ice around the waterfalls and in front of the circulation system. However, repeated days in sub-zero temperatures may lead to excessive ice build-up and can cause the system to operate improperly. If the flow of water into the circulation system is unable to keep up with the pump because of ice build-up, it may be necessary to shut the system down. The system can be run again once the ice is melted and normal water flow is restored.
 
Winter Pond Keeping
 

Be Assured of Filters and Pipes

Most good filters are constructed out of rotational-molded polyethylene, and are designed to bow and bend with the freezing and thawing effects of winter. The PVC flex pipe is reinforced and will also not crack unless water is left in the pipe over the winter and allowed to freeze. If you decide to keep the pump running all winter long, there will still be a constant flow of water traveling through the pipe, and the moving water will not freeze.
 
Snowy Waterfall by Aquascape
 

The Bottom Line for Winter Pond Keeping

The bottom line for winter pond keeping is maintenance. Roughly 70 percent of pond owners in the colder climates decide to shut down their system because they don’t enjoy tending to their water garden during the bitter months of the winter. The aesthetic rewards of the winter pond are absolutely worthwhile, so by all means; don’t be afraid to keep the system running as long as possible. Shutting down a pond during winter is also an option. Just be sure you take precautionary measures to preserve fish, plant, and pump life.
 

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Tips for Winter Pond Keeping

LOGAN PAUL’S POND REVEAL

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Logan Paul’s Pond Reveal highlights checking out the pond we built with Aquascape and our CAC brethren for logan. This video features the “big reveal” of Logan seeing the  Water Feature for the first time. There’s also some highlights of when broke down Cool Bus and even the part where a giant T-Rex invaded the pond build.  It was lit!

Logan Paul's Pond Reveal

Logan Paul’s Pond Reveal

WE WENT TO LOGAN PAUL’S HOUSE

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WE WENT TO LOGAN PAUL'S HOUSE

The first of couple of videos coming to you highlighting our trip to Logan Paul’s house in Los Angeles, California. We traveled all the way to LA to meet Logan Paul at his house and with the help of our amazing Certified Aquascape Contractor brethren we build him the pond of his dreams!!!!!!!!!!!!! The videos in this post highlight traveling to LA as well as going to logan paul’s house and the first day of construction for the amazing water feature.
 

 
Video 2 Featuring highlights from day 1 at logan paul’s dream house pond build. IT WAS LIT…………

Tips for Fall and Winter Pond Maintenance

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This the season to prepare for fall and winter pond maintenance rituals. While these task are minimal, they are imperative to ensure quality pond health during it’s dormant season as well as lessen the work you would have to do in the spring. Read below for some tips for fall and winter pond maintenance from our good friends at Aquascape.

 

Our Best Tips for Fall and Winter Pond Maintenance

BY: Aquascape

Have you ever noticed that your pond water is clearer in the fall?  This is typically due to cooler temperatures and full, lush plants. To keep your pond looking its best throughout the fall and winter season, follow our helpful, easy-to-follow fall and winter pond maintenance tips.Fall and Winter Pond Maintenance - Collage

  • Prune yellowing leaves off all of your plants. Your lilies – tropical and hardy – should still be going strong, at least until the first heavy frost.
  • Stop fertilizing plants when the weather becomes cooler. This lets the plants know the season is coming to an end.
  • When the water temperature is around 50 degrees F, stop feeding your fish. If you continue to feed them, you might create health problems for your finned friends, since their digestive systems are beginning to slow down for the winter.
  • As leaves falls from nearby trees, you’ll need to empty your skimmer’s debris net every day to keep up with the influx of leaves. Some leaves will undoubtedly sink to the bottom of the pond; try to remove as many as you can. However, a few left in the pond will give insects and frogs a place to over-winter.
  • If you leave too much organic matter in your pond, the water may turn brown. If this happens, remove the excess debris and add activated carbon to clear the water.
  • As the temperature gets colder and your plants expire, cut back the dead plant material and remove the tropicals. Cut back the cattails above the water level, or better yet, leave them up to see how magnificent they look in the winter.
  • If you’re fortunate enough to live where it stays warm all year-round, you’re set for the winter.
  • If you live up north where the surface of the pond freezes, you’ll need to prepare for winter by deciding whether you want to keep your pond running or shut it down.
  • To shut your pond down, first unplug your pump and pull it out of the water. The pump should be stored in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying.
  • If you have fish, a small re-circulating pump or pond aerator that bubbles at the water surface is necessary to oxygenate the water. In all but extremely low temperatures, the bubbling of the pump will also keep a hole open in the ice to allow for a gas exchange, keeping your fish alive. It is not necessary to oxygenate the water or keep a hole open in the ice if you don’t have fish.
  • If your area experiences long periods of extremely cold weather, you may consider adding a floating pond heater and de-icer. Controlled by a thermostat, the unit only runs when the water temperature is at or below freezing, heats the water to just above that, and then shuts off again. Ask your installer or local supplier for products to help your pond during the winter.
  • If you use a floating de-icer, place it away from the bubbler. The movement of the water from the bubbler can move the heated water away from the de-icer, making it run more than necessary.
  • You can also choose to keep the waterfall running. This will require a little babysitting to make sure an ice dam does not form, which could cause water to run out of the waterfall’s basin. You will also still need to replace water loss so the pump can continue to function properly. This extra effort during the winter will reward you with the most beautiful ice formations and patterns around the falls and stream beds.

The most important thing is to have fun with your water feature all year long. Keep some of these key maintenance issues in mind, and it will be smooth sailing.

Front Entrance Pillars and Landscaping (Before & After)

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Front Entrance Pillars and Landscaping Project (Before & After) installed in Lancaster, PA

Front Entrance Pillars and Landscaping Project (Before & After) installed in Lancaster, PA

Check out this amazing before and after of a front entrance landscaping renovation project we completed earlier this year. The front entrance pillars and landscaping project included installation of landscape beds on front bank along road and installation of two pillars. Pillars are approximately 4′ tall, 34″x34″, and faced with natural stone veneer matching the stone on home, and capped with 2″ thick, 36″x36″ natural flagstone caps. The house number is engraved on stone and installed on one of the pillars. atop the pillars are beautiful top mounted lights to finish it off. This project is located in Lancaster, PA.