Pond Aerators

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

Every process that happens in the pond is dependent on oxygen. This is especially important at night when plants are not converting CO2 into oxygen. Dissolved oxygen levels are also generally lower in warmer water temperatures.

Pond aerators oxygenate your pond, helping all biological processes and creating a more stable environment, resulting in healthier fish and plants. Aeration is also very important during winter months in colder climates, as aeration helps to keep a small hole open in the surface of the pond to aid in degassing.
•Extremely energy-efficient
•Quiet
•Simple to use and maintain
•Durable outer housing prevents damage
•Comes complete with winter resistant air line, preassembled check valves and weighted air stones
•Provides years of trouble-free operation

Aquaforce Pond & Fountain Pump

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Follow along with Dave Kelly, the Tech Guy, as he reviews the features and benefits of the new evolved line of Aquascape AquaForce water feature pumps. The AquaForce offers the combinations of energy-efficient performance and ease of maintenance making this pump the ideal choice for discriminating pond owners. Not only is the pump ideal for keeping a hole open in the ice over the winter months, it can also handle solids making it an ideal in-the-pond solution for those water features that do not have a skimmer.

 

Unlike most pumps, the AquaForce® is a water garden pump that’s designed to be placed directly into the pond. The AquaForce® is housed in what’s called a ‘pre-filter cage’ that prevents leaves, algae and other debris from clogging the pump. This cage also makes the pump safe to use in ponds with fish.

The AquaForce® comes with a convenient line of fittings, saving you time and frustration when trying to determine what plumbing is necessary for your particular pond’s set-up needs. The threaded collar on all fittings eliminates the need for tools during installation and removal.

The pump’s rotational ball fitting makes it easy to adjust the discharge position for your water feature. The unique location of the plumbing discharge on the side of the AquaForce®, positions the hose in a perfect location to run along the bottom of the pond (see illustration at end of article). Simply submerge the AquaForce® into the pond and it’s ready to supply water to an external filter. Since the pump can be submersed directly into the pond, it can double as a winter deicer.

Aquascape AquaForce PumpThe AquaForce® is equipped with an asynchronous motor, which makes the pump more powerful and energy-efficient than traditional water garden pumps. The pump’s high performance is achieved by combining the electrical efficiency of a mag-drive pump with the flow rates of a conventional motor driven pump. The hybrid style motor of the AquaForce® saves you hundreds of dollars in annually, costing less to operate than a 100-watt light bulb.

The pump’s rotor and internal housing are built of stainless steel to resist corrosion. The ceramic shaft and bearing provide exceptional durability and less rotating resistance compared to standard steel bearings, ensuring the rotor spins smoothly and efficiently.
The AquaForce® includes a 3-year warranty and is designed to meet the rigorous demands of operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

The combination of the pump’s high energy performance, high volume water flow, and ease of installation makes the AquaForce® a highly valued choice for discriminating pond owners.
Benefits of the AquaForce®

  1. Protective pump cage prevents large debris from clogging or damaging pump, thereby reducing maintenance
  2. Large cage openings allow for solids to be easily processed by pump, allowing debris to be passed and filtered, preventing the pump from being clogged or damaged
  3. Simple pump cage clips make it easy to open the protective pump cage to perform pump maintenance or remove debris
  4. The wide, flat shape of the pump cage makes it stable and easy to place in the pond
  5. The rotational ball output allows the pump discharge position to be easily adjusted, making this pump ideal for all shapes and sizes of ponds. This also allows the pump output to be used as a winterizing pump, preventing the pond from freezing completely over in colder climates
  6. The simple and secure threaded disconnect allows for the pump to be easily removed from the pond for maintenance or winterization without removing hose clamps or plumbing assemblies
  7. Asynchronous motor technology makes this pump more powerful and more efficient than traditional mag-drive or magnetically driven pond pumps

12 Steps to a Greener 2012

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The Worldwatch Institute—an independent research organization based in  Washington, D.C., that works on energy, resource, and environmental  issues—recently published these 12 tips we can all try in order to ring in a  greener 2012.

1. Recycle

What you can do:

Put a separate container next to your trash can or printer, making it easier  to recycle your bottles, cans, and paper.

2. Turn Off the Lights

What you can do:

Earth Hour happens only once a year, but you can make an impact every day by  turning off lights during bright daylight, or whenever you will be away for an  extended period of time.

3. Make the Switch to Fluorescent

What you can do:

A bill in Congress to eliminate incandescent in the United States failed in  2011, but you can still make the switch at home. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)  use only 20-30 percent of the energy required by incandescents to create the  same amount of light, and LEDs use only 10 percent, helping reduce both electric  bills and carbon emissions.

4. Turn On the Tap

What you can do:

Fill up your glasses and reusable water bottles with water from the sink. The  United States has more than 160,000 public water systems, and by eliminating  bottled water you can help to keep nearly 1 million tons of bottles out of the  landfill, as well as save money on water costs.

5. Turn Down the Heat

What you can do:

Turn down your thermostat when you leave for work, or use a programmable  thermostat to control your heating settings.

6. Support Food Recovery Programs

What you can do:

Encourage your local restaurants and grocery stores to partner with food  rescue organizations, like City Harvest in New York City or Second Harvest  Heartland in Minnesota. Go through your cabinets and shelves and donate any  non-perishable canned and dried foods that you won’t be using to your nearest  food bank or shelter.

7. Buy Local

What you can do:

Instead of relying exclusively on large supermarkets, consider farmers  markets and local farms for your produce, eggs, dairy, and meat. Food from these  sources is usually fresher and more flavorful, and your money will be going  directly to these food producers.

8. Get Out and Ride

What you can do:

If available, use your city’s bike share program to run short errands or  commute to work. Memberships are generally inexpensive (only $75 for the year in  Washington, D.C.), and by eliminating transportation costs, as well as a gym  membership, you can save quite a bit of money! Even if without bike share  programs, many cities and towns are incorporating bike lanes and trails, making  it easier and safer to use your bike for transportation and recreation.

9. Share a Car

What you can do:

Join a car share program! As of July 2011, there were 26 such programs in the  U.S., with more than 560,000 people sharing over 10,000 vehicles. Even if you  don’t want to get rid of your own car, using a shared car when traveling in a  city can greatly reduce the challenges of finding parking (car share programs  have their own designated spots), as well as your environmental impact as you  run errands or commute to work.

10. Plant a Garden

What you can do:

Plant some lettuce in a window box. Lettuce seeds are cheap and easy to find,  and when planted in full sun, one window box can provide enough to make several  salads worth throughout a season.

11. Compost

What you can do:

If you are unsure about the right ways to compost, websites such as  HowToCompost.org and organizations such as the U.S. Composting Council, provide  easy steps to reuse your organic waste.

12. Reduce Your Meat Consumption

What you can do:

You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan, but by simply cutting down on  the amount of meat you consume can go a long way. Consider substituting one meal  day with a vegetarian option.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/steps-to-a-greener-life.html#ixzz1iUlqLoXx

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Water Feature Lifestyle

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Enhanced landscaping improves property value, and water features make your property stand out from the rest. A Pondless Waterfall in the front yard provides curb appeal, while a backyard Ecosystem Pond increases a home’s value much like a deck, patio, or gazebo. The sound of a water feature will drown out noise from traffic or neighbors. In addition, water features provide an interesting backdrop for entertaining while adding aesthetic appeal to your landscape. Waterfront property is a prized commodity and you can easily incorporate water into your outdoor living space without having to move near a lake or ocean.

Water gardens transform an outdoor living space into a beautiful paradise where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Water features become the focal point of any garden with their melodious tunes and natural ability to attract a variety of birds and butterflies. Whether you tuck a decorative fountain near the entrance of your home or create a backyard habitat with an ecosystem pond and waterfall, you’ll find each day enhanced when you waterscape your landscape. Whether you have an expansive lawn or a small balcony, you’ll find a water feature to suit your lifestyle and budget.

Pondless Waterfalls

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The waterfall is undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in a water garden. If space is lacking in your yard or you have safety concerns with a pond, go Pondless! The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. The Pondless Waterfall has made many water-lovers who were previously unable to indulge in the sweet sounds of falling water, very happy. It’s a great alternative for those who are trying to get their feet wet, or looking to fit a little bit of paradise into their own backyard.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Garden Lifestyle

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Water gardens transform an outdoor living space into a beautiful paradise where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Water features become the focal point of any garden with their melodious tunes and natural ability to attract a variety of birds and butterflies. Whether you tuck a decorative fountain near the entrance of your home or create a backyard habitat with an ecosystem pond and waterfall, you’ll find each day enhanced when you waterscape your landscape. Whether you have an expansive lawn or a small balcony, you’ll find a water feature to suit your lifestyle and budget.

Add beauty, sound and tranquility to your landscaping or garden with the addition of a water feature. There is nothing like the dimension of water to make your outdoor living space enjoyable and relaxing. Give yourself a whole new reason to sit and enjoy your amazing creation every day!

Your Staycation

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Enjoy the many benefits of a water feature in your own outdoor living space. Listen to the waterfalls, watch the fish, relax and be swept away by its ambiance. No need to travel when you can stay home and enjoy the same benefits in your own backyard oasis.

Pond Air

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Pond aerators oxygenate your pond, helping all biological processes and creating a more stable environment, resulting in healthier fish and plants. Aeration is also very important during winter months in colder climates, as aeration helps to keep a small hole open in the surface of the pond to aid in degassing.

Pond & Landscape Lighting

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Your outdoor living space becomes alive at night with the existence of a water feature. Whether you have a pond, a pondless waterfall or a fountainscape, the lights add a whole new dimension to enjoying your backyard oasis. There is no reason that you can’t enjoy your yard at night as well as during the daytime and water features add an entertainment value as well as ambiance to any outdoor space.

Aquascape offers 3 types of LED lights for your water garden and landscape, each is energy efficient, compact, and wears an architectural bronze finish.

1-Watt 12 Volt LED Bullet Spotlight
Aquascape’s Bullet Spotlight’s compact size and powerful output makes it an extremely versatile fixture. The Bullet Spotlight is ideal for highlighting focal points and can be used in and out of the water.
•Includes two different mounting platforms, adjustable stand, and stake.
•Compact design also allows the fixture to be tucked between the rock walls allowing the light to virtually disappear in the water feature. The Bullet Spotlight is also great for AquaBasin decorative fountains.
•Comes standard with a single high output warm white LED bulb.
•Replaceable diodes are available in white, red, blue, green, and yellow.

3-Watt 12 Volt LED Bullet Spotlight
Aquascape’s newest Bullet Spotlight has the same stylish look as our 1-watt LED Bullet Spotlight unit only with three times the light. The new Bullet Spotlight is ideal for larger plants, trees, or waterfalls. Can be used fully submersed or outside of the water.
•Equally bright output as standard 20-watt halogen bulbs, but at only 3 watts!
•Includes two different mounting platforms, adjustable stand, and stake.
•Comes standard with three high output warm white LED bulbs.
•Replaceable diode is available in white.
•15’ cord with quick connect plug is included.

1-Watt 12 Volt LED Waterfall Light
LED Waterfall Lights are ideal for use in waterfalls or up-lighting pond plants. This compact light can be placed anywhere an accent light is needed. Although fully submersible, the light can be used in and out of water. You will be amazed at how versatile this light can be!
•Can be tucked beneath the cascades of a waterfall or at the base of any AquaBasin decorative fountain.
•Removable mounting base can be wedged beneath large rocks or covered by gravel, ensuring the fixture maintains proper position beneath cascades.
•Comes standard with a single warm, high output white LED bulb.
•Replaceable diodes are available in white, red, blue, green, and yellow.
•15’ cord with quick connect plug is included.