Is Your Pond Frozen?

Pond De-Icer (300 Watt)

Is Your Pond Frozen??? If so you NEED this!
The Aquascape 300-Watt Pond De-Icer is ideal for keeping a small hole in the ice during cold winter months, and ensures proper gas exchange, helping keep fish alive throughout the winter. Maintaining an opening in the surface of the ice is paramount for pond winterization and the safety of pond fish. The Aquascape 300-watt Pond De-Icer is energy efficient and the stainless steel construction prevents corrosion and cracking throughout the year, providing years of trouble-free operation. A built-in LED light indicates when the De-Icer is in use, making it easy to verify functionality throughout the season. The 300-Watt Pond De-icer is backed by a 3-year warranty.

  • Keeps a small hole in the ice during cold winter months
  • Ensures proper gas exchange, keeping fish safe throughout the winter
  • Energy-efficient design
  • Stainless steel construction

Pond Winter Care Tips

Curious on how to take care of your beloved pond over those cold winter months? Lucky for you the article below has all the Pond Winter Care Tips you need to make it through the harsh winter months.


Caring for Your Pond During Winter


Caring for your pond during the winter months can mean different things depending on where you live. If you’re fortunate enough to reside in a mild climate, simply removing your pond’s excess debris and adding Aquascape Activated Pond Carbon should set you up for the winter.If you live in the north where the snow flies, you may already notice ice formations on your pond and waterfall as early as November.
Waterfall During the Winter

During these frosty months, you can either keep your pond running for the winter, or shut it down. To shut your pond down, first unplug the pump, pull it out of the pond, and store it in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying out.

Pond Shutdown for the Fish

If you have fish and live in a climate cold enough to cause your pond to freeze over, you need to be aware of two things. First, is oxygenating the water. To do this, place an aerator or small pump like the AquaForce® Pond Pump on the second shelf of your pond so it bubbles right at the surface of the water. This will replace the oxygenation that your waterfalls were taking care of during the pond season.

In all but extremely low temperatures, the bubbling of the pump will also keep a hole open in the ice to allow for gas exchange. This is the second thing that you need to do for your fish. A hole in the ice allows the escape of harmful gasses created by decay of organic matter that would otherwise build up under the ice.
Winter Pond Keeping - Maintain a Hole in the Ice

If your geographic area experiences long periods of exceptionally cold weather, the pump won’t be enough to keep a hole open in the ice, and you’ll want to consider adding a floating Aquascape 300-Watt Pond De-Icer. Controlled by a thermostat, the unit only runs when the water temperature is at or below freezing, heating only the surrounding water to just above freezing, and then shutting off again.

The best thing you can do if you live in extremely cold climates is to incorporate a combination of the pump and floating deicer. Be sure to position them so the two units are not near each other, otherwise the pond de-icer will run continuously in order to heat the that water that’s constantly being circulated by the pump.

Beautiful Ice Sculptures

Leaving your pond up and running is an option many people prefer. Not only does the waterfall and/or stream provide the beautiful sound of running water, but also the freezing water creates outstanding ice sculptures along the stream and waterfall area. The water movement created by running the pond during the winter also eliminates the need for additional oxygenation of the water.

There are many benefits to operating your pond and waterfall year-round, but there are also a couple things you need to watch out for. As the water in the falls or stream freezes, the possibility of water loss due to ice damming is increased. When the ice freezes, a dam that pushes the flowing water over the edge of the liner can be created. This isn’t always a problem, but it is something that you need to be aware of and watch out for.

You might be surprised to learn, that even during the winter, running water is still exposed to evaporation. Although water loss in your pond is considerably less than during warm months, you will still need to add water to make up for this loss. Simply keep an eye on your pond’s water level during the winter months and top off as needed.

Whether you choose to shut down your pond or leave it running during the winter months, a bit of minor maintenance is all that’s needed to ensure that your pond will perform optimally when warmer breezes begin to blow.

How to Maintain a Pond During the Winter Season

Winter Fish Care Tips

Pond Owners Winter Fish Care Tips

New pond owners often inquire about the health and safety of their fish during the winter months. As long as your pond does not freeze to the bottom and an air hole is provided on the pond’s surface, your fish will survive the winter. If your pond is at least two-feet deep, the proximity of the earth to the pond’s surface will keep the pond from freezing any deeper than eight inches.  That leaves 16” for the fish to lounge around and hibernate over the winter.

Use an Aquascape Pond De-Icer to maintain a hole in your pond’s ice and allow for the exchange of gasses (like oxygen).  Supplemental oxygen can also be supplied by running your waterfalls, adding a pond aerator, or using a pond pump like the AquaForce to churn the water near the surface.

Your pond fish will become dormant during the winter once water temperatures drop below 50 degrees F. This is also the point at which you should stop feeding them. The enzymes needed for the digestion of most koi food is lacking once the weather turns frosty. You don’t want your fish to eat and then languor in the cold water as their metabolism slogs the food through. In very cold water, fish simply don’t eat.

Take care of your koi and pond fish during the winter months to ensure a healthy life for them well into spring and beyond.

Winter Fish Care Tips

Cliff Side Haven
Cliff Side Haven installed in Lancaster, PA

Cliff Side Haven installed in Lancaster, PA

Check out this AMAZING Cliff Side Haven we created in a one of a kind backyard. You’ve never seen anything like this before! We were blessed with an amazing backdrop to start painting our canvas. The project included installation of a pond and waterfalls based upon a Howie Supnik design. The layout includes a feed line going about 10-12′ up the stone wall crevice to mimic a spring feed. “Spring Feed” trickles down and joins up with the main raised falls area where the filtration system is located and then combines into a larger waterfall area before spilling into a stream and pond area. The pond is outfitted with a Aquascape skimmer, custom bubbling rock, and under water lighting through out. Aquatic plants were installed throughout the pond, waterfalls, and bog area to complete this amazing one of a kind feature. The Pond system is a closed loop system with the ability to turn off the “spring feed” on days that are windy or when not sitting on the patio.


Cliff Side Haven installed in Lancaster, PA

Cliff Side Haven installed in Lancaster, PA

Also included in this project is a natural stone patio area that is approximately 450 sq. ft. Stone steppers were installed from the lower lawn grade to the raised flagstone patio. The patio area also included a natural stone wood burning fire pit with “smokeless insert” for heating and cooking. A low voltage LED landscape lighting system including 7 up lights, 7 path lights to illuminate the patio and step area as well as 6 under water lights to illuminate the water feature for night-time enjoyment.


Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

New plant beds with premium bark mulch were installed around the patio and pond as per our landscape design. Fine grading, seeding, fertilizer and erosion control matting were installed over all disturbed lawn areas to finish off the project.

Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Amazing Cliff Side Water Feature installed in Lancaster, PA

Amazing Cliff Side Water Feature installed in Lancaster, PA

Amazing Cliff Side Water Feature installed in Lancaster, PA

Amazing Cliff Side Water Feature installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Flagstone Patio and Fire Pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Cliff Side Haven installed in Lancaster, PA

Cliff Side Haven installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Keeping for Fall

Tips for Autumn

The fall season is a wondrous time to enjoy your water garden, what with all the luscious fall colors, fewer bugs, and comfortable temperatures.

Read Aquascapes E-book, “Easy Pond-Keeping During the Fall Season“, for tips on keeping your pond looking its best during the autumn season.

Feeding Fish in Fall

Feeding Fish in Fall requires a bit more care. The colder shorter days lead to the fishes digestive system slowing down. Be sure to check out these tips below to insure proper care is taken so your fish are ready for the colder winter months ahead.

Feeding Fish in the Fall

BY: Aquascape

You’ve enjoyed watching and feeding your fish all summer, and now it’s time to help them prepare for their winter’s nap. You want to make sure your fish are strong and healthy as Old Man Winter makes his way to your pond. A well-balanced diet is critical to the health of your fish.


Feeding Fish in the Fall


When pond temperatures fall below 60-degrees, your fishes’ metabolism and digestive system begins to slow down. Investing in a pond thermometer will help you determine when to change the eating regimen of your beloved finned friends.

Aquascape Premium Cold Water Fish Food has been scientifically formulated to provide quality nutrition to all pond fish, including goldfish and koi. The inclusion of spirulina and wheat germ helps make the food easier to digest at colder water temperatures. Feeding your fish the proper food will help ensure your fish survive their winter slumber.

When spring rolls around and you’re anxiously waiting to see your playful koi once again, you’ll be glad you took consideration in the fall to properly care for them. And remember, you can feed them Aquascape Premium Cold Water Fish Food up until the pond water rises above 60-degrees!


Watch our video showcasing the features and benefits of Aquascape Fish Food:

Tips for Fall Pond Care
10 Tips For Fall Pond Care

10 Tips For Fall Pond Care

Straight from an Uncomfortably humid and soaking wet summer to a nippy cold fall. Wouldn’t be central Pennsylvania without absolutely ridiculous weather. What happen to fall? is it winter already? Soaking wet summer with no dry spells or sunshine? I don’t get it? At any rate, it’s technically fall and your pond needs some TLC before the winter hits if it hasn’t already. Luckily for you our good friends at Aquascape have compiled 10 tips to keep your pond in proper shape to survive the winter.


10 Tips for Fall Pond Care

BY: Aquascape

A nip in the air, shorter days, and the shedding of multi-colored leaves from the trees signifies a changing of the seasonal guard. Gardeners across the country take precautions to protect their landscapes from the harsh reality of winter. Water features in the landscape require special consideration when putting your pond to bed for a long winter’s nap. Pond maintenance chores in the fall and winter vary depending on where you live, but there are some basic guidelines to help your aquatic plants and finned friends weather the chill of Mother Nature. Following is a handy check list to help ensure a healthy pond come spring time.

10 Tips for Fall Pond Care

  1. Decaying leaves and foliage produce toxic gases that can harm your fish so you want to remove this debris before winter rolls into town. You don’t need to remove every single last leaf, but try to remove the majority.
  2.  If you put Protective Pond Netting over your pond before the leaves started to fall, your job is easy. Carefully roll up the net and discard the leaves that were caught.
  3. If you didn’t use a net over the surface of your pond, you’ll need to remove the build-up of leaves from the bottom of the pond. Use a long handled pond net to scoop them out. Check your skimmer basket and remove any leaves that are still caught inside.
  4. Add Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria to the pond once the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Use twice weekly for two weeks, and then once per week until the water starts to freeze.
  5. Stop fertilizing your aquatic plants after the first frost.
  6. Trim back hardy marginal aquatic plants to 2? above the water to keep the dead foliage from drooping over into the pond.
  7. Trim back waterlily leaves and stems to 2-3? above the base of the plant. This keeps dead foliage from decomposing in the pond.
  8. If you left hardy waterlilies in their pot, drop them into the deepest part of the pond to over-winter. Do not bring them indoors as they need a period of dormancy.
  9. Bring tropical waterlilies indoors if you want to over-winter them. Keep the pot in 50-degree water or take them out of the pot and store in sand. Be advised, even trained horticulturists lose a lot of tropical waterlilies when storing them indoors, so you might simply want to treat them as annuals.
  10. Once temperatures drop to 50 degrees, stop feeding your fish. They need to get ready to hibernate and you’ll want to avoid any metabolic complications. You can feed them Cold Water Fish Food until the temperature drops below 50 degrees.

What You Need to Know About Pond Filtration

Pond Filtration

BY: Aquascape

Fish dart beneath lily pads while the melodious sound of a waterfall tickles your ears. The fragrance of clean water and nearby flowers intoxicates your senses. Enjoying a naturally-balanced pond in your own outdoor setting is an attainable luxury every homeowner can experience. Your personal vacation spot begins with clean and healthy pond water.

Healthy Ecosystem Pond with Fish, Koi, and PlantsIn addition to plants, fish, aeration, and rocks and gravel, a low-maintenance ecosystem pond requires adequate filtration to keep the water clean and 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 water.  With adequate biological and mechanical filtration, the need for sterilizers is eliminated altogether, thereby ensuring a natural ecosystem pond.

Clean and Clear Garden Pond with Proper Pond Filtration


The Job of a Pond Skimmer

The main function of mechanical filtration, or pond 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.

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 won’t run dry.

As water enters the skimmer, the large debris is caught in the skimmer basket 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 Pond 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, natural-looking waterfall.  The waterfall creates aeration for the pond, assisting in the circulation and health of the water

Biological filters on the market today range in size and can filter ponds up to 10,000 gallons.  For larger ponds, multiple biological filters can be incorporated into the design.

Illustration Showing How a Healthy Pond Functions with Proper Pond Filtration


The Science Behind the Design

Mechanical and biological filtration are critical to processing the many types of nutrients found in a pond ecosystem, 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.

Backyard Garden Pond with Fish, Koi, Plants, Rock, and Gravel


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.

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 Pond Experience

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 maintaining clean and clear pond water.

Your fish are happier and less stressed when their environment is healthy. Not to mention, it’s so much more enjoyable when you can actually see your fish swimming in clean water created by an efficient pond filtration system.

More About Pond Filtration:

Aquascape Pond Filtration Systems

7 Tips to Keep Pond Water Clean

The Secret to a Trouble-Free Pond

Butterfly Koi: Basic Facts to Know

Butterfly Koi


In certain circles, when you mention butterfly koi it’s like speaking out of turn in an audience with the president. You just don’t do this. Quite a few koi connoisseurs think of butterfly koi as “mutts,” and some say that butterfly koi aren’t even koi. Others, however, happen to think butterfly koi can be the finest koi in any collection, depending on several factors – size, pattern, and finnage.Butterfly Koi in an Aquascape Pond

First, let’s consider where butterfly koi originated. In the early 80s, a population of common, brown and grey carp with long fins were found in a series of canals and ditches in Indonesia. A company in New York took an interest and brought the fish into the U.S. and sold some. They did not sell well because they were ugly. However, an enterprising and curious group of breeders at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery placed an order for a dozen of these fish to see what the heck they were. Ugly, with long fins, is what they discovered. Over the next several years they bred these large, long finned mutations with their finest regular-fin koi and made several discoveries.

  • Long-fin genes are dominant, so breeding the fish back to color would not breed out the long fin gene.
  • Long-fin koi are robust and disease resistant.
  • The fish could be bred back to color and many colorful lines of long-fin koi have been created at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery.

The original breeder at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery who spearheaded the cultivation of long-fin koi was a man named Wyatt LeFever. His son Randy made his way to the tanks to see the fish. As he regarded the fish with interest, he observed, “Dad, they look like Butterflies!” The name stuck.

The Relation of Size and Value

As Butterfly koi grow, they become more and more impressive because the fins keep growing until the blood vessels can’t sustain the fins to be any longer. The older the fish, the longer and more impressive the finnage. So, a full-grown butterfly koi looks like a long, slinky dragon moving through the water. Their barbels (whiskers) even grow long and can fork into elaborate designs.

Butterfly koi seem to lack some of the body size of regular koi, but the overall fish can run as long as 36 to 40 inches in the right pond with plenty of food. They are graceful and pleasant to watch swim.

Butterfly Koi in an Aquascape Pond

What about Pattern?

Since pattern seems to mean a great deal to the value of a regular koi, it makes logical sense that a good, standard pattern with bright colors would increase the value of a butterfly koi too, but there are a few notable additions. While a butterfly koi is more valuable when it has a properly defined and positioned pattern in the color, beautiful fins can often make even a poorly patterned fish look beautiful.

In addition, lemon and platinum ogons (solid color) in the butterfly category are awesome as adults. When you grow a metallic yellow or platinum ogon butterfly to an impressive, large size, their body movement is more graceful and slow. The fins are long, but the uniform gold or neon-white color is brilliant in the water and such fish look like fireballs or comets moving through the water with their “fire” (fins) streaming behind them. Gorgeous!

Notable Butterfly Koi Types

Sorogoi are incredible as adults in the butterfly class, as well. A sorogoi is the overall grey fish with the “fukurin” or black fish net pattern over the body. So, taking that color and putting it on a large, impressive adult butterfly koi gives you what rather appears as a grey sea monster moving through the water. Its subdued colors don’t attract the eye at first, but then you see its graceful, lengthy body and fins moving around below you and you are taken aback by both the robustness of the fish (they grow huge) and its mysterious, grey color.

Even better than that are black butterflies – which are, by far the coolest fish. They are seldom found, so the effect is rare and special when it happens. The black butterfly may be with or without scales. The rarest and most valuable of this type is the doitsu, karasu butterfly. This fish is black, has no scales, and has long fins.

Black Beauties

Black butterflies grow up and become very large because their genes are not as strained as some of the brighter colored fish. And if they have no scales, the body is a glistening jet-black. The fins keep growing until the entire fish is broad, and streams long black robes behind it. They look like a jet-black dragon.

And when a visitor to your pond is feeding your fish at the side of the pond, suddenly, a large black shadow looms up from the depths. Larger it gets, until they realize that there is no color, the fish is just a shadow and when the fish takes the food, it turns and swirls down out of sight with a flourish of long, black fins. “What was that?” they usually stammer. “That is the shadow. He’s our black fish, which the Japanese have always regarded as a lucky fish,” you reply. The fully mature black butterfly koi is surely one of the most memorable fish a kid could ever encounter or feed. With such a fish, you own a living breathing shadow dragon.

Basic facts about butterfly koi

Oh Those Fins!

In a discussion of butterfly koi, we should talk a tiny bit more about the fins. The butterfly koi fins are long because of a genetic aberration resulting in the length growth gene failing to turn off. In fish, the fins are supposed to grow to a genetically specified length, and then stop growing. But in the high fin mutation the fins don’t get the “stop growth” message and they keep growing. This happens in individual fish of many species from time to time. Some notable examples are Siamese fighting fish, Simpson’s hi fin swordtails, long fin oscars, and long fin black tetras. Any time the mutation is encountered and identified, it is bred into a species to see if it would make that species more economically important commercially.

Like any other koi, the fins of the butterfly koi are made up of dozens of rays of cartilage that radiate outward and support the fin. These rays generally grow very straight, but past the point of normal length they can grow wavy. The fish that grow straight rays even into the lengthier parts of the tail are more impressive looking and would be more valuable.

One problem with butterfly koi is that they are often handled the same way as regular koi. Broken fins and tails are par for the course by the time the fish is an adult. So, it’s normal to see bends and waves in the fins and tail of butterfly koi partly because of growing that way, but also because of netting-damage as a juvenile. As an adult, a split tail or fin often does not heal well and remains split. All of the above is irrelevant to the casual observer, the impact of the fish is exactly the same, but you might notice variations in fin quality and you may care enough to choose one fish over the other based on that.


Are They the Real McKoi?

The butterfly koi is a true koi. Despite this fact, the Japanese have shared some American purist’s distaste for these long fin beauties. Truth be told, the Japanese have usually reacted to any new color, at first, as an abomination. Eventually, they get used to it and accept it, and eventually love the diversity.

And it has been that way with the butterfly koi. At first, Mr. Suda was the only breeder in Japan producing butterfly koi. His fish have been gorgeous, and he even bred them for prodigious size. But the rest of the Japanese breeders declined.

Mr. Suda’s fish became so popular in the U.S. that they became scarce; making Mr. Suda realize his decision to breed them was a good one. Over time, as other breeders watched Mr. Suda sell everything he had very fast, they eventually overcame their resistance to butterfly koi and started producing them, too. Today, there are domestic breeders who compete in the butterfly koi market. They are very popular fish – and for good reason.

Butterfly Koi - Basic Facts to Know

Basalt Fountain (Before & After)
Balsalt Fountain (Before& After)

Balsalt Fountain (Before& After)

Basalt Fountain Display installed at Dental Care of Lancaster. This fountain consists of six Mongolian Basalt Columns displayed directly in front of the entrance to the dental center. The entrance was plain and drab so we had to hook it up with something fresh and welcoming to all the patients. Besides the basalt columns we added a few weathered limestone boulders and some drift wood to really set off the display.