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Unique Waterfalls

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Amazing natural stone very unique waterfalls installed at part of an ecosystem pond. The pond includes numerous unique features and will be featured in a project video in the near future. This project was installed in Lancaster, PA.

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Removal & Rebuild (Before & After)

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Pond Removal & Rebuild (Before & After) installed in Dillsburg, PA

Pond Removal & Rebuild (Before & After) installed in Dillsburg, PA

Before & After of a pond removal & rebuild we did in Dillsburg, PA. This Pond Project included removal of existing pond and various plants in the driveway island. We housed the koi in tanks until the pond was complete. We installed a 15′ wide pond at its widest point and 20? long pond at its longest point. The depth of the pond depth is approximately 4′. This pond will then provide more room for the existing koi as well as use more of the given space for the feature. We then installed a waterfall and stream combination approximately 15′ in length for desired sounds and visual impact. Our goal is to have the water feature be seen as you are pulling up to the house as a way to usher you into the home. We installed LED lighting in the pond as well. There is also up lighting the paper bark maples and path lights around the sitting bench area and steps. Also installed was a natural irregular flagstone patio to measure roughly 5’x 10′ to make a nice surface to place the existing bench and patio furniture. The pond is complete with a fish cave as a means for heron protection should that become a problem. This will give the fish a place to enter should there be a heron attack. The overall look of the pond is to be a close to mother nature as possible including some strategically placed driftwood in the pond and falls as well a use of native rock currently on site as a way to further naturalize the feature. This pond project was constructed in Dillsburg, PA.

7 TIPS TO KEEP POND WATER CLEAN

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR POND WATER CLEAN

BY:

Aquascape 

Most water gardeners are aware of the importance that good quality water plays in a pond habitat.  Not knowing how to get or keep water quality can prove challenging to some pond owners.  Your water may be clear, but your fish may not be acting like you’re used to seeing, which can signify that something might be a little off in your pond’s water. Follow our 7 tips below to help keep your pond water clean!
 

 

1. Maintain a healthy fish population

If you have more than 10” of fish for every 100 gallons of water, your pond is likely over-populated. Excessive fish waste can cause an imbalance in pond water. Consider finding some of them a new home. Many pond retailers and contractors will accept your fish.
 

2. Don’t over-feed your fish

When you feed fish more than they can eat, the uneaten food is left to decay in the pond. Be careful not to feed your fish more than once per day, and no more than they can eat in 2 to 3 minutes. Remove all excess, leftover food.
 

3. Create a proper balance of plants

At season’s peak, you should have no more than 40% to 60% of the surface area of your pond either covered or shaded by plants. Too many plants can cause oxygen deficiencies at night due to the photosynthetic process, when the plants take in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide.
 

4. Choose the right size pump for your pond

You should be circulating the entire pond’s water volume a minimum of once every hour. Make sure your pump’s flow isn’t restricted by debris and be careful not to pump water higher than it was intended. Every pump has its flow limitations. Refer to the chart on the outside of the pump’s box to make sure you’re making the right choice for your pond.
 

5. Clean debris from pond before it has a chance to decay

Decaying debris, combined with fish waste and leftover fish food, can cause ammonia levels to spike in your pond. Clean out your pond and add beneficial microbes such as Aquascape’s Beneficial Bacteria to help keep it healthy and clean.
 

6. Choose proper filtration for your pond

Your filter should match the size of your pond. Remember, most manufacturers rate their filters based on ideal circumstances, and if you exceed those, your filter becomes less effective. Always up-size your filter so that it can handle more than the capacity of your pond. Also remember to clean your filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
 

7. Keep your pond cool during the dog days of summer

When pond water exceeds 75º Fahrenheit, it has a more difficult time retaining acceptable levels of dissolved oxygen. This is why it’s important to have your pond shaded by aquatic plants (see tip #3). Fish need oxygen to survive. If you see them at the pond’s surface gasping for air, add an aerator to help them during times of extreme heat.

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool | Mechanicsburg, PA

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

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

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Check out this amazing Certified Aquascape Contractor custom water feature installation for the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Sussex County New Jersey. This pondless water feature installation was headed up by Garden State Koi and ran by Aquascapes Ed Beaulieu C.E. Pontz Sons was delighted to be part of this amazing build. The new water feature at the Sussex Farm and Horse Show Fairgrounds was built in 1.5 days by a group of dedicated CAC (certified aquascape contractors) water feature builders from across 5 different states! The pondless waterfall feature includes multiple stacked slate urns, spillway bowls, an various cascading natural stone waterfalls in one glorious water feature. The feature was finished off with new landscape beds.  Drone footage of the pondless waterfall was captured throughout the installation. This video is the final result. Unfortunately it typically takes a few days for the water to clear up so in the footage the water is still not clear. Enjoy!!!

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

PLANTING WATER LILIES

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PLANTING WATER LILIES: POCKET OR POT?

BY: Aquascape

When you create a pond for your customers, do you plant water lilies during the installation process?  Your customers will love the added benefit of colorful flora in their new water garden.

Pink Grapefruit Water Lilies in Aquascape Pond

Two basic methods exist for planting water lilies. You can incorporate plant pockets within the pond itself, or use Aquatic Plant Pots. The method you choose should be considered prior to pond construction. The actual planting of the lily will be the same, however, regardless of your chosen planting option.

The first thing you’ll want to do when planting water lilies is to determine the size and location of the lilies. Water lilies adjust their growth to the size of the area they’re planted in. Size the plant pocket or aquatic pot according to the size of the pond. As a general rule, your plant pocket should be 16” to 18” wide by 6” deep.  If you choose to use an aquatic plant pot, Aquascape’s Aquatic Lily Pot is a great choice.

Aquascape Lily Pot - How to Plant a Water Lily

In a large pond, you may want the lilies to grow larger. Planting them in even larger plant pockets provides them with enough space to grow proportionate to the size of the pond. The size of the plant pocket in a larger pond should be about 24” wide.

If you choose to plant water lilies using an aquatic pot, your hole in the pond should be just deep enough so the top of the pot is level with the bottom of the pond excavation. Allow a little extra room on the sides for folds in the liner. Ultimately, when the floor of the pond is graveled, it will have a flat, consistent appearance with no pots showing. If you are installing a water lily in an existing pond that doesn’t have planting pockets, you should create a ring of rocks around the lily pot to hide it.

Water Lily Placement
Placement considerations are important, too. Water lilies do not like heavy water movement or water splashing on their foliage, so they should not be located close to a waterfall or the base of a stream. Also, the lily should not block the flow of water and debris into the pond’s skimmer.

Planting the Water Lily
After the liner is in place and the pond has been rocked, clean out any gravel that has fallen into the planting pocket. If you’re using an aquatic pot, place the pot down into the hole you created and fill the area around the pot with gravel so the pot isn’t visible.

If you’re planting the lily directly in the pocket, fill it to within one inch of the top with Aquascape Pond Plant Potting Media. Avoid using any type of potting soil that contains other added media, as it will float in the water. It’s also important to make sure the soil has not been treated with any type of chemical that might harm the fish.

Water Lilies in Aquascape Pond

Fertilizing Water Lilies
Fertilizing water lilies on a regular basis is highly recommended to optimize their beautiful blooms. Time-released, granular fertilizer mixed into the soil at the bottom of the pot or plant pocket is a great way to fertilize lilies at the time of planting. When fertilizing existing water lilies, tablets are a great option since you simply push them into the soil.

Whichever fertilizer you use, be careful not to put it in direct contact with the plant’s roots. Instead, push tablets against the sides of the pot, away from the plant. Mix granular fertilizer in only the bottom of the pot or plant pockets.

Keeping Plants Healthy
To keep water lilies healthy and vibrant throughout the pond season, remind your customers to remove yellow or dead leaves, along with any spent flowers, on a regular basis. This prevents decaying foliage from sinking to the bottom of the pond and decomposing. Stems should always be pruned back as close to the water lily rhizome as possible.

Water lilies are the jewels of the water garden and are available in an amazing variety of types, sizes, and colors. Be sure to plant these aquatic beauties whenever installing a pond. Your customer will appreciate the Monet’s garden that you’ve started for them.

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

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Check out this amazing Certified Aquascape Contractor Water feature installation for the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Sussex County New Jersey. This pondless water feature installation was headed up by Garden State Koi and ran by Aquascapes Ed Beaulieu C.E. Pontz Sons was delighted to be part of this amazing build. The new water feature at the Sussex Farm and Horse Show Fairgrounds was built in 1.5 days by a group of dedicated CAC water feature builders from across 5 different states! The pondless waterfall feature includes stacked slate urns, spillway bowls, an various cascading natural stone waterfalls in one glorious water feature. The feature was finished off with new landscape beds. Below is drone footage of the pondless waterfall during the progress of the build.

During the duration of the build i shot tons of footage which i will edit and post as it is completed. This is the first video showing a time lapse of the duration of the project with a few shots of finished feature is posted below. The above video is drone footage of the water feature install from beginning to end. Unfortunately the water takes a couple days to clear up so it’s still a bit murky in the footage. The final reveal video will be posted in a few days. Stay tuned.

Check out some still shots from the water feature build below.

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

Unique Waterscape in Progress

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We are currently in the progress of building another one of a kind very unique waterscape in Lancaster, PA. The project consists of an ecosystem pond that will feature bubbling urn fire features, wetland filtration, zero edge waterfalls, stepping stones through the pond and a grand waterfall traveling below a bridge into the pondless basin. The is a few other phases of this project i will feature once complete. stay tuned for progress photos and video, as well as the final showcase post once the waterscape/landscape project is complete!

COMMON KOI MYTHS

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TACKLING COMMON KOI MYTHS

By: Aquascape

One of the biggest reasons many people get a water garden is so they can have fish. Don’t let the fears and myths of owning fish keep you from getting a few of your own finned friends for your water garden. Take a look below as we crack some commonly heard myths about fish in a water garden.Dealing With Fish Fear and Koi Myths

Myth: Aquascape Says:
“Fish will just create more pond maintenance.”  

Actually, fish are a crucial part of the ecosystem. Koi reduce algae by feeding on it, and they fertilize plants with their waste. So, fish actually create less pond maintenance.

 

“Koi cannot live in a pond with rocks and gravel.”  

Koi originated in nature, where rocks and gravel cover almost every pond on earth. We build rock and gravel lined ponds almost daily, which house perfectly healthy and happy Koi.

 

“I don’t want to lose all my fish to predators.”  

If constructed properly, one can virtually eliminate the risk of predators with a few simple precautionary techniques.

 

“Koi need at least three feet of water to survive.”  

95% of the ponds that we build are two feet deep in the center, and the koi are happy and healthy as can be.

 

“I don’t want to be troubled with bringing my fish inside for the winter.”  

Koi are an extremely hardy fish, whose ancestors over-wintered in freezing conditions, and still do. Just keep the water circulating and maintain a hole in the ice and they’ll never know the difference.

 

“I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on my fish.”  

Actually, pet quality koi start at $5.00 each with show quality koi going for one hundred thousand dollars or more. Since fish food is also very inexpensive, how much you want to spend on fish is your decision.

 

Swimming with Koi

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swimming with koi

swimming with koi

I had the pleasure of Feeding, swimming, and landing a couple kisses with some beautiful Koi in a large ecosystem swim pond located in Sussex County New Jersey. The pond was installed by Garden State Koi at the home of owner Tom. Tom was generous enough to have us over for a cookout and swim after a long day building at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Perfect way to end the day swimming with koi. I wish i had a large swimming pond at my home to enjoy 🙁