This Pond Project included removal of an existing small preformed old pond located next to the back porch and deck area. We then installed a new properly filtered ecosystem pond with the waterfalls falling towards the large windows and patio area. The project also included installation of underwater LED lighting in the pond and stream for night time enjoyment as well as a bacteria dosing system which will aide in keeping the pond clear during the season. This Pond project was installed in Lancaster, PA.
If you have fish in your pond, sooner or later they are going to have babies. Late spring to early summer usually marks the time of year when koi and goldfish start to spawn. When koi and goldfish spawn, they produce thousands of eggs but very few actually survive and grow up into baby fish. Koi are egg “scatterers,” meaning they generally deposit their eggs on the bottom of the pond or in plants.
The eggs hatch a few days after although you probably won’t be able to see them for several weeks because they are too small. At this stage in development, the babies will feed off of all sorts of microorganisms in your pond. After a couple months the babies are about an inch long and may start eating commercial food. In order to “bulk” them up, look for a food that has high protein content. Depending on the pellet size, it may be necessary to crush them in order for the babies to eat the food.
By the end of summer you’ll have to decide whether to bring the babies inside or let them over-winter in the pond. If you decide to let them over-winter outside, they may or may not survive because they don’t have enough fat reserve to tide them over. If you decide to bring them in, make sure you have a large enough tank with adequate filtration because they will continue to grow inside.
Another thing to remember is that if your pond babies continue to survive year after year, sooner or later they are going to get big and could overcrowd your pond. If you plan on keeping some of the babies, understand that eventually you may have to get rid of (cull) some of them. Watching the baby fish grow up is fun and the whole process is a great learning experience for kids and adults, alike.
This pond upgrade project included installation of the new Aquascape 1000 series signature skimmer and the Biofalls 2500 series biological filter to the existing pond. We also installed a 15′ stream on the left end of the pond and a small spillway waterfall near the right end of the pond. We installed 5 kichler underwater LED lights in the stream, pond and waterfall for night time enjoyment. The waterfall has its own adjustable speed pump so it can be run it independently of the stream system. All the plumbing was replaced with new 2″ plumbing lines. This project was installed in Lititz, PA.
This project at the Hershey Gardens Conservatory and butterfly atrium featured a indoor pondless water feature designed and installed by Pontz. The stream measures roughly 60 feet long and weaves its way through the center of the butterfly atrium, going under multiple walking bridges and ending in a pondless basin. The water feature is surround by tons of tropical plants and a winding walkway which will be home to 50 to 60 different species of tropical butterflies at any given time.
Read more about the new Conservatory at Hershey Gardens
Learn about the numerous features and benefits of the Signature Series 1000 Pond Skimmer, like its patented adjustable face plate. When it comes to your pond, you won’t want anything but an Aquascape skimmer.
The Aquascape Signature Series™ 1000 Pond Skimmer provides efficient mechanical filtration for your pond. Ideal for use in ponds up to 1000 square feet, the Skimmer removes unwanted debris from the surface of the pond, significantly reducing maintenance and issues with water quality.
Its 8 inch weir with locking capability and large volume rigid leaf and debris basket makes maintenance quick and easy while its high-quality filter mat removes smaller sediment and debris. A patented adjustable faceplate allows the faceplate to be re-adjusted after installation, altering the water level as desired. Injection-molded fittings allow the check valve to thread directly into the skimmer wall, providing a professional watertight seal along the back of the filter. The natural-looking faux-rock lid includes grooves designed to help make the filter easy to hide into its surroundings and its rounded shape maximizes the structural design of the filter. The Aquascape Signature Series™ 1000 Pond Skimmer is also backed by a limited Lifetime Warranty.
Provides efficient biological filtration for ponds up to 1000 square feet
Removes unwanted debris from the surface of the pond, significantly reducing maintenance and issues with water quality
8 inch weir with locking capability and large volume rigid leaf and debris basket makes removal of debris quick and easy
Patented Adjustable Faceplate: Perfect for setting your water level!
Rounded shape maximizes the structural design while the durable lid provides protection of the filter components
Corrosion-resistant non-cross-threading hardware stands up to the elements
Summer Pond Maintenance
Summer is here and you’ve earned some quality time with your pond, and when better than summertime – perhaps the most beautiful time of the year for most ponds. Summer is your chance to truly enjoy the pond.
And with your clean-out completed in the early spring, the majority of your pond maintenance is behind you. There are some summer maintenance items that still need to be addressed in order to have a season of clean, clear water to enjoy. By keeping up on these tasks, you should have a healthy pond all season long.
Keep Your Pond “Topped off” – Make sure the water level stays where it should be. This will ensure that the pump and/or skimmer are able to operate properly and will help keep your pond free of debris, while providing plenty of oxygenated water for your fish. The summer heat can be tough on oxygen levels.
Add More Plants – The more the merrier! If at all possible, try to cover at least a third of the pond’s surface area with water lilies. Also, make sure you have plenty of marginal and floating plants around the pond to blend the pond’s edge with your landscape.
Trim Those Plants – You’ve added the plants, now keep them looking good. Routine maintenance, including removal of spent blooms, yellowing leaves, and excess growth will get rid of nutrients in the pond, reducing the possibility of algae blooms. If you devote just a few enjoyable minutes each day to this task, it never becomes “the big chore” that encourages procrastination.
Feed Your Fish – In the extreme heat of the summer, over feeding can lead to oxygen depletion and possible algae blooms. A good rule of thumb is not to feed your fish more than they can eat in a period of two to three minutes at a time.
Don’t Clean the Filter Pads – If you have a biological filtration system, cleaning off the filter pads will destroy the algae-fighting bacteria that live there, resulting in excess algae growth.
Fertilize Lotus and Lily Plants – To encourage more prolific blooming during the summer months, use lily fertilizer tabs near the base of the plants throughout the growing season. It’s not really necessary to fertilize marginal plants if they’re planted right in the pond gravel – they will easily pull the nutrients they need right from the pond.
Add Bacteria – Follow the dosage instructions on the label and add bacteria regularly to compete with the algae for excess nutrients in the water, helping reduce the growth of algae.Control Runoff – Avoid using fertilizer in areas that may drain into your pond. Fertilizer will cause a surge of excess nutrients in your pond and actually encourage algae blooms.
Remember, your water garden is there for you to ENJOY! Take time to appreciate all that it has to offer you. There is no better reward after mowing the (remaining) lawn than to have a seat in the cooling waters of the pond. Also, plant some tropical water lilies – either day or night blooming. Their beautiful fragrance will cover the whole pond area and they are visually stunning.
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This project included installation of a 25′ pondless waterfall in York, PA. The waterfall and stream consist of approximately 6.5 tons of weathered limestone boulders and river gravel. Definitely one of my favorite water features to date. The crew knocked this one out of the park. Built not only for the beauty and relaxation, but also as a place for the grandchildren to enjoy when they come to visit. As you can tell from the video this truly defines living the water feature lifestyle, as grandfather and grandson enjoy the ambiance and flow of cool running water on a hot summer day. Below are some kind words received from the homeowners after installation.
The team finished up the waterfall today. All we can say is WOW! We expected great work, but this was so much better than we even dreamed. The team clearly exercised not only their expertise but also artistry in designing the fall. It looks so natural and awesome, we simply can’t believe it! They cleaned up very well and promised to return next week to reseed the damaged grass (ground was too wet from all the rain this week).
We can’t thank you guys enough. We’re going to love this waterfall for many years.
Wolfgang and Jan”
This Pond Project included removal of an existing small preformed pond located next to the back porch and deck area. We then installed a new properly filtered ecosystem pond with the waterfalls falling towards the large windows and patio area. The project also included installation of underwater LED lighting in the pond and stream for night time enjoyment as well as a bacteria dosing system which will aide in keeping the pond clear during the season. This Pond project was installed in Lancaster, PA.
From colorful water lilies that dance on the pond’s surface to aquatic Forget-Me-Nots that hug the edges of your water garden, it’s the amazing pond plants that put the “garden” in “water garden.” You can apply many of the same tips and guidelines you use to create your terrestrial flower beds. Things like color, height, and planting conditions are things you’ll want to consider when it comes to naturalizing your pond with plants.
Create Interest with Variety. Random placement of plants with varying textures and colors will create more interest than using plants that have all the same growth habit or leaf shape.
Play with Colors. Choose colors you like best and consider the type of lighting your pond receives. Yellow, orange, and white help brighten shady areas, while cool blue and violet tone down the intensity of the sun’s rays.
Go Green. A soft, calming space is created by using different textures and shades of green foliage. The combination is effective on its own, but also looks great when accented only by white flowers. You can also play with color based on leaf selection alone, since you’ll find aquatic foliage in a range of colors such as red, purple, yellow, and several variegated combinations.
Know Your Plant Size. One of the biggest mistakes novice water gardeners make is failing to realize how big their pond plants might grow. Be sure to take height and width of the mature plant into consideration and allow enough space for future growth.
Short in Front, Tall in Back. This might seem like a no-brainer, but always put shorter plants in front of taller ones. Most likely, you’ll spend most of your time viewing your water garden from a deck or patio, so keep that sight line in mind when planting your pond.
Group Plants Together. Interior decorators tell you to group like objects together when decorating your home, to create visual impact. Use this same principle when planting your pond. Plant a row of marsh marigolds along a stretch of the ponds edge, as opposed to dotting them all around the pond in single locations.
Consider Each Plant’s Needs. Be mindful of how much sun your aquatic plants require, along with their planting depth. If a plant requires full sun, that’s a minimum of 6 hours of unobstructed (ie not dappled shade) sun per day. If you’re not sure what your plant needs, ask the pro at your local garden center or search online for information.
You’ll want to ensure an interesting mix of aquatic plant types for your water garden. Plant a few marginal at the pond’s edge, include colorful water lilies or even a lotus, add floating plants like water lettuce, and include submerged plants to help add oxygen to your pond. Variety is the spice of gardening life, so don’t be afraid to experiment … or follow our handy planting guides below!
Small Pond: Plant Placement Ideas
Medium Pond: Plant Placement Ideas
Large Pond: Plant Placement Ideas
you’ve probably seen breathtaking photos of backyard ponds bobbing with colorful water lilies, and maybe you’ve been lucky enough to see one in person or even have one of your own. But why limit beautiful water features to the backyard? It’s just as easy to enjoy front yard water features and boost your curb appeal at the same time!
An ecosystem pond takes center stage at the entrance to this suburban Colonial home. Adirondack chairs provide comfy seating for watching the fish and enjoying nature.
On the other side of the door, the water feature continues along the sidewalk with a gentle waterfall. The perfect landscape enhancement for greeting visitors to your home.
Look carefully and you’ll notice the stream that begins near the front door, winding its way along the pathway before emptying into a pretty koi pond.
Maybe a fountain is more up your alley due to its smaller size. This little foursome of fountain rocks is nestled in a bed of impatiens by the front door. Birds enjoy getting a drink here while resting their wings from flight.
Flowers can be challenging to grow in shady areas, but a fountain is the perfect spot for such a location! This home already has a stunning backyard pond, but the owner wanted a splash of water out front, too.
You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood with a waterfall and pond that requires a stone bridge to traverse it to reach the front door. Waterlilies play on the surface of the water when the breezes blow.
A small waterfall nestles in the ivy and hostas next to the front steps of this Chicago suburban home.
A koi lover wanted their pond at the front of the house to match their indoor koi pond in the meditation room.
A frog statuette guards this home’s recirculating waterfall and hints at the critters that live to visit and enjoy the oasis.
To really amp up your curb appeal, consider bowls spilling one into another. You could even make a chain of bowls that extend the length of your sidewalk.