Articles About Ponds and Water Gardens

Winter Pond Maintenance: Heaters or Aerators?

In the northern climates this is a question that I hear quite often. Do I need to install fish pond water heater or pond aeration equipment? Let me begin by saying if you don’t have fish in your water garden it is not necessary to install either one. An argument can be made that one is more important than the other, however both can keep an area of the pond surface free from ice.

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Tags: Customer Tips, Contractors, Pond Aeration, Pond Maintenance, Pond Fish

Do This When Building Koi Gardens

Koi were developed from the common carp in the 1820s by the Japanese and are called the “jewels” of the water garden  because of their bright colorings. They are friendly fish that like to enjoy a special hand-fed treat.  Traditional koi ponds are usually planned for a depth of 3-6 feet and serious koi enthusiasts favor larger ponds for their fish.
 
Koi are pets that can live 30-50 years (or as long as 200!) and require special equipment and care.  The  pond is their home that you will need to vigilantly maintain in order to keep them thriving.  Small koi only a few inches long are usually start at $10, but koi that are three feet big and have what is known as a “good lineage” could cost anywhere between $60,000 and $300,000 each!
 
A koi gardens have different requirements than other water gardens.  To build a successful, thriving garden, do these three things:
 
  1. Build a koi garden in an area that has plenty of shade.  Koi prefer filtered light and will acquire better coloration than if they are subjected to direct sunlight. 
  2. Install an aerator, which is a piece of equipment that is used to add oxygen to water.   Koi gardens are often deeper than the average garden pond and require more oxygen and better circulation.  Aeration will ensure adequate amounts of oxygen for koi during the warmer months as well as the long winter. 
  3. Invest in a high quality filtration system.   Koi prefer muddy, dirty water and they tend to stir up soil at pond bottoms, causing turbid water quality.  Good pond filtration will help to keep the pond clear
Keep in mind that koi gardens add additional costs  to the tradition water garden.  It may be beneficial to hire a professional koi pond installer to help you build a healthy home  for these new pets.
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Tags: Koi Gardens, Types of Ponds, Pond Fish

Pros and Cons of Building a Fish Garden

Advantages of a Fish Pond

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6 Steps to Protect Your Pond Fish During Extreme Heat

Hot tamales and chili peppers might be a summer favorite for some, but this week’s high temperatures are enough to scare any fish and their owners into some air conditioning.  As the Midwest feels the heat wave it is important to keep tabs on your pond environment.  During high heat spells, ponds battle heavy evaporation rates, increase in photosynthesis and warmer water temperatures than desired by most fish.  Because the earth’s surface temperature will also rise, both direct sunlight and indirect sunlight ponds will feel fluctuations in temperatures during high heat. 

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Tags: Pond Aeration, Pond Fish

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