Better Understand Your Pond Filtration
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by Ryan Farnol
3d ago
Most pond owners already know that good water quality and a healthy pond habitat go hand in hand. However, knowing how to get or to keep high water quality can be challenging to many pond owners. A bit of basic knowledge will help you keep your pond looking beautiful and performing optimally throughout the season. In addition to plants, fish, aeration, and gravel, a low-maintenance ecosystem pond requires adequate filtration to keep the water clean. There are three types of pond filters currently available on the market which are biological, mechanical, and clarifying filters. Biological filte ..read more
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How to Keep Koi Safe in Winter
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by Ryan Farnol
1M ago
Koi fish are amazingly hardy animals and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. In their native waters, koi are able to withstand very warm and almost-freezing temperatures. When kept in backyard ponds, there are a few points you will need to consider to keep your koi happy and healthy in below freezing temperatures. If your fish reside in an area that can reach freezing temperatures, be sure to address the following checklist to ensure your fish will survive the winter. Insulation The biggest consideration when over-wintering koi outside is to make sure their water will not freeze into on ..read more
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5 Tips for a Winter Pond
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by Ryan Farnol
2M ago
Ice formations and drifts of snow create a wonderful scene in a winter water feature. If you’re like most people, you shut down your water feature for the winter season. While this is a perfectly viable option for most people, some opt to keep their water features running. To ensure that your pond and waterfall provide all the pleasures of a winter wonderland, keep in mind our winter pond keeping tips. 1. Check for Ice Buildup If you keep your pond running during the frozen months of winter, you’ll enjoy the beautiful ice sculptures that form in the stream and waterfall. Although stunning, it ..read more
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Treating Brown Pond Water
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by Ryan Farnol
3M ago
Fall leaves not only mess up  your yard, but also “muck up” your pond. As the fall season progresses you may notice your pond water turning brown. The first step to fixing this unsightly issue is understanding what is going on under the surface.   There are two forms of brown water – debris tea and excessive sediments.  Debris tea is a common occurrence during the autumn season when trees and bushes lose their leaves. Leaves and other organic debris contain tannins which are released into the water, creating a brown tint. Brown water caused by excess sediments occurs from a buil ..read more
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6 Plants That Looks Great Around a Pond
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by Ryan Farnol
3M ago
When you have a beautiful pond, waterfall, or fountain, you want to enjoy it from every angle of your yard possible. Since you spend a lot of time in and around your pond you will want to ensure the plants surrounding your feature add to its beauty. Here are some great plants that can be added near your water feature. Coral Bell Graceful, bell-shaped flower clusters open in late spring through summer; the pink, red or white flowers are actually inflorescences, or tiny clusters of blooms. These flowers are great for adding a “pop” of color around your water feature with their signature purple f ..read more
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The Importance of Leaf Cleanup
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by Ryan Farnol
4M ago
In Michigan, fall means nature is at its peak. It only happens once a year, it only lasts a few months, and the vibrant colors usher in the beauty of the season. But with great beauty comes great responsibility! Don’t “leaf” your landscaping to the wayside as winter approaches. Falls leaves have an appeal – they coat your yard with warm autumn colors. While letting these golden leaves accumulate in your yard may harmless, they can pose many health risks to landscape and yourself. Allowing a layer of leaves to accumulate can deprive grass of sunlight, which is very harmful to root growth. With ..read more
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6 Plants That Look Great Around A Pond
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by Ryan Farnol
5M ago
When you have a beautiful pond, waterfall, or fountain, you want to enjoy it from every angle of your yard possible. Since you spend a lot of time in and around your pond you will want to ensure the plants surrounding your feature add to its beauty. Here are some great plants that can be added near your water feature. Coral Bell Graceful, bell-shaped flower clusters open in late spring through summer; the pink, red or white flowers are actually inflorescences, or tiny clusters of blooms. These flowers are great for adding a “pop” of color around your water feature with their signature purple f ..read more
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Help Your Pond Beat The Summer Heat
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by Ryan Farnol
6M ago
The increased heat of summer weather increases the chances of adverse effects on ponds and lakes. Sunlight and air temperature contribute to rapidly increasing water temperature which negatively impacts a pond’s ecosystem. Thermal stratification causes warm water to rise which depletes oxygen from lower parts of the pond. Low amounts of oxygen in the pond puts the health of fish at risk and gives algae the opportunity to grow. Luckily there are many solutions to keeping a pond healthy during periods of rising temperature. Here are a few tips you’ll want to follow to keep your pond water cool ..read more
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What Is An Ecosystem Pond
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by Ryan Farnol
7M ago
Ecosystem ponds can be easy to understand if you have a good grasp of what components go into a basic, functioning ecosystem. An ecosystem pond works with Mother Nature to provide food, shelter, and safety to the wildlife around it. It also provides you with a natural, low-maintenance piece of paradise. It is important to remember that every piece of the ecosystem must be present in order for a true ecosystem to be in place. Eliminate one of these elements and you’ve got an unbalanced ecosystem that won’t be so low-maintenance anymore. Check out the things you’ll need to get your ecosystem pon ..read more
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Keep Pond Predators at Bay
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by Ryan Farnol
8M ago
Maintaining a koi pond is a rewarding and fulfilling hobby, and many of us grow more attached to our koi than we’d like to admit. Don’t let your work go to waste by letting predators get to one of your koi. Raccoons and herons are the most prevalent koi fish predators, so here’s how you can protect your koi from predators like these. Raccoons are smart animals that are more common than you may think. Along with their ability to raid garbage cans, raccoons are also known for helping themselves to a snack right out of a koi pond. Raccoons don’t mind getting their hands wet, especially if it mean ..read more
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