Get to know us here at AquaReale: Our team unmasked!

ABOUT US

AquaReale was founded by Matthew and Laura Reale. They first started Reale Landscape and Design in 1999, the year they got married. They changed the name and direction of the company in 2010 to AquaReale. The new name reflected the emphasis on all things water.

Laura and Matt live with their two kids and three cats in Jenkintown, PA. They enjoy their pond and pondless water feature, which their son likes to use as a car  wash for his toy cars.

AquaReale co-owner Laura Reale
AquaReale President Laura Reale

Laura Lapinsohn Reale

President

Laura handles all customer service, scheduling, marketing and financial responsibilities for the company. She utilizes her Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University while managing social media and all company branding initiatives.

Laura prefers everything indoors and has an aversion to the sun and nice weather.

Matthew Reale

Matt
Matt

Vice President

Matt handles all operational details of the company, from estimating and bidding on jobs to managing his crews on projects, offering his expertise and experience as needed.

Matt has his degree in landscape design from the Temple University Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and enjoys sharing nature and his love of the outdoors with his kids.

Eric
Eric

Eric Naylor

Company Foreman

Eric and Matt went to Central High School together many years ago. Eric shares Laura and Matt’s vision of a full service water features company, leading with calmness and dedication to each customer and job. Eric is a great communicator and company representative.

Eric lives with his wife Meagan and his dog Belle, and he enjoys fostering dogs and playing disc golf.

Eric’s favorite part of his job is finding nature and life in each pond. He likes going back to ponds to see how they have changed throughout the year.

 

Pete
Pete

Pete Gallo

Project Manager

Pete has been with AquaReale since 2012. Pete is our machine operator and driver, as well as a dedicated, trained pond specialist. Pete enjoys stepping back at the end of the day and seeing what his work has created. He likes to go back to jobs after everything has grown in to see how the final product turned out.

 

Tom
Tom

Tom Simpson

Project Manager

Tom is our new young guy. He graduated from St Joe’s University in May 2015 with a degree in environmental science and quickly began a valuable part of AquaReale.

Tom was the Laboratory Coordinator for the Saint Joseph University Biodiversity lab, handling everything from fish illness to building the proper pumps and filtration systems for the tanks and the fish. Tom’s knowledge of fish and aquariums is incredible and an integral part of the service AquaReale provides.

 

What can AquaReale do for you? Contact us and find out!

 

 

Pond renovation in mind? Our top 3 suggestions

pond renovation
pond renovation

Is your pond a good candidate for a pond renovation?

Renovating a pond allows you to optimize an existing pond. It is cheaper than rebuilding the whole pond. On average, if the existing pond is ten years or younger it can be renovated easily. Ponds that are more than ten years old usually need to be rebuilt from scratch due to the older liner and parts and structural issues.

Other items we look at before renovating a pond is if the liner was completely covered with rock.  If so, the liner is in better shape then if parts have been exposed to the elements.

If a liner is unusable, we recommend basically building a new pond.   Since we are adding a new liner, that is the time to change the shape of the pond, adding or moving sections as you’d like.

THREE POPULAR POND RENOVATIONS

1. Redo the water fall box and skimmer

Adding a new waterfall box can give an old pond new life. Moving a waterfall alone can make it look like a pond renovation.  The eye is drawn to the waterfall, so putting it in a different place can make a big difference on how the pond looks. The price to redo a waterfall box and skimmer starts at $3500.

2. Add plant ledges

A plant ledge is simply a rock wall under water that holds planters of plants. Many older ponds do not have plant ledges. By adding or changing plants, you can really change the overall look of the pond. This can also help provide shade for the fish and slow algae growth. Adding plant ledges starts at $1500.

3. Add or revise lights

Adding or changing lights can change your pond’s complete look in the evening. Light up your water fall or adjust the lights to highlight certain plants– all ways to change the look of your pond. Pond renovation is possible by something as simple as redirecting your lights.  Lighting packages start at $1500.

 

Which renovation is right for you? Contact us to find out!

The Penn Museum Pond: How we helped make it better

Large Pond Renovation
Large Pond Renovation

Large Pond Renovation Challenge

Why a large pond renovation? When AquaReale first went to visit the pond at the University Of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, it was not in great shape. The large 25 x 60 foot pond had not been cleaned for a few years and years of people throwing food in to “feed the fish” had left the water looking green and murky. In addition, the pond was not a healthy habitat for its fish.

The Penn Museum pond is loved and appreciate by thousands of people each year, and AquaReale wanted to make sure it was operating at its full potential. It had originally been built as a reflecting pool, which is not the best environment for fish, since the water is shallow and heats up fast.

The Large Pond Renovation Process

AquaReale began by draining and cleaning the pond. The fish were placed in a portable koi tank with their own water. After the cleaning, the fish were put back in the pond and the next step began. We worked in the pump room at the museum, updating the pumps, bead filters and UV units.

We also developed a system to trap sediment and allow water to flow slower through the filter. The sediment tank helps the filtration media do their job by slowing the water down.

And finally, we added some plants, which are very important in fish ponds. The pond had massive amounts of open water, which promotes algae growth and makes the water warm quicker. Plants provide cooler shade for the fish, especially important in a large shallow pond like this one.

The Large Pond Renovation Results

The Penn Museum pond looks much clearer since the cleaning and pump renovation. The green water is gone and the filtration media is working as hoped. The fish have more shade and cooler water and the pond is back to its former glory.

We recommended and continue to offer a maintenance package for Penn to keep the pond at its maximum health and beauty.

What can we do for your pond? Contact us to see.

A unique approach to stormwater management

Philadelphia Stormwater Management

We recently did a project for Philadelphia’s Urban Tree Connection, through a grant provided from Media Star Productions.  Here, AquaReale co-owner Matthew Reale guides us through the project and how it was built to maximize stormwater management.