clean pond water in six steps!

clean pond water
clean pond water

Six tips to clean pond water

Most pond owners know the importance  of clean pond water.  Not knowing how to get or keep clean pond water can be quite a challenge.  Follow the six tips below to help keep your 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.

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. 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.

6. Keep your clean pond water cool during the dog days of summer 

When clean 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.

 Contact us for more information about keeping your pond water clean.

 

 

Stormwater Management issues?

Stormwater Management-- before
Stormwater Management– before

Do you have Stormwater Management problems?

We have seen lots, but nothing quite like we saw at the J’s house back in the spring.  We met the J family after they saw our lawn sign at another large Stormwater Management job.  Five different companies had been out to look at the job and not one had come back or offered a price.

The job is certainly a challenge…

Stormwater Management Challenge

The J Family’s big problems began 15 years ago when an additional house was built in front of theirs, as the top of a hill.  The J Family was on the bottom of the hill, right next to a golf course.  When the new house was built. the lost their buffer, which allowed more surface runoff to gush down the hill.

A hurricane a few years ago took care of the rest of the problem, eroding away a fair portion of the hill and created a giant 6 foot gulley.  The bottom of their property had a retention pond which  retained the run off.  Every time is rained more sediment went down and filled up the retention pond,

The water also left destruction in its wake. The water displaced many rocks until it looked like the backyard was strewn with loose rocks.

Stormwater Management Solution

AquaReale worked with an engineering firm to come up with a Stormwater Management solution to slow the water flow from the upper portion of the yard to the lower.  This solution was to stop the water at the top of the hill and redirect it into a pipe which goes directly to the bottom of the hill, avoiding an more erosion.

The retention pond will also be cleaned out, leveled out and seeded with a grass meadow mix.  The grasses will create deep roots and stabilize the soil so water can be absorbed quicker. This will allow for the water coming through the pipe to be better absorbed.
Stay tuned as we complete the project and post some great after shots.  Here’s some before shots in the meantime…

 

Need stormwater assistance of your own?  Here’s some additional information on Stormwater Management.

Contact us to see how we can help you with your stormwater issues