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Feed and Caring of Koi Fish

 What do you feed  and care for a Koi fish?
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With a good balance of plants, you should only need to feed Koi for your enjoyment and to attract the fish closer.Without plants in the pond, Koi fish are dependent on you to provide them.  Plants provide them shade and hiding spots from predators as well as food.
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How often can you feed Koi fish?

If you decide to feed your fish, do so up to twice per week. Fish do not know the feeling of “fullness” and will eat until they die. Koi fish can become overweight, which can cause health problems or death. When you do feed your fish, don’t give them much more than a handful at a time. You may even find most of this food in the skimmer unit – don’t worry, your fish are getting plenty.  If there are plants in the pond, they don’t need much food at all.  They will get used to you feeding them and may eventually eat out of your hand!

If you want to purchase koi fish, Quality Koi Company one of the best koi companies in the world is located right here in South Jersey!

When do I feed them?

Make sure to only feed your Koi fish during the warm parts of the year, when fish are active. Once the weather gets too cold, the fish slow down their bodies, starting a type of hibernation. Once the water temperature reaches about 50 degrees, stop feeding your fish entirely.  Koi fish will continue to eat, though they cannot properly digest the food in this environment. The food will cause decay, and the fish will die.
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koi fish

What if I don’t have or want plants?

If you really don’t want plants, you can feed the fish once a day, but NOT in the winter. Even without plants, feeding in the colder weather can cause Koi fish to die.
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Quick breakdown: pond renovation vs. pond repair

Many people question the difference between pond renovations vs. pond repair.  though they sound similar, renovation requires much deeper intervention. Repairing something means fixing or replacing a small part that is broken or malfunctioning – renovation is a complete overhaul and redo, resulting in a practically brand new end product.

A pond is no exception to these terms of home improvement– take a look at the before and after of this pond renovation!

Pond Repair

When a pond leaks, you have the option to make repairs or completely renovate the pond – these options depend heavily on the extent of the problems. If the causes don’t inherently interfere with the structure of the pond or the health of the pond wildlife, you can likely troubleshoot and fix the specific issue. Problems that can be repaired include holes that leak or the liner detaching from the skimmer or biofalls, just to name some things that are more common. The possibilities are endless – without the guaranteed standards of a Certified Aquascape Contractor, there’s no telling what happened during construction. If the leak is caused by a hole in the liner, it can sometimes be patched. A broken pipe means you need to replace the pipe. Repairs are self-explanatory.

The most difficult part of even the simplest pond repairs is identifying the problem in the first place. We usually hear,“why is my pond leaking?”  This opens a variety of potential causes, which can be narrowed through a few key tests.
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  1. Walk around pond, checking for visible wet spots for possible leaks. A simple issue could be a low liner, allowing for a water to flow over the edge.
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  2. Fill up the pond and determine the water level
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  3. Turn off the pump and come back 24 hours later to check for a change in water level.
    • If the water level is unchanged, the problem arises somewhere in the pipe or filter.
    • If the water level has decreased, the problem lies somewhere in the pond or skimmer.

If none of these are the causes, your issue lies somewhere in the pond or stream and a renovation is likely the best solution.

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Pond Renovation

Renovation is considered a complete pond replacement. This means we remove the pond and replacing all parts. This is the perfect opportunity to change anything you didn’t like, and address any issues, even minor ones – you could add more tunnels for fish, install lighting, and use more plants to encourage a healthy ecosystem. You could increase or decrease the size of the pond, or add an additional or larger waterfall or other feature.

Many pond renovations we encounter come from homeowners who had a landscaping company come in and build a pond, or new homeowners who don’t know their pond’s history. Renovations can seem daunting, but are a great opportunity to save time and energy that will be spent making temporary repairs on a flawed or dissatisfying pond design.

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Stormwater Management: situation and solution

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT: Situation and Solution

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We already provide information about stormwater management on our site, but I wanted to share our story as well

Our house has always had water issues, with the roof, gutters, everything.  We got everything pretty much under control. but the rain water was still pooling on our front lawn.

AquaReale decided to do a stormwater solution that also looked great. The water comes down from our front roof, so we put a pipe underground which takes the water down to the front of our house.

We have a 500 gallon reservoir there , topped by a pondless waterfall.  The water recycles through the pondless waterfall , leaving us with a beautiful waterfall with our rain water stored underneath! Here’s a night photo with the lighting around it.

 

Let’s see what we can do to fix YOUR stormwater issues!

Fall is the best time to address many stormwater issues.  It’s easier to see problems and determine solutions when the ground is bare.

Cool Backyard Gadget: Koi Camera

Underwater life continues to be exciting and mysterious no matter how old you are – just think how exciting a visit to the aquarium is, even as an adult, and consider investing in a Koi camera for your pond.

As a pond owner, there is no doubt that water and aquatic life interests and inspires you – so why not get a closer look?

With underwater cameras, you can get an up close and personal look into the day-to-day life in your pond, including koi fish, frogs and turtles – even if you don’t have gills!  These cameras are great for fish aficionados (say that five times fast), kids and everyone in between.  Warning: Watching your very own underwater world can be addicting!

Take a look at a recording of a pond owner’s cool Koi camera to see for yourself:

For more information about Koi cameras and other pond accessories, visit us at www.aquareale.com or contact us at (215) 880-6811.

Pondless Waterfalls and Rainwater Harvesting

Pondless waterfalls provide the same relaxing melodies and attractive appearance as a traditional waterfall with a pond, using a fraction of the space and with much less hassle. Because there is no pool of water, there are also no safety issues that are associated with a traditional pond.

Working much like a regular waterfall, the pondless variety directs the cascading water into a deep rock-and-gravel filled hole where the water collects and is pumped back up to the top of the fall. A pondless waterfall is less costly than a pond to build and operate, and its size enables you to place one almost anywhere in your yard.

Maintenance could not be easier. All you need to do is fill the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss caused by evaporation. Pondless waterfalls can also be part of a  RainXChange(tm) Rainwater Harvest System, which only adds to the benefits of a pondless waterfall. Capturing rainwater to operate the water feature creates true self-sustainability, drastically reducing the need for chemically-treated traditional water sources. A pondless waterfall which has been properly incorporated into such a system can also increase property value by as a beautiful addition to your yard.

The greatest thing about a pondless waterfall for many people may be that they can be made to fit in any size yard. They are a low maintenance, low cost water feature.

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To learn more about pondless waterfalls or the RainXchange Rainwater Harvest System, visit our website!

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Nighttime Pond Lighting

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Ecosystem ponds are beautiful and lively during the day, but you should be able to enjoy them at night too. Strategically placed lights can highlight and direct attention to waterfalls, statues, plants, or other aquascape and landscape features. While traditional halogen lights suck up energy and hike up your electricity bill, LED lights use much less energy and last on average 10-15 times longer.

LED lights are full of benefits: Aquascape’s LED lights are 80-90 percent more electricity efficient. A three watt LED light gives out as much illumination as the old 25 watt halogen bulbs. Plus, LED lights are more durable and do not heat up like traditional lights. This is especially important to an ecosystem pond which is meant to be part of nature and a habitat for plants and animals. Underwater lights can often be a pain to change, so it is also a huge help that LED lights last up to 15 times longer than the halogen bulbs. The lights may also be used above water to highlight any landscape, walkway around your house.

Aside from the LED lights, a fire pit makes a great addition to your yard, especially as we enter into a cooler Autumn (hopefully!). You can either get one designed specifically molded for your space, or you can buy one from any home goods store. Either way, it is sure to add to the calm, relaxed mood set by your pond. Do not miss out on pond time just because it is nighttime.