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Follow our simple Philadelphia Fall Pond Care tips to ensure a healthy pond next spring
Philadelphia Fall Pond Care : Remove leaves and debris
Putting a pond net over your water feature before leaves start falling from trees is the easiest way to contain and manage leaf control and an important part of Philadelphia Fall Pond Care. Once all the leaves have fallen, simply roll up the net, discard the leaves, and put the net away until the next time it’s needed.
If you didn’t install netting, you’ll probably have a build up of leaves and debris that need to be removed. A long-handled pond net makes an easy job of scooping the debris from the bottom of the pond. If you leave the debris on the bottom of the pond, you’ll be creating a bigger mess to face in the spring.
Philadelphia Fall Pond Care: Trim dead or dying foliage
Trimming dead foliage helps remove excessive organic debris that would otherwise decompose in the water. Cut back hardy waterlilies just above the base of the plant and cut back marginal plants that could droop over into the water.
Philadelphia Fall Pond Care : Add cold water bacteria
Add cold water bacteria to help keep pond water clean and clear. Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria contains concentrated strains of beneficial bacteria designed to work in temperatures lower than 50 degrees.
Regular use of Aquascape Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria will help maintain water quality and clarity, as well as dramatically reduce spring maintenance by digesting debris that may accumulate over the winter months
are a great way for people with minimal space or time for maintenance to enjoy the sounds and sights of water. There is no pool of water at the bottom, so this helps with safety concerns as well. We have installed many Main Line, PA pondless waterfalls.
Working much like a regular waterfall, the Main Line, PA pondless waterfall 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. A Main Line, PA 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.
At AquaReale, all of our clients are special. We do our best to bring their visions to reality. In some cases, the client reaches out to us.
When Gary contacted us, he had just bought a house. He had always had ponds at previous locations, and knew he wanted another pond. His research on Horsham, PA pond installations led him to AquaReale.
In a word, Gary was thrilled with his Horsham, PA pond installation by AquaReale: “They were so easy to have around. I think what I liked best about the process was the openness of AquaReale. They involved me in everything. Matt told me what he was thinking. I didn’t feel like people descended upon my home and did it TO me. It had to do with atmosphere. They kept me abreast every step of the way, and asked questions. Matt started it and the guys continued. And let me tell you, they are perfectionists. I never had to say just leave it. I mean, they did a WOW!! job. Absolutely meticulous, the whole job. I had no doubts or concerns, and there was open discussion about everything. They had all the answers.“
A true success
Gary W. loves his Horsham, PA pond installation created by AquaReale. “I love the placement, and I love that I can walk around barefoot. It just feels like it’s been there forever. And because it blends into the landscape, it feels like another room. It has inspired me with so much creativity and serenity. Another feature I love is the rock work. It is a work of art. I also love knowing my fish have caves for protection from the birds! I think the best part about my Horsham pond by Aquareale is that everyone who comes to visit wants to sit on the back porch just a little while longer. Friends and family gather to listen to the sound of the water moving over the rocks.
“One amazing thing about my new Horsham, PA pond installation by AquaReale is that it has become a silent memorial to my mom. I put a memorial to her outside at the pond. It was almost as if she knew, because on Thanksgiving Day, cardinals began to appear…as though she had sent them.
Thanks to Matt and AquaReale, I am outside more than I have ever been. My Horsham, PA pond installation brings me closer to nature. AquaReale is my water feature professional for life. I couldn’t recommend anyone higher.”
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #1: I should locate my pond to the lowest part of my yard!
Reality: This is probably the worst location for your investment because of the run-off that can creep its way into your pond. When your pond is positioned near your house, you can take in the beauty and tranquility of your pond when entertaining friends or lounging on your deck.
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #2: It’s necessary to drain and clean your pond regularly.
Reality: If you decide to work in harmony with Mother Nature, then draining and cleaning your pond should take place only once a year (at most). Clean-outs should occur in the spring, before the weather gets warm and the bacteria has an opportunity to set up.
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #3: The more filtration, the better the pond.
Reality Believe or not, you can over-filter a pond. Tight filter pads in your skimmer pick up the smallest particles of debris, causing you to be cleaning the filtering mechanism out constantly. Fish in the wild certainly don’t swim around in bottled water. If you can see a dime on the bottom of the pond, then the water clarity is just right for your fish and filtering past that create headaches instead of eliminating them.
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #4: You can’t be a koi hobbyist and a water gardener.
Reality Not true! You can raise koi and have a beautiful water garden. The koi can grow up to be just as beautiful and just as healthy as they are in traditional koi ponds – and you’ll love them just as much!
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #5: The presence of rocks and gravel make it difficult to clean your pond.
Reality Rocks and gravel offer a natural place for aerobic bacteria to colonize and set up housekeeping. This bacteria breaks down the fish waste and debris that would otherwise accumulate in the pond and turn into sludge. Regardless of your pond’s location (i.e. close to trees and loads of leaves), or how many fish you have in it, you’ll find that having rocks and gravel in your pond not only makes it look better, but it makes it healthier as well. So contrary to the myth, having rocks and gravel on the bottom of your pond actually allows Mother Nature to clean up after herself.
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #6: Your pond must be at least three feet deep in order to keep koi.
Reality There are thousands of two-foot deep ponds around the country, full of happy and healthy koi. The water in a two-foot deep pond will generally only freeze eight inches down, even in the coldest of climates, because of the insulating qualities of the earth that surrounds the pond.
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #7: Koi can’t be kept in a pond that also contains plants.
Reality In a naturally balanced ecosystem, koi and plants complement and need one another. In nature, fish feed on plants. As a result, the fish produce waste, which is broken down by aerobic bacteria on the bottom of your pond, which, in turn, is used as fertilizer by the plants to grow and produce more natural fish food.
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #8: You have to bring your fish inside for the winter.
Reality Fish do fine during the coldest of winters as long as you give them two feet of water to swim in, oxygenate the water, and keep a hole in the ice with a de-icer, allowing the naturally produced gasses to escape from under the ice.
For more answers or to see what we can do for you, please contact us!
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.
The dos and don’ts of taking care of koi pond fish or regular pond fish in the summer
Koi pond fish and as well as all pond fish aren’t too difficult to care for in the summer. It’s important to know, however, some important items for optimum health and comfort.
Feeding, plant cover and oxygen are all very important in a fish’s health during hot summer months. Read on for details…
Koi Fish Pond Feeding
Feed your fish only as much as they will eat in 3-5 minutes. Also, feed your fish far away from the skimmer box. Otherwise too much gets wasted and the pond gets dirty.
The use of a feeding ring will help keep fish food in one spot, allowing fish to get used to eating at that spot. This also helps keep fish food from floating into your skimmer box.
Koi Fish Pond Plant Cover
Plants are extra important in the warmer summer months. They provide shade for the pond, keeping the water cooler for the fish and they also provide additional filtration for the pond.
Try adding water lilies, water hyacinth and water lettuce. Your fish will appreciate the shade. In addition, be sure to remove dying leaves and flowers from the pond before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water.
Koi Fish Pond Oxygen
For hot summer months, make certain you maximize your aeration. Warm water holds less oxygen so more is needed in the summer. Make sure you have plenty of aeration running 24/7. Aeration can be supplemented by using an air stone or additional pump if necessary.
And finally, keep your pond “topped off” – make sure the water level stays where it should be. This will ensure that the pump and/or skimmer are able to operate properly and will help keep your pond free of debris, while providing plenty of oxygenated water for your fish. The summer heat can be tough on oxygen levels.
These extra steps should help ensure maximum koi pond fish care in summer. Contact us for additional information or to see how we can help you build or renovate the pond of your dreams.
What to do with your yard? Get inspired with our latest Montgomery County Pondless Waterfall and flagstone patio!
We worked with Fill A Bagel in Jenkintown to create a small water feature outside their Jenkintown, PA store, but with the new Oreland store came a lot more opportunity.
Vicky and Charlie Ard are the owners of both locations and they own the physical building location in Oreland, located at 100 East Pennsylvania Ave, AND there was plenty of green space there!
Vicki wanted a patio for her customers to sit and relax and enjoy their breakfast and lunch sandwiches and bagels.
When we talked about doing a water feature at the store, we decided we could do the patio for the Ards as well, creating a flawless space that is soothing and relaxing. Customers can sit on the large sitting wall or on the patio chairs as they listen to the soothing sounds of water via bubbling rocks and streams. The Montgomery County Pondless Waterfall adds visual and auditory delight
The patio is 16 x 14, made with Pennsylvania bluestone, irregular cut. “We tried to match the aesthetic of the building,” says Matt Reale, co-owner of AquaReale.
Hundreds of people go through the stores each weekend and Vicky and Charlie wanted them to have a pleasant place to sit and enjoy their food
“The patio turned out great, ” said Matt. “It’s a cool and laid back place to hang out and eat your food. Since the patio is enclosed on three sides, it’s easier for moms and dads to keep track of their little ones. The Montgomery County Pondless Waterfalls have no standing bodies of water, just recirculating bubbling rocks and streams.”
The reason for a dry laid stone wall instead of mortar? “Concrete is needed for mortar on wet walls, and this can lead to more structural problems down the road,” explains Matt. “Dry laid stone won’t weather like a man made product will. Dry laid stone is more structural sound, as there is nothing to break apart or crumble.”
See what AquaReale can build in YOUR space! Contact us for more information.
Al and Joan T were moving and were very anxious about what to do with their fish and needed a Koi Fish Pond as soon as possible
They found us during a google search. and reached out to see if AquaReale could help. Al is a firefighter and he saved his money for quite a while to get a bigger pond at his new house. HE had a very small pond at his current house. Al and his wife were concerned about their fish and the move. We assured them we would build the new pond first and then get them safely to their new home.
Koi Fish Pond Construction
AquaReale built Al and Joan an 11 x 16 natural eco-system pond in three days. We used Pennsylvania field stone boulders for a natural look and situated the pond in a prime spot in the back yard viewable from multiple windows in Al and Joan’s pond.
We put in plant shelves as well as fish caves, hiding spots for the fish if predators are near. The pond will soon be filled in with beautiful natural greenery
Koi Fish Pond Praise
Al and Joan were very pleased with the results. “We got so much more than expected.” said Al. “This is the first pond i didn’t build myself and I am thrilled with the results.” “We are so happy with how this turned out,” added Joan. Our grandchildren are going to love this!”
We are happy to report that we delivered all of Al’s fish safely to their new home with no casualties. The family is enjoying the new pond and their grandchildren have already found a new frog.
To see how we can build you a koi fish pond, contact us! We look forward to helping you fulfill your pond dreams too.