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How to plan a Philadelphia pond renovation

Philadelphia pond renovation
Philadelphia pond renovation

How to plan a Philadelphia pond renovation

Now that spring has FINALLY arrived, you are back outside and possibly thinking about what you want to do as a Philadelphia pond renovation.    If your pond or water feature is still in the dreaming and wishing stage, now’s a great time to start planning!

Some people view ponds as simply a part of their house, like an addition. When it is done, it’s done.  While this is true with some projects, a pond is always evolving and changing as a living organism.  Don’t be afraid to plan a Philadelphia pond renovation for your pond to make it what you want right now.

Maybe you want the water to go in a different direction or you want a blog filter.  Philadelphia pond renovations can also include a stream or waterfall addition or even a pondless waterfall in another part of your yard.  Ponds revision possibilities are endless!

What to do now?

Get your ideas on paper!  While your dreams and wishes are still fresh in your mind, it’s the perfect time to get your thoughts down.  How to start?  Let’s think about what you want and how you plan to use your pond. What does your perfect Philadelphia pond renovation look like?

Items to consider when planning your Philadelphia pond renovation:

  • What’s speaks to you when you’re out? A spring in the woods? A stream at the mountain?  A bubbling rock at the beach?  Once you know what you like, it’s easier to recreation these on a much smaller scale.
  • What do you enjoy most about water gardening – the plants, fish, frogs, turtles, birds, or terrestrial landscaping? Build your dream pond with that as your emphasis.
  • What do you like (or dislike) about your existing pond?
  • What places have you visited that look and feel “perfect” to you? A stream in the mountains?  A spring in the woods?  Recreate aspects of these places on a smaller scale.
  • Where do you spend most of your time when you’re at home?  Will you spend more time outside or inside?  Plan with that in mind.
  • What would make your yard a “paradise?”
  • Would you like to be able to swim with your fish in a natural swimming pond?

When you answer these questions, you’ll be well on your way to enhancing or creating your own aquatic paradise. AquaReale is here for all your pond needs—for everything from a Philadelphia pond renovation to a full pond installation. Reach out today to see how we can help make your dreams a reality.

What do pond fish do in the winter?

What do pond fish do in the winter?
What do pond fish do in the winter?

What do pond fish do in the winter?

It’s the question we get asked the most, so here are some answers:

The warm weather is obviously the best time to be able to enjoy pond fish. During this time pond fish and koi are active, lively, and highly visible. Many pond fish and koi become downright interactive with their keepers and will follow them around the pond, stick their faces out of the water or practically climb out of the pond to celebrate feeding time.

During this time we all know exactly what is going on with our fish and all it takes is a quick peek into the pond.

Then the cold weather sets in and we slowly lose our ability to see what’s happening with our pond fish. Their activity slows down, they tend to keep themselves concealed, and once the ice and snow come; well, we lose touch with our fish. So what’s going on underneath those layers of ice and snow? What do pond fish do in the winter?

So what are the fish up to?

In short, not too much. But pond fish not being up to too much is an interesting behavior all the same, given that they are so lively throughout the rest of the year. Koi and pond fish are poikilothermic animals, a fancy way of saying cold-blooded.

This basically means that their body temperature is regulated by the surrounding temperature of the water, and their body functions respond and change according to the water temperature. The activity and metabolism of koi and pond fish is greatly reduced which is why they do not feed during the cold periods.

What do pond fish do in the winter?  For the most part they sit on the bottom of the pond in the “warmest” pocket of water they can find. During winter months the warmer water is on the bottom of the pond as opposed to warmer months when the warmer water is at the top of the pond!

Fish Hibernation

What do pond fish do in the winter?  Koi and other pond fish go into a state of torpor. Torpor is not quite full hibernation, because it is of a shorter duration than hibernation, but otherwise it is a very similar state of being: reduced body temperature, slowed metabolism, slow reaction times, reduced breathing rate and primary body functions.

Torpor allows the animal to save the energy that would otherwise be needed for higher levels of activity. Because of the state of being in torpor it is a very good idea to keep things as calm as possible around the pond. If you need to open the ice in the pond find a quiet way to do it like using boiling water to open a hole, don’t chop it open with a pick ax!

Even using a hand held drill with a hole saw is actually pretty quiet compared to other methods, and if the ice is too thick to open with boiling water the hole saw is a great tool to have. To maintain an open area in the ice try using a floating de-icer or an aerator. This open area in the ice will allow noxious gases, like ammonia, to escape from the pond.

Contact us for more information or to get a de-icer for your pond.

A complete pond waterfall makeover…explained!

Pond Contractor Services in Wayne, PA

Set in Wayne, PA a husband and wife were looking for a pond contractor who could help them with  their problem.

Simone and Michael reached out to us after seeing our name while doing a Google search.

before Wayne. PA Pond Contractor
before Wayne. PA Pond Contractor

Pond Contractor to the rescue!

Michael had been building a pond for quite a few years, but he never got around to finishing it. It was a large pond– about 10 x 25. There was a non working waterfall as part of the design. Simone and Michael have a great view of the waterfall from their house and they were tired of looking at a nonworking water feature.

The first step during this project was to establish the size and depth of pond. Michael wanted the pond dug from 24 inches to 35 inches, to accommodate some larger fish.

Michael had been using cinder block to retain the soil, which was quite a project to work around! We did though, and instead of using cinder blocks, we used dry laid boulders, covering up all the cinder blocks along the way.

Pond Renovation: Step 2

After that, the AquaReale team laid underlayment. doubling up in some spots due to the cinder blocks. The team did 3/4 of the pond first and then the waterfall.

The biofalls box is located about 9 feet up in the waterfall. This is the main filter box. Then above that is another 20 feet of stream and a second waterfall. This waterfall spillway is at the top of this side, about 17 feet up. There are two pumps: one for the waterfall spillway and one for the biofalls. Michael can change the flow of the pond, and can also turn off higher waterfall when they leave town for a longer period of time. This saves energy and water evaporation.

According to Matt Reale, the most challenging part of the job was the tight space between the house and the pond. Also, our machine only has limited reach, so we had to bring the rocks up by hand. Going 17 vertical feet above the patio with rocks makes it quite a challenge to get up and down the hill without slipping or dropping rocks.

after Wayne, PA pond contractor
after Wayne, PA pond contractor

In addition to two stunning waterfalls, there is an extremely large viewing stone in the pond, making for a great fish cave (a place for the fish to hide from sun and predators.)

 Reach out to see what AquaReale can do for you!