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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.
Philadelphia Pond Fish Ratios
Most Philadelphia ponds include Philadelphia Pond Fish. Do they say water or wooder? (Philadelphia humor). In fact, fish are often the reason people get a water garden in the first place! Fish are fun to watch. Many kids, including our own, name their fish. It did make for an awkward experience when our daughter named our fish for our neighbors and then a fish died and she proudly told the neighbor her namesake was dead!
While Philadelphia Pond Fish create a memorable experience, they can also bring headaches to water quality if you go overboard when stocking fish. Too many fish in the pond creates an imbalance in water, so you’ll want to make sure you’re smart about the number and size of fish that you place in the water garden. If you have too many fish, they won’t be healthy.
How much water per Philadelphia Pond Fish?
Philadelphia Pond Fish typically need 10 gallons of water for every inch of their length, but keep in mind they will grow larger over the years. So no matter how tempting it might be to add just a few more fish, be careful not to overstock! Some pond experts even go so far as to recommend only ½ inch of fish per 10 gallons of water as a maximum stocking density.
If you’re a fish fanatic, you may find yourself with a pond containing 2 or even 3 inches of fish per 10 gallons of water and the fish seem to be fine. However, the density and ecological strain of this loading can turn your pond into a fragile system. The pH tends to sag, the fish tend to grow more slowly, and disease can become a common occurrence.
Too many Philadelphia Pond Fish
It’s very difficult to salvage sick fish in a pond that’s overcrowded. Most likely, Mother Nature will sadly pick off your favorite fish to achieve her ideal stocking density based on the system the fish are in, and then the remainder may recover.
So before adding another fish to your koi collection, make sure you have ample space so that all your fish are ensured a happy, healthy home! Contact us for more information.
Do you have or want a Philadelphia Indoor Pond?
You can put a pond anywhere, especially if you have a Philadelphia Indoor Pond! With winter here now, it’s time to think about a Philadelphia Indoor Pond. Lots of people have indoor ponds– businesses, greenhouse owners and in actual homes. We even built a pond in our client’s basement!
Indoor Pond Options
Indoor ponds can be extravagant and elaborate requiring significant space, planning and equipment or they can be very simple and easy to manage. Depending on the space you have available and the desired effect of the water feature, there are many options for type of water feature.
In large entries, foyers or atriums, large ponds or layered fountains may be appropriate. In small office spaces, hallways and meeting rooms a simple wall or tabletop fountain may be enough. Water in indoor spaces has benefits regardless of the size.
Benefits of a Philadelphia Indoor Pond
A Philadelphia Indoor Pond does more than soothe the soul and well-being by making a contribution to interior spaces, that is both wonderfully aesthetic and to a significant extent, textural. With a little imagination, you can build an attractive and beauty pond that will be easy to maintain and add interest to the area where it’s built. The indoor aquatic pond combines the best features of an aquarium and an outdoor garden pond.
An indoor pond has more health benefits than you may realize. One benefit is the relaxing, calming effect of both the sight and sound of moving water. There are other psychological benefits like promoting calmness, focus, creativity and better sleep quality.
In addition, water, in all forms, releases negatively charged ions into the air, which combats free radicals and purifies the air of dust mites, pollen, germs, allergens and pollutants, and in turn keeps your body healthy. These negative ions are also believed to boost serotonin levels, which relieve stress and depression, and help to increase energy, alertness, and concentration.
During the winter months, low humidity in your home can become an issue, leading to worsening allergies, dry skin, static electricity and increased susceptibility to colds and flu. Indoor pond naturally add moisture to the room in which it is in. Not only is this beneficial for you and your family, it also is good for the plants in the room.
Where to put a Philadelphia Indoor Pond
An indoor pond could fit anywhere in your home, but there are obviously some rooms that are better suited than others. You can use them as art or sculpture in prominent spots, or place them in an area that would otherwise not be utilized such as underneath a staircase. No matter what type of water feature you choose, you are sure to reap all the benefits it provides for your home and family. Contact AquaReale for more information on maintenance or design of a Philadelphia Indoor Pond.
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #1: 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 in your Philadelphia Koi Pond. 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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!
Philadelphia Koi Pond Myth #7: 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.
For more answers or to see what we can do for you, please contact us!
What to do you with your Main Line, PA Pond Plants in the fall? Falling leaves and cooler temperatures tell us that fall is here. How will that chill in the air affect your pond plants?
Main Line, PA Pond Plants: Lotus
As with the marginals in your pond, the foliage of your lotus plants will need to be trimmed back after they have died back and turned brown. It’s important not to cut the leaves while they are still green because the freshly cut, hollow stems are susceptible to disease which can spread to the plant’s tuber, possibly killing the plant. Lotus tubers will not withstand freezing, so any plants that are growing in the shallow areas of your pond should be moved to the bottom, away from freezing water.
Main Line, PA Pond Plants: Hardy Marginals
As with terrestrial, perennial plants, dropping temperatures signal your hardy aquatic plants to prepare for their winter dormancy. At this time, you should stop fertilizing them as you see leaves begin to yellow and brown. It’s OK to leave these plants where they are in your pond to weather the cold of winter, just be sure to trim the dying foliage of your marginal plants down to 2” above the water level/ Most tropical marginals will do well potted in heavy garden soil in a sealed clay pot with no drainage holes. When kept wet, the plants do well in a sunny window or sunroom.
Main Line, PA Pond Plants: Waterlilies
Waterlilies will also begin to show their dislike for the cold with yellowing leaves and fewer flowers. When this happens, the leaf and flower stems of hardy water lilies should be cut back to about 2 to 3” above the base of the plant.
In areas where freezing is likely, plants should be overwintered indoors. This can be a difficult task; therefore, many gardeners choose to simply buy a new plant each season.
Caring for your Pond Plants in the fall will mean less work and healthier plants come spring. Contact us for more information
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
Contact us for Philadelphia Fall Pond Care of your own. We’re always happy to help!
As part of our recent advanced training at Pondomonium, the pond industry’s largest trade event of the year, AquaReale had the opportunity to help build a large Spectacular Swim Pond in Illinois.
The customers originally wanted a big pond their kids could play in, but the more they learned about Swim Ponds, the more interested they were.
They also had storm water issues which would be helped by the pond. Downspouts were included as part of the system, which incorporated an overflow that drained into a drainage system. This allows to the pond water to fluctuate by as many as 8 inches, allowing there to be an additional 8000-gallon storm water runoff into the pond before it overflows.
The Swim Pond is a 30 x 50 swim pond with a 20 x 20 wetland filter and a steam connecting the wetland filter to the pond, all getting drawn into a 15 x 15 intake skimmer bay. In addition, the pond takes runoff from four properties, harvesting rainwater which leads to a bubbling rock in the front of the house.
The pond uses wetland filtration to filter a large body of water where people can swim and they can have fish as well as a clean body of water. Instead of salt or chlorine, they use beneficial bacteria instead of harsh chemicals to keep the water clear
Call 215.880.6811 for more information.
Summer Pond Care
Why is Summer Pond Care so important? Your summer pond’s water temperature might feel just right to you as you dip your toes into it after a long day of work. But once the water temperature rises above 80 Fº, you may run into problems. An obvious sign of an undesirable issue is noticing your fish gasping for air close to the water’s surface or near a fountain or waterfall. This and many other problems may occur as it gets very warm for your fish.
What can you do for Summer Pond Care?
Warm water has a low capacity for holding oxygen, while cooler water can hold large amounts of oxygen. Warm water and increased activity in the pond go hand and hand. That increased activity means your fish require more oxygen when less oxygen is available, thus creating a vicious cycle. Stressed fish often begin to develop diseases, and no pond owner wants to see that happen.
Summer Pond Care Tips
Here are some Summer Pond Care preventative measures you can take to keep your pond from becoming a warm, unhealthy mess:
- Stock your pond with plants that provide shade. Water lettuce or the leaves of a waterlily are perfect in accomplishing this goal.
- Aim to cover one-third to one-half of your pond’s surface with plants.
- Add oxygen to your pond with an aerator or small fountain,
- If you feed your fish, do so in the morning and be careful not to overfeed. Uneaten food decays faster in warmer water and can pollute the pond.
- Remove dying leaves and flowers before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water.
Summer Pond Care is as easy as that. Enjoy your pond during the summer months, and keep it healthy by following our easy tips. Your fish and plants will thank you! Contact us to see how we can help you with your Summer Pond Care.
Healthy Pond Fish
Adding Healthy Pond Fish to your pond provides a whole new element to the overall experience of owning a water feature. In fact, many pond owners decided to install a pond for the sole purpose of fish-keeping.
When purchasing new fish, there are certain things that you should look for and ask about to make sure that you are receiving healthy fish.
Look at the cleanliness of the store. If the store is not clean and well cared for, more than likely, the retailer does not care about their fish either. You may not be getting Healthy Pond Fish.
If you see any dead fish floating in the tanks – even just one – stay away. This can be an indication of a poorly maintained, diseased tank.
Does the retailer quarantine their fish and for how long? It is very important that all fish are quarantined for at least 14 to 21 days for salt treatments to ensure the fish are not carriers of disease or parasites.
Water Testing and Changes
Find out how often the water is tested and changed. Testing the water monitors ammonia and pH levels, as well as nitrites and nitrates indicating when the water should be changed.
Look to see if any of the fish are hanging out alone, with clamped fins. This is a good sign that the fish is sick. Again, sick fish are not good to be around Healthy Pond Fish.
Ask if new fish are tested for the presence of parasites with a microscope. Doing so indicates whether the fish are carriers of parasites and can be treated accordingly before they are sold.
Make sure the clerk uses a different net for each tank. Using the same net for all tanks can spread disease from one tank to another.
Look for fish with no marks, missing scales, sores, or broken or missing fins. Any of these are signs of a bacterial infection or parasite.
You need to take the size of the fish into consideration so you don’t overstock your pond. Remember, 1” for every square foot of surface water or five gallons.
You want to purchase fish from a knowledgeable and honest merchant that can help educate you about your pond pets. This is the best way to ensure Healthy Pond Fish.
Don’t be shy about asking a few questions. In the end, you’ll be glad you took the time to purchase the right fish for your pond.
Whatever type fish you choose to add to your pond, first and foremost you want to make sure they’re healthy. Contact us for more information on ponds and Healthy Pond Fish.