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Tips for a Healthy Philadelphia Koi Pond
Want a Healthy Philadelphia Koi Pond this summer? Ponds have a joy and beauty that make your summer even more relaxing and enjoyable.
You want to make sure your water feature is healthy and functioning at 100 percent during the warmer months. And when the temperatures rise above 80 degrees, there are some things you can do to help. Here are our recommendations:
Health of Your Philadelphia Koi Pond Fish
Keep an eye on your fish. Do your fish seem stressed out, gasping for air close to the water’s surface or especially close to a fountain or waterfall?
Increased activity and warm pond water go hand and hand, and that increased activity also means your fish require more oxygen when less oxygen is available, thus creating a vicious cycle. Stressed fish often begin to develop diseases, and soon enough you’ll have a domino effect.
We recommend adding oxygen to your pond by placing an aerator or AquaForce® pump in your pond. You can also install a fountain with a pump if your pond doesn’t have a waterfall or stream. Make sure all areas of the pond are skimmed and the water circulated. And keep in mind that waterfalls, streams, and even fountains play a huge part in the oxygenation of the water in your pond.
Philadelphia Koi Pond: Beat the Heat
There are certainly some preemptive measures you can take in order to keep your pond from becoming a warm, unhealthy mess. It all starts with a well-designed water feature. Depth, plant coverage, shade, and circulation should all be considered when designing and building a pond. A minimum depth of two feet is suggested; the bottom of the pond will remain cooler.
Of course, you’ll also want to stock your pond with a lot of plants to provide shade for the fish. A good rule of thumb is to provide plant coverage of approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of the pond’s surface area.
And finally, one of the most important parts of pond design is circulation. If possible, you’ll want to place your biological filter and mechanical filter across the pond from each other, so that your pond receives optimal circulation.
Additional Philadelphia Koi Pond Summer Tips
- If you feed your fish, feed them in the morning and be careful not to overfeed. Uneaten food decays faster in warmer water and can pollute the pond.
- Be sure to remove dying leaves and flowers before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water.
Each season has its own challenges and summer is no exception. The bottom line is that you need to keep an eye on your pond and let your fish and plants do the talking.
If you have a balanced ecosystem, you’ll find it much easier to maintain the health of your pond, fish, and plants. Contact us for more information or with any questions.
Bright bursts of gold, orange and red in the trees signify an important event for your pond– It’s time for some Philadelphia Fall Pond Maintenance. Preparing your pond for the winter greatly reduces the amount of work you need to do in the spring to get your pond in tip-top shape.
Fall’s lacy, colorful leaves look pretty floating on your pond’s surface, but eventually they’ll sink to the bottom where they’ll decay and wreak havoc with your water quality. As leaf matter decomposes, the balance of your water changes and can become toxic for your fish.
Philadelphia Fall Pond Maintenance Option: Netting your Pond
Netting your pond is an easy, obvious choice for addressing leaf control. It doesn’t take much time to set the net up over your water garden, and the hours of future work it saves you is priceless. AquaReale can net your pond for you, as part as your Philadelphia Fall Pond Maintenance.
Philadelphia Fall Pond Maintenance Options: Checking the Skimmer Basket
If you choose not to net your pond, you’ll need to make sure that you’re checking the pond’s skimmer basket every couple of days to remove the pile-up of leaves. Luckily, this is an easy task and doesn’t take much time. Once you pull the leaves out of the basket, be sure to toss them in your compost pile.
Philadelphia Fall Pond Maintenance Options: Clean the Debris from Your Pond
Finally, if you failed to net your pond and all those colorful, floating leaves have found their way to the pond’s bottom, you’ll want to remove them before they decay into ugly sludge that has to be cleaned out in the spring. Grab a long-handled pond net and scoop the debris from the floor of your water garden. Or if you don’t mind getting your feet wet, wade on into the pond and fish them out by hand.
Whatever your strategy to combat the onslaught of beautiful fall foliage that floats into your pond, you can rest assured that your efforts to control it now, will be well rewarded come springtime. With some Philadelphia Fall Pond Maintenance, you will have all the help you need to head into a beautiful spring season with your pond.
For more information on Philadelphia Fall Pond Maintenance, contact AquaReale.
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
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.
Want a Low Maintenance Pond?
What makes an ecosystem pond a low maintenance pond? There are five things that make an ecosystem pond run:
#1 Low Maintenance Ponds: Filtration
A biological filter, which provides an area for beneficial bacteria to colonize while removing excess nutrients from the water, is one of two types of necessary filtration for a koi pond. The second is a mechanical filter, like a skimmer. The skimmer will filter the water and also house the pump, it will also skim debris from the water’s surface to prevent organic material from accumulating.
#2 Low Maintenance Ponds: Rocks & Gravel
Rocks and gravel provide a large area for beneficial bacteria to colonize & break down excess nutrients. And the rocks and gravel added to your pond will protect your liner from UV rays.
#3 Low Maintenance Ponds: Pump
A system to recirculate water will keep the water moving and provide the necessary oxygen to keep fish and plants healthy. There are many types of pumps, so make sure you have the right size for your pond!
#4 Low Maintenance Ponds: Fish
Possibly the most exciting part of having a koi pond! Fish are one of the most important parts when it comes to an ecosystem pond, because they feed off of the algae. Pond fish are fun to watch and a big benefit to your pond.
#5 Low Maintenance Ponds: Aquatic Plants
Plants add beautiful color and texture to your pond…but they also are nature’s true filters. Aquatic plants thrive on excess nutrients and deprive algae of its food source.
Put together, these give things working together give you a Low Maintenance Pond, one that you will enjoy for many years to come. Contact us to see how we can help you get a Low Maintenance Pond for yourself!
Check out this video of AquaReale co-owner Matthew Reale explaining how we are handling a Rydal Natural Pond Renovation. “The hard part of doing a Natural Pond Renovation is figuring out what to do with the muck,” says Matt.
“There is no room on the property to store the muck so we need to take it by trashcan back to our workshop where we will wait for it to dry out.” Once it dries out, it becomes a great soil enhancer to use as fill as or blended with soil to create a nutrient- rich type of mulch.
How much Montgomery County Pond Maintenance does your pond actually need? While our ponds are low natural ecosystems and easy to handle, we want to make something very clear. There is no such thing as “maintenance free”, everything requires some maintenance, including a koi pond or other water feature. Our ecosystem ponds are not maintenance free– they are low maintenance. And the maintenance that we recommend is actually quite simple when compared to a pool or concrete bottom pond.
Make sure Montgomery County Pond has all the elements of an ecosystem pond first; skimmer, biological filter, aquatic plants, rocks & gravel, and fish. These elements work in harmony together, creating the low-maintenance koi pond.
Montgomery County Pond Maintenance: Spring Pond Cleaning
We highly recommend getting a spring pond cleaning, this gets out any debris that collected at the bottom of the pond over fall and winter, and washes all the gunk off the rocks.
Montgomery County Pond Maintenance: Fall Pond Cleaning & Winterization
We also highly recommend a fall pond cleaning or winterization of your koi pond or other water feature. This will help prevent problems that could happen if your ran your waterfall over winter. And no, you don’t need to move your koi indoors during winter.
We also recommend as part of your Montgomery County Pond Maintenance program, you get an Ionizer. These are great for string algae, helping string algae from ever starting. If the algae is already there, you will need to work to remove it before the IonGen can take over. You will need an algaecide, but don’t ever put in more than the recommended dosage—it could really hurt your fish. You can also remove the algae by hand, or contact us to help you out.
Whatever your Montgomery County Pond Maintenance needs are, AquaReale is sure to be able to take care of your pond. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.