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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 notmaintenance 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.
So it’s spring time and you are wondering what maintenance is needed for your backyard pond. Every pond is unique and will look different. A few questions to start… How do you want your pond to look? Some people prefer pristine while others prefer a more rustic, natural look.
Spring is the best time to clean your pond or have your pond professionally cleaned. A Philadelphia Spring Pond Cleaning will ensure your entire pond ecosystem is healthy and looking great for the months ahead.
We recommend full pond cleanings, whether we do it or you do it yourself. A Philadelphia Spring Pond Cleaning full cleaning would involve storing the fish, draining the pond and power washing the rocks. During this time, it’s easy to check for loose edges as well as check the pumps and filters for debris and any potential issues. This is now a good time to cut back dead plant matter as well.
Philadelphia Spring Pond Filter Cleaning
If you greatly prefer the rustic look, you may prefer not to do a full Philadelphia Spring Pond Cleaning. if that is the case, we recommend at least cleaning the filters and filter media. It’s usually possible to clean the filters without draining down the pond. However, without draining down the pond you won’t be able to do the other important things like cut back plants, check lights, make rock adjustments, etc.
If your pond does not have a filtration system, we highly recommend one. Contact us to explore the possibility of adding one to your pond.
Ready to Enjoy to Pond
No matter what level of Philadelphia Spring Pond Cleaning pond you choose, a little pond maintenance in the springtime goes a long way to enjoying your backyard paradise in the warm months to come. Contact us to see how AquaReale can get your pond up and running into the pond of your dreams.
It seems like someone flipped a switch and fall appeared! With the colder weather, leaves are starting to come down and the beauty of fall is cascading in in.
Here’s a handy list of 10 Tips for Fall Pond Care…
Decaying leaves and foliage produce toxic gases that can harm your fish so you want to remove this debris before winter rolls into town. You don’t need to remove every single last leaf, but try to remove the majority.
If you put protective pond netting over your pond before the leaves started to fall, your job is easy. Carefully roll up the net and discard the leaves that were caught.
If you didn’t use a net over the surface of your pond, you’ll need to remove the build-up of leaves from the bottom of the pond. Use a long handled pond net to scoop them out. Check your skimmer basket and remove any leaves that are still caught inside.
Add Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria to the pond once the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Use twice weekly for two weeks, and then once per week until the water starts to freeze.
Stop fertilizing your aquatic plants after the first frost.
Trim back hardy marginal aquatic plants to 2″ above the water to keep the dead foliage from drooping over into the pond.
Trim back waterlily leaves and stems to 2-3″ above the base of the plant. This keeps dead foliage from decomposing in the pond.
If you left hardy waterlilies in their pot, drop them into the deepest part of the pond to over-winter. Do not bring them indoors as they need a period of dormancy.
Bring tropical waterlilies indoors if you want to over-winter them. Keep the pot in 50-degree water or take them out of the pot and store in sand. Be advised, even trained horticulturists lose a lot of tropical waterlilies when storing them indoors, so you might simply want to treat them as annuals.
Once temperatures drop to 50 degrees, stop feeding your fish. They need to get ready to hibernate and you’ll want to avoid any metabolic complications.
There are many Pond Predators that love to hunt fish. And when we give them shiny gold targets to go for, it makes their jobs even easier. Two of the usual suspects in the missing fish line-up are the raccoon and the heron. There are others, but these are the two most prevalent in the hobby.
For the raccoon, you have to first remember he doesn’t mind getting his hands wet, but will probably not purposely go for a swim to catch a fish. He can be held at bay by the way the pond is designed. A plant shelf that is too shallow will help him snag a fish every time.
Keeping Them Safe
For the heron, things get a little more challenging. They are very crafty and smart birds and you should not underestimate them. There are many methods available to keep them or scare them away from your pond – from plastic heron statue replicas to floating alligator decoys and motion-activated sprinkler. These options to ward him off all offer varying levels of success for every water garden hobbyist.
In early spring, these birds return to your area and look for feeding grounds. As they fly overhead to see where the fish are, your colorful fish stand out like a fast food restaurant. Your first defense is to use a decoy of some sort, whether it is heron or alligator decoy. They work better if you keep moving them around the pond to fool the heron into thinking they are real. Herons would rather not feed in the same water as an alligator, and if they see that another bird has staked out your backyard already, they are more likely to move on to the next available spot.
As we move into summer, just like us, Pond Predators develop a routine and may even forget about your pond. So the trick is to move the decoy about every three days in the spring and every couple of weeks in the summer.
Another decoy on the market is a motion-activated sprinkler called a Scarecrow. When the predator gets close enough the motion sensor will activate, and the visitor will get a quick blast of water.
Life Without Fish? Never!
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to have fun with your fish, and to remember that all of these occurrences are case specific. You may never see a Pond Predators such as a heron or raccoon in your backyard, your fish may be disinterested in your plants, and there may be no bullying in the pond.
Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky and avoid all three. After a season or two, you will remember what your life was like before fish. You’ll undoubtedly realize that the pleasure of pond fish far outweighs a life without finned friends.
Contact us to see how we can help create your personal pond predator solution!
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.