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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.
Philadelphia Pond Product Showcase
Welcome to our new Philadelphia Pond Product Showcase, where we show you something we think is pretty awesome. This month we are showing off the new faux oak stump cover.
The Aquascape Faux Oak Stump Cover is the ideal solution to covering unsightly landscape components, including everything from power outlet posts and IonGen™ panels to transformers and fish food /pond supplies.
Philadelphia Pond Product Showcase: REALISTIC OAK APPEARANCE
Many landscape covers, such as fake rocks, can look un-natural, cheap, and out of place. The Faux Oak Stump Cover provides an extremely realistic oak appearance and texture that looks great in any setting.
BUILT TO LAST
The cover features durable, heavy-duty poly-resin construction, designed to stand up to the elements and provide year after year of enjoyment.
DECORATIVE GARDEN ACCENT
The Faux Oak Stump Cover can even be used as a seat or decorative garden accent. We recommend these as a way of making your pond area as natural as possible.
For more information or to make a purchase, email us via our website or call us at 215.880.6811
It’s finally pond season,which means time for fish health for our local Bucks County pond fish.
Does your pond promote the health of your fish? Several factors influence whether a pond is good for Bucks County pond fish to live in So before you add some new fish, take a few minutes to look at where your Bucks County pond fish will be living and see if the space is healthy enough.
For Bucks County pond fish, size does matter
The size of your pond is very important to fish health. It needs to be large enough to support your fish and allow them to grow. Pond fish generally need 10 gallons of water for every inch of their length, and you have to be ready for them to grow larger, so be careful not to overstock, no matter how tempting this may be. Some pond pros even recommend only ½ inch of fish per every 10 gallons of water, for maximum space for Bucks County pond fish.
You may see ponds with a lot more fish—even as many as two or three inches per 10 gallons of water and the fish were OK. Even if it looks OK for now, the ecological strain and density of this fish overload turns the pond into a fragile system. This is not good for fish. When the pH sags, the fish grow slower and there is much more chance of disease.
If you have too many fish in your pond and they get sick, there is nothing you can do. Your fish will probably cull themselves to the best amount for the pond, so reduce the overstocking now to prevent fish loss later.
A sunny morning is great for Bucks County pond fish.
Ponds (and Bucks County pond fish) benefit from sunlight, as it provides valuable vitamins. Sunlight also reduces nitrates in the water and helps pond plants grow. Don’t worry if your pond is in the shade. We recommend adding some shade-loving plants to help balance the water. Bucks County pond fish health is also dependent on aquatic plants.
Pond plants that tolerate shade include Taro, Papyrus, Horsetail, Cardinal Flower, Lizard’s Tail, and Water Forget-Me-Not.
How deep does your pond go?
Bucks County pond fish aren’t picky when it comes to pond depth. The pond just needs to be deep enough to allow the fish to hide from predators as well as give the fish a place to go into Torpor (hibernation) for the winter.
Proper Balance is Everything!
Your water garden needs to be balanced for optimal fish health. Your ecosystem needs the proper mix of plants, filtration, fish, rocks and gravel and circulation, When you learn to work with Mother Nature instead of against her, you’ll spend less time maintaining your pond and more time enjoying it1
Consider adding the Aquascape Automatic Dosing System to keep your pond water balanced and your fish healthy throughout the season. For more information on Bucks County pond fish health or any other ecosystem pond questions, please call us at 215.880.6811 or contact us here.
How to pick your Main Line, PA Pond Cleaning Service
How do you choose a Main Line, PA Pond Cleaning Service? There are quite a few pond companies you can use, and some we recommend, but here we want to tell you about us and what makes us special. There are many things that make AquaReale a great pond company, but we asked some clients why they thought we were so special. Here are their (and our) top three reasons to go with AquaReale for your Main Line, PA Pond Cleaning Service.
We are a family run company with strong values
It’s critical to us, so we hope it matters to others as well. We are honest small business owners who live locally in Jenkintown, PA. We are fair with our employees and offer good wages and excellent benefits. It’s important for us to treat our employees as we’d want to be treated.
It’s the same when it comes to our customers—we will treat you like we want to be treated. We will call you back, we will show up when we say we will and we will charge what we say we will charge. We pride ourselves on these things.
We are a small company with large skills
When you work with us, you know who you are getting. Company owners Matt and Laura Reale, along with AquaReale Foreman Eric Naylor take pride in our work and are involved in each project.
We know who we are working for and you are never treated like a number. But don’t be mistaken—being small does not mean we are not knowledgeable.
We are highly accomplished professional pond builders
We are skilled pond builders with years of training and experience. AquaReale is a Certified Aquascape Contractor, which means we are among the most qualified and informed water feature installers in the industry.
CACs are trained and educated by Aquascape experts to not only install beautiful low-maintenance water features, but also to provide quality workmanship, outstanding customer service, and knowledgeable assistance to their customers and each other.
So very many landscape companies and other companies say they can build ponds, but how many of them are pond builders? It’s a big difference when you think about it. Ponds and water features are what we do and we do them right.
We hope you consider us for your Main Line PA Pond Cleaning Service or any of your pond needs. We do everything from pond design and installations to renovations and cleanings. Contact us today to see how we can help your pond dreams come true!
Do you need a Philadelphia pond cleaning?
Do you need a Philadelphia pond cleaning? Does your pond have green or murky water? Is the algae taking over? Is there a buildup of sludge or mulch? Are your fish being eaten or sick?
Ponds of all sizes need to be cleaned at least once a year.
How much is a Philadelphia pond cleaning?
We get asked that a lot. The true answer is—it depends (we have average pricing listed at the bottom.) Pond cleanings are a vital part of the maintenance process. The more time you wait between cleanouts, the more time, effort and money it will cost to clean.
The pond cleaning in Philadelphia cost depends on three main factors:
#1—The size of the pond.
#2—The condition of the pond
#3—How long it has been since your last cleanout.
#1: Pond Size.
The larger the pond, the more expensive it will be to perform a Philadelphia pond cleaning. Larger ponds also can be retention ponds or mud bottom ponds, which need to be dredged and have a whole different cleaning process. Most ponds run from between 8 x 8 feet to 11 x 16 feet. Ponds can be much larger as well. We work on smaller ponds as well, some as small as 2 by 2 feet.
#2: Pond Condition
Aside from size and regular maintenance, the overall condition of your pond will be an important factor in determining how much your Philadelphia pond cleaning will cost. Certain physical characteristics of your pond can factor in as well, including the type of filtration and whether you have a bog, wetland or negative edge environment.
#3: Time since last cleaning
Pond cleaning prices also vary depending on when you last had maintenance on your pond. The better a pond is maintained, the less work it will take to do a full clean out.
Anything cleaned longer than a year ago will be charged a higher price to account for the extra time and materials needed to clean the dirty pond.
Philadelphia pond cleaning cost
Philadelphia pond cleanings start at $700 for an 8.5 x 11 pond that was cleaned the previous year and increase from there. Most cleanings are in the $850 range.
No matter when you choose to do your clean up, the important thing is not to wait too long.
Remember, starting your water garden season with a clean slate will cut down on in season maintenance down the road.
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 need to install a Main Line Fish Pond Aerator and Heater?
Let me begin by saying if you don’t have fish in your water garden it is not necessary to install a Main Line Fish Pond Aerator and Heater. An argument can be made that one is more important than the other; however, both can keep an area of the pond surface free from ice.
During the winter months your fish are still producing waste and CO2. Decomposition of the fish waste and any organic material during the winter produces harmful compounds that will rob the water of oxygen causing stress to the fish. If water toxicity levels get too high the fish could die. When the pond is not frozen the gasses escape through the surface. Thus it is essential to keep an area in your pond free from ice. Both a fish pond deicer and a pond aerator pump have positive and negative points, so let’s take a closer look at both.
Main Line Fish Pond Aerator and Heater: De-Icer
This is the easiest way to keep your pond free of ice. The electric pond heater is designed to heat the area around it, not the whole pond. It will not change the overall temperature of the pond water. Most electric pond heaters are thermostatically controlled therefore it can be plugged in and it will work. The negative side to heaters for a pond is if it gets really cold or windy the space around the fish pond water heater can freeze over creating a dome. It’s important to protect the fish pond heater from the wind, and if it gets really cold, check it often to see if it is frozen.
Main Line Fish Pond Aerator and Heater:What is Aeration?
The pond air stones do a good job of keeping a space open in the ice. Exactly what is pond aeration? A pond aeration system adds oxygen to the water column. As the air is moving through the water it allows the organic compounds that are in the water to attach and when the bubble hits the surface the gasses break apart releasing them safely into the atmosphere.
The negative to pond aerator pumps is the potential for the cool air to super cool the water. During winter months, keep the air stone a foot above the bottom of the pond keeping the warmer water just below the air. If the air compressor is out in the cold air it is transferring that cold air to the pond water. This could cause the fish to die. Consider covering the winter pond aeration system with an insulated cover or put it in a heated building.
In winter, oxygen & gas exchange is crucial for the survival of your fish. If you don’t have a Main Line Fish Pond Aerator and Heater yet, it’s not too late. Contact us today to get a pond aerator or a pond heater, your fish will thank you!
Need help with your Philadelphia Winter Pond Maintenance questions? We have answers. Have you ever noticed that your pond water is clearer in the fall? This is typically due to cooler temperatures and full, lush plants. To keep your pond looking its best throughout the fall and winter season, follow our helpful, easy-to-follow Philadelphia Winter Pond Maintenance tips.
Philadelphia Winter Pond Maintenance
- Prune yellowing leaves off all of your plants. Your lilies – tropical and hardy – should still be going strong, at least until the first heavy frost.
- Stop fertilizing plants when the weather becomes cooler. This lets the plants know the season is coming to an end.
- When the water temperature is around 50 degrees F, stop feeding your fish. If you continue to feed them, you might create health problems for your finned friends, since their digestive systems are beginning to slow down for the winter.
- As leaves falls from nearby trees, you’ll need to empty your skimmer’s debris net every day to keep up with the influx of leaves. Some leaves will undoubtedly sink to the bottom of the pond; try to remove as many as you can. However, a few left in the pond will give insects and frogs a place to over-winter.
- If you leave too much organic matter in your pond, the water may turn brown. If this happens, remove the excess debris and add activated carbon to clear the water.
- As the temperature gets colder and your plants expire, cut back the dead plant material and remove the tropicals. Cut back the cattails above the water level, or better yet, leave them up to see how magnificent they look in the winter.
- If you’re fortunate enough to live where it stays warm all year-round, you’re set for the winter.
Philadelphia Winter Pond Maintenance—Shutting Your Pond Down
- To shut your pond down, first unplug your pump and pull it out of the water. The pump should be stored in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying.
- If you have fish, a small re-circulating pump or pond aerator that bubbles at the water surface is necessary to oxygenate the water. In all but extremely low temperatures, the bubbling of the pump will also keep a hole open in the ice to allow for a gas exchange, keeping your fish alive. It is not necessary to oxygenate the water or keep a hole open in the ice if you don’t have fish.
- If your area experiences long periods of extremely cold weather, you may consider adding a floating pond heater and de-icer. Controlled by a thermostat, the unit only runs when the water temperature is at or below freezing, heats the water to just above that, and then shuts off again. Ask your installer or local supplier for products to help your pond during the winter.
- If you use a floating de-icer, place it away from the bubbler. The movement of the water from the bubbler can move the heated water away from the de-icer, making it run more than necessary.
- You can also choose to keep the waterfall running. This will require a little babysitting to make sure an ice dam does not form, which could cause water to run out of the waterfall’s basin. You will also still need to replace water loss so the pump can continue to function properly. This extra effort during the winter will reward you with the most beautiful ice formations and patterns around the falls and stream beds.
The most important thing is to have fun with your water feature all year long. Keep some of these key maintenance issues in mind, and it will be smooth sailing. For more information or any questions, reach out to us today.
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.