• Pond Building 101

    Pond Building 101

    Have you been dreaming about the tranquility that the sound of waterfalls brings? Perhaps your neighbor recently got a pond and you caught the fever. Maybe you are an aquarium owner wanting to test your skills on something bigger. Whatever your reason, a pond will make an excellent addition to your outdoor living space and we have some pond building tips for you. Whether you are still deciding on building a pond or are ready to go, read below for some general tips for installing your pond kit . You'll be enjoying your pond for years, so do your research, think through these points, and... Read More »
  • Why Build a Water Feature?

    Why Build a Water Feature?

    Water features are a popular addition to backyards everywhere. Perhaps you noticed a neighbor's pond during an evening walk, helped a friend install a disappearing fountain, or saw them on your favorite DIY show. Water gardens and decorative features bring many benefits to your outdoor living space. Here are just a few to consider: The Serenity of Flowing Water : Whether you are in an urban courtyard or suburban neighborhood, moving water will give you a sense of privacy by masking noises and allowing you to listen to the tranquil sounds of water flowing over a waterfall or stream.... Read More »
  • How to Choose a Waterfall Pump

    How to Choose a Waterfall Pump

    A pump is like the heart of your pond, it circulates the water and moves it through your filtration unit and waterfall. Selecting the right pump for the job will ensure that your water is filtered properly and your water feature is looking its best. When doing your shopping, here are some things to consider: Minimum Pump Size Water needs to circulate through the filter at least once every 2 hours. This means that if you have a 1,000 gallon pond, you need a pump that can produce at least 500 gallons per hour or GPH. If you have fish, then it is best to double the pump's capacity to... Read More »
  • How to Pick Tubing Size

    How to Pick Tubing Size

    When planning a water garden or upgrading an existing feature, it is important to consider what tubing will be used to move your water from Point A to Point B. Tubing is rated with a maximum gallons per hour (GPH) flow rate for easy comparison with your pump's capacity. Using undersized tubing puts extra back pressure on the pump, which can cause it to fail prematurely. You also will have a reduced flow through your water feature and you may get some leaks in your plumbing – especially if your tubing is older or in poorer condition. A good analogy would be to think about the time it... Read More »
  • Choosing a Pond Kit

    Choosing a Pond Kit

    Congratulations on your decision to build a pond! Now it's time to pick out which pond kit is the right fit. Before you start digging, make a plan for the design of your pond. What size basin and waterfall are you looking to build? Selecting a pond kit is a big decision, so if you have any questions, give us call at 866-766-3435 and one of our experts will be happy to help. The Pond Guy ® AllClear ™ Ecosystem Pond Kit If you are you looking for a smaller pond, waterfall, or stream, then this system is the right one for you. These kits will build ponds 700-2,000 gallons.... Read More »
  • Choosing Your Water Feature - Pond vs Pondless

    Choosing Your Water Feature - Pond vs Pondless

    At the end of the day, there is nothing more relaxing than sitting outside with your favorite beverage listening to the sound of water moving over your water fall or watching your fish dart between your flowering lilies. Water features are a great way to personalize your outdoor living space while providing a place that your local wildlife will love. Decisions, Decisions Determining which type of water feature you will have is the first step in designing your backyard haven. Before you bust out the heavy equipment, take a moment to ponder these questions. What is your... Read More »
  • Water Gardens 101

    Water Gardens 101

    A healthy pond doesn't just happen. It's created and maintained by you. Imagine seeing your fish thrive, your plant flourish, and your pond water turned crystal clear! You can achieve that kind of pond by understanding the five elements of a healthy pond. There is no need to be intimidated, The Pond Guy ® has your back, so it is virtually impossible to make a mistake. We know ponds, and we are here to help you be the best pond owner you can be. So let's talk pond balance. Balance is achieved and maintained through the following elements: filtration, aeration, aquatic plants,... Read More »
  • How to Pick Pond Plants

    How to Pick Pond Plants

    Aquatic plants are a perfect addition to any pond, not only do their colors add a great design element, but they also function to keep your water garden healthy. As any gardener knows, the first step in a successful garden is to plan what you want to plant. Below are a few points to consider when selecting plants for your pond. Keep it Covered : Covering your pond's surface area with 40-60% plants will help to reduce excess nutrients, control algae blooms, and provide cover for your fish. For ponds up to 50 square feet, we recommend 6-12 floating plants , 2 bog plants , 5... Read More »
  • Faux Rock Your Decor

    Faux Rock Your Decor

    After all the planning to create a relaxing waterfall or the water garden of your dreams, the last thing you want to do is stare at your filter or UV clarifier. Faux rocks will cover your pond equipment and give your feature a finished look. Besides camouflage, these rocks offer protection to keep your gear safe. Some fake rocks also have holes predrilled to allow for proper ventilation of your aeration kit. Artificial rocks are not just for ponds either. Use them to cover anything around your yard, such as exposed pipes, septic access points, or electrical outlets. Selecting a Rock... Read More »
  • Installing & Maintaining Lighting

    Installing & Maintaining Lighting

    Adding pond lights is a great way to bring your water garden or feature to life after dark. It adds a focal point in your nighttime landscape and lets you enjoy your pond once the sun goes down. Safety First Water and electricity are generally not compatible, so before you select your pond lights make sure they are designed with waterproof seals so they can be used in or out of the water and check your weatherproof power supply. Your outlet should have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), if not contact a professional and have one installed. Next, measure the distance for... Read More »
  • Calculate Liner Size

    Calculate Liner Size

    Sizing a liner may seem bit intimidating at first, but it is actually easier than you think. With a few simple measurements, you will be on your way to new liner and a new pond. Why EPDM? Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, EPDM, is a flexible material that can easily conform to any configurations you choose. When selecting a liner, make sure to get one that is meant for ponds. Unfortunately, pool liners or roofing material often get experimented with and pond owners learn a hard lesson. These materials often are constructed with chemicals to reduce algae or mold that can be harmful... Read More »
  • Add a Stream

    Add a Stream

    From the picturesque view to the sound of water babbling or crashing over rocks, it is no wonder many people plan trips to visit the waterfalls that Mother Nature has to offer. Recreating the tranquil scene in your own backyard is easier than it may seem. Follow these steps and soon you can be relaxing in your personal oasis. Step 1 – Plan & Size your Equipment Whether you are starting with an existing pond or using a kit to start from scratch, start by thinking about the size and shape of your feature will be. This will allow you to make calculations for the materials... Read More »
  • Find the Right Fitting

    Find the Right Fitting

    Shopping for fittings is kind of like putting a puzzle together. Which one goes here, which one goes there, is that a corner piece? To help you navigate through the different options, we developed a guide, but if you still have questions, give us a call at 866-766-3435. Our experts are always happy to help! Which Type for Which Pipe? Are you using Flexible PVC, Kink Free, or Black Vinyl Tubing ? Which one you have will depending on which type of attachment point your fitting will need to have. Slip : These fittings are smooth inside and out and work with PVC tubing. Most... Read More »
  • Pondless Feature Maintenance

    Pondless Feature Maintenance

    Without fish or open water, pondless water features are pretty easy to maintain. Typically these features do not have filter systems that you have to regularly clean, but there are a few simple tasks that are require attention. Here is a quick checklist for keeping your waterfall looking its best: Say Hello to Bacteria - Though you will not have fish waste or decomposing leaves in your basin since it is covered, nutrients can still accumulate and lead to algae growth. Regularly using a beneficial bacteria, such as FeatureClear ™ , will be an essential part of keeping your... Read More »