• Types of Filtration

    Types of Filtration

    Filtration is a key component to every healthy water garden. When buying a filter, select one that is rated for your pond size or larger. If you have a heavier debris load due to an overpopulation of fish or a nearby tree, you may want to consider getting a filter one size larger. Remember, you cannot have too much filtration, but if your filter is undersized you will likely continually battle algae. Filtration Options There are two types of filtration: mechanical and biological. Mechanical filters remove debris, such as algae mats and leaves. Biological filters provide a place for... Read More »
  • Choosing Filter Media

    Choosing Filter Media

    Filters are great; they do your dirty work without complaining. But they will need a little love from time to time to keep them in fighting shape. We all know that it is important to clean your filters, but how much is too much? When do you have to replace your filter, and for that matter with all those options which one do you choose? Questions like these can haunt a pond owner, but with guidance you will be on your way to becoming a savant. Types of Filtration Filtration can be separated into two types – mechanical and biological. Mechanical filtration removes algae,... Read More »
  • Bio Balls Versus Lava Rocks

    Bio Balls Versus Lava Rocks

    With an assortment of filter media out there in the pond world from filter pads to bio-ribbon to lava rocks to bio balls. The prupose of your filter media is to house billions of beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms that keep your pond alive, crystal clear and algae-free. Let's take a look at the lava rock versus bio balls debate. Lava Rocks Lava rock – the igneous rock that forms as an erupting volcano's molten lava cools and hardens – is very porous. When chunks of it live in your filtration system, you provide a lot of surface area for beneficial bacteria to... Read More »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Choosing a Pump for UV Clarifier or Pressure Filter

    Choosing a Pump for UV Clarifier or Pressure Filter

    There is nothing worse for a pond owner than seeing a water feature that has turned green. Green water is caused by microscopic algae floating throughout the pond. Even with proper filtration and regular use of Nature's Defense ® and Muck Defense ® beneficial bacteria, some ponds are naturally more predisposed to algae blooms – especially if they get full sun or have a high fish population. If you are constantly battling green or discolored water, then it may be time to add a UV clarifier. To make sure your UV clarifier performs properly, you will need the right pump.... 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 »