• 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 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 »
  • Snails 101

    Snails 101

    Get ready to take notes, there'll be a quiz at the end. Ok, so maybe there's not a quiz, but you might learn some things you never knew about Japanese Trapdoor Snails , also known by the scientific name Viviparis malleatus. Snails are invertebrates called gastropods. They are scavenging herbivores that feed on algae and other organic debris. Japanese Trapdoor Snails get their name from the hinged fingernail-like plate that seals the shell's opening, offering protection from drought and predators. These snails are dark in color and vary greatly in size, but usually arrive to your door... 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 »
  • Size a Pond De-Icer

    Size a Pond De-Icer

    Keeping a hold open on the surface of your pond during winter is imperative to your fish's safety. A de-icer maintains an open hole in the ice to allow toxic gases to escape. Finding the correct size de-icer to overwinter your pond is not as difficult as it sounds, but every de-icer is different, so make sure to double check the manufacturer's recommendations. If you have excessive plant material or large amounts of fish overwintering in the pond it may be necessary to have multiple holes in the ice as the gasses will build up quicker. Sizing Your De-Icer Which de-icer is best for... 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 »
  • Find & Fix a Leak

    Find & Fix a Leak

    Dropping water levels can be a cause for panic for many pond owners. Determining if you have a leak, finding it, and then fixing it can seem like a daunting task. But do not worry; with a little detective work and these helpful tips, you will get that pesky leak repaired. Start by tracking down the problem so you can find your solution. Step 1: Rule out Evaporation In the heat of the summer, it is not uncommon to naturally lose up to an inch of water per day (give or take). Features with a long stream bed with a lot of surface area or few floating plants are more susceptible to... Read More »
  • Choose Pond Netting

    Choose Pond Netting

    Pond netting has many different applications. From preventing falling leaves or deterring predators, pond netting has you covered to keep things out. Pond cover netting can be added as the season changes or used year round. Make sure you clean leaves and debris off the netting often - a leaf blower makes quick work of that. If debris is left to accumulate, the netting could become weighted down and collapse into the pond. Not only will the leaves and debris end up in the pond, your plants and fish may die. Make sure to remove netting if there is threat of ice and snow. Low... Read More »
  • Water Feature Maintenance Tools

    Water Feature Maintenance Tools

    Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your backyard pond clean. Keeping up with doses of beneficial bacteria, checking your pump's impeller for debris, and changing your UV bulb on a regular basis are only part of the upkeep. Removing debris floating in the water, such as leaves and uneaten fish food, is another important element in the health of your pond. Here are some useful tools: 3-In-1 Interchangeable Pond Tool This tool is more than just a net. The Pond Guy ® 3-in-1 Interchangeable Pond Tool features three interchangeable gadgets to help with every aspect of... 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 »
  • How to do a Jar Test

    How to do a Jar Test

    Creating a mini ecosystem of your pond with a Jar Test will help you diagnose your pond problem. If you have green, tea colored, or murky water doing the Jar Test will you to determine what is causing the clarity issue. It's Simple Take a clear glass jar, dunk it in your pond, fill it up with pond water, and let it sit in your garage (or darker space) for 24 hours. Overnight, the jar becomes a miniature version of your pond. The Results Green Water If your jar contains green-tined water or if the water has green particles in it, you most likely have algae. Planktonic... Read More »