• Spring Start-Up

    Spring Start-Up

    Over the course of a year, your pond will accumulate debris and organics such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings and fish waste. Although your filtration system may remove some of this debris, the rest will break down into muck and sludge, which will release nutrients into the water and may cause algae and water clarity issues. Here is a step-by-step approach on how to perform a spring clean-out. We recommend performing a spring clean-out once a year. A spring clean-out is designed to give your pond a fresh start which will translate into clearer water and happy fish. If... Read More »
  • Summer Maintenance

    Summer Maintenance

    After your spring pond cleaning would it be nice to just sit back, relax, and watch the fish swim? It can be that easy with just some light maintenance throughout the season. Water Treatments The DefensePAC ® has everything you need to help keep your pond clean and clear for up to six months. The products in the DefensePAC ® are designed to be used on a regular basis throughout the season. These products will eliminate excess nutrients in the water that algae would use for a food source, cutting down the chance for algae to grow. The DefensePAC ® even has a... Read More »
  • Fall Shutdown

    Fall Shutdown

    With cold weather approaching, it is important to know how to prepare your pond and fish to withstand the harsh winter. Over the course of a year, your pond will accumulate debris and organics such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings and fish waste. Removing this debris will ensure oxygen levels stay as high as possible and are not reduced from decaying organic debris that give off toxic gas. This can further be supported by replacing filtration systems with aeration kits and de-icers which provide aeration, ventilation and circulation throughout the winter months. Here is a step-by-step... Read More »
  • Winter Aeration

    Winter Aeration

    As the cool weather comes, your fish go into hibernation and you shut your filter down for the season. Though things slow down, not all the natural processes in your pond come to a complete halt. The organic debris that accumulated during the summer and fall will continue to decompose, and as it does, gasses will be released into the water column. Moreover, those excess nutrients act as a fertilizer and will fuel winter algae growth. So you may ask, what is a pond owner to do so the bad gases are released and your fish stay healthy throughout the winter? Here are some winter pond care tips... Read More »
  • Winter Pump Use

    Winter Pump Use

    A warm cup of cocoa while you relax beside your flowing waterfall can help take the edge off the frosty winter chill, but it may cause more stress for you – and your fish – in the long run. Before you decide to run or shut down your water garden for winter, here are a few points to consider. Ice Dams : In northern climates with near- or sub-freezing conditions, ice can develop and cause water to be redirected out of the pond. Ice also expands, taking up more space in the pond and making it difficult to see changes in your water level. Pumps need a constant supply of... Read More »
  • Seasonal Feeding

    Seasonal Feeding

    As the seasons change, so do your fish's feeding habits. Koi, goldfish, and other species are cold blooded and take cues from the water temperature. At pond temperatures of 50°F and above, your fish will be active and ready for their summer diet. When temperatures are lower, your finned friends will slow down to get ready to go dormant for winter. Use these fish feeding techniques to keep your fish happy and healthy. Cut Back In getting ready for wintertime, your fish will reduce their activity level and metabolism rate. They naturally start to eat less than when they were... 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 »
  • 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 »