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EPDM Pond liner

Here Are Some Facts and Benefits for Using EPDM Pond liner

Here Are Some Facts and Benefits for Using EPDM Pond liner.  At Pond H2o, we have a bevy of pond liners you can purchase to keep your water garden pristine and healthy.  Today, however, we will be specifically assessing the effectiveness of EPDM pond liner, an option that offers both high quality and flexibility.

It provides versatility

Benefits for Using EPDM Pond liner

A koi pond under construction by Biofilter tech via Wikimedia Commons.

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) pond liners are also known as one of the more flexible pond liners on the market. In other words, they can be used to form sizes and shapes at your discretion.  Typically, one sheet of EPDM rubber will be sufficient enough to meet the needs of your average pond. However, this will depend on your pond’s size. If yours is on the larger side, you can use multiple liners.

Easy Installation

Another of the benefits for using EPDM pond liner and a testament to pond liners, especially with the EPDM variation, is its simple installation. You don’t have to be a professional to install this pond liner. Although it should be noted that you will need butyl tape and top quality pond adhesive, like PondH2o’s product Gold Label sealant, to make sure the seams are waterproofed.

The quality is ensured

Benefits for Using EPDM Pond liner

Seaming a EPDM pond liner by Aquascape Ponds via YouTube.

There are other flexible pond liners that have trouble holding up over the course of time. However, EPDM liners provide your water garden koi fish pond with longevity—enabling you to save money in the long run. 

For example, if you opt for a low-grade plastic or vinyl pond liner, there’s a higher chance it will eventually develop cuts and tears. Another variation known as PVC liners—typically found in above ground swimming pools —tend to be susceptible to punctures, too. PVC Pond Liners have a great starting price point and are easy to install, but can dry out in the sunlight.  With EPDM liners, however, the material is much more resilient and longer lasting. 

Practicality

And there’s a practical reason for this. EPDM liners were originally made for flat roofs so that they can be more water resistant over time. However, once this liner became popularized and buyers made aware of its sturdy material, EPDM liners soon became one of the most widely used pond liners in the U.S.

After installation, you can be assured these are qualified for your pond and are fish friendly. And while there is no perfectly impervious pond liner on the market, this will provide you with much more resiliency and flexibility than the average.

It is important to note that since EPDM liners are made from high quality materials, they tend to be more expensive than its competitors. Although as the old adage goes, ‘you get what you pay for,’ and this is certainly the case with this variant. 

In the long run, you will be much less likely to replace this with other liners. In addition, an EPDM pond liner will withstand  harsh, colder climates, too. 

As far as upkeep, the most salient matter is to make sure your EPDM pond liner is consistently obfuscated from sunlight. Otherwise, the strength of the lining material can weaken over time.

Buy our fish pond liners designed to fit every budget today to get started, including from our EPDM, LDPE, and other pond liners.

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Aerate Your Water Garden Pond

5 Reasons to Aerate Your Water Garden Pond

One of the more foundational elements of maintaining a clean pond is consistent aeration. Here are PondH2o’s 5 Reasons to Aerate Your Water Garden Pond.  

Some products out there work from the bottom up, while others utilize the inverse strategy. Either way, the overall goal to aerate your water garden pond is to increase the dissolved oxygen levels which equates to a healthy pond and fish habitat, especially during the winter time.

  • Find the correct sized aerator for your water garden

Many water garden ponds tend to rely exclusively on a collection of waterfalls for aeration. While this can be a solid and effective method, this typically results in aerating only the surface of the pond while the bottom remains neglected. Ultimately, this can create what is known as an anaerobic environment which means one with extremely low oxygen levels in areas of the pond.

Ground to surface aeration by Everyday Aquarist via Youtube.

Therefore, make sure you are always choosing the correct pond aeration system to both aerate from the top and bottom of the pond.

  • Higher oxygen stimulate the number of aerobic bacteria in the pond

In any pond habitat, there are billions of living bacteria at the bottom of the pond. Aerobic bacteria is bacteria that can only live and thrive in an oxygenated environment.  However, this bacteria also manifest important functions that involve the dissolution of organic debris and the breakdown of pond muck. It serves to note, too, that low bacteria levels can also result in an increase in organic build-up at the bottom of the pond, which you want to avoid at all costs. 

Bacteria molecules in pond water by Jasper Nance via Flikr.

In other words, if you have a build-up of organic debris, this can lead to unwanted changes in your water garden, such as discolored green water. This can be easily curtailed by increasing the amount of aerobic bacteria to sustain the constant organic load trickling into the pond. 

  • Aeration serves as a proxy for de-icing during the winter months

During the winter months, your filtration system and fish will be dormant. As this happens, the aforementioned organic debris will continue to decompose and release gas into the water. The gas then can become trapped in the ice which supplants the oxygen and in turn can be fatal to the fish.

Bird bath deicer by fishhawk via Flikr.

And while heaters and deicers can serve the useful purpose of providing ventilation, they can’t provide macro circulation for the gases throughout the pond. Thanks to aeration, this discourages ice formation and also helps distribute the toxic gases to the surface to be released and ensures your fish are safe during the winter months.

  • It’s a money saver, too

Saving money by 401 (K) 2012 via Flikr.

As mentioned previously, you can aerate your water garden by using a waterfall pump in the winter. However, this can be a quite draining (no pun intended) expense. Conversely, if you opt to use a properly sized solar aerator, this can nullify the need to use the waterfall pump on a regular basis, and thereby saving hundreds of dollars a year in the process, too.

  • Decrease overall pond maintenance 

By chronically running your solar aerator on a year-round basis, you can thereby drastically reduce both the maintenance you have to perform and the costs, too. In addition to the other benefits, an oxygen-rich water habitat enables a robust bacteria population which helps remove organic debris, nullify harmful gases and helps lower ammonia and nitrate levels, too. 

A koi pond near Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand by Siddarth Mallya via Wikimedia Commons.

Now that your pond is utilizing these aeration techniques, make sure to check out our PondKraft solar floating air pump 39 GPH from PondH2o to optimally oxygenate your water garden.

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Top Tips for Taking Care of a Koi Fish Pond

Top Tips for Taking Care of a Koi Fish Pond

Our latest article on the top tips for taking care of a koi fish pond.  A koi fish, is a fish that can live up to more than three decades, nishikigoi, commonly known as koi, colorful carp fish that are kept as ornamental decorative pets in a backyard pond. 

Indeed, their average lifespans—upwards of 25 years—are protracted in captivity, which makes it even more crucial to create a healthy habitat for them.  However, sustaining a thriving koi pond can be tricky, especially for novices who lack necessary experience in these matters. No worries – that’s why Pond H2o is here to help with our Top Tips for Taking care of a Koi Fish Pond.

Here are some of the more exigent points to help you create and subsequently maintain a healthy koi fish pond.

  • Frequently change the water 

Top Tips for Taking Care of a Koi Fish Pond

A koi fish pond in the Kranji countryside, Singapore by Eustaquio Santimano via Flikr.

After the installation of your koi pond, evaporation will gradually take place over time, especially in warmer climates. This leads to a decrease in the water, which in turn leaves behind minerals and other substances that could eventually hinder its quality. Due to this inevitability, you will lose at least 10 to 15 percent of water on a weekly basis and need to refill the pond to the required level—depending on the size of your pond. Also, it is never recommended to do a full water change in your pond, as this will shock your fish and their habitat.

  • Monitor and control the algae

Fix algae problems in a fish pond

Algae-covered pond in Township, Michigan by Dwight Burdette via Wikimedia Commons.

During the filtration process—which we will delve into later—ammonia in the pond is transformed into nitrate—a harmless substance. However, nitrate allows algae to grow and thrive throughout, which can be detrimental to the koi. A superfluous amount of algae can deprive the koi of oxygen. To prevent this, use algaecides and carefully read the instructions, as the frequency of use will depend on the product in question. Perform regular tests on your pond water quality.

  • Make sure to clean your filter

Pond Cover Netting protect koi fishFish pond with a barrel used for the filter by cskk via Flikr.

Typically, most biological pond filters should be cleaned and maintained every two weeks. However, this largely depends on the ratio of fish to water, and the surrounding conditions, too.   You will also need to determine how often the filter needs to be backwashed. This can be done by checking the pressure gauge—if it is reading much higher than usual, then you’ll need to backwash it.

  • Seasonality

Plants & Decor in a pond to protect fishKoi pond meditation garden by Wonderlane via Flikr.

Your koi fish pond maintenance strategy will also be dependent on the season. During colder months, it is imperative to cut or trim all dying leaves from the aquatic plants.  Also the surface of your pond may freeze during the winter (depending where you live), so it’s important to purchase a floating pond aerator to put in one of the sections of the water to prevent freezing. 

For the spring and summer months, the time for pond cleaning becomes much easier, and more apparent—thanks to debris carried over from the winter. For this, transfer the koi to holding tanks to make for a more streamlined, expeditious cleaning process, since there will likely be a lot of debris to clean out and will ensure lower stress levels for the koi fish. 

  • Address and remedy any leaks

PondH2o Koi fish handling productsA koi pond by brewbooks via Wikimedia Commons. 

As mentioned, water levels decrease naturally due to evaporation. If the leakage is increasing, it’s probably safe to assume there is a leak. Overall, it is normal for a koi pond to lose about ½ inches of water per day. However, any loss greater than that rate is likely an indication there is a leakage. To stabilize the pond’s conditions, repair any leak(s) as soon as possible. 

For more of our products, specifically one that helps transfer your koi fish during a spring or summer cleaning, check out our heavy duty waterproof koi fish transport sock.

7 Tricks to Keep Your Pond Fresh and Clean

7 Tricks to Keep Your Pond Fresh and Clean

Whether you are a homeowner or environmental caretaker, keeping your pond clean with ease becomes a paramount issue for your koi fish pond or water garden. Follow our simple 7 tricks to keep you pond fresh and clean.

To that end, most vigilant water garden pond owners will know that clean water will factor into a salubrious pond. On the flip side, if you don’t know how to keep a pristine pond, this can be a challenge to say the least. And the telltale signs could be more subtle than you may think.

For example, your typical backyard koi fish pond or water garden water might look crystal clear, but if your fish are exhibiting unusual behavior, this could mean your pond needs to be cleaned.

With our 7 Tricks to Keep Your Pond Fresh and Clean, this process will be much easier for your precious water garden habitat.

1.) Curate and maintain a healthy fish population

7 Tricks to Keep Your Pond Fresh and Clean

Fisher in Oliver’s Pond by Clayton Sieg via Flikr.

One of the ways to determine whether your pond is sufficient to host a vibrant fish population is to assess the total fish to your gallon levels. For example, if you have a pond of 100 gallons or more, then you should have no more than 10” of fish. Otherwise, your aquatic paradise is likely over-populated, which can lead to a disproportionate level of fish waste.

If this is the case with you, then you may want to contact a pond retailer or third party contractor to buy your fish. This is generally an easy process and can be streamlined, too.

2.) Make sure to properly feed your fish

7 Tricks to Keep Your Pond Fresh and Clean

An artificial feeding pond for fishes by Avinashmambully via Wikimedia Commons.

This next tip should go without saying, but you would be surprised to find that many pond owners do not treat their fish well; and this can lead to some potentially intractable consequences. If you overfeed your fish, not only can this lead to likely potential health problems, but it can lead to detrimental issues for your pond, too.

For starters, the surplus amount of uneaten food will decay in the water. To prevent this, try to feed your fish no more than once per day and make sure to use quality fish food— preferably that floats. Always remove uneaten food.

3.) Sustain a healthy balance of plants

7 Tricks to Keep Your Pond Fresh and Clean

Fauna in a pond by FarfOuille via Pixabay.

During the peak times of the season, you should typically have anywhere from 40% to 60% of the surface area of your pond either covered in or shaded by flora. However, a surfeit amount of anything is typically not an efficacious scenario.

With too much flora, there comes an excess of oxygen which in turn stymies the photosynthetic process—which is crucial for plants to give off carbon dioxide. In other words, your fish need an ample amount of oxygen to survive. So a superfluous amount of plants could be detrimental to their survival.

4.) Choose the correct size pump for your pond

7 Tricks to Keep Your Pond Fresh and Clean

A solar-powered water fountain in a pond by Squigfried via Wikimedia Commons.

While this may seem like a trivial step, it’s crucial for the health and even safety for both the fish and the pond. Typically, you should be circulating the entirety of your pond’s water at a minimum rate of once per hour. Additionally, you should check the backfill of your pump to see if there is any internal obstruction.

As always, you want to make sure your upkeep products for your pond are up to date with exceptional quality. To better equip your aquatic masterpiece, check out our pond, which includes different filters (which we’ll cover later), pumps and other accessories.

5.) Invest in Quality Pond Tools

children kids pond net

Girl using a fishing net by USFWS via Pixnio.

This could be the simple fix your pond desperately needs. With a pond brush and other quality products, you’ll be able to remove unwanted algae—a common occurrence—or other floating debris that can abjectly affect the environment your fish need to thrive. These are typically inexpensive items, so you won’t necessarily have to take a cut from your pond budget to make purchases.

The processes are simple, too, as you’ll only have to spend about 10 minutes per day removing leaves, twigs and other debris from your pond. At the same time, you may want to invest in a skimmer net. Routine pond maintenance is a key to a healthy and clean pond.

6.) Choose the correct filtration system

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Traditional coping on an NSP pool with adjoined side pond by Enricoslasheric via Wikimedia Commons.

As with your pump, your pond’s filter should also be comparable to the size of your pond. As with any other filter, remember to clean it regularly according to the instructions. For the size, you want it to be outfitted as close to the dimensions of your pond as possible, too.

For filters, there are generally types you should be aware of as a pond owner. There are Biological and Mechanical pond filter systems. They can be further broken down into Gravity filters and box style filters, which utilize both biological and mechanical filtration techniques to optimize beneficial bacteria.

7.) Maintain beneficial bacteria

7 Tricks to Keep Your Pond Fresh and Clean

Cyanobacteria in a freshwater pond by Christian Fischer via Wikimedia Commons.

Speaking of bacteria, adding this to your pond is actually instrumental to a continual healthy life cycle. By specifically infusing biodegradable bacteria packs once per month, for instance, you’ll be ensuring a clean pond.

When adding any pond water treatment, you’ll need to know the total gallons of your pond.  In order to properly add the appropriate amount of the aforementioned water treatment. Always remember to scrupulously read the instructions, and follow product guidelines.

 

For more information on how to clean your pond and help ensure you are using the correct products for clarity, health and appearance, make sure to check out our selection of pond filter media and follow these simple 7 Tricks to Keep Your Pond Fresh and Clean.

How to build a Pond

How To Build a Pond That Will Stun Your Friends

Nothing says showstopper like a pond. In design shows and home listings, water features are always spotlighted as a major attraction for any home.

When you have guests over for dinner and family visiting for the holidays, they’re sure to notice your lovely new addition. And the feeling of pride only gets deeper when you share with them that you built it yourself.

A custom-made garden pond can be just the project you need to test your home improvement capabilities. Below we will help you determine  how to build a pond of your own, and dealing with the many decisions that will come up.

How to Build a Pond

Find The Perfect Spot

Determining where you want your pond to live is the first major step in getting your project underway. It’s best to start with relatively flat and level ground that is also close enough to an electrical source for the equipment to be powered. However a solar pond pump is an option for those wanting to save energy.

Another thing to keep in mind is the amount of sunlight your pond will receive. Not only will the sun shining across the surface of the water look better, but plants that will end up there will thank you later. It’s also best not to have a tree hanging over your pond as falling debris can get your pond dirty and clog the pond filter.

Once all the planning is done, you can move on to the heavy lifting.

Water garden koi pond cover netting pond protection

Start Digging And Fill It Up

There is going to have to be a bit of consideration before you just start ripping dirt out of the ground. As you prepare for breaking ground you should decide on the size, depth, and volume of the pond. These will be important determinations for how much you dig and what kind of equipment you will need later. 

The bigger you go, the more money will be needed for its overall construction and maintenance. Remember also to keep in mind where underground pipes may be in your backyard when going about this part of the process.

Once you have your hole dug up, you need to pick a pond liner and fill with water.

Set Up The Equipment

Now comes the “complicated” part. Depending on the type of pond you decide to make there can be several types of equipment needed for it to be set-up.

Any pond that you plan on maintaining will need at least a pond pump to keep the water moving and a pond filter for the water to move through and rid itself of contaminants that can ruin the look and health of the pond.

If you want, this is the best time to add any extra features like a pond fountain or waterfall. If you plan on having fish more equipment will be needed to ensure they have a healthy environment like a pond aerator or airstone for oxygenating the water. Now would also be a good time to situate and set-up any lighting you want to have for the pond.

Give It Life

Now that the base work is done and all the equipment is set-up, you can finally do the decorative work that will make your pond look beautiful. Adding plant life and vegetation that are appropriate for the amount of sunlight your pond receives will instantly bring color to the project.

For those adding fish, make sure you take the necessary measures to prepare the health of the pond, like temperature and pH balance, for the fish to be introduced. Many fish also require time to acclimate, this can mean letting it remain in its bag of water floating in the pond while the temperature becomes the same as the pond.

Finally, after all your work, your pond is ready for the world to see.

Remember To Maintain your Pond

After the pond has been completed it’s important to keep up with the routine maintenance that is needed. Skim the pond to clean out leaves and debris that make their way in, check the pump to make sure it’s running, and replace the filter when needed. Also make sure to keep and plants properly watered and to spray down any decorative pieces with the hose to keep them clean.

The fish owners will have some extra steps to keep up with. Feeding is the obvious chore that will need to be done, but routinely checking the pH balance and maintaining all fish related pond supplies is important to keep them healthy.

Solar Powered Pond light

Enjoy Your Brand New Pond

All your hard work has finally paid off because now you get to enjoy the ambiances and serenity of your custom built water feature. Pull up a hammock, a chair, or whatever lounge seating you prefer and listen to the gentle water ripples as you sit back and relax with a drink and a book.

Your pond will also be sure to be the envy of all your family and friends and quite the talking point at every get together.

Pond H2O Has All The Equipment You Need!

For all ponds, big and small Pond H2o has the supplies you need to make your dream water feature come to life! When we say we have all the supplies you need, we mean it, we are a one-stop shop for all that you need. From maintenance to fish care and lighting, including how to build a pond, we have you covered! If you have any questions call us at 856-985-9339 or email us at info@pondh2o.com.

The Benefits Of Building a Pond

The Benefits Of Building a Pond

The backyard of a home can either be an oasis for homeowners to enjoy as a place of leisure, or a place rarely noticed after years of neglect.

 

A major feature that can often separate the drab and the beautiful is a pond. From a small garden pond to a large wow-statement piece, these water features can make your backyard your new favorite spot of the house. Whether you are hosting friends, having dinner outside, or reading a book in the sun, the calming effect of a beautiful pond can make all the difference.

 

There are several ways in which homeowners can benefit from installing a pond. The projects can be a rewarding and even therapeutic experience to design and build. It gives you a new place to enjoy a sense of relaxation, especially if you have a pond fountain, and it can catch many eyes for potential buyers down the road.

Duck Family decoy pond decorations

It’s a Rewarding Experience

 

For many, home improvement projects are a way of life, for others it can be an intimidating task. The wonderful thing about pond building is that anyone can do it.

 

The satisfaction and pride of completing a major project on your own is a reward in itself. From the very beginning steps of conceptualizing what you want your pond to look like, it is a reflection of you. As with an art project, a pond can be a creative outlet for those wanting a fun hobby with a permanent reward. By using different pond plants, decorations, and accessories you can make it your own.

 

If you have kids it can also be a great activity for the family. There are a number of ways in which you can get the whole family involved in the project. From the design to the building, everyone can contribute a small piece of themselves. Perhaps everyone can have their say about a particular aspect of the project, like pond lights or the flower choice, to make a cohesive whole that reflects the entire family.

 

When extended family or friends visit it will be a much more rewarding experience to show off the water feature you built by hand.

 

It’s Great For Your Mental Health

 

From start to finish, the process of making a pond can be a source of relaxation. While building something may have its share of stresses, ponds are low risk if a mistake is made and can be fun to create.

 

Homes can often be considered an extension of oneself, so the act of home improvement can also be considered an act of self improvement. The act of building can be a great physical activity that releases stress, and the final product can be a spot for endless relaxation.

 

In fact, Psychology Today compiled research and studies in to the effects of “blue spaces” on mental health. These “blue spaces” refer to bodies of water in general and the findings show that being in the presence of bodies of water regularly can reduce levels of anxiety and depression.

 

While it’s certainly not an ocean or river, a pond can bring a slice of that “blue space” serenity right to your backyard. Not to mention, pond waterfalls can be the perfect whitenoise needed for outdoor naps.

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Whether your pond has a fountain or fish, it can actually be a good stress reliever to do the routine maintenance work. If work or life are getting stressful, it’s nice to have a brother and care for your creation. Just like watering plants or pruning a bonsai tree. Keeping a pond clean or the fish fed gives you a moment away for other stresses to focus on the moment.

 

It Boosts The Curb Appeal of Your Home

 

The benefits of a pond extend beyond your desire for a relaxation spot and the reward of building it. Ponds can be a showstopper feature that draws potential buyers in when the time comes to sell your home.

 

While a water feature can possibly increase the monetary value of your home, the real benefit comes from the inviting atmosphere the pond creates.

 

When you eventually sell your home the custom water feature you designed and installed will attract potential buyers. Even if someone isn’t actively looking for a pond, the feature can catch the eyes of people and present your home as more valuable than it likely is.

 

Once the pond gets buyers in the door, it will also make them want to stay. The relaxing benefit mentioned above will be of great use in making potential buyers feel comfortable in your home, and can help them picture themselves living in it.

Pond fountain feature

Is a Pond Right For You?

 

Not every backyard has the optimal space needed for a pond, and sometimes there is space, but no logical spot for a pond to exist. So it all comes down to your personal circumstances. 

 

If you have the space for one don’t let fear of undertaking a project get in your way. Ponds can be as simple or complex as you want. It can be still with a few plants and relatively shallow with no fish, or it can have fountains, fish and elaborate decoration.

 

You can tailor a pond to fit within your space, budget, and level of comfort when tackling home improvement projects. So to answer the question, it’s all up to you. If you feel like building a pond, go for it and see what you can achieve.

 

Pond H2O Has All The Equipment You Need!

For all ponds, big and small Pond H2o has the supplies you need to make your dream water feature come to life! When we say we have all the supplies you need, we mean it, we are a one-stop shop for all that you need. From an all-in-one pond kit to maintenance care and accessories, we have you covered! If you have any questions call us at 856-985-9339 or email us at info@pondh2o.com.

Water Garden Pond Kits

Water Garden Pond Kits

Why is it Essential to Buy Water Garden Pond Kits?

A water garden koi fish pond is a place where you can rest and enjoy good times with friends and family. When you sit in your backyard and enjoy the pretty view, it gives immense happiness and pleasure to everyone. There are many benefits of investing in backyard water garden pond kits that you can experience every day. PondH2o has designed a full range of Complete Pond Kits for all aspects of your pond.  Each kit is comprised of professional high quality water garden pond products.  We have taken all of the guess work out of the core components necessary for a wonderful water garden pond.  Here are some of the advantages of backyard garden pond kits for your home:

  • A pond in a backyard adds value to your property. It has small features that appeal to many people, especially those who enjoy taking “staycations” or entertaining friends or family in their backyards. It increases the value of your home when you install a backyard garden pond.
  • A garden pond plant basket kit attracts helpful insects to your yard, if you carry a flower or plant water garden, you will need pollinators to bring harvest in your garden. Many times, these insects displace or even eliminate the bugs you don’t want in your garden. Look for pond plant basket kits that have a variety of baskets, and maybe planting accessories.
  • There are many people who experience stress, anxiety and other feelings due to one or another reason. When you peacefully gaze at garden pond, it helps to improve your mood. When you listen to the bubbling sound of the water and enjoy colorful and verdant garden surrounding, it helps in lowering your stress level. It gives you a chance to start every day relaxing or meditating at your own garden pond.
  • A backyard waterfall or water feature kit allows you to run your pump 24/7 or only when you are outside enjoying it. A backyard waterfall kit allows you to create a waterfall that is pond-free. You don’t need to spend money for extra plumbing or equipment. A backyard waterfall kit comes with everything you need to create beautiful waterfall or water feature.
  • There are backyard Pond Pump & Filter Combo Kits available that will save you money on necessary filter, pump and hose products. With the patented filter technologies, you don’t have to worry about spending time and money unclogging pumps from debris or removing excessive algae. You will have fresh, clean, healthy water that will attract the right kind of wildlife to your yard.

When your backyard is a beautiful place, you are more likely to invite friends, family and neighbors for a barbecue or brunch. You will feel more proud of your home. When you install a water garden pond in your yard, it will add beauty and value to your property. Pond H2o’s water garden pond kits make the installation process easy and you have access to everything you need for a successful project.

 

Spring Cleaning a Water Garden Koi Fish Pond

Spring Cleaning a Water Garden Koi Fish Pond

Like any spring cleaning project cleaning your water garden koi fish pond or water feature is going to be messy, but so worth it in the end.  The best time to do the cleanout and opening of your pond or water feature is in early spring before your water temperature reaches 55° Fahrenheit (12° Celsius).  After all of the frosts are gone but before the weather is too warm, most especially before any spawn enter the water.  Doing a proper cleaning of your pond at this time ensures that algae blooms will not take over your pond and keep the water clear though the summer months.

Pond Spring Cleaning Supplies Needed

Simple Spring Cleaning Check List

  1. Remove as much debris as possible. Trim/deadhead your plants, flowers or grass to remove dead growth, divide plants and repot if needed.  PondH2o has great pond forceps and pond scissors to help cut back pond plants. Replace and repair any broken pond plant baskets.
  2. Remove the pond fish by putting them in a holding tank with some of your pond water.  Our Koi transfer kits are great.
  3. Use your pond pump or a clean out pump to empty about half of the water out of the pond. It is always better to leave half the water in the pond because it contains the beneficial bacteria necessary for clear pond water.  Not all pond bacteria are bad.
  4. Use a pond scrubbing brush to clean any rocks or décor items within the pond water.
  5. Using a fine mesh Pond Skimming Net, remove the pond sludge and pond muck from the bottom of the pond. A pond vacuum is great, but not needed for smaller ponds and sometimes can vacuum the gravel off of the bottom.  If using a pond vacuum a quick tip is to use the nozzle upside down (facing the water not the bottom of the pond) so that just the silt will be removed, not your gravel. Place the pond muck and small debris in buckets or garbage bags.  This is great for a compost pile.
  6. Now that your water is clean it’s time to look at the mechanical parts of the pond. Your pond filters and pumps.  Ensure that there are no particles in the pump that would block the impeller. For the pond filter, it would be a great time to clean or replace the filter media.  Replace your UV bulb if your unit contains the UV clarifier, cleaning the quartz tube to ensure that the unit is effective.
  7. Check all of your hoses and fittings. If it was a cold winter you may have some splits in your pond hose tubing.  Make any repairs or replace the hosing, even a small leak will reduce the water level in your pond and eventually get worse.  Ensure that water features or pond lights are all working with no wiring issues.
  8. Start to refill the pond with fresh water. Once the water garden koi fish pond is filled, test the water, add any necessary chemicals such as a spring prep of Beneficial Bacteria per guidelines and place the fish back in the pond.
  9. Add fertilizer to any plants. Pond Plant fertilizer comes in the form of plant tabs placed in the soil or a liquid fertilizer.
  10. Check the pH levels to ensure that your fish and plants are going to thrive. A good pH range is between 7 and 8.

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Now that you are done spring cleaning your water garden koi fish pond it’s time to enjoy it.  Now sit, relax and watch your pond come back to life with spring blooms and the relaxing sound of the water flowing.  PondH2o carries all of the necessary products for your pond spring clean out and start up.

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Choosing the Right Pond Net

Choosing the Right Pond Net

Choosing the right pond net can be quite bewildering.  Searching for the right pond net, all different sizes, shapes, pricing and often a not so perfect purchase takes place.  Pond H2o has the most comprehensive range of water garden koi fish pond nets in the USA! So, you are at a good place to choose exactly the proper pond net and stop a misinformed purchase.

First decision to be made is what do you want to use the net for? Large to medium sized ponds and small ponds will require different pond nets. To help make the decision of what type net to use, here is a guide to use:

  • Catch fish
  • Clean the pond
  • Retrieve leaves & debris
  • Clean pond bottom
  • Expensive koi nets

Water Garden Koi Fish Pond nets can really be broken into 4 categories

Pond Nets Use

Choosing the Right Pond Net
General pond net or multi-purpose pond nets are used to catch fish, retrieve items and general use, these have a slightly open mesh and can vary in length head size or pricing. Our multi-purpose pond nets are ideal for removing fish or debris from the pond.  Soft netting that wont damage the pond or the fish. Our multi-purpose pond nets are ideal for removing fish or debris from the pond and are easy to keep clean.

Koi Pan Nets Use

Choosing the Right Pond Net

Koi Pan nets are very shallow nets hence the word pan is used. These are not intended to catch fish outright but to guide them into a bowl or koi transport sock to be retrieved. Usually used in koi ponds and are a specialist net for mainly expensive koi and not intended for general use.

Sludge Nets Use 

Choosing the Right Sludge Muck Pond Net
Sludge nets have very fine mesh and made strong to allow for heavy sludge or pond muck, to be retrieved from the bottom of the pond. Pond h2o sludge nets also have a front protector to help stop the front of the net on the bottom of the pond getting damaged. Used while doing general maintenance on your water garden pond.

Skimmer Nets Use

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Skimmer nets usually have very fine netting and are typically quite shallow in depth to allow easy use.  They are designed for skimming or removing leaves, pine needles and other debris from water garden ponds and other water features.  Here at Pondh2o, we’ve developed this Light N Easy Skimmer Net with Telescopic 70 Inch Pole, pond skimming net with ergonomically friendly golf club design.  The net head is on an angle making for ease when skimming across the surface of the pond water.  Carefully retrieving unwanted water garden pond debris that may cloud your water. Pond Skimming net is usually light and allows for removal of debris, significantly cutting down on pond maintenance.

Specialist Use Nets

choosing the right pond net

Floating Net Basket 24'' x 24'' x 24'' For Breeding or Quarantine net

Specialist use nets cover items like koi transport socks and floating net baskets that will quarantine or isolate fish.

Choosing the right pond net does not have to be overwhelming.  You just need to take some things into consideration and make the decision based on the task needed.  Pond H2o is here to help!

Using Aquatic Plastic Plant Baskets

Using Aquatic Plastic Plant Baskets

Slotted Mesh Aquatic Plastic Plant Baskets are ideal for all aquatic plants, allowing water to flow freely through the basket so plants can absorb nutrients from the water. The basket protects the plants roots from damage caused by aquatic life, while keeping the root systems contained. They are designed to rest naturally on the pond’s floor or ledge with flat bottoms, making it an ideal anchor for most aquatic plants.

Using Aquatic Plastic Plant Baskets:

  1. Begin to hydrate your plants in a container of your pond water.
  2. Line the basket with a hessian square or other woven fabric; ensure that the basket is fully covered.
  3. Add a thin layer of pond gravel. Now, fill about half way with pond plant soil. This would be a great time to add aquatic pond plant fertilizer.
  4. Add your plant. Make sure to loosen the root ball. Fill and firm the soil around the roots leaving the crown (where the stems and roots connect) level with the soil line.
  5. Top with additional layer of pond gravel. Finally, rinse with water to remove excess mud and gently lower into pond.

Using pond plant baskets is much easier than planting directly on the water garden pond bottom and marginal shelves.  The plastic plant pots make maintaining the plants, moving and placements effortless, while controls the plants from spreading.

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