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New Year’s Resolutions for Pond People

It’s hard to believe that we are once again approaching the grand finale, of yet, another action packed year.  With the end of the year on us we are faced with figuring out a few good New Year’s Resolutions to challenge ourselves, impress our peers and to become a better, well rounded person that makes a difference in our lives, our children and the community we live in.

We’d like to offer a twist on a couple of the typical New Year’s resolutions!

Diet

No, I don’t think YOU need to loose any weight, but I do believe that most pond enthusiasts could use a little guidance when it comes to feeding their fish.  A simple saying we have “Out in the Field” is “Feed your fish not your pond”!  Here are a couple of rules for your consideration.

1)    You can feed you fish as much as they can consume in a single three to five minute feeding.

2)    It is a must to feed your fish a high carbohydrate food in the spring and fall with wheat germ as the number one ingredient.

3)    Do not feed your fish when the water temperature is below 50 degrees and you can bulk them up in the summer months, using a growth or color enhancing food that features fish meal as the number one ingredient.

Learn To Speak Another Language

Learning a new language is always a crowd-pleasing resolution.  We’d like to challenge all you PONDERS to learn some Japanese, or at least enough Japanese words to talk “koi fish.” Here is a couple of words to stimulate you.

  • 1) Kohaku – (koh HAH koo) Is a white fish with red markings.
  • 2) Sanke – (SAHN keh) Is a white fish with red and black markings.
  • 3) Ogan – (OH gahn) Is a solid colored koi fish.
  • 4) Showa – (SHOH wah) a jet-black fish with red and white markings; is one of my personal favorites.

Pond Tours

If you’ve never been to a pond tour then it’s time to get involved!  You can find a pond tour, Parade of Ponds, Moonlight Pond Tour, Desert Pond Tour, 365 Pond Tour, Pond Walk, day or night, three hundred and sixty five days a year!

Get involved by either going on a tour or better yet, have your own pond showcased on a pond tour. The Pond Digger Team will be hosting a monthly Pond Tour the Third Saturday of the month from MARCH THRU NOVEMBER! Keep in touch for details!

Seasonal Maintenance

In March & October it is important that you get down and dirty yourself or hire a pond specialist to clean out your filters, trim back any aquatic plants that have dominated your pond over the summer and just do some simple routine maintenance to prepare your water feature for the winter.

There are even pond cleaning seminars that are at your fingertips for the do-it-yourselfers out there.  The problem I see is that since most ponds look outstanding these times of year and most people say, “Why fix it, if it ain’t broke”?  Look at it as preventative maintenance.  Just a little seasonal maintenance can prevent lots of algae problems that could otherwise occur if neglected when the time is right.

And if your pond doesn’t look outstanding then you should have a professional take a look at your pond to help put you back on track. The Pond Digger team offers a wide variety of maintenance programs including – Quarterly, Monthly, Bi-Monthly & Weekly! Call our headquarters if you are interested in routine maintenance.

Quarantine

It should be mandatory that you commit, to protect your prized pond fish from certain pathogens that could wipe out your entire collection!  The most likely way for your fish to be introduced to an undesirable pathogen is by the introduction of new fish.

Do your homework and either purchase your fish from a reputable fish retailer that specializes in Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) pond fish or plan on quarantining each and every fish that you put into your pond!

You should even quarantine your aquatic plants and mosquito fish before introducing them into your show pond. The Pond Digger Headquarters specializes in SPF koi and goldfish. Call our Headquarters for details or stop in and see us!

Stop to smell Roses (or Lotus)

In today’s busy, high tech, mobile phone congested lifestyle it seems that people are caught up in the workday longer than ever.  Don’t get so caught up that you don’t “Stop to smell the Roses.”

I too, sometimes find myself getting home late so I have planted star jasmine next to my pond that not only smells wonderful but also shows up nicely under a clear moonlit sky.  I also have a couple of Angel’s Trumpet Trees planted next to my water feature that blooms like crazy most of the year.

For an added bonus the Angels’ Trumpet has an evening fragrance that I can smell as soon as I step out of my truck when I get home from work each day. Most importantly if you have never planted a Lotus next to your pond, I highly recommend it! The fragrance that a lovely LOTUS plant gives off is quite amazing!

Get A Second Opinion

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran pond enthusiast or still green behind the ears, I highly recommend that you have a pond professional have a look at your pond for an evaluation.

The Pond Digger team offers FREE 10 POINT POND INSPECTIONS where we have an experience Pond Tech check everything you want to know and everything you don’t want to know about your pond! We’ve literally saved our clients thousands of dollars over the years. Think of it like as a CHECK UP for your pond!

Near or far we can help. We schedule FREE ON-SITE Consultations 30 miles from our base camp in Yucaipa, Ca. For all our clients outside the 30-mile radius we can still help you with a FREE CONSULTATION via the Internet!

Email to schedule FREE POND INSPECTION!

eric@theponddigger.com

Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy New Year.

Eric Triplett

The Pond Digger

The Pond Digger Team Rocks Christmas Parade

The Pond Digger Rocks

The Pond Digger Rocks

Merry Christmas from The Pond Digger Team! We won first place in the Redlands Christmas Parade for Commercial Float! If you didn’t get a chance to see us live, in-person check out this video!

I guarantee it will make you giggle and shake your head! Enjoy!

Helix Skimmer wins POY 2012

Hottest Pond Product of the Year

Hey All you pond peoples! If you haven’t already heard, The Helix Pond Skimmer Earned the Pond Product of the Year Award. We are very proud of this new innovation we brought to the market. Check out this video post on Facebook and hear all the great feedback we are getting on this exciting new skimmer. Click here

How it all began. The inception of The Helix Pond Skimmer.

With so many pond skimmers on the market today, which one do you choose? After 20 years in the trenches servicing and installing well over a dozen different pond skimmers, I decided to compile a list of all the pros and cons on a chalkboard for evaluation. In doing so, it became crystal clear I needed to design a new INNOVATIVE product specific to my needs and approach to pond construction.

I wanted a heavy duty, super rugged skimmer that’s easy to conceal in the landscape! This skimmer needed to be user friendly for submersible and external pump applications while being super efficient at creating surface tension, capable of handling a great deal of leaf debris and most important, fish safe! With the critical needs identified and a quote from Plato, “Necessity, is the Mother of Invention”, I set out to accomplish a goal.

Let me introduce you to The Helix™ Pond Skimmer, the next generation in Pond Skimmers! 35″ Tall x 19″ Wide x 18″ Long – This compact footprint is easy to disguise in the landscape. The Helix can handle a wide range of flow rates from 1500 gph to 8000 gph. With this wide range of flow rates it gives you extreme flexibility in your pond’s life support systems and design. Designed for use with submersible or external pump installations, this new pre-filter provides great versatility in pump selection.

The Helix is a fish friendly pre-filter designed for optimal surface skimming. The 12″ wide mouth of the skimmer opening leading to the area around the circular weir is a “no trap zone” for your pond fish. The Helix boasts a 15″ circular, self-leveling, floating weir.

This compact circular weir competes with the largest skimmers on the market for optimum surface tension. A full 15 inches of surface tension within a specific diameter and an8″ round x 8″ deep durable Debris Basket give The Helix a vacuum like effect that is capable of capturing a ton of wind blown debris and is super easy to clean.

Excellent for all styles of pond construction – Use The Helix for water gardens, koi ponds, lakes and hybrid ponds.The Helix is equipped with Stainless Steel Hardware meaning you’ll have no worries about hardware rusting if you need to salt your pond.Whatever style of construction you choose, liner, polyurea or concrete construction, The Helix will exceed your expectations while keeping your fish free from harm.

The Helix Pond Skimmer Pre-Filter is manufactured in the USA with a heavy-duty rotational molded HDPE material – This pond skimmer is SUPER RUGGED, overflow compatible with flat spots on the round body for plumbing an efficient overflow up to 2″ in diameter and is automatic water fill valve friendly. The Helix is roomy enough for the installation of a float valve without your typical issues of malfunction.

The unique design is perfect for AIR LIFT skimming applications. In Fact, you may see Airlift skimmer installations become commonplace for maximum energy efficiency.

Easy to install – Easy to maintain – Easy to see why we believe The Helix Pond Skimmer will set a new standard for skimming ponds.

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Eric Triplett

The Pond Digger

Pond-ering Art Fair Sept 15th

Pond Art

Invest in America

The Pondering Art Fair SEPT. 15th

Hand Crafted Koi Jewelry & Custom Koi Paintings! Custom Clothes & Handcrafted Vases! Yard Art to interior

Sculpture, Photography and Paintings! Jewelry, Assemblage, Ceramics and Clothing! Hand Crafted Art, Woodworked Wares, Yard Signs and more!

These Practically Famous (or Infamous) Local artists Tom Fontanes, Dan Soury & Kathy Jo Lorenz will be on location signing autographs so come one, come all. Get here by bike, train, plane or automobile, whatever it takes, just get here!

The Pondering Art Fair will be a day the entire family will enjoy.

Games for the kids and FREEBIES for the adults! Popcorn, barbecue, cookies, candy and lemonade and more!

As a part of our Fun, Games, and Art Fair we will be offering Super Savings on Special POND SUPPLY Items Up to 75% OFF!! ALL Aquatic Plants 50% OFF – All Rock Column Fountains 40% off!! RARE & BEAUTIFUL BAMBOO 40% OFF! Vases, Statues, Rock, Bird Feeders and more at fabulously low prices!!!!

Find Fabulous Fall Pond Care SPECIALS on items your pond needs to transition into winter. Cold Temperature Formula KOI FOOD, Cold Temperature Beneficial Bacteria Aeration Kits and pond netting will be at prices so low we can’t even advertise them without getting in trouble!

Take advantage of used Pond Equipment from TOP MANUFACTURERS that will be sold at DIRT CHEAP PRICES! Aquascape Designs, Russell Water Gardens, FlowRanger, Laguna, and Tetra just to name a few! There is only a LIMITED selection available on our used equipment.

All livestock Koi, semi-aquatic turtles, goldfish, hi-fin banded sharks and snails will be BUY 2 GET 1 FREE. Stop in and receive FREE SAMPLES of our PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH water treatments and PREMIUM Fish Foods!

We’ll look forward to seeing your smiling face at our Inaugural Event! The BBQ will be hot most of the day! Food and refreshments will be served as a thank you and customer appreciation!

Please share this date with all your FRIENDS and FAMILY and help us make this event a SPLASH!

This special sale is ONE DAY ONLY so mark your calendar now!

LOCATION:

Exotic Watersacpes & The Pond Digger Headquarters

31710 Dunlap Blvd, Yucaipa, Ca 92399

9am to 2pm

Call for more information: 800-522-5043

Touching People’s Lives With Water,

Eric Triplett
The Pond Digger

Innovative Pond Skimmer Created By The Pond Digger

With so many pond skimmers on the market today, which one do you choose? After 20 years in the trenches servicing and installing well over a dozen different pond skimmers, I decided to compile a list of all the pros and cons on a chalkboard for evaluation. In doing so, it became crystal clear I needed to design a new INNOVATIVE product specific to my needs and approach to pond construction.

I wanted a heavy duty, super rugged skimmer that’s easy to conceal in the landscape! This skimmer needed to be user friendly for submersible and external pump applications while being super efficient at creating surface tension, capable of handling a great deal of leaf debris and most important, fish safe! With the critical needs identified and a quote from Plato, “Necessity, is the Mother of Invention”, I set out to accomplish a goal.

Let me introduce you to The Helix™ Pond Skimmer, the next generation in Pond Skimmers! 35″ Tall x 19″ Wide x 18″ Long – This compact footprint is easy to disguise in the landscape. The Helix can handle a wide range of flow rates from 1500 gph to 8000 gph. With this wide range of flow rates it gives you extreme flexibility in your pond’s life support systems and design. Designed for use with submersible or external pump installations, this new pre-filter provides great versatility in pump selection.

The Helix is a fish friendly pre-filter designed for optimal surface skimming. The 12” wide mouth of the skimmer opening leading to the area around the circular weir is a “no trap zone” for your pond fish. The Helix boasts a 15″ circular, self-leveling, floating weir.

This compact circular weir competes with the largest skimmers on the market for optimum surface tension. A full 15 inches of surface tension within a specific diameter and an 8″ round x 8″ deep durable Debris Basket give The Helix a vacuum like effect that is capable of capturing a ton of wind blown debris and is super easy to clean.

Excellent for all styles of pond construction – Use The Helix for water gardens, koi ponds, lakes and hybrid ponds. The Helix is equipped with Stainless Steel Hardware meaning you’ll have no worries about hardware rusting if you need to salt your pond.Whatever style of construction you choose, liner, polyurea or concrete construction, The Helix will exceed your expectations while keeping your fish free from harm.

The Helix Pond Skimmer Pre-Filter is manufactured in the USA with a heavy-duty rotational molded HDPE material – This pond skimmer is SUPER RUGGED, overflow compatible with flat spots on the round body for plumbing an efficient overflow up to 2″ in diameter and is automatic water fill valve friendly. The Helix is roomy enough for the installation of a float valve without your typical issues of malfunction.

The unique design is perfect for AIR LIFT skimming applications. In Fact, you may see Airlift skimmer installations become commonplace for maximum energy efficiency.

Easy to install – Easy to maintain – Easy to see why we believe The Helix Pond Skimmer will set a new standard for skimming ponds. This is what people are saying about our new pond skimmer.

“The Helix Pre-Filter is the most innovate pond skimmer I’ve seen on the market in the last 6 years!” – Randy Stewart, UnitLiner.com – Shawnee, Oklahoma

“This skimmer is so simple and sweet. I wish I would have thought of it!” – Kent Wallace, Living Water Solutions – Las Vegas, Nevada

“I think you have a real winner in this skimmer!” “I can hardly wait to get my hands on them!” – Mike White, White Water Filters – Batavia, Illinois

“We’re super impressed with the performance of The Helix Skimmer on our pond!” “I’m excited to offer this clever & innovative new product to our customer base” “I have no doubt it will meet the demands of the discriminating buyer.” – Bill DeBrosky – In Motion Aquatics & Mystic Koi – Upland California

Get a Helix Pond Skimmer here: http://www.theponddigger.com/supplies/Skimmers-Fish-Friendly-Skimmers/c8_86/p831/The-HELIX-Pond-Skimmer/product_info.html

Pond Related MOLD Hits Southern California

Pond Related MOLD Hits Southern California

Heads up all you pond peoples! We landed our MOLD from the tooling company for The Pond Digger Brand Skimmer late last night as scheduled! The MOLD is being seasoned as we speak and it looks like we are right on target to REVEAL the first skimmer off the production line at this week’s Pond Contractor Focus Group!

MARCH TEN, TWENTY TWELVE’S Pond Contractor Focus Group will be anything and everything about POND SKIMMERS! Expect to be deep in discussion about skimming ponds.

Which manufactured brand pond skimmers have you installed?
Which brand pond skimmer is your favorite?
What brand skimmer is your least favorite?
Which skimmer holds the most debris?
Which skimmer installs the fastest?
Which skimmer is the most cost effective?

We will be discussing all the pros and cons of pond skimmers in the market place today. I plan to cover pond skimming philosophies, pond skimmer speed limits, installation tips, installation tricks, both basic & advanced plumbing techniques and I will show you how to run a super efficient pond skimmer with only 40 watts of energy! See how we’re running pond skimmers with flow rates up to 6000 gallons per hour with the use of an air pump!

This is not just a ME TO SKIMMER. Expect the unexpected. Don’t expect another skimmer box like the dozen other pond skimmers on the market today. I’m confident The Pond Digger Brand skimmer will stand up as a leading brand in the industry.

Very Special Thanks to Both Mike White and Kent Wallace for data and support in critical pieces in the design of this skimmer.

See you Saturday, March 10, 2012!!

Focus on Business Fundamentals once a month with Eric Triplett

Plan on meeting up at The Pond Digger headquarters the Second Saturday of every month bright and early for round table training sessions. Collaborate with other landscape contractors on how to grow your business. Focus on your business for 2 hours uninterrupted each month with a group of guys dedicated to improving their businesses.

We shut off the phones; grab a cup of coffee and talk about marketing, bidding, business and much more. We’ll get down to the basics but plan on bending your mind and learning about new products and sharing ideas to grow your business.

What you can expect. Good conversation, product reviews, manufacturer discounts, gift certificates, guest speakers, training, training and more training. Let’s learn together. Let’s grow together.

LOCATION:
The Pond Digger Headquarter
31710 Dunlap Blvd.
Yucaipa, Ca 92399
(800) 522-5043

DATE: March 10th, 2012

TIME: 7am to 9am

DOOR PRIZE: Someone at this month’s focus group will receive a Pond Digger Skimmer as a Door Prize!

BREAKFAST:
Served between 8am and 9am – We will be BBQing sausage breakfast sandwiches on the Weber Charcoal Grill!

RSVP:
Not mandatory to RSVP I know how contractors get busy. Just show up if you want but if you call or email to let us know you’ll be showing up we won’t run out of coffee and breakfast sandwiches.

Eric Triplett
The Pond Digger

Four Spring Pond Care Essentials Every Pond Needs Annually!

Understanding Spring Pond Care

Spring is sneaking up on us quick this year! Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the outdoors and all the wonder and excitement of your beautiful pond again. That brings us to the topic of preparing your pond for spring. Mother Nature has a fantastic way of preparing her natural bodies of water for each new season by flooding waterways with fresh rains and melting snow, recycling old water out and refreshing it with new.

In your rock and gravel eco-system ponds this service needs to be provided manually on an annual basis to help maintain its balance. This means; you’ve got to get in there, drain the pond, rinse the gravel, remove any heavy debris that may have accumulated durinpg fall and while you’re at it, clean the biological waterfall filter, thin out your aquatic plants, and replace the light bulbs your underwater lighting systems, among other things; all while ensuring the safety of your fish and other pond inhabitants.

Advanced ponds with supped up life support systems including aeration systems, UV clarifiers, Bio-Mechanical filters, Back Flushable Waterfall Filters, bottom drains, settlement tanks and such, the SPRING POND CARE procedures are much less painful and cost substantially less than traditional rock and gravel eco-system ponds. However there are many chores that shouldn’t be overlooked like replacing UV bulbs and cleaning quartz sleeves, inspecting air intakes and diaphragms on your air pumps, and the list of to do’s and don’t goes on.

Four Spring Pond Care Essentials Your Pond Needs Annually!

1. Livestock Evaluation – It’s important to take a serious look at your fish population each and every year. It only takes about three years for a new pond owner to begin putting a strain on a pond’s life support system without even realizing it.

In the third year of pond ownership your Koi should start to put on some size (and mass) if you’re doing things right. A 26” Koi can have 8 times the body mass of a 13” Koi. Yes believe it or not, a Koi that doubles in length can put on 8 times the mass! Imagine the food consumption and waste byproduct produced if all the Koi in your pond were suddenly 26”? How would that affect your maintenance and water treatment routines?

Much to often a pond owner will continue to do the same routine from day one of their pond, in the 3rd, 4th and 5th year. This is when things can start to go really wrong. Evaluation your livestock population each spring so you can make minor or major adjustments each year and enjoy your Koi as they mature in to majestic beauties.

2. Water Treatment Evaluation – Beneficial Bacteria, Barley Straw Extract, Algae Fix, Koi Clay, Flocculant, Pond Salt, and the list goes on. What treatments are you doing and how often? I’ve evaluated ponds for clients and have found entire cabinets full of different water treatment products all being used at the same time! Find clarity in your water treatment selection and in turn find clarity in your pond.

If your pond is heavily populated you might find that increasing your beneficial bacteria doses will help manage your water quality. You might find that when your Koi attain 18” you can reduce algae care products because an 18” Koi can eat a serious amount of string algae!

Did you know the use a Flocculant or Koi Clay could improve your pond’s water clarity in a big way! Reviewing your water treatment usage each spring is a great way to make improvements in your water quality.

3. Review Feeding Schedule Routines, Serving Sizes and Total Annual Poundage – Give this one some thought; think back to when you pond was brand new when you first populated your pond with Koi. Do you remember how much fish food you went through in your first pond season? Your Koi where still a bit shy and they we only a few inches long.

Chances are, you went through a pound or two of food in that first season. As your pond matures, so do the Koi and in the second season you certainly doubled or tripled that amount of food offerings. Before you know it you are into your third season, your Koi are even bigger, eat much more than last year and to top it off have become sexually active!

By the fourth season your Koi are pushing 2’ long and have 50 or 60 offspring swimming around the pond and they’re eating you out of house and home. I actually have a client with a 6000-gallon pond that purchased 250 pounds of fish food last year! That’s crazy when you think about it! It’s important to realize massive jumps that can creep up on you and understand the demand this can have on your maintenance and water treatment routines.

4. Life Support System Inspection – Biological filters, UV filters, aeration systems, ion generators, sieve filters, settlement tanks, bottom drains, check valves, knife valves, 3-way valves, filter pads, skimmer nets & pads… Now take a deep breathe! Go about it one step at a time and evaluate each component of your life support system.

Ponds are exposed to a great deal each year with the seasonal changes, population explosions and such. I’ve seen bio-mechanical filters so overloaded with pond muck that they barely even worked, and the homeowner didn’t even realize it.

Replace UV lamps, repair diaphragms on air pumps, replace old filter pads on your mechanical filters, replace holey skimmer nets and lava rock media bags. You get the picture now, right? Do a physical inspection of your life support each spring and rest easy while enjoying your pond the rest of the year.

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has got to do it! It’s really not as hard as it sounds and for the “Down and Dirty”, do-it-yourselfers that are a little nervous, The Pond Digger will be hosting a FREE Spring Pond Care Seminar at our headquarters in March. Let us personally walk you through spring pond care procedures and other routine maintenance to build your confidence for this task.

If you don’t want to get your hands dirty then have no fear, The Pond Digger has started scheduling work orders for Spring Pond Care and we’ll be flooding into your neighborhood soon! That will leave more time for you to plant your annual spring flowers and prepare for the barbeque Pond Party planning for family and friends; don’t forget to send us an invitation, too!

I hope everyone has it figured it out by now; The Pond Digger is not your ordinary Landscape Contractor. We are fish freaks turned Landscape Contractor, and Landscape Contractor turned Pond Digger! We are constantly striving for excellence in our field with continuous research and development. This enables us to make educated improvements on our product line, thus helping you with the maintenance and health care concerns of your pond and it inhabitants.

Our efforts benefit you because we love to share our knowledge. 2007 was a benchmark year for The Pond Digger Waterscape Design & Construction Company. We debuted our very own line of PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH water treatments, and PREMIUM fish foods! Stay tuned as we reveal The Pond Digger Brand pond skimmer and waterfall filter this Spring!

To secure a spot on our clean out calendar contact our office at (800)-522-5043 to be placed on our waiting list. Be sure to leave a daytime number so that one of our maintenance techs can contact you to review your spring POND CARE work order if necessary.

We’ve worked hard to gain your business and we’re working even harder, to maintain it. The finest compliment we could ever receive is a referral from you! If your have neighbors, friends and family that are constantly at your place marveling over your pond, PLEASE give me their names so I can build one for them too and get them out of your hair!

Grow Out of Control Pond Algae

Grow Out of Control Pond Algae

Out of Control Algae is not hard to achieve. I’m talking about pond algae seriously taking over you pond. Beautiful, florescent green string algae so long and thick you could sell it to The Aliens for wigs!

Pond algae so out of control you can walk across the pond on algae is what I’m talking about! Are you jealous of someone you know with so much pond scum and algae that the Creature from the Black Lagoon might actually live in their pond ready to emerge from the depths to do some bodily damage to the neighborhood?

I can literally teach you how to grow such dark shades of suspended green single-cell algae that you can reduce the visibility in your pond to less than an inch, so you don’t even have to see your prized koi fish! Imagine a pond so dense with pond scum & algae that on a cool morning at the break of dawn you see steam rising from the pond!

Converting a crystal clear and clean pond to a pond dominated and controlled by algae does not take much work. In fact, several items on our list of the Top Ten Things you can do to promote out of control algae in your pond involve doing absolutely nothing at all!

The Top Ten List of things you can do to get the algae in your pond to grow out of control. Guaranteed!
1. OVERFEED YOUR FISH! This is one really fun thing you can do to toss your pond out of balance real quick and promote the growth of some out of control algae. Feed you fish massive quantities of fish food three, four, five times a day. In fact leave the fish food in an easily accessible location right next to the pond so it’s easy for your family and friends to overfeed the fish too!
If you’re going away for the weekend, feed your fish EXTRA before you leave and then EXTRA when you get back. After you finish feeding the fish each morning toss a couple more random handfuls of fish food into the pond so the fish have something to eat while you’re at work. In fact, the more uneaten fish food you have floating around in the pond the better if you are looking to promote the growth of pond algae.
2. OVERSTOCK YOUR POND with Koi, mosquito fish, turtles, goldfish, tadpoles, frogs and hope for babies! This is also extremely fun to do! Buy as many fish as you think your pond can support and then buy a few more for good measure! No one likes a pond with a conservative amount of fish in the pond, right! Over stock it!
When you finally do have hundreds of baby fish in your pond commit to not giving away any of them! Name each and everyone of the baby fish! The more fish the better for promoting a great environment for pond algae that is difficult to manage!

3. DON’T DO WATER CHANGES! If you follow through with step one and two you will be promoting amazingly poor water quality. By NOT performing any water changes, algae will go crazy! String alga is one of Mother Nature’s ways of trying to manage water quality. If you do water changes you will be reducing phosphates and nitrates.

Pond Algae is dependant on phosphates and nitrates for optimal growth and vibrant color. If you get in a little routine and start actually doing small water changes on a monthly basis your water quality would constantly be improving and pond algae would be sad, so don’t do water changes if you are looking to grow fantastic pond algae!
4. DON’T CLEAN YOUR FILTERS! Ignore, neglect, forget, avoid, overlook, and or pay absolutely NO attention to your pond filters! Filters capture and collect pond scum, debris and muck. If you clean your filters regularly you will be reducing the necessary fuel to grow luscious pond algae.
5. DON’T INSTALL A POND SKIMMER ON YOUR POND! Pond skimmers capture surface debris in your pond, including but not limited to leaves, pollen, dust, uneaten fish food and other suspended organic debris. If you don’t have a skimmer then these excess organics will have the opportunity to become water logged, sink to the bottom of the pond and become FUEL for your beloved pond algae.
6. DO NOT INSTALL AQUATIC PLANTS! If you want The Swamp Thing Monster to come and live in your pond, DO NOT put aquatic plants in your pond and you will grow pond algae like crazy! Aquatic plants consume nitrates and excess nutrients in your pond. If you have a nice balance of aquatic plants in your pond then how in the world do you plan on growing massive quantities of string algae? The aquatic plants will be competing with your pond algae for fuel!
7. DON’T BLOCK THE SUN! Provide your pond with as much sun as possible! Algae love the sun so if you are looking to grow top quality pond algae then bring on the sun! No shade trees, no water lilies or floating aquatic plants! More sun equals a warmer pond and the warmer the water the better your algae will grow!
8. FEED DIRT CHEAP KOI FOOD! That’s right; don’t feed a real deal premium fish food to your koi if you want to grow pond algae like crazy! Buy the cheapest fish food you can get your hands on. You know the cheap koi food that sometimes clouds the water when you over feed your pond. Get the cheap koi STICKS that crush in your fingers like Cheetos. The floating koi sticks get wet & gooey when the koi chew them up and the food ends up squirting out their gills during feeding and the remnants of the koi stick goo end up on the bottom of your pond where pond algae can start to use it to grow like crazy!
9. TURN YOUR PUMPS OFF AT NIGHT! Oh this is a good one if you want to grow the best pond algae on the planet! You see when your filters are running on your pond they become a living organism that helps you manage pristine conditions in your water quality. When you turn your filter pumps off in the evening then the living filter dies. In the morning when you turn your pumps and filters back on you will be pumping all the DEAD organics from the filters into the pond and your pond algae will love it! Each morning your filter will try and regenerate into a living organism but by turning your pumps and filters off each night then you will never truly have a living & breathing life support system to combat algae.

10. DO STEPS 1 THROUGH 9 ALL AT ONCE and I promise you will grow the most amazing pond algae the planet has ever seen!

If you wish to thank me for sharing my successful recipes for growing the ultimate out of control algae, please send photos of you and your algae. Your success is my reward!

Dangerous Rules: How Many Koi Can I Have In My Pond?

Beware of the Dangerous Rules Of Thumb surrounding this question.

How Many Koi Can You Have In Your Pond?

This is certainly one of the first questions we inevitably get from new pond owners. Rules of Thumb are great to put you in the ballpark but they really shouldn’t be taken as the end all final decision. I hear this DANGEROUS old RULE OF THUMB from the aquarium hobby brought over to the pond world on occasion. “You can have 1” of fish for every gallon of water.”
Well, that’s great if you have a ten-gallon aquarium with 10 neon tetras and that’s great if you have a ten-gallon pond with ten mosquito fish. Not a good rule of thumb if you have a sixty-gallon aquarium with two 30” Koi! Or in the pond world that translates to thirty-three 30” koi in a 1000-gallon pond. Even a new pond enthusiast knows that’s ridiculously over crowded and a disaster waiting to happen.

So let’s get down to a RULE OF THUMB you can use to help you stock your pond and then we’ll review a few things to help keep you grounded when using a RULE OF THUMB.
If you are consulting with a high-end Koi keeper you will hear rules like one female Koi for every 1000- gallons of water in your pond or one male Koi for every 500 gallons of pond water. For those of you new to the hobby the female Koi gets much larger than the male fish and has much more body mass. This may seem radically conservative to the person that just spend a ton of money installing a 3000-gallon pond in their backyard. That translates to 3 female Koi or 6 male Koi for that 3000-gallon pond.
For most people, limiting yourself to one Koi per 250 gallons of pond water is still conservative assuming you have a quality life support system on the pond and you aren’t opposed to some routine maintenance. Cleaning skimmers, pre-filters and doing water changes would be a standard practice. That translates to twelve LARGE Koi in a 3000-gallon pond and since I don’t recommend even numbers in a Koi pond then your target would be eleven Koi in 3000 gallons of pond water.
Buying koi, especially if you are new to the hobby, is a ton of fun and can be incredibly addicting! Taking into consideration the average family with Mom, Dad, and a three pack if kiddios. Everyone wants to pick out a few of his or her favorites. Before you know it you have 25 or 30 small koi in your 2000-gallon pond.
That should be fine for a couple of years when the Koi are young but then all of a sudden you are grossly overstocked with to many fish. Algae is growing like crazy, the pre-filters need to be cleaned everyday or they stop working and the filters are not keeping up with the amount of fish poop! Let’s do the math using our conservative rule of thumb suggesting one Koi for every 250 gallons of well filtered & maintained pond water. A 2500-gallon pond translates to 10 full-grown Koi and you have 30! Obvious Solution – Get rid of 20 koi or build a bigger pond. Try telling the kids you are getting rid of their favorite Koi.
If you are starting with small Koi remember they will get big and it really doesn’t take that long. In just two or three years you’ll have a hefty size herd of Koi mobbing around your pond. In my travels I’ve come across a great deal of over crowded ponds with unhappy Koi. One of the worst I’ve seen was a 350-gallon pond with 13 very large adult Koi. It’s not pretty! In fact it was a rescue mission. Don’t put yourself or your Koi in that position.
Here’s a fun fact to help you wrap your arms around the demands of large Koi. A 13” Koi weights approximately 1 lb. Guess what a 26” Koi tips the scales at. Approximately 13lbs! When Koi double in size you are looking at tenfold increase in body mass! That’s an incredible burden on a pond’s life support system!
I can give you a rule of thumb to get you in the ballpark but I can’t express to you enough, the importance of a solid life support system for your pond. Now go do the math on your pond and tell me how your Koi Herd stacks up to this rule of thumb. One Koi per 250 gallons of well filtered and maintained Pond Water.

Eric Triplett
The Pond Digger

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