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4 Spring Pond Care Essentials Every Pond Needs!!

4 Spring Pond Care Essentials Every Pond Needs!!

Understanding Spring Pond Care

Spring is jumping 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.

clean out the pond muckIn 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 during 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 suped 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 Saturday, March 25th!

FREE Spring Pond Care Seminar

Saturday, March 25th
9 am – 12 pm (noon)
@ The Pond Digger HQ:
31710 Dunlap Blvd
Yucaipa, CA 92399

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.

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!

 

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Life is Short, Enjoy Koi!

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9 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Built My First Pond

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9 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Built My First Pond

People are always saying, “If I knew then what I know now…” This statement was never more true than in the world of ponds. If you are considering building a pond, read these helpful tips we’ve heard hundreds of times from our clients. Maybe they can help keep you from saying, “If only I’d known….”

1. I wish I would’ve known how much I love it I want to go bigger


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About 35% of our business is actually making ponds bigger for clients. Not only if you have more pond, do you have less weeds, but you also have less grass or other plants to water. Though ponds evaporate a little, they use up to 75% less water than the same footprint of lawn! Help with the drought, build a bigger pond!

2. I wish I would’ve known friendly the fish are, I want more

This common occurrence also results in needing a larger pond. The fish are soooo friendly, eating right out of your hand and even letting people pick them up, that everyone wants more!

3. I wish I would’ve known how many colors of lilies there are

Lilies are the ultimate pond plant. If you have a pond, you must have a water lily. The PROBLEM is, there are dozens of colors of lilies. In order to have room for every color of lily you want, you may need a bigger pond!

4. I wish I would’ve known about floating stepping stones

There are many cool features you can add to a pond, but floating steps are one of the most amazing ones, in my opinion. When you are out in the middle of the pond, surrounded by the clear, clean water, with dozens of fish begging for food, and lilies blooming away, you are transported to another world. It is an experience that once people have, they want in their own yard. So they need a bigger pond.

Are you sensing a theme yet?



5. I wish I would’ve known how much my family loves it

I’ve had many clients tell me that they are so pleased that their wife/husband and kids spend more time with them because they are relaxing by the pond together. It’s pretty cool to hear, and now they need a bigger pond.

6. I wish I would’ve known how big koi get

Koi get HUGE!!! They can easily reach a length of 28″-30″ with a breadth equivalent to a dinner plate!!! Imagine that swimming around in a little 11′ X 16′ pond. You’re gonna need a bigger pond.

7. I wish I would’ve known about Helix Pond Filtration

I have clients dreaming of the ease of maintenance Helix Life Support offers you. No dragging out heavy bags of lava rock that can tear and spill everywhere, or fighting with unwieldy pads full of decaying algae and fish waste. Helix has simple cleaning routines that don’t even require getting your hands wet, much less dirty. People love it. They want a bigger pond.

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8. I wish I would’ve known that you travel to build ponds

The Pond Digger has built ponds in nearly half of the state’s across the US, including Hawaii. After spending weeks or months of blood, sweat, and tears, building their dream pond, clients say if they had known Eric traveled to build ponds, they would’ve had him flown out to build their pond. And they would’ve made it bigger.

9. I wish I would’ve known about dojos and hi-fin banded sharks

After seeing the cool varieties of fish besides koi and goldfish that can live in a pond, people wish they had made their pond bigger so they could put more fish in.

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Horses, Ponds, and Potato Chips

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Horses, Ponds, and Potato Chips

Here I go again, off on some crazy tangent, right? Horses and ponds have NOTHING in common! But I think they do. Let me know your thoughts.

Horses are like potato chips, you can’t have just one. You start off with a pony, then outgrow him so you have to get a trail horse. Then you decide you want to compete in horse shows, so you need a fancy show horse. Then you decide you want to do dressage….it goes on, but I’ll stop. 😉

AND SO IT BEGINS…..

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When it comes to ponds, people often start off with the Home Depot starter kit. It’s the equivalent of a pony.

A little pond to get your feet wet, barely large enough to house a few goldfish and a water lily, and BAM!!! You’re hooked like a trout on a line.

You love the gorgeous colors of the lilies, the friendly fish begging for food when you come home from work, the peaceful sound of the little waterfall lulling you to dreamland every night. It’s amazing, and suddenly your new, favorite hobby.

MR. UPGRADE

Very quickly, you outgrow this little pony, and it’s time to move on to a nice safe trail horse.

horse-faceYou build, or have built: a new pond big enough to house koi, (potato chips in their own right), plant 3 or 4 lilies; and begin to drive your friends and family crazy with non-stop koi pond talk and photos of your new obsession.

GETTING CRAZY

Now, you discover KOI SHOWS!!! How cool is it to be able to show off your gorgeous fish and hang out with other koi enthusiasts who, just like you, can spend hours talking about the ever changing color of their Shiro Utsuri.

Your family breathes a sigh of relief as you traipse off to a new show every month, and cease to plague them with “My koi is so cool” stories.

This means, you guessed it, a whole new fancy koi pond, for your fancy show koi.

horse-mouthSix feet deep, with bottom drains, external filters, UV for clarity, and the peaceful hum of the pumps that keep your precious wet pets alive, lulling you to sleep at night.

So, you see, much like horses, the obsession with koi can change your life.

If you have any horse-crazy people in your life that you think are just plain nuts, consider you may now be the crazy koi guy, spending hours consuming The Pond Digger YouTube videos like other people watch Netflix.

If YouTube isn’t enough, you can find daily pond pro tips from Eric on SnapChat, FaceBook, and Instagram. Embrace your obsession and have fun.

See Eric speak, LIVE, at the Inland Koi Club meeting , Sunday September 28th in Yucaipa California!!!!

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3 Mistakes Architects Make When Designing Ponds

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3 Mistakes Architects Make When Designing Ponds

Architects really know their stuff when it comes to buildings, but ponds are definitely one of their weak spots when it comes to design, equipment, and circulation.

The real first mistake they make is not having a pond builder in their back pocket for design questions. If they consulted a pond builder during the designing phase of a project, these 3 big mistakes could be easily avoided.

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Architects are known for making beautiful curving, edges that make very cool nooks and crannies which become debris catchers.

The most beautiful lagoon looking ponds with hidden spot back in the trees and bushes create a pond builder’s nightmare.

The builder must then come in and find a way to filter these nooks and crannies. While it is possible using multiple skimmers, that can drive the price up significantly.

Multiple skimmers could also mean more pumps are needed, driving the cost up further, along with a crazy electric bill later on.

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Fluid dynamics are something architects frequently overlook also.

They don’t take into consideration that the water in a pond needs to flow a particular way in order for filters, and especially skimmers to pick debris from the pond.

When that flow is interrupted, the debris will settle to the pond floor, creating a mucky mess that you must remove by hand later on.

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When an architect designs a pool, they are typically very familiar with the equipment used, and spec accordingly.

The pond industry makes this difficult as there are no real standards, so architects are forced to guess.

When the pond builder shows up on the scene, the space left for pond equipment can be undersized, forcing us to invade space designated for something else, or stick equipment right out in plain view, mucking up an otherwise lovely view.

PLANNING YOUR DREAM POND

If you have an architect drawing up plans for your house, insure they are connected with a well trained pond builder that will help make your dream pond possible, while avoiding these simple mistakes.

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How Saving $$$$ Could be Costing You Time

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How Saving $$$$ Could be Costing You Time

Some people have more time than money, and some people have more money than time. In today’s world, you’re always paying with one or the other.

When it comes to choosing a pump for your pond, the same old rules apply, do you want to spend more time working on it, or more money?

Submersible pumps have been used with fish for decades.

In aquariums the pump of choice for time, practically immemorial, has been mag drive pumps. These pumps can be used in ponds as well though, given the right circumstances.

In the pond world, typically direct drive pumps are used. Knowing the differences between these pumps, will help you choose the pump that is right for you.

DIRECT DRIVE PUMPS

A direct drive pump is a powerhouse of a pump. It can push a big volume of water a long distance, or a great height. Sometimes both!

It works sort of like a garbage disposal, using an impeller to sort of grind the water up into the main shaft and push it out of the pump with tremendous force.

If leaves, twigs, or other small debris are caught up in this cyclone, they are ground up into so much small grunge and driven into the filter where they are captured for later removal during filter cleaning.

The impeller is stationary, because you don’t need to take it out for cleaning. Some direct drive pumps need to be oiled occasionally.

Direct drive pumps do use a lot of electricity to fuel their tremendous power. Here in California, that tends to be a cause for concern as our electrical rates continue to climb exponentially each year.

One interesting aspect is direct drive pumps do not do well without a good head pressure (force or friction causing them to work harder) because the motor will spin too fast and burn the pump out early. This incidentally also causes the pump to use more electricity before it finally expires.

A larger pond, or a taller waterfall typically call for a direct drive pump as bigger features want more water movement. A direct drive pump does run a little hotter than a mag drive, so a small pond could run too warm with a direct drive.

MAG DRIVE PUMPS

A mag drive pump is a magnetic body with a magnetic impeller in the middle of it. The outer body makes the impeller turn using a magnetic force, similar to when you were a kid playing with little hand magnets that would attract or repel another magnet depending on the direction they were facing. The turning impeller pulls the water through the pump.

These pumps tend be less expensive than direct drives, and use less electricity. They do not have the power of direct drives though, so you will find that they can not push water as high, or as far.

DO I HAVE TIME, OR DO I HAVE MONEY?

Here is where the “Time or Money” aspect comes in. The mag drive pumps, while initially costing less, and running for a bit less per month, require regular maintenance from you to keep them running.

Dust, and small unicellular algae, along with string algae, sticks, and leaves can bind up between the two magnets of the motor, causing the pump to overheat and eventually fail.

In order to prevent this, after installing one of these pumps, it should be checked at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months to assess debris buildup.

At whatever point you begin to notice muck on the impeller, you know you should back track by a month, and set that as your routine cleaning time.

So, if you check the pump at 3 and 6 months and it’s fine, but at 9 months there is sludge, then you should clean the pump at least every 8 months. This cleaning schedule can be as frequent as every couple of months in very dusty areas like deserts or areas with high winds. It might be much less in a small sheltered courtyard.

Also, if your waterfall is small, you should typically use a mag drive pump because they like the lower head pressure that a shorter fall creates.

One more point on a mag drive. Sometimes, (but not always) when mag drives fail, the impeller can be replaced, bringing the pump back from the dead, so to say. This can be a very inexpensive way to learn the “I need to clean this pump more” lesson. Once a direct drive pump dies, its done for good.

Leslie Triplett, The Pond Gal

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The ONLY 3 Fundamentals All Koi Experts Can Agree On

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If you were getting ready to build a koi pond, and you wanted the opinion of the top 10 koi pond builders around the world, you would get 10, or possibly 11 different answers.

They have different ideas for filters, returns, where to UV or to not UV, pond skimmer selection, size, or depth!

You name it, every choice could be different for every builder.

We understand this can be confusing for someone just getting into the hobby, and amidst the debating and arguing, we would like to show you what all KOI EXPERTS actually do agree on; which quite frankly, is not much.

1. GET OUT THE WASTE

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The first thing is to “REMOVE ALL ORGANIC WASTE FROM THE POND.”

By organics, I mean fish poop, excess fish food, leaves, pollen, dust, and anything else that is floating (or sinking) around in your pond.

Now, of course they may not agree on the BEST METHOD of removal, but they want that stuff out of the pond.

A few methods of removing the organics from the pond are skimmers, and bottom drains.

When debris hits the surface, good skimming will pull it out of the pond and into the skimmer 24/7.

If you have debris trying to settle on the pond’s floor, then a bottom drain can be installed, which will pull stuff out 24/7 also.

Another alternative if you don’t have a bottom drain, is to vacuum the pond on a weekly or biweekly basis.

2. SEPARATE SOLIDS

The next point the top koi experts in the world will all agree on is to “Separate solids before filtration.”

There are a few ways to do this too, so of course there is plenty of room for disagreement.

One spot to separate solids is between the pump and the bottom drain. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.

There are settlement tanks, a large chamber the water swirls around in before it is pulled through the pump that allows solids to “fall out” of suspension. Then you empty the sludgey muck out of the bottom of the tank on a routine basis.

Then there are sieves. A sieve has an area where the water slowly pours over a fine screen to catch the debris out of the water before it goes to the pump. The screen can then be cleaned to remove captured debris as needed.

Another place to separate solids is between the pump and the filter. A small unit relatively speaking called a “multi-cyclone” that swirls the water in a chamber so the solids can spin out of suspension. The unit can then be cleaned of the captured waste.

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3. NITRIFY THE WATER

The last point all koi experts will agree on, although not how to do it, is “nitrifying” or filtering the water before it is sent back to the pond.

After the water is pulled from the pond, and goes through the pump, before it goes back in to the pond, it needs to be cleaned and purified for the fish.

There are many ways to do this including but not limited too, waterfall filters, pressurized filters, up flow filters, down flow filters, shower filters, and more. The list goes on and on.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Now that you understand the three fundamentals that all koi experts will agree on, you can evaluate your personal koi pond and/or you can decide on how you might want to accomplish each of these important steps on that new dedicated koi ponds you are planning to build!

Of course if you are looking to ask 10 experts for a design we would love to provide you with one of the 11….

Life is Short, Enjoy Koi!

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YouTube Video Workshop

YouTube Video Training – Pond Contractor Focus Group

Did you know that YOUTUBE is the #2 Search Engine in the world? That’s right! YouTube is second to the One and only Google! What does that mean to you and your pond business?

It means, when someone is considering a new pond, a pond rebuild, a pond service, pond maintenance, pond supplies or anything pond related for that matter, there is a HUGE opportunity to get in front of consumers looking for help!

Our construction team and retail location get a ton of business from our video efforts on YouTube. Our Subscribers are BIG FANS of the content we provide and THANK US profusely for uploading videos that help them improve their experiences with water gardening and Koi ponds.

Our Focus the second Saturday of January 2013 will be “HOW TO DIRECT A VIDEO FOR YOUTUBE! We’re not gonna waste anyone’s valuable time going over reasons why you need to be on YouTube! We’re going to show you how to DIRECT the video!

What time of day! What Content! What Lighting! What to wear! What to Say! How to say it! How to close it! How to Flow it! This is HUGE! The TIPS and TRICKS you’ll learn at this Pond Contractor Focus Group will have a massive impact on your video efforts! I GUARANTEE IT!

I’ve got my iPhone all rigged up to a tripod with an upgraded camera lens ready for the video shoot at the Pond Contractor Focus Group this Saturday!

SUBSCRIBE to the Pond Digger YouTube Channel with over 2,000,000 views for more informational videos about ponds and water gardens

DATE: Jan. 12th, 2013

TIME: 7am to 9am

LOCATION:

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

BREAKFAST:
Served between 8am and 9am – We will be BBQing sausage and egg 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.

ATTENTION Pond Contractors – 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’ grow together.

Eric Triplett
The Pond Digger

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

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