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4 Simple Tricks To A Beautiful Pond

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4 Simple Tricks To A Beautiful Pond

Too much food, too many fish, no water changes, and poor filtration are the main reasons ponds get a bad reputation. Ugly, smelly, green, or with a ton of algae, these problems are easily solved with a few simple changes.

Getting clean, clear water is easy if you have a few important pieces of equipment, and some simple, routine maintenance tricks in place.

FILTRATION

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Make sure you have enough filtration for the size pond you have. When I say enough, I really mean, add more…..more is better….basically, you can never get enough filtration.

Keep in mind that pond filters are designed to support the amount of fish life your pond is SUPPOSED to have. You and I both know, your pond, my pond, her pond, his pond, has waaaaay too many fish.

First, when it comes to filtration, you must understand this, if a filter says it is for a 3000 gallon pond, the manufacturer is expecting you to have about 6 koi in that 3000 gallon pond, so that filter is for a 3000 gallon pond with SIX koi. See what I mean?

Put filters on there like to support the quantity of koi you KNOW you will put in your pond, and then CLEAN them.

Don’t wait for the little light to tell you it’s time to clean.

Don’t do it once a month because someone told you.

Don’t wait until the pump slows down because the filter is clogged.

Clean it often. Test your routine by occasionally cleaning the filter between the normal cleaning times that you’ve set up, and see if the water comes out dirty. If it does, step up your routine.skimmer-dog

USE A SKIMMER

Plus, put a skimmer on your pond. If you have a pump in the bottom of the pond, it pulls every bit of debris that hits your pond’s surface directly to the bottom of the pond. Then all that debris sits there and decays. Does that make sense?

A pump in the bottom of the pond means your pond is designed to collect debris at the bottom.

A pump in a skimmer pulls the debris in to the skimmer into some kind of handy little device that allows you to take it out of the pond, and put it in the mulch pile.

AVOID OVERCROWDING and OVERFEEDING

You and I both know that we have too many fish in our pond, and we feed them more than we should. I mean, they’re so cute when they’re begging and sucking on your fingers or toes, you just can’t help it.

So, the first step is when your pond is full, and you know you shouldn’t put any more fish in there, stop putting fish in there. Just say no.

Don’t put yourself in the path of temptation!

Stay away from the fish that are for sale when you buy your koi food. Get your food, and go home.

The next step is to try to feed only what your fish need to thrive, and not what your heart wants to feed them.

The general rule of thumb is, the amount of food that they can consume in just a minute or two, or the equivalent amount of food to the size of their eyeball. I know that just freaked you out. I like feeding my fish too.

These are the toughest things to overcome, but if you succeed, your water quality will show it, in a good way.

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WATER CHANGES

The last tip is to do frequent water changes. Not the whole pond, not even half, but the equivalent of 10-20% on a monthly basis divided into small weekly portions will have a startling affect on your water clarity and cleanliness.

If your pond is 1000 gallons, try doing a 50 gallon water change every week.

See, that’s not much, you very likely can do this much simply when cleaning the filters correctly, and in the right time frame.

I’ve seen some grossly under filtered, crazily overcrowded, insanely overfed ponds in amazing shape due to regular water changes. It’s almost shocking.

These simple little changes will create a huge difference in your pond, and you will be back to loving it before you know it.

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5 Simple Steps To Prep Your Pond For Winter

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5 Simple Steps To Prep Your Pond For Winter

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WINTER PREP

Winter is coming. That chill is in the air, crockpots are coming out of cupboards, and the barbecues are getting packed away. People are thinking turkey, sleigh bells, and “Auld Lang Syne”.

The pond plants are fading, turning brown and melting away for their winter slumber. Koi and goldfish are slowing down, parked on the bottom of the pond, dreaming of warmer days.

Before we get too far into winter, here are a few tips to help prepare your pond for a simpler seasonal transition next spring.

TRIM BACK ALL PLANTS

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As the plants begin to turn brown, and their leaves fall in to the water, they are brewing up next spring’s algae. Make your life simpler by cutting back all the summer plants before they die back.

Trim off all the remaining leaves and toss them in to your mulch pile. Leave the pots submerged, and your favorite blooms will be back in full force come spring time.

EMPTY THE SKIMMER BASKET

Fall is the most challenging time for your pond. Leaves dropping non stop can fill your pond with debris.

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Make sure you are cleaning your skimmer basket daily during fall, and remember to check a couple of times weekly during winter to keep your skimmer working at it’s best.

Until your trees are bare, adding a net cover to help with severe leaf drop is a great idea, and can help reduce your work load, and keep your skimmer from clogging.

CLEAN THE FILTERS

Make sure your filters are clean and pristine before winter. Even if your are in a climate that doesn’t freeze, you are probably not as likely to spend as much time tinkering with your pond as summertime months allow.

It is especially important if you have to shut your pond down for winter, to clean the filter out thoroughly before you close it down.

All that debris that the filter has so diligently captured, will harden into your media over winter, and then begin to decay next spring when the filter is running and it gets wet again.

That freshly released decaying debris will cause excessive ammonia and nitrite in your pond, causing a ton of undesirable algae to pop up next spring.

TREAT WITH BENEFICIAL BACTERIA

Before your water temperatures drop below 60 degrees, make sure you do an extra heavy dose or two of beneficial bacteria.

This will help eat down any debris that has settled in to your rocks, gravel, or planting media.

When spring rolls around, these areas should already be fairly clean, You’ll be six steps ahead right off the bat!

LIGHTS

If you are in an area where you can keep your pond running, check all your lights before it gets too cold to get in the water.

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Shorter days mean more evening hours of pond adventure, lights make a world of difference. Especially if it is already dark by the time you get off work, and night time is the right time for you to view your pond.

If you wait until December, even a wet-suit may not be enough to get you to crawl in that frigid water!

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Attendees FLOOD The Helix Pond Skimmer Booth

The Pond Digger & The Helix Pond Skimmer traveled to Shawnee, OK in February to learn & TEACH at the 2013 Water Garden Expo. Networking with a couple hundred pond contractors from across the nation is a sure fire way to soak up a ton of knowledge and get super charged for a new year!

The Water Garden Expo was a GREAT event with over 21 educational seminars geared towards The Pond Digging business and one very special Pond Contractor Focus Group on How to Direct & Produce a YouTube Video hosted by our own; Eric Triplett, The Pond Digger himself!

With the momentum of The Helix Pond Skimmer capturing the renowned award of POND PRODUCT OF THE YEAR in November of 2012 by Pond Trade Magazine, The Helix Display Booth was crowded non-stop!!!!

“Chin in Hand” was a popular pose at The Helix Booth as attendees witnessed the LIVE working Pond Skimmer Demo. To see photos or read about The Helix Pond Skimmer is one thing, but to see it in action, live and in person is an awakening!

Watch this Video to witness The Helix Pond Booth in action at the WGE show, Produced and Directed By The Pond Digger. The Helix Pond Skimmer Booth

The Water Garden Expo attendance has grown by leaps and bounds each year over the last decade and will no doubt become a staple “GO TO EVENT” in the pond industry for many years to come.

With Industry leaders and pond building veterans like Greg Wittstock – The Pond Guy, Rick Bartel, Mike White, Demi Fortuna, Jake Langeslag, Tim Trammel, Michael Northway, Benjamin Timmermans and Carl Petite – The Pond Product Review Guy just to name a few, making their way to The Water Garden Expo you know something special is going on!

Have a look at Benjamin Timmermans of Liquid Landscapes very first video shoot as he installs The Helix Pond Skimmer on a display pond at the Pond Pro Shop in Shawnee, OK. Video Produced and Directed by Eric Triplett, The Pond Digger.

Here are some quotes we got from visitors to The Helix Pond Skimmer Booth!

  • “This is not another BLACK BOX! The Helix Pond Skimmer is the next generation. We have to evolve” – Rocke Huntington, The Pond Dragon – Lincoln, NE
  • “Finally something different!” – Jason Blake – The Pond Guy – Romeo, MI
  • “The Helix is FREAKING CRAZY!” – Benjamin Timmermans – Liquid Landscape, Ashville, North Carolina
  • “I’m fascinated by The Helix Pond Skimmer.” – Jim Kennedy – National Pond Service – Canandaigua, NY
  • I asked John Eccles of Shades of Green Landscaping out of Harrah, OK, “Tell me any doubts you have about The Helix Skimmer, I want to address them.” He says to me, “I have NO doubts!”
  • “I’ve always been a big fan of the No-Niche style pond skimmer.” “I’m really fond of this new skimmer and I believe they will sell themselves.” – Mike Miller – Pond Pro Shop – Shawnee, OK
  • And my personal favorite! “WOW! THE HELIX POND SKIMMER IS HOTTER THAN DONUT GREASE.” – Conrad Kleinhoz – Kleinholz Koi Farm – Stillwater, OK

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