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3 Horrible DIY Pond Builder Mistakes

3 Horrible DIY Pond Builder Mistakes

According to The Pond Digger, These Are The Most Dangerous DIY Pond Builder Mistakes

We spend a great deal of time helping Do-It-Yourselfers design and build their dream ponds. Its a great job, and the reward of seeing people get their hands dirty bringing their dreams to fruition is priceless. When we get pictures of clients standing next to their completed projects, with that ear to ear grin, so proud of the beautiful thing they have created with their own blood, sweat, and tears, it is the ultimate reward.

On the flip side, one of the most challenging conversations we handle, on the daily, is helping the DIYer with their problematic pond because they started their project without professional guidance. My husband, Eric Triplett, The Pond Digger spends a great deal of time with weekend warriors in their backyards after the fact. Wouldn’t you prefer to have Eric in your backyard before you start the project for pre-pond build guidance rather than after your project for post-pond build guidance?

Here is are the three most common DIY Pond Builder mistakes we experience on a regular basis.

1. FRANKENPONDS!!!

People see lots of ideas on the internet. They like a certain skimmer, the water clarity on this system, they want a bottom drain, plants, no gravel on the bottom, but gravel on the shelves, (WHAT??!!?!) purple elephants, pixies spreading wildflowers, and then they want all this random equipment they’ve gathered to function perfectly together.

They basically pull equipment they like, out of different pond set ups they like, smoosh it all together, and hope it will all work. By mixing parts of successful recipes for pond construction they are creating dysfunctional systems, just like Dr Frankenstein did in Mary Shelley’s novel.

The results are often as devastating for the pond owner and their fish, as they were for Dr Frankenstein, resulting in high ammonia, not enough oxygen, poor circulation, no water clarity, and out of control algae!

Pick a pond build recipe that works, and stick to it.

2. JUST ENOUGH INFO TO BE DANGEROUS.

At the beginning of their project, these weekend warriors spend their time researching all things pond, so they can be informed when it comes time to purchase the kit from us. The challenge of separating the wheat from the chaff of info on the ‘net in the pond world, is just like everything else on the internet. There is just too much, and soon enough, you must stop or lose your mind.

Now they are diving in without enough info to achieve the goals and expectations they have for their pond.

I recently had a DIY pond guy decide he would build a pond just like Eric did on Snapchat.

When he sent me his pond size, and equipment list, I had to put on the brakes.

While the components he had were generally correct, they were not correctly sized for his feature.

He would have been sorely disappointed with his results, because he thought he knew what he needed, but didn’t understand the specifications.

That’s okay though, I’m here to help.

3. GO BIG OR GO HOME.

Not just a suggestion, but akin to a command, maybe with a little less force. 😉 Reconsider your size.

Not going big enough in the first place accounts for over 30% of The Pond Digger Construction projects, because the homeowner didn’t want to get crazy and build a lake in their yard. I’m telling you, get crazy. In about a heartbeat, that 8 x 11 pond will be looking small.

You’re going to want to start with 3 or 4 koi, then someone gives you their koi because they are moving away, then you get a koi for your birthday, then you go to a show, and pick up a super cool koi like you’ve never seen before, suddenly your koi spawn and you want to keep the babies, and then…..you can see where I’m going here, right?

Don’t forget, these are living, breathing, critters that GROW. So, you bought 4 cute little six inchers, that are now a whopping 24 inches, and that’s not even counting the motley crew that were added by circumstance. See? Your pond is too small.

Just go big in the beginning, it will save you in the end.

Do It Yourself Photos from a few of our clients

Charla Hatch – Snowflake, Arizona

Geoffrey Hayes – Hampton, Illinois

Geoffrey Hayes – Hampton, Illinois

Thomas Banneck- Muskogee, Oklahoma

Theresa Corkill

Jaimie Russell – Hawaii, Hawaii

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Life is Short, Enjoy Koi!

Leslie Triplett
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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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Life is Short, Enjoy Koi!

Eric Triplett
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5 Reasons Everyone Needs a Koi Pond In A Zombie Apocalypse!

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5 Reasons Everyone Needs a Koi Pond In A Zombie Apocalypse!

CLEAN, RUNNING WATER

Clean water will be compromised! Forget turning a faucet at the kitchen sink for fresh water! We all took that precious resource for granted now didn’t we?

Having a KOI POND established as a natural Eco-system on your property will secure yourself with a critical water source needed for your very survival!

Without water you will be forced to venture out into untold Horrific Zombilicious dangers. The Bigger & Deeper the KOI POND, the Better! More water!

FOOD

Your food supply would certainly be compromised like “real” quick during a worldwide Zombie Apocalypse!! Riots, Hoarding & Robbery! You’ll have to fend for yourself!

You can grow veggies and edible aquatic plants in your Koi Pond & if you really…. Really… REALLY had to; you could eat your beloved Koi Fish!

The Bigger the KOI, the Better! The MORE KOI the merrier!! Remember you’re doing it for the very survival of your family!

PERSONAL HYGIENE

You’re going to need a place to bathe your smelly self at least once a week! Can you just imagine how you’re gonna reek after slaughtering Zombies, running and hiding from Zombies after a weeks time? Blahhh…

Come on!! You can boil the water you take from the pond, for drinking, after you bathe! Get over it! You’re in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse for Pete’s Sake! You don’t even know what you’re capable of yet!

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EMOTIONAL ESCAPE

You’ll need that mental and emotional escape more than ever in the gory day-to-day Zombie Apocalypse World.

At least once a day you’ll need to stare into your KOI POND to find peace, sanity & tranquility in the mayhem of smashing Zombie Brains just to stay alive!

Shoot everyone needs a koi pond escape TODAY without a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, so you’ll really need this ESCAPE once you see your best friend get his or her face eaten off right before your eyes!

KILLING ZOMBIES!

Pond Building Tools will be great for killing Zombies! Think about it! A shovel has nearly the perfect weight, length and a sharp edge for wrecking Zombies!

Shovels, Pick axes, and screwdrivers are just a couple of the hand tools that would come in handy for slaughtering Zombies in combat.

Let us not forget that the rock-work used in and around the pond & waterfalls would be perfect for smashing Zombie Heads over and over again.

If these compelling reasons don’t have you racing to install a KOI POND in your yard ASAP, don’t come running to my home for valuable resources when the seemingly inevitable ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE rears it’s ugly face.

If you care enough about your family and friends, do us ALL a favor and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE email these CRITICAL REASONS Why Everyone Must have a KOI POND!

God Speed…

Life is Short, Enjoy Koi!

Eric Triplett
The Pond Digger

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How Helix Helps Reduce Algae

waterfallbannerHere at The Pond Digger, we believe in water changes and would like to see a small percentage done weekly. Not a lot; maybe as little as 25 gallons per 1000 gallons of pond water. This accomplishes a ton of beneficial activities in a very short time frame that ultimately give your fish a cleaner, healthier home to live in and reduce the risk of diseases.

The Helix Life Support Filtration equipment help to support that goal. The Helix Waterfall Filters are cleaned by running water out of the pond as they rinse the media out. This equals a water change, and is frequently as much as you need to do to get that weekly percentage that totals 10% water change a month.

Also, when you are performing this filter media rinsing, you are using your pond water, not hose water to accomplish it, so it keeps all your beneficial bacteria from being damaged by the chlorine in your tap water.

The cleaning sends waste water, loaded with emulsified biological waste in the form of fish poop, fish food, and ground up plant materials, directly to your yard where they work as AMAZING fertilizer for your garden, fruit trees, or even your lawn. This same debris left in the pond is what fed the bad algae. By removing the food, you starve out the algae.

The benefits are adding up, right?

Now, this cleaning/water change accomplishes something even more amazing in the pond itself for your fish.

The fish poop, food, leaves, pollen, dust, and any other biological waste in the pond are food for the algae, so removing them means you will have less undesirable algae.

Tap water is loaded with oxygen and a few key elements that have an important job in reducing biological waste in the pond. This is going to get really scientific for just a minute, but bear with me. I’ll be as concise as possible, while still trying to be easy to understand.

Your tap water contains oxygen, calcium, magnesium, often trace amounts of copper to name a few things. All of the elements have a “charge” and each of these I just mentioned actually have a positive charge. Everyone, I’m sure is familiar with the old adage “opposites attract,”

In this particular instance, your pond contains all that biological waste that we talked about earlier. This waste is from, fish poop, food, plants dropping leaves, and fish respiring which produces ammonia. All of these by products have a negative charge. You may see already where I’m going.

When the negative charge from the fish poop (hydrogen sulfide) and the waste created when the fish breathe (ammonia) combines with the positive charge of the fresh oxygen, calcium, and magnesium from the tap water, the bad stuff gets broken down.

There is a really cool chemical reaction that happens and the ammonia and sulfides are literally broken apart at a molecular level, resulting in cleaner water. And that is what we want!!! Fish get happy, water gets clearer, and you have less algae! Its a win/win.

Helix Waterfall filters are designed with built-in air assist cleaning systems to make it easy to do a water change as you are cleaning your filter. The air helps to break apart debris that has been gathered on the filter media and then the rinse cycle washes it out of the filter. This action means you have to replace the poop filled water that you just evacuated and there you have it, a water change, courtesy of Helix Life Support Filtration.

Whether you have an existing pond, or you are about to build a pond, call our headquarters and we will help you get Helix Life Support Filtration on your pond.

Leslie Triplett, The Pond Gal

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

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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

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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

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