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November 15, 2018 0 Comments

Koi Pond Filtration Information & Service

The media filter has long been used as a means to get water suitably clean for its intended purpose. The majority of city water systems across the globe use filtration set-ups comprised of rapid-type sand filters often in conjunction with more conventional slow sand filtration.

An effective method of eliminating suspended solid materials is to use a fine sand bed that is supported by appropriate drainage-facilitating materials. A gravity-centered process such as this nowadays must remove not just sediment, but also flocculation and coagulation caused by the presence of chemicals.

Filtration achieved by gravity does not have much impact on drinking water impurities without there being activated carbon within the filtering medium itself. An extra step in the treatment process is then required, and this involves using ozone or chlorine to disinfect as well as improve the water’s smell and taste.

Typical sand filtering components tend to be included within larger, more complicated multi-step treatment schemes. They require regular cleaning and frequent backwashing each day so that their effectiveness does not diminish.

Alternative type systems of filtration include biofiltration that uses microorganisms in aerobic or anaerobic states as well as pressure filtering systems. It is possible for media filters to utilize an array of inorganic and organic material to get water to the proper condition for irrigation use, aquaculture growth or for swimming pool applications. These filters also have the ability to eliminate pollutants from stormwater runoff in urban areas. The downside, however, is that these filters have a lifespan that is limited duration, and they are therefore relatively costly often leading to annual or semi-annual pond filtration repair.

We Suggest Pressure Filtration vs Submersible Pumps for Your Pond or Lake

The Best Pond Filter For Your Money

Four decades of product research, development and ongoing improvement have led to the Triton II filter. This is the industry leader in efficient and effective filtration service that requires minimal maintenance.

The Triton II’s distinctive design ensures that sand beds are kept level so that water flows evenly and filtration is as thorough as possible.

Its GlasLok™ manufacturing process results in the existence of a unitary, fiberglass-supported tank featuring UV-resistant properties that prevent corrosion and lengthen the system’s lifespan.

The design of the Triton’s flow system raises the quality of filtration results and establishes longer run times before backwashing is needed.

Not only does the Triton II bring impressive reliablity and mimimal maintenance demands, it enjoys a record of success that is unrivaled in the industry. No detail has been left untouched in the continued evolution of this top-of-the-line product.

Other Key Attributes Of the Triton II

Additional elements that make the Triton II stand apart from the competition are the fact that its blended water and sand drain expedites winterization and other service tasks and that its internal components are all threaded so that maintenance is a breeze. Finally, its swing-away diffuser facilitates instantaneous accessibility in relation to internal parts and the sand itself.

We don’t suggest these

One thing we also suggest is DO NOT BUY the Aqua Ultima II as these are proprietary and not as affective as they are shown to be. Due to the “bead technology” and proprietary fittings that are only replaceable by the manufacturer – these can be easily replaced with other pressure filters. We suggest contacting us before making any filtration purchase for your pond. (714) 613-0123

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November 15, 2018 0 Comments

Backyard Waterfall Construction & Maintenance Tips & Tricks

We all have been awed by the soothing sounds and serenity of waterfall, always stopping and gazing when out we come across such wonders of nature. The effects of these all-too-fleeting moments have a positive impact, one that we would love to experience even at home. Do not have to hike, cycle, or drive to a tranquil location to enjoy such pleasures; build your rippling brook in your garden which you can in a few days (over the weekends).

If you take a close look at most streams you will find them riddled with stones and gravel; these after as filters and they are what you need to set up an artificial stream that comes devoid of too much filtering and cleaning maintenance. You also will need an underground sump installed at the lower end of your waterway that will catch the filtered water and pump it back upstream. Keep in mind that the water will evaporate over time, and thus the need to replace it occasionally.

What follows in the information given below is a step-by-step guide on how to construct and maintain a waterfall in your garden in no time at all. We cover everything from what you need, knowing the ideal size of the stream, and prepping the setup location to the various stages of the construction project. Something worth an early mention is that you will have to get the expensive kits; instead, you will build the water system with various components that are readily available and will design something that best fits your outdoor space.

The steps given below will guide you on what to do so that you can do the project successfully. Keep in mind that it may be some heavy work but doable. You will need some digging tools and a wheelbarrow to move the dirt, gravel, and boulders.

Step 1: Select A Location

Pick your favorite space in your yard and then sit there as you visualize having a waterfall and stream running in your garden. While at it, visualize the ideal spot to install such a water feature. Doing this will help you plan accordingly as you also account for various things that include:

• Foundation

Is the soil loss or compact; if the former, then you will have to a bit of excavation. If the ground is solid and difficult to dig, you can opt to set up the stream above ground with a base made of stone.

• Slope

For the water to flow with ease, you should ensure there is a gradual slope of a drop of around 2 inches for every 10ft of the length of the steam. If you are thinking of working with a tall waterfall, then make the grade steeper, it will make the water move faster and produce a heavier sound if that is what you aim to achieve.

• Size

The size of the stream you wish to install will determine the amount of water to have in the upper pool and the lower basin when the pump is not running. To avoid getting things wrong, strive to achieve five gallons per a linear foot of flowing water with the stream measuring around 3inches deep and 2 and a half feet wide. We prefer working with our upper pool structure that has a capacity of 240 gallons and the lower basin holding 40 gallons. The two can support a stream requiring 75 gallons of water.

• Sound

A waterfall that is around 2 – 4 inches high is ideal if you are looking for something that generates enough noise. If you desire more noise, then you should get a waterfall that is 10inches or more in height.

• Location

It is pointless to install a waterfall that is not visible from the main area of your yard be it the patio or deck or even the living room. If you wish to enjoy the relaxing sounds of the flowing waters, then consider setting up the features close to your house. It can be near the bedroom if you wish to take in the sounds when in bed. Also, take into account proximity to a power source more so for the pump installed at the lower end of the stream. You also have to ensure that the spot you pick is one that you can reach with a garden hose for those moments when you need to add water.

For instance, you have an S-shaped stream next to your patio in your perennial garden and include a waterfall with sections of varied heights. Also, vary the width of the stream at is transitions from the waterfall to the lower basin so that you achieve something that looks natural.

Step 2: Order Stone

Quarries, Gravel, Sand, and Rocks, you should think along those lines when searching for stones to use for your new water feature. You can search online as well as in the Yellow Pages. If you find contacts, get in touch with the suppliers to inquire about the kind of stones available (the size, quality, texture, and color) and prices as you also schedule to visit the supplier to see if what they have it exactly what you want. You can even get some suppliers to deliver the product based on stone type and size sorted in bags which means you will not have to worry about having boulder and piles of gravel and sand on your driveway.

For gravel, go for stones that are around 3/4 to 2 inches in size, and you will require around half a ton per ten feet of stream. The upper and lower pools will need around one to one and a half ton.

For the boulders, go for rocks that are around 6 to 24 inches in size that you will use to line the banks of the stream working with approximately 3/4 ton per ten feet of stream. You will also need bigger boulders of 12 to 24 inches in size to the upper and lower basins.

When buying the boulders, do not go for limestone because it can encourage the growth of algae. And if you are thinking of working with colorful rocks, be ready to dig a bit deeper into your pockets.

Quick Note: Before ripping the ground open to pave way for the water feature, call 811 to have all the underground utilities in your yard marked.

Step 3: Map the stream and start excavating

Once your gravel, sand, and rocks arrive, you can begin mapping out the design and them draw it on the site with spray paint.

You can start with the upper half of the water feature where you will have the waterfall; it should be done above the ground. Carve is lower half to about 15feet as you excavate the soil. Remember to work smart instead of hard so that you dig with ease without making your muscles too sore.

After you are done with the upper pool proceed to work on the lower basin which will have the sump pump and much of the stone and gravels surrounding it; dig a hole that is 6 inches deeper than the ground height and around 2 feet wider in diameter at the top than the base. It should be comparatively wider than the stream.

When done with the upper pool and stretching out the stream leading to the lower basin, build a ring of rocks around the upper and lower basin foundation as well as the banks of the stream. Have the tall stones with their flat side facing upwards to allow the next layer of rocks that will be placed on top to fit securely. If you need to pack the gravel and dirt tightly, use a rubber mallet so that you avoid breaking the stones.

Step 4: Complete the lower basin first

When done with the first phase, you should check for sharp objects in the lower pool and the end of the stream before you spread a liner or underlayment. You should have the correct measures of the area so that you avoid making excessive cuts resulting in wastage of the underlayment.

Ensure the liner is a perfect fit and have it tucked in all corners; give it an extension of about two feet out of the pool. You can then proceed to install the pump as well as the water line and ensure it runs up to the upper pool. You can then add around two layers of gravel and stones around the basin.

Step 5: Dig out or build the drop

If you have flat grounds, then you need to build up the waterfall above ground and ensure you target to achieve a streambed depth. If you have a sloppy yard, then dig down to the approximate drop depth. You will then start from the base of the stream carving a streambed of 2 to 3.5 feet wide and a 6 to 8 inches deep, as you dig the slope moving upwards to reach the streambed depth target at the waterfall drop where you will then dig out a shallow pool that will slow the flow of falling water.

For the waterfall built above ground, you may need to add a row of stones for the waterfall, ensure the stones are level and are of about 6 inches. Make a mixture of gravel and dirt and compact it on the inside and exterior of the upper pool rocks before you tamp down the area as well as the streambed.

Step 6: Spread the liner and position waterfall stones

The underlayment and liner should be spread running from the lower basin to the upper pool and a bit of slack allowed at the base of the waterfall so that the boulders do not stretch and rip it apart. You then proceed to place the huge boulders decoratively at either side of the waterfall having a rubber liner attached at the base of each rock to prevent it from tearing the underlayment.

To create above-ground stream edges that are stable, fill the back of the edging stones with a mixture of dirt and small gravel then compact it using a rubber mallet. You can then proceed to lay an underlayment in the upper pool ensuring that it tucks in at all corners and has an allowance of 2 feet. You can overlap the top liner with the one underneath so that you avoid having to tape the underlayment and then add a layer of gravel and stones on top, spreading around the upper pool.

Step 7: Add spill stones and foam the gaps

The next phase will see you introduce flat spill stones. You will need to use black expanding foam sealant made for the waterfall, natural pools, and ponds. Apply the sealant to the underside of the stones so that they can adhere to the rubber underlayment. Fill any gaps with small stones so that water can be forced to flow only over the waterfall. Apply the sealant on all side of the spill stones so that you achieve a complete seal and allow it to dry for around thirty minutes.

You then pull your garden hose and run the water allowing it to flow down the stream to the lower basin. Check for leaks (water trails) underneath and along the spill stone edges so that you can add more foam sealant; do this until the water only flows over the spill stones.

Step 8: Add gravel and clean the stream

The last stages of the construction will involve the placement of steppingstones in the stream; they should be in the middle so that people and animals can cross over. Take note of any exposed liner and cover with a layer or gravel.

Spray the entire stream with water until the water level is above the gravel in the lower pool. When the basin is filled up, get the pump running, and the connect water line directed away from the stream. Keep the hosing down the steam until you see the water coming from the water line connected to the pump is clear; only then will you direct the water line up to the upper pool. Ensure that you surely lay it so that it stays hidden as you also check for any visible rubber liner that you need to trim and cover.

When all is done, and everything is running seamlessly and looks breath-taking, you can pull up a chair with a cold beer or beverage in hand as you sit down and relax so that you can taking in the soothing sounds of your new garden waterfall and stream.

Additional Tip: Make sure that you know the various tools you need for the project and have them lined up; make sure you know how to use each so that you can save time and avoid injuries and frustrations..

If you have any questions or want to hire a professional pond service please contact us (714) 613-0123

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September 10, 2018 0 Comments

Is your pond or waterfall leaking?

All ponds will leak eventually. Understanding a true-leak vs water evaporation is a must. As a true-leak can be costly, and when caught earlier the better to avoid additional expenses.

Constructing a koi pond, waterfall, pondless waterfall, or other landscape water feature is a great investment for any property. When constructed correctly, water features can add tranquility and value to any property – residential or commercial. The sounds of water flowing freely, the greenery brought on by the beauty of a water garden, and the pleasure of owning koi fish, all bring delight to ourselves and customers renting the property. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end – or at least a subtle halt while your water feature is to be assessed and repaired effectively for any leak.

Found a leak! Which will drain your bank account as fast as your pond – get to this issue early!

Understanding how to assess and diagnose a pond and waterfall leak can save you time and money. Typically we see 1-2″ per month of water loss due to evaporation, sometimes slighltly more due to water deflection around waterfalls and fountain points (where water will bounce outside the pond due to rocks etc) and each issue must be approach in its own fashion. The first two – evaporation and water deflection are important, yet not typically a threat to your water feature like a true-leak is

The Leak Detection

Okay okay – you’re ready to learn how to assess your water feature for a leak. Lets start with the basics. Running through these questions will help pinpoint step 1 of the leak assessment. Do you know how much water you are losing? Is it 1-2 inches daily? Weekly? Or monthly? A great way to trace how much water is actually being lost, is filling your pond or water feature with enough water to the “full” point. Meaning to where it should be. Make sure to add DeChlor if using a hose as tap water can kill your fish! Once your pond is full, set a stick or similar marker at the water line, and reassess 24 and 48 hours after filling the water feature. Note how much water loss is accounted for via a tape measure or ruler. If its anything beyond 1-2″ p/day – you might have a leak. 

Water Feature Full of Water?

The next step is evaluating the waterfall or areas water is coming back into the pond from. If its via waterfall or spout, simply by-passing this is how we test for leaks in that area. 75-80% of leaks we see are in the waterfall area. Seeping deep in the rocks and cracks, bypassing this will tell you if this is the leak culprit. If you have a standard upflow filter box (with lava rock / or mesh) simply remove this, and screw in a pool hose with a 2″ threaded fitting (refer to image).

Still Losing Water?

Time to let it sit. We recommend having some sort of aerator if you have any koi fish or turtles as they will need some air supply during this process. Once you have proper air supply for your aquatic wildlife, fill your water feature up again to a recognizable point, and turn your pumps off to let the water sit. The water level lowering will tell you if the leak is in the basin vs the waterfall. Following waterfall leaks, we see the basins leaking due to aged pond liners, aggressive vegetation, and even pond maintenance companies walking inside the water features (which we never recommend on non-cemented features) 

Not Losing Water in the Basin?

The final leak assessment step is evaluating the pond equipment. If the waterfall isn’t leaking, the basin(s) aren’t leaking, then it’s most likely the pond equipment leaking. Walking the perimeter of the water feature and looking for wet-spots in the soil and leaks in the equipment is your best option. Referencing the UV-light, pump, filtration, and pipes for leaks and sun-cracks is most important. Often times we see pool-style plumbing with years of sun fractures and minute leaks which ultimately can lead to a replace in your pond equipment.

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June 26, 2016 0 Comments

Repairing Your Koi Pond Equipment

Often with pond maintenance we see clients struggling to get their pool pumps used for their koi ponds able to prime again. This is a very common issue as these pumps (external centrifugal pool pumps) require an air-tight fit and be filled with enough water to catch. If you are struggling with this, here are a few areas to consider when having pump priming issues.

Sometimes debris backs up the pump’s impeller. Take the impeller off and get rid of anything that could be blocking it.

Priming Problems: What to Do When Your Koi Pond Pump Stops Working Properly

There are several reasons why your pump won’t prime. If you are unable to solve the issue by the time this article is over, contact a professional koi pond maintenance company. Read on to learn the most common issues associated with the pump, as well as how to solve the situation.

The water level in the koi pond/ waterfall is not high enough.

Professional Water Feature Equipment Repair Services

Check your skimmer seal / opening

The water should be at the mid-level or higher in order for the pump to work properly. If it is not, the circulation system could take in air via the skimmer. If too much air goes in, the pump will not prime. Take off the cover. Look for the gasket and take it off as well. Look to see if it is in good working order. Typically, it is the gasket that is causing issues; if this is the case, put in a new one. Add a little lubricant when you put it in. Vaseline is not appropriate for this situation. Put the cover back on and make sure everything is secure. Do not tighten it with a tool, because you may inadvertently do too much.

The strainer basket might have something in the way

Take out the skimmer basket and clean it to remove any issues. Use a hose for the best results. Often-times, large debris can get sucked into the filter. From rocks, to vegetation, to fish, and other wildlife. Making sure your filtration returns are covered appropriately on the ponds edge is very important for good pond circulation. Pond pumps can pull around these objects and cause the water pressure to drop significantly.

The glued fittings have leaks.

There are glued fittings near the suction area of the pump. Occasionally, the glue is not evenly distributed around the pipe. As a result, there will be air channels that pop up. Sometimes, when the pump is turned on, water then comes out of this opening. If the pump works as it is supposed to, air is sucked in the hole. If you do not notice any water coming out, flip the pump on and put a little water near the joint. If water moves in, there is a hole present.

The threaded fittings have leaks.

Does the pump have threaded fittings near the suction side? There could be a leak. As with the glued fittings, test to see if there is a problem. If there is, remove the fitting and put plumbing tape around it (about four layers). There is more help available in the “How to Glue Pool Fixtures Together” guide. Also consider if one of these fittings is closed when it should be open, sometimes these get turned off and issues arise. If you still can’t figure it out – Give us a call today (714)613-0123

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June 26, 2016 12 Comments

Commercial & Residential Waterfall Construction

Ever wanted to build a waterfall or pondless waterfall on your property? Believe it or not, water features can serve as great assets for residential and commercial properties with great weather such as California or similar states. With the ease of maintenance, as long as the waterfall construction is good – having a waterfall on your property might just be the missing link to what you’ve always needed. 

Constructing a koi pond, waterfall, pondless waterfall, or other landscape water feature is a great investment for any property. When constructed correctly, water features can add tranquility and value to any property – residential or commercial. The sounds of water flowing freely, the greenery brought on by the beauty of a water garden, and the pleasure of owning koi fish, all bring delight to ourselves and customers renting the property. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end – or at least a subtle halt while your water feature is to be assessed and repaired effectively for any leak. To learn more about our waterfall services click here

This is a pond-less waterfall, great for adding water-noise and tranquility to your backyard.

Building a waterfall on your property should be done by a professional who understands your local vegetation (for future leak issues) and also for future maintenance requirements as not all water features are equal. For example, most waterfalls will need a basin which also needs maintenance, some are pondless – which have pros and cons to themselves, while others are full-on ponds and habitat eco-systems which will require a professional to review before hand.

Retaining Wall Waterfalls

A retaining wall waterfall construction is a simple water feature that adds considerable aesthetic appeal to your landscape. Most retaining wall waterfalls are built to spill a long, smooth, even sheet of water that cascades over the wall and into a retaining pool. Easily adaptable to virtually any form of structure, these water features can be added to block walls both indoors and outdoors.

When a waterfall in properly designed and constructed, a retaining-wall waterfall is an efficient, low-cost way to add drama and interest to any kind of space. Many modern waterfalls of this type are built with LED lights to further amplify their beauty and appeal. It’s easy to add color, motion, and complex programs to such a feature’s lighting system. When these waterfalls are built with an autofill kit, the water feature’s maintenance requirements become minimal.

The Value Of Stainless Steel

Formal Falls are built with stainless steel spouts for great durability. These spouts also make the noise of the running water gentle and constant, making them ideally suited for use on block columns, outdoor spaces, and indoor installations.

Cost

The cost of a waterfall construction will vary depending on the width of the water feature and the construction characteristics of the wall in which it is installed. Speak to your authorized installer to learn more about the costs of these features.

Maintenance

These waterfalls are a breeze to take care of. Unlike maintaining a water garden or koi pond, these are relatively low maintenance. The reservoir will need to be topped up on a biweekly basis to replace water lost through evaporation, but the consumer need not worry about any other maintenance tasks. A fill valve can even be installed to handle this chore automatically! These falls require no special preparations for winter, either. They need to be drained and refilled in the spring. Each waterfall’s basin has dual pump access (on the left or right) to suit the needs of the installation.

Waterfalls constructed in retaining walls can be placed in both above-grade and in-ground walls in a variety of different configurations.

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June 22, 2016 0 Comments

About water garden and pond maintenance

What is a water garden?

A water garden which is also known as an aquatic garden is a type of a man-made feature hosting a great place for koi pond plants and other perennials. Water gardens can be defined as any exterior or interior landscape or architectural element whose major purpose is to display, house or propagate a particular aquatic plant variety. The primary focus is on koi pond plants but at times, they can be used to house ornamental fish which may feature in the pond.

Constructing a waterfall, koi pond, or other landscape water feature is a great investment for any property. When constructed correctly, water features can add tranquility and value to any property – residential or commercial. The sounds of water flowing freely, the greenery brought on by the beauty of a water garden, and the pleasure of owning koi fish, all bring delight to ourselves and customers renting the property. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end – or at least a subtle halt while your water feature is to be assessed and repaired effectively for any leak.

Water gardens can be similar to aquaponic systems used to generate fish nutrients for the aquatic plants

Water gardening is a type of gardening which deals with the growing of aquatic plants adapted to the pools and ponds. Even though water gardens can be any size or depth, they are mostly small and shallow. They generally measure less than 20 inches in depth. This is supported by the fact that most aquatic plants are depth sensitive and need a specific depth of water in order to grow. The surface area and depth is determined by the species inhabiting the water garden.

Space required for your water garden

The average water garden measures about 11 feet wide by 16 feet or about 2000 gallons. They can also be as small as 6 feet by 8 feet or about 550 gallons. You should have 2 to 3 feet of landscape bed area around the pond for flowers and plants. Koi ponds and water gardens can take up considerably more space than that of a pondless waterfall or rock column fountain. We recommend hiring an experienced pond service provider to walk you through the difference between using a rubber liner vs cement, and how to best build your water feature based on the dynamics of your landscape as not all properties are the same.

Pond Safety

It is recommended that a water garden should have a minimum depth of 24″. A depth of 30″ is better since it provides more area for fish to winterize in the pond. This also provides a deeper area for fish to retreat in case a predatory bird comes into the pond. The first ledge of the pond is mostly 8-12″ in depth. This is meant to provide a shallow area around the ponds perimeter. This is shown in the water garden cross section on the following page.

Water Garden Cost

Water gardens are considered the most costly water option. A water garden  installed professionally will range from $2,500-$75,000. This will depend on the size and type of rockwork. Considering the additional benefits and enjoyment of fish and aquatic plants, then a water garden is worth your investment. Yes we’ve had customers with pond builds over $250,000 – we realize not everyone has this budget, but in order to build what should be considered as a “custom fish tank”, with proper filtration and all – a typical budget of $10,000 – $30,000 would be good for a cement pond with decent filtration (similar to the cost of a Jacuzzi)

Maintaining your Pond with Aquatic Plants

It is very easy to maintain a water garden. The maintenance will only take 15 minutes a week. You will have to clean the net and mat found inside the skimmer once every 10-14 days. This will only take you 5 minutes. Apart from the regular maintenance of the skimmer, add beneficial bacteria to the pond every week. One of the best things about water gardens is the fact that a variety of plants can grow in them. The most sought out aquatic plant is the water lily. What makes them a very good choice because they spread across the ponds and flower throughout the season. The Lily pads provide a shade to the pond from the heat of the sun during summer. This allows the fish use their leaves as shelter.

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June 10, 2016 0 Comments

Commercial Rock Fountain Construction

Waterfall Construction & Maintenance Services

A Rock Fountain is an ideal choice for an owner who wants a waterfall effect to their property. Besides looking great, these fountains also produce a lyrical, soothing sound that makes any area more tranquil. Often times we receive inquiries from apartment complexes, HOA’s, and other commercial properties wanting custom waterfall features constructed and maintained.

Rock-waterfalls are growing particularly popular because they deliver all of the classic benefits of a water feature combined with minimal maintenance requirements. Rock Fountains can be placed on their own or grouped together with similar installations. This produces a very charismatic aggregate feature that lends considerable appeal and balance to the landscape. In backyards, Real-Rock water features provide a peaceful, contemplative accent to any design. These waterfalls are excellent for installation in the front yard, too — thanks to their lack of an open pond they present minimal potential liability for residential and commercial properties due to the low water-line, usually less than 12″ in order to not be fenced off from the public.

Formal-Waterfalls and Spillways are great for residential and commercial properties seeking aquatic noises and appearances.

Entry Level Waterfall Space Concerns

A small waterfall takes up a space roughly eight feet by eight feet. It’s possible to install one in a smaller area, but you should bear in mind that it’s likely to splash. There are alternative water features similar to this rock-column waterfall which come pre-built, are relatively easy to install – but also present high risk for leaks in the future if not constructed correctly. Using a 30mm-50mm liner minimum without aggressive plants close-by is a must when constructing these things.

Commercial Waterfall Space Concerns

Construction of a “commercial size” waterfall or fountain requires special attention to the foundation, urban development factors like vegetation, public access, and overall size of the water feature come into play. Some cities are ok with water features being less than 36″ deep while others require 12″ or less – we recommend referencing your local city guidelines before building a commercial or public-accessible water feature. We often require at least 30x30ft of space before we consider the “commercial grade” waterfall or fountain construction.

Waterfall & Fountain Maintenance

As with most water features with shallow basins, waterfalls and fountains are relatively easy to take care of and maintain. Depending on how much vegetation is close by, foot traffic, and how decent your equipment is – the maintenance should be minimal to none. When constructed correctly, fountains and water falls should only require similar maintenance to that of a pool. If for example you are a golf course, cemetery, or heavily vegetated area – we recommend a commercial aquatic maintenance company to bid your water feature maintenance as these are usually custom built to the property and should be professionally maintained to avoid expensive equipment repairs.

Waterfall & Fountain Cost

When they’re installed professionally, a small Column Fountain generally costs between $3,000 and $8,500. Waterfalls attached to ponds can range from $500 – $5,000 depending on the site and material needed. Commercial fountains and waterfalls can easily start at $30,000 – $150,000 depending on the size, materials used, and equipment required to keep the water feature under control.

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May 25, 2016 0 Comments

Rebuilding Your Pond? Consider These Options

Do you need our water feature repaired? This is a quick intro to diagnose your pond liner

Well, your Koi pond liner has been in there for more than a decade and is starting to show its age now. You may also have a few patches that you put on it. Some of them may have worked well while the others may not have served their purpose. Hence, it is high time that you think of replacing the pond liner. But how are you going to do it without breaking your neck in the process? Without the right kind of planning, you may find yourself in a great mess. Certainly you may have better things to do with your time. So, let’s take a closer look at how we are going to do this.

What to do with the Fish when you rebuild your Koi Pond?

How many fish are there in your pond? Where are you going to keep the fish until you replace the pond liner? Most likely, it may take more than a day to complete the process and you should consider hiring a company who can handle such a large task. You might expect the items to arrive on time, but they may delay, who knows! If this happens, you may need to store the Koi a lot longer than you expected. This may affect their health. Hence, you need to be on your toes – if you don’t have proper storage, consider calling a local water feature repair service vs risking the lives of your fish or turtles.

When rebuilding your water feature, we offer storage and transport of your fish and wildlife

Water gardening is a type of gardening which deals with the growing of aquatic plants adapted to the pools and ponds. Even though water gardens can be any size or depth, they are mostly small and shallow. They generally measure less than 20 inches in depth. This is supported by the fact that most aquatic plants are depth sensitive and need a specific depth of water in order to grow. The surface area and depth is determined by the species inhabiting the water garden.

If you do have a fish storage tank, here are a few reminders

Number one, although storing the Koi can be a bit tricky, they should survive the temporary time they are in the holding tank as long as you follow the simple rules. Aerate the water to supply the Koi with air and filter the water. These are essential steps in this regard. Just because the Koi are in a holding tank, it doesn’t mean they do not require air and filtration. A portion of the water needs to be changed regularly to assist in the filtration process. A few days without food will not harm the fish. Hence, cut down on feeding them.

This will prevent the extra waste in a smaller environment which will only serve to overwork the filtration system. If the tank is shallow, make sure to place a net over it. It will prevent the fish from jumping out as well as keep away the predators in search of a free meal.

Make sure you take pictures of the pond before disassembling

There are a lot of plants and rocks around the pond that gave it a natural look. The last thing you want is to try to remember how your pond looked before. Most of the time, we take something apart and assemble it again, only to find a handful of extra parts left with you. Such a situation is no fun at all.

Inspection your Pond Liner when you Remove Material

Third, this is the time to check for any plumbing issues you might have. Remember the time you first assembled the pond? You did everything right, filled the pond with water and put the fish in the pond. Finally, you saw that one darned pipe! Yes, that pipe that should have been there instead of being here. Now is the time to put it right. Inspect all the plumbing for any sort of wear and tear. In fact, freeze/thaw cycles can play havoc with plastic pipes. Check all the visible joints for any repairs.

Consider Replacing Undergarment if you Replace the Liner Entirely

Number four, make sure you check the undergarment. You may not only require a new liner but find the undergarment deteriorated as well. Since you are replacing the pond liner, why not replace the underlayment too? Do not use old carpets as underlayment. It is quite messy and unprofessional in one way, and it is not the right product for the pond.

When in Doubt – Consider Replacing Entirely

Finally, number five, do not shortcut any process. In fact, the rock that holds the outer edge of the liner in place needs to be removed so that the new liner could be installed properly. Although this type of task is not done that often, we recommend any liner over 10+ years to be restored/ replaced completely. You can lay a new liner ontop of the old if needed, just make sure to order the appropriate amount. If you cheat yourself by skipping these important steps, you may have to soon get back to the yard fixing what should have been done correctly in the first place. Take pride in your work since it will be something that you enjoy day after day. Performing the task right the first time around will help you relax in that lawn chair for longer, instead of toting a shovel later.

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May 10, 2016 0 Comments

Pond Cleaning & Maintaining Tips

Own a pond or waterfall – here are some tips to keeping your system healthy

Adding a Koi pond to your home or commercial property is definitely one of the best ways to reduce the day to day stress and add tranquility to your surroundings. Koi ponds, pondless water falls, and many other natural water features are incredibly relaxing and peaceful, some have even called them “man made paradises.”

Of course, there are other benefits to koi ponds outside of just helping yourself or your guests relax. These can also add a lot of beauty to the outside or backyard area of your home. That being said, these water features specifically can require a lot of upkeep, and often by someone who is skilled with koi pond maintenance and natural water features entirely.

Nothing truly worth doing ever comes easily however, keeping up with a koi pond is hardly an insurmountable task either. A pond owner needs to be prepared and take enough pride in it their water feature in order to care about proper maintenance. With careful care and planning, any property owner can make sure they never run into any koi pond complications down the line.

A clean koi pond can make the difference in the long-term life-cycle of your wildlife.

We suggest back washing your pond as needed. Not all ponds are built the same and will require monthly or weekly backwashing as this will eliminate the waste built up in the filter media from your koi or turtles. This waste can be used to fertilize the local plants or vegetables and serves as a highly nutrient-rich plant additive for any property. If your pond is not clear or you are unable to backwash as needed you should get in touch with a local professional koi pond company before any issues are presenting. Check this blog out if you are having problems with your pond pump and filtration.

Check Your Water Consistently

Owners of Koi ponds have to deal with issues like acidic rain and an excess of fish waste, as well as nutrient rich runoff. These issues are all common, but they’re still serious and proper koi pond maintenance is a must. To keep them in under control, you need to make sure you check your water on a regular basis. Koi fish themselves are easily taken care of, but poor conditions in their water will definitely be a great detriment to their overall health.

Water clarity is a great sign of a well-maintained pond. If you water is murkey and green consider hiring a residential and commercial pond maintenance company. Interested in learning more about our pond maintenance click here

Don’t Worry Too Much About The Cold

If you live in a cold climate, your Koi are going to be incredibly happy. They’ll even make it through the winters fairly easily. Even if ice forms on the surface of the water, the fish can hibernate underneath it. A floating de-icer will allow you to keep a hole in the ice for gas to escape from however.

Refrain From Overfeeding

As with any animal, overfeeding Koi can cause a lot of health risks. You do need to use your time feeding them wisely however. Every feeding will allow you to give them a thorough examination. If anything is wrong with any of the fish or the water, you should be able to see it fairly easily. Overfeeding leads to a lot of the issues, particularly the likes of nitrite and ammonia in the water.

Maintain All Of Your Pond Supplies

Finally, you need to make sure all of your supplies are up to date and in good shape. These include your filtration system, a high powered pump, the aeration system, and your ultraviolet sterilizer. With proper utilization and care, you’ll have the best chance of keeping the water clean and your fish happy for a long time to come. These are incredibly beautiful fish that will benefit your home greatly, so do everything you can to make sure they are well taken care of! Not sure how to apply proper koi pond maintenance? Follow us on Youtube for “How to Maintain your Koi Pond” videos – Coming soon!

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