We have all the Aquascape products necessary for building a beautiful waterfall in your landscape.
Here is a great article from Aquascape. These useful tips will help you design and create a natural looking waterfall for your landscape.
Not only do waterfalls provide ambient sound for the garden, but they provide necessary aeration to keep an ecosystem pond functioning and looking its best.
Use a biological filter unit such as the Aquascape BioFalls® Filter
In addition to filtering the water, this type of unit is designed to make building the waterfall much simpler because it gives you a solid base or structure to build upon. You won’t have to worry about a leaky waterfall, and the extra support will allow you to naturalize your waterfall with larger stones.
Make your waterfall fit in with the surrounding area
If the terrain of your backyard is flat, a waterfall that pops up out of nowhere will not look natural. Keep your customer’s new waterfall in scale with the surrounding landscape and terrain by building a berm around the waterfall area. Several smaller drops of 4 to 9 inches or one drop – no more than 18 inches – will help blend your pond and waterfall seamlessly into the landscape.
The size of the stone should be proportional to the drop of the waterfall
The drop of the waterfall is the distance from where the water exits the biological filter to where it hits the pond. Some of the main rocks should be several inches larger than the drop of the waterfall. For example, for a drop of 12 inches, you should use rocks that are 16 inches in order for them to be in scale with the project.
The larger rocks should “frame” the waterfalls
Your waterfall will look more natural if you “frame” it with the largest of the rocks that you have chosen. As the water falls, it will hit the larger stones and find its path through the spaces between them – just like in nature.
The fewer, the better
Fewer rocks are better when building a waterfall. Three large stones are better than 12 small stones stacked up. Nature will provide you with some tips for designing and building your customer’s waterfall. You usually will see one very large stone, surrounded by few smaller ones, with the water running between them.
Twists and turns
Be sure to twist and turn the waterfall and stream so that there are new views and facets with every turn, which looks better visually. Take your time on this part – designing twists and turns can be the most fun part of building the waterfall.
Provide a room with a view
Ensure that you can see the waterfalls from inside different rooms in the house because no matter how much you love the outdoors, you will still spend most of their time inside. People often make the mistake of having their waterfall face the back of their yard. Try a view from the living room or kitchen – wherever your family gathers.
Softening the edges
The surrounding landscaping will cover most mistakes. The more plant material you can line the falls and stream with, the better. It will soften the hard edges of all the stone. Also, if you create a good, planted backdrop to your berm it will look as though it’s always been there. Make sure it flows into the rest of your yard.
Above all else, study nature
Be sure to study natural streams and waterfalls to find ideas and inspiration. That is where the greatest waterfall builders in the world gain their inspiration!
Now that you have read the information, watch the video! How to Build an Awesome Waterfall
Scott Rhodes (Aquascape’s Product Guy) introduces the new UltraKlear UV Clarifier which will be available in Mid-March.
This is quite a turn-about for Aquascape who have always preached an all-natural biological approach to keeping the pond clear. They still strongly believe in the natural approach but offer this as an alternative if all else fails to clear your water.
As most of you are aware green water and string algae is a factor of but not limited to in no particular order are:
• Too much sun
• Too many fish
• Feeding fish too much
• Not enough plants
• Fertilizer from the yard leeching into the pond
• Pump too small
• Poor filtration system
• Too much dead stuff at the bottom of the pond
• No annual spring clean-outs
• Not enough aeration
Please keep in mind that UV light ONLY addresses the green water issue and has absolutely ZERO effect on mossy green string algae. The IonGen is still the only product which absolutely eliminates all mossy green string algae
We recommend addressing the issues mentioned above first but if you are still having green water issues, this new UV Clarifier may be for you. It appears that Aquascape has improved on the UV light by making it much simpler to use and maintain.
We look forward to hearing your reviews of this new product on our site at UltraKlear UV ClarifierPond News | 0 Comments »
Scott Rhodes, Aquascape’s Product Guy, announces some of Aquascape’s exciting new products for 2014.
These include a new line of LED lighting with FIVE YEAR warranties and a new line of Pressure Filters.
These products are not available quite yet but should be arriving in February and will be posted onto our site as soon as they arrive.Pond News | 0 Comments »
For some inexplicable reason, after 10 years, I had 4 different fish decide to go into my skimmers. Two of these ultimately resulted in deaths.
Of the major Skimmer manufacturers Atlantic Watergardens offers a product to keep fish out of the skimmer called the Gatekeeper
I came up with a little simpler do-it-yourself solution using some left-over shelving from a prior project. The coated finish should not affect the fish and it seems the perfect size to let debris through but keep out my prized koi.
Just cut to the size desired and as you can tell from the video, just hook it over the skimmer and the lid will hold it in place. Be sure to sand the sharp edges to protect the liner from puncture. Rubber caps would probably be a good idea too.
It’s almost that time again and we all wonder what steps we need to do to properly prepare our pond for the season.
Below are the steps that Aquascape advises for a thorough spring clean-out of a Skimmer/BioFalls pond:
- Drain the pond using a Clean-out Kit
- Pump some of water into container to hold fish during Clean-out.
- Disconnect Pump and Check valve in Skimmer and allow BioFalls to drain into Skimmer.
- Remove the filter mats and use the discharge water to rinse the mats (this keeps the bacteria alive in the mats).
- Walk up and down pond area and remove solid waste (leaves and other debris) by hand.
- Re-arrange rocks that may have fallen.
- Drain pond to 6″
- 8. Catch fish with Net and gently transfer to Holding Tank.
- Add Aerator to insure fish have enough oxygen
- Use Pond Net over container to prevent fish from jumping out.
- Finish Draing Pond
- Use Pressure Washer and start at the top and work down.
- Pump out water at the bottom from pressure Washing.
- Finish cleaning Skimmer and BioFalls by hosing them down.
- Rinse the rocks and gravel. This will be the most time-consuming part.
- Cover exposed liner with Rocks and Gravel that have made it to the pond floor.
- Replace the Filters and BioBalls or Lava Rocks in the BioFalls.
- Replace the Filter mat and Debris Net or Basket in the Skimmer.
- Before re-filling, Check your lights and replace any bulbs or fixtures as necessary.
- If you have the IonGen that completely eliminates mossy green string algae, check the probe to see if it needs replacement.
- Start re-filling pond.
- Use Pond Detox to remove Chlorine and other heavy metals and prepare the water for the fish (Number One cause of fish deaths during clean-out is putting fish back in chlorinated water)
- Using Fish bags, float the fish for 30-45 minutes to acclimate the water temperatures before releasing them in the pond.
- Enjoy your pond for the upcoming season!
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When we got two calls in the same week asking if we could make duck houses that were a little larger for geese or multiple families, we asked the Craftsmen at Heartwood if they could produce a taller Duckhouse with wider and higher doors.
To our (and our customer’s) delight, the first Over-sized Duckhouses have rolled off the production line.
Our good customer in Odessa Texas has created – what we call “Fowl Island” for her Geese and Ducks. Please note the differences between the traditional and the Over-sized Floating Duckhouses.
All of our customer’s have commented how easy to assemble these and orders typically ship within the week.Pond News | 0 Comments »
Although it is difficult to always be prepared for the things mother natures throw our way, there are a few simple steps to take to be prepared for the upcoming storm and its after effects.
Keep in mind that animals have their own survival instincts to handle these storms so we will focus on several of the ‘what if’s you might encounter.
If the power goes out, the largest concern becomes oxygen for the fish. One factor that is in our favor is that the water in your pond is relatively cool right now. Colder water holds oxygen very well. Note: most ponds fish populations will be fine with a power outage due to the cold water. You will want to watch your fish closely to see if they are gasping at the surface. This is an indication that the fish are stressed and struggling for oxygen. You will want to take immediate steps to add oxygen to your pond. A small air pump will provide the necessary oxygen to keep your fish alive. The problem is what to plug it in to. If you have a generator – great. A battery back up unit will also run a small air pump for several hours. Some customers use an AC/DC adapter and run it off of their car. All of these are great solutions. In case of severe emergency and lack of oxygen, hydrogen peroxide can be added to the pond to add additional oxygen molecules. One pint per thousand gallons will keep fish alive for several hours. Be careful not to overdose. In the case of HP, more is not better.
With strong winds, pond owners can expect falling branches or even uprooted trees around their pond. In some cases the branches can puncture your pond’s liner. When and if this happens, wait to remove the branch. In some cases the branch will keep the liner plugged and from losing water. It also gives you the exact location as to where the hole is located. These holes are easy to patch and repair.
Waterfall & High Winds
My suggestion is to turn off waterfalls that are used just for decorations. The high winds of Hurricane Sandy can and will blow much of the water cascading over your waterfall outside the pond and can drain your system in a few short hours. If you use your waterfall as the sole method for oxygen in the pond, keep it running for the safety of your fish.
Because of the timing of this event, there will be tons of leaves blowing around your yard and into your pond. At your earliest convenience, I suggest removing these leaves so they don’t create a long term problem. I would expect leaf nets to be full and some tenting to be collapsed after this event, but with a little clean up most ponds will bounce back and be fine for the winter. If you need help removing leaves, feel free to give us a call and our maintenance crew can provide assistance.
Catastrophic Pond Damage
Garden State Koi has several open tanks set up for customers that might experience severe adn catatrophic pond damage from the storm. We are prepared to move and hold your fish in the following cases: house collapse, pond collapse, severe pond leak wherein the pond cannot hold water, etc. Note: Power outage is not considered catastrophic although the results from losing power for an extended period of time can create a catastrophic situation for your fish – please be prepared to add oxygen to your pond.
I will be available on my cell phone for anyone that needs technical assistance throughout the storm. Please feel free to give me a call if you need help with your pond, fish or a catastrophic situation. We will be closed starting Monday afternoon at 12:00. We do not anticipate opening again until Wednesday morning – but that might be in question depending on the damage in our area.
Please keep safe during this unprecedented storm!!!
Garden State Koi & Aquatic Center
845-629-8662 (Emergency Cell Phone)
The type of pond netting you choose depends on what you are looking to accomplish. Pond nets are made to either keep leaves and debris out and/or protect the pond from predators. Nets can be elevated above the water but the majority are designed to float on top of the water. Some are very low profile and very thin, however some of those may only last a season or two. Others are virtually indestructible and will last forever. Some of the nets come with stakes and re-usable bags to store them.
And you thought it was going to be easy to pick a net?
Of course one of the main factors to keep in mind is making sure that the net you select comes in the size that you are looking for. Some of the nets may be cut but others may unravel should you decide to trim. Best to call us before you order if you are planning on cutting the net.
Click the link to see our full catalog of Pond Netting
The top-of-the-line Premium Pond Netting with tight 1/8″ mesh is virtually indestructible and keeps EVERYTHING out with Brass Grommets every 2 feet.
Heron and Critter Netting provides the widest weave — 2 inch netting with with heavy knots designed to keep out critters.
A good all-purpose netting at ½” which will keep out most leaves and even comes with 12 stakes is the Ultra Pond Netting by Atlantic Water Gardens
In summary, make sure that you order the correctly sized pond net that is going to do the job that your place and pond require.Pond Products | 2 Comments »
Are you paying your Pond Maintenance Contractor $400+ to clean-out your pond?
Now there is an affordable Pump Clean-out De-Watering Kit ($149) that includes a 3100 gph Alpine pump with a THREE YEAR WARRANTY and a 30 foot fire-hose-style hose that will let you drain your pond for a fraction of the cost that you are paying a professional to do.
It can even drain the pond down to One Inch of Depth!
Durable and compact de-watering pump
– designed for simplicity and use
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Would you like a nice fountain spewing water straight up in the middle of your pond with three different Fountain Heads to choose from? The new Generation Two AquaJet is the system for you!
Learn from Dave Kelly, The Tech Guy, as he gives you details on our new an improved AquaJet pump line; a complete solution for small to medium-size ponds. Other benefits of the AquaJet include its ability to be placed directly in the pond and the all-in-one kit that provides a stunning water fountain with the choice of 3 included fountain heads.