Pond and Waterfall System
Most people who install a pond are more concerned with the waterfall rather than fish and plants. Whether they are an afterthought or something you don’t want because of maintenance concerns, we have the information to assist you in making a well-informed decision.
Plants are not vital to have a beautiful functioning pond; however, they do help with filtration, soften the hardness of literally tons of rocks, as well as help make your pond more visually cohesive with its surroundings.
Fish are a beautiful addition to a pond but not key. Many people who start with no fish, at some point, decide they want fish. It's a good idea to build your pond with that in mind. Also, keep in mind suggestions on depth requirements and filtration for ponds, with fish at a normal capacity rate or without fish, are going to be the same. So the main difference will be the health of your fish and the winterization will vary.
Pondless Waterfalls are simply a recirculating waterfall or stream without the presence of a pond. An ideal option for families with small children, you can add the sight and sound of running water into your landscape without safety concerns for the wee crowd. Pondless Waterfalls can be tucked into any corner of the landscape and are an ideal option for adding curb appeal near the front door.
A pond is a very different place when there are koi in it. Imagine sitting beside a pond gazing at the reflections of clouds on the water’s surface, when you become aware of movement and color within the water. Slowly, with regal silence, a group of large fish dressed in red, yellow, white and black, loom upward toward you. And, just as slowly, they recede and move away.
Remember, adult koi can grow to 36 inches given optimal conditions. A pond with a surface area of 200 square feet (a 10- by 20-foot pond), for example, would safely hold six or seven full-size koi.
By upgrading the filtration system, we can increase the fish-load your pond can allow.
When it comes to stocking a pond, the “less is more” principal is a valuable concept to keep in mind. That is, a small number of carefully selected koi can actually be more enjoyable than having many. In fact, you will find that you pay more attention to each fish’s qualities when there aren’t as many competing for your attention.
There is an important added benefit to paying attention to the fish that goes beyond admiring their beauty and grace. Careful observation is how you will notice if there are any problems that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Although disease and parasite problems are relatively rare when a pond is stocked correctly, if there is something wrong, you are more likely to see it when there are not as many fish. Noticing any changes in a koi’s physical appearance and behavior is often the first sign of a problem; but to notice changes, you first have to be aware of the normal appearance and behavior of the fish.
You may want to have benches or a deck with chairs adjacent to the pond so you and your visitors can relax and enjoy the fish, as well as the pond itself. The more inviting it is to spend time next to the pond, the more likely you are to do so.
Maintaining the appropriate water quality and chemistry takes on greater importance in a koi pond, and this becomes increasingly difficult to accomplish as the fish grow in size.
Modest stocking levels are crucial. Finally, you will need to move a great deal of water.The beneficial bacteria that helps clean the water and keeps your fish healthy is aerobic in nature, meaning it thrives on oxygen, so we need to introduce as much to the water as possible. Usually, this is accomplished with a waterfall. We suggest pumping 2x the amount of water an hour that your pond holds. This calculation changes as we get to much larger ponds (10,000 gal or more). There are other ways to introduce oxygen as needed. The most important factors to consider in all ponds, especially koi ponds, are: size, depth, filtration, and pumps.
The bubbling stone is one of the most common bubbling water accessories for the home and garden. These stones come in several sizes, from small accent stones that can sit on either side of a patio to large stones designed to be the centerpiece of an ornate landscape. These stones can appear natural, blending in with a garden or hedge, or they can capture attention with sharp angles and geometric patterns. Bubbling stones require a water source and have a catch basin to recycle the water and feed it back into the system. Bubbling boulders can be installed in tight spaces, if necessary. These water features serve as excellent focal points near walkways, patios, or decks. The water is pumped through a drilled hole called a “blow hole” and rolls down the sides of the boulder. Bubbling boulders are virtually maintenance-free. The boulders are real and come in all shapes, sizes (100 to 2,000 pounds), and colors. Most installations can be performed in one day!
Water Gardens: What is a water garden?
Water gardens, also known as aquatic gardens, are a type of man-made water feature. A water garden is defined as any interior or exterior landscape or architectural element whose primarily purpose is to house, display, or propagate a particular species or variety of aquatic plant. Although a water garden’s primary focus is on plants, they will sometimes also house ornamental fish, in which case the feature will be a fish pond.
Although water gardens can be almost any size or depth, they are typically small and relatively shallow (generally less than twenty inches in depth). This is because most aquatic plants are depth sensitive and require a specific water depth in order to thrive. The particular species inhabiting each water garden will ultimately determine the actual surface area and depth required.