If you missed last months newsletter, Spring Pond Care Part One, you can view it HERE to learn about the difference between Beneficial Bacteria products and Pond Clarifier products. As we saw how product labeling can be confusing, understanding the difference between a Water Conditioner, and a Dechlorinator will make choosing the right one for […]

Are you having PH problems with your Pond?

For those of you suffering from PH problems, whether too high or too low. Low PH: Add 1 teaspoon baking soda for every 10 gallons of water. Or use PH Up by Greenclean. High PH: Besides using a PH Down product (PH Down by Greenclean, or PHusion by Crystal Clear) add a product containing peat […]

What’s The Deal With Pond Snails?

While pond snails do eat debris off the bottom of the pond it is highly unlikely that they are going to make any visible difference in the clarity of your water, and they do not reduce the need for filtration. Adding a few to your pond can be fun at first but remember that pond […]

Vacuums - The Best Way to Clean Your Pond

Posted in our October Newsletter It’s come to be the time of year where your pond really needs a thorough cleaning and there are so many different products out there that you may feel a little overwhelmed with all the choices. Today I’m going to show you a couple vacuums that really stand out and […]

The Importance of Water Changes

Filtering the Pond with a Beautifying Plant Filter

From Oregon Aquatics, Inc. Adapted from natural wetland areas such as the Florida Everglades, plant filters have two primary functions: filtration and beauty. Plant filters provide a perfect background for the pond, showcasing plants while allowing more pond surface area to remain open. They also provide a natural looking transition from land to pond, and […]

Q. Is there a natural alternative for treating algae in ponds?

A. Yes there is, the most common product that people use to get away from chemical algaecides is barley. When barley decomposes it releases many compounds one of these (which has not yet been identified) has been shown to be an effective way of preventing new algae cells from taking hold. Because barley does not […]

Q. Can I hurt my fish if I use too much algaecide?

A. Yes, absolutely. Many algaecides remove algae through intense oxidization which in a nut-shell sucks the oxygen right out of the water where it has made contact with the algaecide. If there is an overdose far too much oxygen can be used up in the oxidization process and can suffocate your fish and even cause […]

My pond water is clear but tinted almost like tea, what causes this?

Q. My pond water is clear but tinted almost like tea, what causes this? And how to I get my water back to looking like it did before this “Tea Effect” occurred. A. Tea colored water is the byproduct of tree leaves and other organic material accumulating in your pond and decomposing which naturally stains […]

Spring 2014 Five Steps to a Beautiful Pond

Weather Weather, everywhere, and what am I supposed to do with my pond? Most of us are going to have to throw out our usual times table for starting up our ponds. This has been an unusual Winter with the east coast buried under snow and the west coast wondering if Winter will ever arrive. […]