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   When building ponds  I think of several things: art, shape, water clarity, structure, and the ecosystem.

Lack of water clarity is ugly.

Our Structure is long term. 

Our Ecosystem is how well dose the pond work.

Fish excrete waste into the water in the form of ammonia.

Also adding to the problem are organic compounds from plant matter as well as the outer environment.

To create a desirable environment some form of waste removal must be provided. 

The methods used in the average ornamental ponds are mechanical filtration (skimmer), and biological filtration (waterfall area). 

Mechanical filters that remove solids from the pond by trapping the debris in.

Our special backwash tanks work the very best*.

Biological filtration remove toxins from a pond by breaking down ammonia into nitrite and then into nitrate. This is done by seeding the pond with a Biological Clarifier and naturally occurring bacteria.  And one of the best ways is to fully rock the pond which provides a very efficient place for the positive bacteria to live and thrive. In a biological filter this place is a material on which the bacteria is exposed to large quantities of food and oxygen.  The nitrates that result after the breakdown of ammonia and nitrites are food for the plants or food for the algae if plants are not available. If you keep fish and no plants you may need to do partial water changes to remove the nitrates and other organic compounds from the water. If you keep sufficient plants about 1/3 of pond area,  water changes are usually unnecessary although small water changes can be beneficial in some ponds. In Florida this is not a biggie because of evaporation.

  The use of an ultraviolet sterilizer device uses a UV lamp that is placed in a pipe to allow water to pass all around and will give a near 99% reduction in algae when properly sized to the pond.  However an ultraviolet sterilizer must not be used without adequate biological filtration as the dead algae still needs to be broken down by the filter. UV will not help with string algae, for this we recommend our Clarifier. There are many types of algae. There are different colors and textures. The green velvet type that grows on the sides of the pond is a very beneficial type of algae providing oxygen and food for fish. 

call Bruce for help creating crystle clear water 813-695-8704.

 

When a pond is first constructed there is usually a rush to fill it up with fish and plants, but it is important to consider the natural process of a pond. In nature a pond has a period of time for all the components to adjust and interact. Although algae in a pond is to be expected most pond owners want to keep it to a minimum. A constructed pond requires help in order to avoid problems with excess algae.

One method to control algae is to stock and arrange the pond with this method:

  • If in full sun, shade 40 - 60% of the pond surface. 

  • Do this with the leaves of water lilies and floating plants. 

  • Rule of thumb is to use no more than one  fish per 5sq. ft. of surface area initially. 

  • Feed only what the fish can eat in 1 minutes. Uneaten food feeds algae and brown water.

  • Remove any dead organic matter from the pond. 

  • Always use biological filtration with skimmer if possible.

  

Every day, thousands of homeowners are returning home to a little paradise... their own back yard!  

Using a technique called Escape Therapy® we can increase property value and bring a beautiful change into your lives.

By creating beautiful water features, pathways, pergolas, decks, stone walling and more.

There are many types of garden styles, like native, English, butterfly, edible, tropical and others, the experience of joy can always be found if properly designed. Success to designing an area one must consider the whole environment.

Wind, Rain, Sun, Temps., Creatures and traffic play a big part of the results.

We look hard at all of this to bring you your vision of Paradise with the least maintenance.