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Identifying Common Pond Fish Problems

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Sep 15th 2021

Identifying Common Pond Fish Problems

Ever wonder if your fish can talk to you? Paying close attention to their behavior or noticing symptoms on their body can speak loudly as to how your fish are feeling. Use this “symptom checker” gu …

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The Life of a Pond: Sun vs. Shade

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Aug 23rd 2021

The Life of a Pond: Sun vs. Shade

Everyone has their own opinion about whether a pond can be built in the sun or should it be built it the shade. Here are a few facts that may help you determine where exactly to put your pond. Sun …

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Chlorine, Chloramine, and Pond Water Conditioners

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Aug 17th 2021

Chlorine, Chloramine, and Pond Water Conditioners

As a water gardener I am sure you have heard one or more of these terms over time. But what are they? Below, we define what each are, when to watch out for them, and when to add them.If you have “c …

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Biology in Your Own Back Yard!

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Aug 10th 2021

Biology in Your Own Back Yard!

With the world in its current pandemic, spending time at home has become more prevalent than ever. Make your water garden more than just a stay-cation spot, let it become a world for education as w …

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Potted Versus Bare-Rooted Pond Plants

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Jul 26th 2021

Potted Versus Bare-Rooted Pond Plants

A water garden is not complete without aquatic plants. In fact, they play an essential role in keeping your pond water clean, clear and healthy! Some plants are used for shading and keeping the wate …

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The Sustainability of Pond Keeping

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Jul 20th 2021

The Sustainability of Pond Keeping

Besides providing serenity through the peaceful sounds of running water and the graceful movements of swimming fish, your pond holds potential for providing you with so much more. This is to suggest …

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Best Hardy Marginal Pond Plants for Filtration

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Jul 13th 2021

Best Hardy Marginal Pond Plants for Filtration

Filtration plays an important role in the health of your pond water. Did you know that many pond plants help naturally filter your pond water? Follow along as we cover the top 10 hardy margina …

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Identifying Good and Bad Pond Snails

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Jun 28th 2021

Identifying Good and Bad Pond Snails

"Are All Snails Good for my Pond?"As with anything, there are pros and cons to having snails in your water garden. Here, we identify the most common snails found in a backyard pond and discuss what …

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Why is my Pond Losing Water?

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Jun 21st 2021

Why is my Pond Losing Water?

The heart-sinking feeling of walking out to your pond and hearing the pump sucking air because the water level is down, is enough to put anyone into a panic. Don’t fret, we are here to help you det …

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Top 5 Tropical Marginals for Pond Filtration

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Jun 1st 2021

Top 5 Tropical Marginals for Pond Filtration

Filtration plays an important role in the health of your pond water. Did you know that certain pond plants can help naturally filter the water? Follow along as we cover the top 5 tropical marginal …

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Rules when Stocking and Feeding your Pond Fish

Posted by Bill Hoffman on May 24th 2021

Rules when Stocking and Feeding your Pond Fish

There are many things in a pond for your koi and fish to eat - such as insects, plankton, string algae, and sometimes pond plants. So sometimes it may not be necessary to feed your fish at all.BUT …

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How To Fix Green Pond Water

Posted by Bill Hoffman on May 3rd 2021

How To Fix Green Pond Water

A common question amongst many pond owners is; “Why has the water in my garden pond turned green?” Let’s take a look at what this green pond water is, what may cause it, and some effective …

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What is the difference Between a Lake and a Pond?

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Apr 26th 2021

What is the difference Between a Lake and a Pond?

If we are comparing two naturally occurring bodies of water, then size is what matters. If we are speaking in terms of the treatments for a lake versus the treatments for a koi pond (or backyard wa …

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The Benefits Of Pond Salt Treatments

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Apr 19th 2021

The Benefits Of Pond Salt Treatments

What’s the News About Pond Salt?There seems to be much controversy over whether it is good to maintain salt levels in your pond water or not. While it may not be an absolute necessity, it can be hig …

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Pond Cleaning versus Changing Water

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Apr 5th 2021

Pond Cleaning versus Changing Water

To clean or not to clean… that is the question.Whereas many of us love to see a sparkling clean pond, as if it was brand new every spring, it is not always best to clean it out. Follow these guidel …

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Ponds Aren’t Just for Fish Anymore

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Mar 16th 2021

Ponds Aren’t Just for Fish Anymore

Ever consider what your water garden can be used for besides homing your favorite pond fish? Let’s take a look at the versatility of your back yard oasis. What is a pool but a hole in the ground c …

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De-bunking Some Water Garden & Pond Myths

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Mar 3rd 2021

De-bunking Some Water Garden & Pond Myths

With all the stresses in society these days, who wants to add more maintenance and responsibilities to their daily chore list? We have heard from many people who love the idea of having a water fea …

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Winter is for the Birds

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Feb 10th 2021

Winter is for the Birds

We are not the only ones out there longingly awaiting signs of spring and warmer weather. But at least we don’t have to forage for our food under a foot of snow - or take a bath in a frozen puddle. …

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Prepare your Pond for Winter: A Checklist

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Nov 3rd 2020

Prepare your Pond for Winter: A Checklist

Ponds require some extra attention when preparing for fall and those cold winter months ahead. Temperatures start dropping which means more and more questions on what to do next are arising. Remember, …

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Pros And Cons Of Running Your Pond Pump All Winter

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Oct 20th 2020

Pros And Cons Of Running Your Pond Pump All Winter

“Can I Keep my Pond Pump Running All Winter?” Many pond owners have had success with leaving their pond pump run all winter. And I am of the opinion, at times, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix i …

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How to Keep Pond Fish Alive in Winter

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Oct 13th 2020

How to Keep Pond Fish Alive in Winter

Do Koi Hibernate? Other common questions that will be answered: How to keep koi fish alive in winter? Feeding Pond Fish in Winter? Should I cover my pond in winter? What to do with pond fish i …

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HELP! This Pond was Here When I Moved In..

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Jul 21st 2020

HELP! This Pond was Here When I Moved In..

Every so often a customer will come in or call us saying; “We recently bought a new house BUT it came with a backyard pond.. The problem is I have no clue what to do with it, can you help?!” The an …

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How to Hide a Waterfall Spillway

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Jul 16th 2020

How to Hide a Waterfall Spillway

Tips for Hiding your Waterfall Spillway  A pond waterfall box provides biological filtration as well as serving as the starting point for the re-circulation of your pond …

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Keeping Fish Out Of Pond Skimmers

Posted by Bill Hoffman on Jun 30th 2020

Keeping Fish Out Of Pond Skimmers

“How do I Keep my Fish Out of the Pond Skimmer?”This is a very common question, so do not think that you are alone on this.  Below are the 3 most common reasons your fish might be going into th …

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