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Identifying Common Pond Fish Problems

Identifying Common Pond Fish Problems

Posted on Sep 15th 2021

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” guide to help pinpoint common fish problems and wha...
Potted Versus Bare-Rooted Pond Plants

Potted Versus Bare-Rooted Pond Plants

Posted on Jul 26th 2021

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 water temperatures cooler, some are used for filterin...
Identifying Good and Bad Pond Snails

Identifying Good and Bad Pond Snails

Posted on Jun 28th 2021

"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 they can do (or not do) in the water. Trapdoor...
Why is my Pond Losing Water?

Why is my Pond Losing Water?

Posted on Jun 21st 2021

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 determine whether it’s a leak or possibly evaporatio...
How To Fix Green Pond Water

How To Fix Green Pond Water

Posted on May 3rd 2021

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 ways to treat and remediate the p...
Pond Salt Treatments

Pond Salt Treatments

Posted on Apr 19th 2021

Why Pond Salt Treatments? Adding salt to your pond has many benefits, but the one thing in question here is whether maintaining salt levels throughout the season is good for your fish. It is true that pond salt, at certain dissolved l...
Pond Winterization Preparation: A Checklist

Pond Winterization Preparation: A Checklist

Posted on Nov 3rd 2020

Backyard 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, doing some fall pond maintenance mean...
Pros And Cons Of Running Your Pond Pump All Winter

Pros And Cons Of Running Your Pond Pump All Winter

Posted on Oct 20th 2020

“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 it.” However, with the unpredictability of Ohio we...
Keeping Fish Out Of Pond Skimmers

Keeping Fish Out Of Pond Skimmers

Posted on Jun 30th 2020

“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 the skimmer box and how to prevent it. 1. Cha...
Treating Different Types Of Pond Algae

Treating Different Types Of Pond Algae

Posted on Jun 25th 2020

It’s true, algae can be very unsightly and sometimes disheartening, but it’s also true that some algae is actually good for your pond and water garden.The following content will help you identify different types of green algae found in your water...
Fertilizing Pond Plants

Fertilizing Pond Plants

Posted on Jun 16th 2020

‘Feeding’ your aquatics maximizes its beauty and will get you the most out of your pond plants. The plant food tablets we recommend, were formulated to feed all aquatic plants - while not releasing chemicals into the water that would encourage the gr...
Pond Water Treatments

Pond Water Treatments

Posted on Apr 14th 2020

So many products, but what do they do? Do I need to use them all? Let this guide help “clear it up for you.” Beneficial Bacteria colonizes within your biological pond filter, breaks down ammonia from fish waste and decomposing debris and...
Chemical Versus Natural Pond Treatments

Chemical Versus Natural Pond Treatments

Posted on Oct 23rd 2019

Editor's note: We received this question from a recent customer and thought we would share it with all our readers - as well as the answer!Question: I just bought a house and there is a 1/3-acre pond located on the property. Most of it is covered...
Acclimate New Koi or Fish to a New Pond

Acclimate New Koi or Fish to a New Pond

Posted on Jul 9th 2019

Properly acclimating your new koi and other fish to your pond is very important! When acclimating your new fish, the goal is to decrease the stress as much as possible. We do this by gradually allowing them to get used to your pond water’s tempe...
A Guide for Cleaning & Opening your Pond

A Guide for Cleaning & Opening your Pond

Posted on Apr 24th 2018

As the weather is starting to turn into true Spring weather, it is time to clean up those ponds and get them started for the Spring and Summer!We recommend the following steps: Step 1: Remove your pond netting and rake up and remove any exc...