Backyard Waterfall and Koi Pond Features

Month: August 2016

Use Specially-Made Pond Baskets

Use Specially-Made Pond Baskets. Another “rookie mistake” among new pond owners is to use inexpensive, ordinary “closed” flower pots (made of plastic jars) with their aquatic plants. Never ever use these ordinary closed flower pots because your pond’s Sulfur and other harmful gases will tend to accumulate inside these closed pots and, as a result, your plants’ roots will suffocate and rot. Instead, the “safety” provided by ...

Turn Off The UV Lamps To Give Time For The Bacteria

“Turn Off” Your Pond’s UV Lamps Right After the “Addition” of “Friendly” Bacteria to the Biological Filter Media. In particular, “turn off” the UV lamps for 24 to 48 hours to “give time” for the “friendly” bacteria to sort of “frame a housing” around the filter media and/or the pond substrate. Subsequently, after 24 to 48 hours of being “turned off”, you may resume “operating” the UV lamps. ...

Playing With Your Koi

With Koi, Feeding Time Means “Bonding” Time. You may be surprised to here this advise, but the next time you feed them, try “playing” with your Koi (or other fishes for that matter) by gently touching them.They might seem “elusive” at first, but after some time, they would sort of “recognize” your touch and will be “tamed”. Koi are known to “surface” and eat from your hand whereas other fishes might be a little bit more s ...

Watch Out Beneficial Bacteria When Cleaning Filters

When Cleaning Your Pond’s Filters, Watch Out for the “Friendly” or Beneficial Bacteria.  Sometimes when cleaning your pond’s filters, you’ll see a shiny, gelatinous layer,which is easy to spot on dark-colored filter material. This shiny, gelatinous layer (or “biofilm”) is actually the manifestation of the “friendly” or beneficial bacteria “colony”. Do not “destroy” it or apply some chemicals (or even just soap/deterg ...

An “Automatic” Water Change

“Infinity Edge” pools are the rage nowadays, and it has been conjectured that the concept of having an “infinity edge” on your pond where some “excess” water will “run off” is beneficial, in that it will provide some sort of a perfect “balance” to your pond, especially when paired with a mechanism which replenishes your pond’s water.But beware that some naturally-occurring sources of fish nutrition (such as plankton and some ...

Have A Separate Power Meter For Pond

Have a Separate “Power Meter” for All of Your Ponds and Their Respective Power-Consuming Equipment or, Better Yet, Have a Separate Power Meter for Each Pond. If your ponds are near your house, then, chances are, all the power-consuming equipment are “wired” to your house’s mains, and it would be difficult (if not downright impossible) to determine how much is the “actual” power consumption of your house alone and how much is the fi ...

The Best Way To Take Pictures Of Your Koi

Have you ever noticed that in most Koi pictures in the internet, there’s a light blue background? Because the Koi’s colors are accentuated whenever they are “positioned” against a light blue background.So, if you want to take some photographs of one (it is best that you do it one Koi at a time) or several of your Koi, catch them/it using a soft Japanese landing net, then place them/it in a container with a light-blue background (a light-b ...

What If There Is No Oxygen But Just Air In The Water?

This is one of the misconceptions that first-time pond owners have. Normally, pond water does not actually contain pure oxygen but air containing about 20% ​​oxygen. And there really are no such pond equipment as oxygen pumps and oxygen stones, but just air pumps and air stones.They work by sort of “agitating” the water, making it circulate so that oxygen in the atmosphere may be “absorbed” via this process of circulation.The m ...

Look Out For Bamboo Shoots Piercing Your Pond’s Liner

If you have planted some Bamboo close to your pond, occasionally check to see if some of its shoots threaten to pierce your pond’s liner or “foil”.Some species of Bamboo “expand” underneath the soil, with strong roots that could “drill” a hole into your pond’s liner. Perhaps if you want to plant some bamboo close to your pond, it would be best to sort of “isolate” its roots from your pond’s perimeter by building some kind of ...

Sturgeons Are “Black-and-White” Viewers

Yes, that’s right. Sturgeon fishes are kind of “colorblind” fishes in the sense that they see their surroundings in black and white.So if you plan on having a Sturgeon fish pond, it might be a good idea to choose a white- (or light-) colored pond liner or “foil” for your Sturgeon pond and do not put a lot of dark-colored pebbles or gravel in it (in fact, it might be a good idea to try not “putting in” some substrate) so that your St ...

Avoid “stressing” Your Fishes

Do Not “Stress” Your Fishes. If possible, at all times avoid “stressing” your fishes, as stress lowers their natural resistance, rendering them vulnerable to diseases. Stressors come in many forms, such as persistent vibration or “pounding” on the pond or the water’s surface, changes in temperature and/or water pressure, lack or inadequacy of food or “sources” of nutrition, poor quality of the water, chemical buildup in the w ...

Buy Aquatic Plants In The Summer And Autumn

Buy Aquatic Plants in the Summer and Autumn.  Many new pond owners do not know about this “trick”. If you buy your aquatic plants in the Summer or Autumn, they somehow tend to be a lot better-developed and stronger than the plants that most owners would buy in early Spring. Hence, you get more “value” for your money and their chances of an insured growth will be much higher. ...

Large Servicing Work VS. Small Regular Maintenance Jobs?

Large, “Wholesale” Servicing Work VS Small, “Piecemeal” Regular Maintenance Jobs? A frequent question which arises among beginning pond owners is whether they should “schedule” infrequent but large-scale (or “wholesale”) servicing work on their pond’s filtration systems, pumps, water, etc., or whether they should do frequent/regular but smaller-scale (or “piecemeal”) maintenance jobs.The correct answer is to choose the la ...

Purchase Backups For Biological Filters

Purchase Backups for Biological Filters. Do you largely depend on “biological” filters? If so, then it would be wise for you to purchase a backup for each biological filter that you’re using because if the “biological” media of these filters bogs down, it usually takes months for these “friendly” bacteria colonies to grow back.So the best way to sort of “repair” one is to actually have a backup ready to use at any time. ...

Do Not Plant Your Aquatic Plants In Nature

Do Not “Plant” Your Aquatic Plants in Nature (Unless You Want Them to Multiply with Reckless Abandon). Sometimes, when you a doing some “maintenance” work on your pond, you will probably be “thinning” certain aquatic plants species.These excess aquatic plants are best not left to grow in ditches or streams, because certain aquatic plants, such as the Pennywort and Pearl Feather Herb can easily displace the native species of pla ...