Frequently Asked Questions...
Your pond is a natural eco-system that supports plants, fish, frogs, tadpoles, micro-organisms, dragonflies, birds and other wildlife. Algae, just like the rest of your eco-system, is part of nature. Algae is very beneficial. It will help remove fish wastes and toxins from the water. Some types of algae will actually help the clarity of the water. The key to maintaining your pond is not to try and eliminate string algae, but to keep it in "BALANCE". [ Top ]
Types of algae:
Yearly cycle of the average pond:
Algae control methods:
Place water hyacinth and water lettuce in your BIOFALLS®. These floating plants reproduce rapidly using up enormous amounts of nutrients. Remove the older floaters when they start to over-run your BIOFALLS®. The discarded floaters make great nutrient rich compost for your garden.
Plenty of bog and marginal plants should be added to the pond. Plants such
as cattails and iris take up large quantities of nutrients. They are hardy
and will be back each spring to help you balance your pond.
Don't overlook oxygenators! They soak up nutrients and sunlight directly through their leaves. Think of them as nutrient sponges. [ Top ]
Don't overfeed fish and have some larger Koi:
In order to find a leak, you have to first determine if it is actually
a leak. Some water loss is normal, and that can vary depending on your location.
In the Midwest, 1" a week during mid-summer is normal. In Arizona, 1" a
day can be common. If a rapid water loss is witnessed, the first step is
to turn off the pump. Once off, let the water seek its own level and mark
its location on the skimmer faceplate. check the water level in 24 hours.
If there is no change in the water level, the pond can be ruled out, and
the waterfall and stream are probably to blame. To find the leak, turn the
pump back on, fill the pond to the proper water level, and watch for another
24 hours. You should notice a drop in the water level. The first place to
look in this situation should be the stream or waterfall. It only takes;
a small trickle of water over a 24 hour period to cause a drop in the pond's
water level. In order to find the leak, pull the gravel and mulch away from
the liner's edge, and look for a low spot. When it is found, simply build
the liner back up with some soil and compact firmly. Continue searching to
rule out multiple leaks. Be sure to check the area around the waterfall for
splashing water outside of the liner, as it cascades over the stonework.
NO WATER FLOW
A lack of water coming our of the BIOFALLS® can be symptomatic of several problems.
The two most common predators around ponds are raccoons and herons. Raccoons
are generally not a problem to your fish if the pond is 2' deep and 8' wide
with some hiding places for the fish. They may, however, go into the pond
and walk around the first plant shelf looking for food. Herons are not as
common, especially in subdivisions or heavily populated urban areas. If they
do visit your pond, you will notice what patient and excellent hunters they
can be while probably stealing some of the fish. The best solution we've
seen for predators is the scarecrow or yard cop. These units are connected
to a water source and use motion detectors to pick up the presence, of an
intruder. Once detected, they will shoot several blasts of water, scaring
the predator away. These units retail for about $100.00.
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Enhance your pond...
1.- Use native plants -they will usually grow more happily, need less work, and they're what local wildlife has adapted to.
2.- Garden in layers, with a higher canopy of tree branches, lower canopy of bushes and small plants - this offers a variety of shelter.
3.- Provide good access to the pond, with shelves, rocks, and gravel so creatures of all sizes can get to the water comfortably.
4.- Choose plants that earn their keep by providing beauty, shelter and food in more than one season.
5.- Plant clumps of flowers, especially those that you can see the bees and butterflies love.
6.- stay away from chemicals such as insecticides and herbicides.
7.- Plant ground cover under trees to maximize shelter.
8.- Create safe travel routes between food and water. This becomes doubly important if you see a hawk hanging about.
9.- Try to connect your pond area visually with other natural plants and trees in the area.
10. Make your pond attractive to you. It's there for your pleasure after all. The more time you spend beside it the more you will understand its workings and become part of it.