Fellow pond lover
Wow! We've got a great issue for you this Memorial Day weekend ...
From a pond cleaning pictorial (and videos), to the results of our
'Funniest Pond Story' - we've been working hard for you to put together
our best issue yet!
We've got lots of pictures, and EVEN 2 SHORT VIDEOS for you to enjoy
this month... So take advantage of this long holiday weekend, and enjoy
this months issue of PondStuff!
Results of our 'Funniest Pond Story' contest!
We had some hilarious, truly gut wrenching, laugh out- loud stories
sent in by some of you. Here we're going to highlight some of the
funniest stories for you to read, and we'll post ALL of the funniest
pond stories sent in on the website.
We had entries from all over the place (Inluding one all the way
from THAILAND!) The competition was fierce, and to be honest - I had
a really hard time deciding on the one 'funniest' story. So, I'm
going to leave it up to you, our readers. That's right - I'm asking
everyone of you to 'vote' on your favorite 'funniest pond story'.
Then we'll release the results in a week or so...
But here's a brief rundown of our entries: cats, dogs, and
bunnies taking a swim, a hungry KOI nibbling in dangerous territory,
a missing flip flop, an electrifying experience for grandma, fun for
the whole family, fish frapee, and flying fish as well! There you
have it, these are the entries you will be voting on at the end, so
get ready for some very amusing pond stories!
First, let's start with this very funny story about 'Smokey' the
cat - who apparently thinks he can walk on water. This was sent in
by Mike Lachance from Maryland:
Click here to read the whole story... »
Goldfish or KOI... Whick is right for your pond?
Many people have asked us over the years "Should I add goldfish or
KOI (or both) to my pond? The answer is "it depends."
Goldfish are better suited to smaller water gardens and ponds, in
the 50 - 500 gallon range. Goldfish are extremely hardy and easy to
care for, which makes them the perfect choice for the new pond owner
or water gardener.
KOI, on the other hand, require a little more knowledge and
better water quality in most cases, than goldfish and are better
suited to the more experienced pond keeper. KOI generally thrive
best in ponds over 500 gallons (the bigger - the better.)
This is becuase KOI can grow quite large and therefore require
more water in the pond for proper biological breakdown of waste. KOI
are also more expensive (and harder to replace) than goldfish, so
this should also be taken into account before filling your new pond
full of KOI fish.
More things to consider... »
Building Liner Ponds
Surprisingly enough, it is usually in mid-summer that many gardeners
begin to think about installing a small pond or water garden. Ponds
don't need to be weeded or watered, and they can supply exuberant
color in the form of water lilies and bog plants. The sound of a
splashing fountain or waterfall is more appealing than weeding a
flower bed or mowing that section of lawn. Best of all, no matter
how hot or wet it gets, the pond just keeps on blooming!
At this point you may start to think about the expense and labor
of installing a concrete pond, and our 95 degree days are just about
enough to stop this pond daydream in its tracks!
However, with the advent of newer pond liners and pre- formed
pools, the misery associated with concrete mixing and finishing is a
thing of the past. Heavy duty pool liners with 10 year guarantees
are now very common, and can sell for $1.00 a square foot or less.
Preformed ponds in many different shapes and sizes are also an
alternative method to create a quick pond at less cost than using
concrete. Using these materials, the average gardener can install a
decent size pond in less than one day, and have it stocked with
plants, fish and fountain by the following morning.
Continue Reading... »
Product Review - Tetra Pond UV Sterilizer
Green water got you down? Is your pond starting to look more like a
swamp than a water garden? Well worry no longer - in case you
haven't heard of or used a UV sterilizer before, the good news is
that they work, and they work very well..
UV sterilizers work by passing your pond water through a chamber
containing an ultraviolet lamp inside. As the water passes through -
the UV lamp damages the DNA of the suspended algae cells, and
prevents it from replicating, which means no more algae.
This month, we are going to highlight one of our best selling UV
sterilizers, made by Tetra Pond. The Tetra Pond UV sterilizers are
extremely economical, easy to install, and very effective. They are
really more of a 'clarifier' than a true UV sterilizer, but the end
result is the same - clear water.
True UV sterilizers typically use a higher intensity bulb, and
longer contact time. These units will also help control parasites
and bacteria in the pond, but can be very expensive and are best
used on larger KOI ponds.
Learn More... »
How to Clean Your Pond
In this issue of PondStuff! we're going to walk you through how to
clean your pond, step by step! So if you've never dredged out the
old pond to clean it out, after this article and picture series -
you'll have no excuse!
A well maintained and balanced pond with adequate filtration may
not ever need cleaning out. But the reality is that most ponds, over
time, begin to accumulate waste and debris, which will ultimately
start to decay and decompose in the pond. Or, maybe the algae gets
so bad, that the only option is to clean it out and start fresh.
How do you do a proper pond cleaning? Well we're about to show
you. This the very same sequence we used when cleaning out ponds for
our 100+ customers every season. So sit back, relax, and enjoy as
you're about to learn all about how clean out your pond like a
The first step is to gather all the necessary materials and
equipment you'll need for the job. Here's a brief list of what