POND Trade Product of the Year Challenge

Product of the Year Awards were announced at the IPPCA Info-Tanza banquet in San Diego, and almost all of the winners were present to accept their award.

Overall Winner

• ShinMaywa Norus XP Pump, Fielding Pump Company

Equipment

• 1st Triton Check Valve, Atlantic Water Gardens

• 2nd Matala Air Base, Matala USA

• 3rd IonGen System, Aquascape, Inc.

Products

• 1st Pond Zinger, Applied Polymer Systems

• 2nd AquaSpherePRO, Bioverse, Inc.

• 3rd Aquafroth Pro 200, Aquafroth, LLC.

People's Choice

• AquaFill, AquaMedia

• Gravel Bog Filter, Aquatic Gardens

• KH Alkalinity Bio-Active Booster, Ecological Laboratories, Inc.

Judges Panel:

• Deb Spencer, Water's Edge

• John Olson, Graystone Industries, Inc.

• Burt Nichols, Water Garden Gems, Inc.

• Erik Tate, The Water Garden LLC

• Mark Lawson, Koi Depot of San Diego

POND Trade Magazine would like to personally thank every one who participated in this product challenge.

Thank you to all the manufactures that continue to provide important new products for the pond industry.

 

Here we have 40 finalists divided into two categories.

 

28 Entries in Pond Equipment: Filters, Pumps, Skimmers, etc.

12 Entries in Pond Products: Food, Medications, Water Conditioners, etc.

 

Pond Equipment Entries

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Matala USA

23132 La Cadena Dr #A

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

949-273-8888

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Matala Air Base

The Matala air base with rubber membrane air diffuser. Simply connect with hose to your air pump and you’ve got an instant professional style pond aeration system. Virtually maintenance free.

High quality construction. Smooth weighted base is koi safe with no sharp edges, which can damage your fish or liner. The Matala rubber membrane diffuser only adds 4˝ of backpressure to the air pump and is the lowest back pressure diffuser on the market. Complete with multi-barb for easy connection to 4 different hose sizes. Available in 8 different configurations from single 9˝ disc up to four 12˝ discs.

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Innovative Fountains

1144 E. State st,, ste A#172

Geneva, il 60134

630-797-5351

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Innovative Fountains / iFountain

The iFountain is a cordless, decorative water fountain based on patent-pending Portable Fountain Technology that is powered by a water submersible, rechargeable, lithium ion battery and is operated by remote control. The benefits of this innovative water fountain include: “Portable” freedom of cordless allows indoor/outdoor use without the need for wiring, extension cords, or AC power source • High quality power source–water submersible, lithium ion battery can be recharged hundreds of time providing a long battery life “Long use cycle” 9+ hours (holds its charge) • Dependable–reliable in any weather or light • Safe–diminishes concerns for electrical shock or fire “Green” friendly and promotes responsible energy consumption Remote control increases ease of operation with an 80´ range

Currently on the market are decorative water fountains powered by traditional sources, each of which has limitations to functionality and convenience. • AC power requires a cord and an electrical outlet, which limits portability and is potentially hazardous. • Disposable batteries limit power and performance, need frequent replacement, and are environmentally unfriendly. • Solar power is not dependable or reliable in all conditions and performs inconsistently The iFountain solves these issues with Portable Fountain Technology, which incorporates lithium ion energy to provide superior power, cordless convenience, and safety. The iFountain is the industry’s first and only lithium ion powered, remote control cordless fountain. A patent application for the system design is pending.

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Aquility Systems, Inc.

6949 SW 21st Ln.

Gainesville, Florida 32607

352-332-1549

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Level Waters™ XL Series Automatic Water Leveling Systems

The Level Waters XL Series Systems provide for professional, dependable electronic filling for the average pond owner. Systems are available for ponds of all sizes. With Aquility System new Level Waters LCX series outdoor controllers, Plumb, Plug & Play and professional install systems provide customers with the flexibility to install a reliable system on any pond or water garden. The sensor uses no moving parts that can become fouled and will outlast any float-based system available saving considerable time and money throughout the years. Each system features bright indicators for POWER, FILL and ALARM conditions. The efficient design uses little power making them the Green choice of satisfied customers for a professional filling system. Continuously monitoring the level in the pond, the Level Waters XL Series Systems make refilling after bio-filter back flushing a breeze.

One of the most innovative and practical product offerings of the year, the Level Waters XL Series Systems offer anyone reliable, precise protection for pumps and prized fish at an affordable price. The Level Waters XL Series Plumb, Plug & Play auto-fill systems use simple cam-lock connectors for connections between system components alleviating the need for expensive wiring and installation fees. Simply mount, run plumbing, connect and you’re done! Anyone can do it. Introduced by Aquility Systems, Inc. in March of 2011 at the North Florida Koi Show in Orlando Florida, the systems filled a need expressed by customers for an exterior grade control with the dependability and flexibility of the standard Level Waters systems. The ONLY truly integrated system on the market, the Level Waters XL Series has ushered in a new era of technology available to all serious pond and water garden owners.

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Aquascape, Inc.

901 Aqualand Way

St. Charles, IL 60119

630-659-2000

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IonGen™ System

The IonGen System is an electronic water clarifier for ponds and Pondless® Waterfalls that is simple to install, safe for fish and plants, not toxic to any animals that may drink from the water feature, and eliminates unsightly water conditions without the use of chemicals. The IonGen System’s automatic control panel sends signals that slowly dissolve a replaceable, self-cleaning metal probe. This unique combination of metal ions released into the water increases water quality, clarity and drastically reduces the need for traditional pond chemicals. An easy-to-use touch pad provides a simple method for adjusting the amount of ionization and an electronic indicator automatically signals when the probe needs replacing. The probe typically lasts 1 to 3 seasons depending on usage, quantity of water, and water parameters of the water feature.

The IonGen is very easy to install and drastically reduces pond maintenance and the need for pond chemicals, thereby providing the pond owner with more time to relax and enjoy their water feature. The IonGen is energy efficient, costing less than $1 per month to operate. An easy-to-use touch pad makes it simple to adjust the amount of ionization needed for each application.

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Aquascape, Inc.

901 Aqualand Way

St. Charles, IL 60174

630-659-2000

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Pondless® Waterfall Vault

The New Pondless® Waterfall Vault was designed to improve integration with Aquascape’s AquaBlox® water tanks, used to create Pondless® Waterfall features. Perfect for small to mid-sized waterfall projects, the horizontal and vertical water intakes provide excellent circulation while the built-in water level inspection port allows the lid to be buried out of sight. In addition, an extra wide opening provides easy access and the large interior fits a wide range of pump sizes. The Pondless® Waterfall Vault comes standard for use with small AquaBlox®, but is available with an optional extension that slides on when using the large AquaBlox®. Professional grade quality and strength make the new Pondless® Waterfall Vault applicable to a variety of waterfall installations.

Developed by contractors for contractors, the Pondless® Waterfall Vault is packed with features that a professional pond installer will truly appreciate. Designed to integrate with the AquaBlox®, installation is a snap, saving valuable time and labor expense. The Pondless® Waterfall Vault is extremely sturdy and its versatility lends itself to a variety of pondless applications.

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Aquascape, Inc.

901 Aqualand Way

St. Charles, IL 60174

630-659-2000

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Waterfall Spillway

The Waterfall Spillway is an inexpensive solution for creating waterfalls. This compact, yet extremely strong spillway includes strategically positioned internal barriers that diffuse the rush of incoming water, providing a smooth-flowing waterfall through the front spillway. The 22-inch wide Waterfall Spillway handles flows up to 7,500 gallons per hour and its one-piece roto-molded design makes it extremely durable. The unit is easy to camouflage since it can be buried beneath stone, gravel, mulch or soil. Use multiple Waterfall Spillways for larger, more creative waterfall designs.The Waterfall Spillway is an ideal solution for starting waterfalls on Pondless® Waterfall systems, where larger, more expensive biological filters aren’t necessary due to the absence of fish. The Spillway is also an excellent choice for designing additional waterfalls and streams onto ponds that already have a biological filter.

Customers have been asking for an economical way to create waterfalls and the new Waterfall Spillway retails for just $119.99. Using the Waterfall Spillway allows the contractor to pass along construction savings to the consumer. The Waterfall Spillway can even be used behind hardscape walls to provide a more formal waterfall design.

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Aquascape, Inc.

901 Aqualand Way

St. Charles, IL 60174

630-659-2000

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Pond and Landscape LED Light Kit

Aquascape’s Pond and Landscape LED Light Kit is preassembled and pre-wired, making installation a snap. Simply plug in the transformer and the lights are ready to go. The kit is listed at $109.98 MSRP and includes 3 single-watt LED light fixtures. Each fixture includes a high-output LED light combined with an optical lens, providing an extremely powerful light output for such a small fixture. Also included is a built-in photocell that automatically controls the lights, turning the fixtures on at dusk, and off at dawn. To view a video on the Pond and Landscape LED Light Kit, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_44hzKsSWk.

The waterproof design of the LED light fixture makes the unit extremely versatile, allowing it to be submerged underwater, as well as used alongside the water to highlight waterfall cascades, fountains, or even plants and trees surrounding the water feature. Aquascape LED lights use approximately 80-90% less electricity and last 10 times longer than their halogen counterparts. This is especially advantageous in a water garden setting where a submerged light can be difficult to access.

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Fieldling Pump Company

8510 S. Sandy Parkway

Sandy, Utah 84070

801-870-1408

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ShinMaywa Norus XP

Submersible continuous duty high flow pump, 1 HP 110V, 2˝ discharge. Stainless steel casing with Fiber Reinforced bottom and top housings. Total weight 24 pounds, 32´ cable, model number 50CRXP2.75S.

A new two vane impeller technology enables this pump to obtain higher flows using less wattage for dramatic water feature effects. The other advantages are the Norus XP is contractor friendly, weighing just 24 pounds and extremely corrosion resistant with it’s stainless steel and fiber reinforced plastic components.

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RB Control Systems

1512 Lincoln Hwy

N. Versailles, PA 15137

866-224-7225

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RB Mobile Live

Go Mobile with RB Control Systems RB Control Systems POS and Business Management Software for pond dealers goes mobile in real time. RB Mobile Live gives access to sales orders, scheduled jobs, and customer information all from your cell phone. Do physical inventories in your truck by UPC code, add to the purchase order wish list and more. Business owners and managers can view current and past work shifts and keep up on the daily sales totals.

RB Mobile Live is a new innovative business application designed to keep business owners and staff alike on the go in the know! Have access to your business information from anywhere by using your cell phone.

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Fountain Well, LLC

1109 Hampton Garth

Towson, Maryland 21286

4108210022

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Stainless Steel Pond Fountain

This pond fountain is constructed of Stainless Steel 340L, a highly corrosion resistant steel that is fish friendly and the welded construction is virtually indestructible. Equipped with a 700gph Pondmaster magnetic drive pump and a Fountain Well, LLC designed pre-filter that has proven to effectively eliminating clogging of pump and fountain and keeping small fish and frogs from being sucked into the pump. The system is virtually maintenance free and will perform flawlessly for years to come. The fountain features an oxygen induced rustic surface finish (no coatings) and has an overall heights of 52˝. The cups are 9.3˝ in diameter. The cost is around $900 and $ 6.50 per month operating cost (based on $.15/KW).

This simple but beautiful fountain (there is beauty in simplicity) makes for a wonderful addition to any pond. The sound and sight of falling water is aesthetically pleasing and soothing; it seems to touch our emotions. But this fountain is not just a pretty thing to behold; it is a real workhorse when it comes to maintaining water quality. The 700 gph pump (about 600 gph/head), coupled with remote intake promotes water circulation and very efficient aeration and degassing to support at least 100lbs of fish and a 5000 gallon pond. The aeration and the all-important degassing function is the salient technical feature of this 3-cup fountain design. Each cup generates turbulence to take in oxygen and releases unwanted gases especially carbon dioxide. Oxygen minus carbon dioxide makes fish happy.

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InMotion Aquatics

1250 W. Arrow Hwy

Upland, CA 91786

888-920-1944

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EVO UV

Evolution Aqua has developed a unique design in pond ultraviolet clarifiers. The all new EVO 55 and EVO 110 units employ a non-flow restrictive housing with the lowest friction loss in the industry. Each unit has internal baffles, which ensure proper mixing of the water, and the large housing provides for more contact time against the UV lamp. Also included is a diagnostic control panel that codes for lamp or ballast failure, as well as an internal clock feature that lets you know when the lamp has reached the end of its service life. Feature packed and performance oriented, the all new EVO UV systems are the next evolution in UV design.

The EVO UV models have raised the bar when it comes to design quality. This new design provides performance exceeding other models for significantly less costs. This, coupled with features not found on other models makes large flow volume and pond size UV systems affordable for everyone.

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AquaMedia

9375 Customhouse Plaza Suite H-1

San Diego, California 92154

8585186590

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AquaFill

The AquaFill “Mini” electronic water level control float is 1/2 the size of the Original AquaFill. This unit is easier to hide and is perfect for small fountains and water features such as container gardens, fountain pots, fountain bowls and small Fiberglas or molded patio waterfalls. The AquaFill, unlike the mechanical “toilet tank type” floats is “Fail-safe” and be used with confidence by koi pond owners, koi breeders and koi farms worldwide. The “Mini” AquaFill is the most versatile float switch on the market today. The switch can be converted from a normally open switch to a normally closed switch simply by reversing the float on the shaft. The AquaFill can be installed anywhere, since it is a switch which works in conjunction with a 24 volt transformer and solenoid valve, all of which are connected with low voltage wire. Therefore the location of the water and power source is not an issue in installation. Water can be routed separately to the water feature. The power source can be 200-500´ from the water feature since it only requires a 24 volts power source, which can be supplied by low voltage wire such as used in landscape lighting. A mechanical float requires the float to be in the same location as the water source, greatly limiting the flexibility of the installation. Unlike the AquaFill float, which can be installed at one end of a pond with the solenoid valve and water supply at the opposite end. In addition to its versatility, reliability and cost saving features, The AquaFill carries a 5-year warranty.

A mechanical float requires the float to be in the same location as the water source, greatly limiting the flexibility of the installation. Unlike the AquaFill float, which can be installed at one end of a pond with the solenoid valve and water supply at the opposite end. In addition to its versatility, reliability and cost saving features, The AquaFill carries a 5-year warranty.

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PerformancePro Pumps, Inc.

5976 S.E. Alexander St.; Suite F

Hillsboro, OR 97123

503-356-5888

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Artesian2

PerformancePro Pumps is pleased to announce the release of our new Artesian2 self-priming pump line. To our loyal fans of the classic Artesian we confidently say “do not worry”! We have kept all the features of our original design and have incorporated new features. These include: built in 2” unions, a larger priming pot and strainer basket for less maintenance, and even quieter water flow. These energy efficient, industrial quality units are built in the U.S.A. for unparalleled reliability and performance.

We submit this pump as product of the year based on its off the chart performance and unusually quiet operation.

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Atlantic Water Gardens

4494 Orchard Street

Mantua, OH 44255

330-274-8317

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Triton 3-Way Diverter

Atlantic Water Gardens TR3WAY Triton 3-Way Diverter, the only manifold designed exclusively for pond-free fountain installations, 5 3/8˝L x 4 ½˝W x 2 7/8˝H with an 1-1/2˝ inlet, 3 - ¾˝ insert outlets, 2 removable “T” handles

Atlantic Water Garden’s all-new Triton 3-Way Diverter is specifically designed to make the tedious chore of splitting the flow from a single pump to up to three water features a breeze. Instead of multiple tees and valves and the space they would occupy, the Triton 3-Way Diverter adjusts the flow from a single 1-1/2˝ pipe through 3 integrated true ball valves into ¾˝ tubing feeding up to 3 different columns, vases or statues, with two removable Valve Handles to control unwanted later “re-adjustments.” When snapped into the special recess on the all-new FB4600 46˝ Fountain Basin, the Triton 3-Way Diverter provides full access to plumbing and valves from outside the Fountain Basin, on top where the contractor can perform all adjustments without having to get soaked working inside the basins, as with other manufacturer’s products.

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Aquatic Gardens

5485 Hwy 280 East

Birmingham, Alabama 35242

205/995-9466

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Gravel Bog Filter

A gravel area is contained at one end of the pond and kept in place w/structural fiber grating. A skimmer allows for surface debris removal and a french drain attached to back of skimmer draws water through the gravel keeping it aerobic and increasing bacteria activity. Water quality is pristine with heavy fish loads capable without algae blooms and the use of a UV sterilizer.

Relative ease of operation, requires cleaning only once every couple of years. Capable of installation in new or existing ponds.

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Intown Landscape, Inc

594 Decatur Street SE

Atlanta, GA 30312

404-627-3700

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Strawberry Pot Fountain

Large 32˝ Strawberry pot w/ 6 cups, fogger & glass eggs on top. We used a lot of trial and error with a 5200gph pump and different pipe sizes to get the flow right. All 6 cups are individual piped and water spills out over the top as well to give the beautiful ceramic pot a nice sheen. Can be outfitted with LED egg lites for nighttime enjoyment.

I have never seen anything like it and it is very unique, beautiful and will enhance any property.

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SeaGateFilters, Inc.

6219 Gum St.

Alexandria, Virginia 22310

703-627-7504

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Xtreme Bio Filter & Pump System FP-1200

Filtration system is a heart of any pond. It removes fish waste, dirt and debris collected in pond via mechanical filtration and convert harmful toxins to neutral compounds through biological filtration. Without a filtration system, water quality will rapidly deteriorated causing poor fish health and even death.

Xtreme Bio Filter is a bio and mechanical filtration system that not only provides the benefits as described above, it makes cleaning the filter is quick and easy. Simple design of the Xtreme Bio Media and the diffuser assembly has made the Xtreme Bio Filter is the number one choice for pond owner when it comes to performance and maintenance.

870 square feet of surface area per cubic foot of media provide tremendous surface area for bacterial colonization. Ridges on the outer surface provide stand off between media during backwash so that no beneficial bacterial are scrubbed away which leads to no Ammonia spike. Free standing fins on the inner wall provide extra surface area for bacterial growth, hollow space of the media allows water flow through the media bed with little restriction, provides oxygen to the bio film on these surfaces. The free standing fins are designed so that the fins are not connected, they do not form a finite compartment that can be clogged.

Cleaning the filter is easy with a turn of a handle on the multiport valve located at the top of the filter. The diffuser assembly provides cyclonic cleaning action with planar jets from the diffuser head located at the bottom of the filter. The large strainer basket extends to the mid section of the filter allow the bio media to stay suspended during backwash. Dirt and debris can be flushed out the filter quickly, saving energy each backwash.

The Filter & pump system FP-1200 has the performance characteristics described above in a smaller package. The filter contains 0.75 cubic foot of Xtreme Bio Media X125 (fine media) for rapid particle entrainment. The filter can handle 60 pounds of fish by weight and rated for pond from 100-1600 gallons. The powerful electric water pump is a good match for this filter. It delivers 1500 gallon per hour at 25 feet of head and only consumes 360 watts of electric, and is considered energy efficient. Backwash requires once a week, takes less than 2 minutes. No pads to clean, no part to replace.

The total package of filter & pump comes with complete base. Retails for $695.00 which is very affordable targeting pond owners with pond size average 100-1600 gallons. It also can be used for quarantine systems.

Many reasons that this system should be voted number one product of the year 2011: 1) Filter & Pump combination 2) Exceptional Performance 3) Easy of maintenance 4) Affordability 5) Compact 6) Energy Savings 7) Versatility

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ITT Corporation, Flow Control Division

1 Kondelin Road

Gloucester, MA 01930

978-468-3076

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AquaCharge

AquaCharge™ is the new portable and rechargeable water pump from ITT Flow Control. A compact 7˝ by 3.25˝ by 5.5˝ and lightweight 3.6 pounds, it is ideal for a wide range of applications including outdoor water feature or pond maintenance, routine hot tub and aquarium cleanings, overflowing sinks, as well as wet basement and laundry room draining. It is also equally effective in removing water from small marine craft such as kayaks, dinghies, canoes, and sailboats.

The portable AquaCharge™ runs on a safe, low voltage battery which is fully submersible, and can be used to pump out fresh or salt water. It includes a submersible pump, eight-foot hose, rechargeable NiMH battery, and charging station. AquaCharge™ also connects to any standard garden hose; and, with a 200-gallon per charge pump capacity, it handles household water needs easily with the simple twist of a switch.

AquaCharge™ is available online and through select retailers nationwide and retails for an estimated $79 (MSRP).

Its innovative design makes AquaCharge™ an extremely efficient and convenient water removal tool, and is particularly well-suited for pond applications. It is very convenient and especially useful during routine pond cleanings and while making preparations for winter pond readiness because it is so portable. Portability is key when it comes to solving small water problems or making water transfers, to and from a pond or water feature as well as inside and outside the home, and the AquaCharge™ makes it easy. It’s simple to charge and use and it helps homeowners and contractors perform their work more productively and safely at a great value. AquaCharge™ is backed by the Rule brand of DC pumps, a brand enjoying over 45 years of operational excellence. The DC motor technology is proven with over 15 million units in use. AquaCharge™ raises the standard in pump capabilities and convenience, and was one of only 12 products to be named to the Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice list in 2011.

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Atlantic Water Gardens

4494 Orchard Street

Mantua, OH 44255

330-274-8317

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Clean Rain Ultra Downspout Diverter

Atlantic Water Gardens’ Clean Rain Ultra Downspout Diverter is an all-in-one rainwater filtration and collection system that collects, cleans and filters rainwater, accommodating multiple connection options for immediate or future use in the garden and around the yard. Part Number RHCRU is 8-14˝L x 9˝W x 31˝H, adapts to 2˝x3˝, 3˝x4˝, 3˝ or 4˝ Sch. 40 PVC downspouts, with outlets for ¾˝ GHT, 1˝ and 1-1/2˝ hose or 3˝ Sch. 40 PVC pipe.

In order for collected rainwater to be as useful as possible, rainwater harvesting systems have to exclude as much debris and contamination as possible, and that’s where Atlantic Water Gardens’ Clean Rain Ultra Downspout Diverter excels. This attractive “first flush” unit installs above ground on the wall below any size residential or light commercial downspout, with built-in adapters for any shape 3-4˝ leader. Water entering the Clean Rain Ultra first passes multiple ‘fingers’ that separate and eject leaves and larger debris, then through a removable fine mesh stainless steel strainer that removes small particles. The mechanically filtered water reaches the innovative Smart Sense valve, which only activates after the ‘first flush’ of 10-15 gallons of roof water has washed away dirt, dust, droppings, insects, microscopic and chemical contaminants, then diverts clean rainwater to storage or for immediate use. With fittings for ¾˝ garden, 1˝ sump hose, 1-1/2˝ pool hose, even 3˝ Sch. 40 PVC, attachment to storage containers or directly into pools or pond free water features couldn’t be easier. The Clean Rain Ultra is a step above in-ground sediment traps, which only remove heavy solids and can only feed in-ground reservoirs. Installing with just a hacksaw and a drill, its vertical wall mount design is simple to install and maintain and more versatile, able to replenish any reservoir, above or below ground, including rain barrels and cisterns, making the Clean Rain Ultra the ultimate all in one filtration and collection system for rainwater harvesting.

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Aquility Systems, Inc.

6949 SW 21st. Ln.

Gainesville, FL 32607

352-332-1549

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Level Waters EasyFill

The Level Waters EasyFill is the smallest electronic auto-fill available and offers a dependable means of filling ponds, water gardens, fountains and other water features at a fraction of the cost of traditional electronic auto-fills. The EasyFill is simple to install inconspicuously and retain the natural beauty of the pond or water feature. The EasyFill compares in price to most float valves available commercially but has no moving parts just like our other professional Level Waters models. The EasyFill continuously monitors the water level even when a leak is present and fills it with precision, offering customers peace of mind when home or away on vacation. The MC-01 EasyFill is the heart of the MLS-3401 Auto-fill System and uses the same patent pending sensing system our other professional systems use without an expensive controller. The MLS-3401 system includes a 24VAC valve and power supply; everything needed to get your pond or water feature filled the way it should be.

What is revolutionary about the EasyFill™ is its small size, and its low price that is comparable to float systems on the market. Because it incorporates the Level Waters™ patent pending sensing system within the sensing unit, no controller is needed to achieve reliable filling. And the EasyFill™ does it without unsightly floats! Although it provides basic filling without indicators or alarm capability, the EasyFill™ is perfect for those on a budget who want the advantages of an auto-fill with no moving parts that professional systems offer. With an anticipated MSRP of only $79.95 (MC-01 only), it is affordable to everyone.

Public response was very high when the EasyFill™ was first shown at the 2nd Annual Rainbow Koi Show in Ocala, Florida on September 24, 2011. As anticipated, it received great reviews from hobbyists, installers and koi farms alike. Nothing in the pond industry that has been introduced recently compares with this remarkable product. Additionally, its potential for use in fish hatcheries and koi farms, where multiple units are needed, is tremendous. It is truly an exciting innovation in these economic times.

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PondBuilder

1430 Agricola Dr

Saginaw, MI 48604

866-921-3779

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PondBuilder Formal Falls

Formal Falls has been designed to work with most every retaining wall manufacturer to add a lighted sheer waterfall in any landscape. The Formal Falls has a low-energy, color-changing, remote controlled, LED lighting system that creates a beautiful nighttime display. The Formal Falls basin was designed to create an easy way to install the system within a block wall structure. The use of the autofill kit virtually eliminates all maintenance for the consumer. Stainless Steel Construction Self Draining: Simple to winterize Color Changing: 7 Colors Remote Controlled Lighting (up to 150´ away) 16˝ & 28˝ Wide are Standard Sizes (Custom sizes available) Manufactured in the United States of America Baby!

• Stainless Steel Construction • Self Draining: Simple to winterize • Color Changing: 7 Colors • Remote Controlled Lighting (up to 150ft away) • 16” & 28” Wide are Standard Sizes (Custom sizes available) • Manufactured in the United States of America Baby!

It is the best “Cross-over” product we have found on the market, helping hardscape professionals become interested or even see a simple solution for offering water features as a service they can offer. Yet, even D.i.Y. homeowners are catching on to the ease of such a product and how it can make the most simple retaining wall look gorgeous. A single day install with years of enjoyment, LED color changing lights using a remote and virtually endless design applications making it appealing to pool and spa installers all the way to people looking to enhance indoor spaces. The Formal Falls has proven to be durable, versatile and exciting.

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Complete Aquatics, LLC

68 H and S Dr

Selinsgrove, PA 17870

570-374-8303

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IonMate®

The IonMate® is a mineralization device designed exclusively for use in ponds, water gardens & water features and engineered to be compatible with the beneficial bacteria and other components of a natural ecosystem. The IonMate® has three main components: the alloy probes & ionization chamber, the electronic control unit and a simple plug-in power supply.

The IonMate® is available in two models: In-Line & Drop-In. The In-Line model installs directly into a water feature’s main plumbing pipe. The Drop-In model can be easily installed inside of a skimmer box or pump vault.

The IonMate® system releases copper ions into the water by transferring a low voltage electrical charge between two probes suspended in the water. The charge causes ions to be released into the water as the probes dissolve in a reverse-electrolysis process. Just a near-trace amount of copper ions controls algae effectively and safely.

Algae is the number one complaint in a pond, water garden or water feature from their owners. Bored of hearing about it, we wanted people to have something else to complain about. So we developed the IonMate® to be the easiest, most effective and safest method in dealing with this challenging issue.

Once installed, the IonMate® needs no more attention than the debris net in a pond skimmer. It replaces the chemical additives commonly used to kill algae and that has to be added constantly in order to keep a pond consistently algae-free. The IonMate® is more effective than UV clarifiers because it controls the algae throughout the entire feature, not just the algae that passes through the device. The micro-processor control unit is adjustable so the pond owner can respond to periods of high and low algae growth and extend the life of the sacrificial probes.

The IonMate® is unique to other mineralizers because we designed it from the inside-out to operate in a natural ecosystem with the special considerations for ponds and water features that are different from swimming pools and spas. Some of the features include: a corrosion-free cord-to-probe connection since the assembly is under water, an extra-long 30’ probe cord and a tool-free assembly so that the probes can be easily inspected and maintained.

The exclusive IonMate® Drop-In model has an ionization chamber that easily installs in any skimmer or pump vault in a matter of minutes. The Drop-In ionization chamber was designed to maintain water flow through it while protecting the probes. This greatly simplifies the probe inspection or replacement process because it can be as simple as emptying a skimmer net. The IonMate® In-Line ionization chamber does not allow the probes to impede water flow and protects the probes from debris or any other organic matter that is typical flows through a feature’s main plumbing.

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Atlantic Water Gardens

4494 Orchard Street

Mantua, OH 44255

330-274-8317

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FB3200 & FB4600 Fountain Basins

Atlantic Water Gardens FB3200 & FB 4600 Fountain Basins are one-piece reinforced reservoirs designed to support pond-free fountains such as vases, urns, columns and statuary. The FB4600 is 13˝ high by 46˝ in diameter and holds 67 gal while the FB3200 is 13˝ x 32˝ with 32 gal capacity.

Atlantic Water Garden’s new Fountain Basins are stronger and more convenient to plumb than ever before. Internal integrated cone-shaped buttresses and heavy walled construction combine to provide the greatest true weight capacity and rigidity in the business, with the 32˝ FB3200 handling 400 lbs. and the 46˝ FB4600 basin’s seven massive internal support cones capable of supporting up to 1200 lbs. Plumbing chases in the top of the basins keep tubing accessible but fully protected from crushing or crimping, while two recesses in the perimeter for 1-1/2˝ electrical conduits allow installation in patios and hardscaping without needing to notch any masonry. Both sizes accommodate automatic fill valves for completely hands-free replenishment of water lost to splash and evaporation. The 46˝ FB4600 basin even accommodates the all-new Triton 3-Way Manifold to plumb and adjust up to 3 different columns, vases or statues on the same basin, with removable Valve Handles to control unwanted “adjustments”.

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Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc. (AES)

2395 Apopka Blvd. Suite 100

Apopka, FL 32703

407-598-1401

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eXact Eco-Check Photometer System

The new eXact® Eco-Check photometer system from Aquatic Eco-Systems is perfect for pond or aquarium water quality testing. No visual color matching means the eXact® Eco-Check takes all guesswork out of your analysis. Auto-calibrated meter works for both fresh and salt water (nitrate test not salt water compatible). Waterproof (IP-67), floating meter weighs only 5 oz. Two-year warranty.

• Direct read parameters: total alkalinity, nitrite, nitrate, ammonia, calcium hardness, free chlorine, total chlorine, pH.

• Easy-to-use eXact® strip/photometer reagent delivery system (US patents #7,333,194 and #7,491,546) allows safe use of reagents without the need to count drops or crush tablets.

• 0.01-ppm (mg/L) precision with no visual color matching.

• Permanent built-in 4-mL cell/vial.

• Automatic test timer and 160-test memory (saves last 20 tests per menu).

The eXact Eco-Check Photometer system provides a affordable, accurate, quick way to test your water quality. In three easy steps, Fill-Dip-Read, you are able to conduct an analysis to ensure your water is optimal for your koi.

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EasyPro Pond Products

4385 East 110th

Grant, MI 49327

1-800-448-3873

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Vianti Falls Kit

The Vianti Falls Kit provides a simple and elegant way to add the beauty of water to any block wall. A stainless steel spillway with internal baffles creates a soothing sheet of water which is captured in a pleasing half-circle basin. Illuminating the falls with LED light bar allows for a stunning night time display. The kit includes everything needed for easy installation indoors, outdoors, patio, deck, or entryway.

The kit provides everything needed for an easy installation. In addition, the quality construction minimizes costly call backs, the open baffle design eliminate clogging, the stainless steel construction eliminate cracking and warping. The Vianti also provides “green advantages” by reducing water loss with it’s “no-Splash” design, and lower energy consumption since a smaller pump can be used and the LED light bar, which provides 50,000 hours of use drawing only 7 watts of energy.

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Atlantic Water Gardens

4494 Orchard Street

Mantua, OH 44255

330-274-8317

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Triton Check Valve

Atlantic Water Gardens TR215CV Triton Check Valve, the only check valve designed exclusively for the water garden industry, includes 2˝ check valve with unions 5 3/8˝L x 3 ½˝W x 10˝H, an 1-1/2˝ outlet fitting and an 11 7/8˝L x 2 5/8˝W Discharge Pipe with 1-1/2˝ or 2˝ MIPT inlets, 2˝ Sch40 PVC outlet

Atlantic Water Garden’s new Triton Check Valve combines everything a contractor needs for simple, easy connection of any pump to any skimmer in one compact package. Before the Triton Check Valve, a contractor might have to use an elbow, two adapters, a check valve and a union fitting to connect a pump to a skimmer. The Trident Check Valve features a 2˝ socket union elbow at the top of a full-flow 2˝ check valve, while a second socket union at the bottom of the valve allows tool-less access to pump and valve for cleaning and routine maintenance. The equally innovative two-sided Triton Discharge Pipe connects the check valve to either 1-1/2˝ or 2˝ pump outlets, and “perfect-cut” dimensions on the side of the adapter indicate exactly where to cut to fit any Atlantic pump to any Atlantic Skimmer. On the reverse side are cut-to-fit 1˝ increments for easy adaptation of the Triton Check Valve to any other manufacturer’s pump or skimmer. Two important differences between the Triton Check Valve and other attempts at an elbow/union/valve combo: the Triton Check Valve features a rebuildable valve with stainless steel hardware for long service life, and the last innovation is the narrow profile, which allows the Triton Check Valve to fit alongside direct drive pumps even in compact skimmers, and two pumps side by side where they never came close to fitting before.

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EasyPro Pond Products

4385 East 110th Street

Grant, MI 49327

800-448-3873

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New Vianti Falls Spillways

• Stainless steel for maximum strength • Available in four sizes – 11˝, 23˝, 35˝ and 47˝ • Rated for ten gallons per minute flow per foot of width • 1” inlet in back wall, dual inlets on 35˝ and 47˝ • LED light strips can be used on spillways • Internal baffle calms incoming water - creating even, smooth flow over lip

These stainless steel spillways are also available in kit form with everything you need to build a formal waterfall except the blocks. They are ideal for formal features, signs and swimming pool features.

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EasyPro Pond Products

4385 East 110th Street

Grant, MI 49327

800-448-3873

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Pressurized Bead Filters

New line of pressurized bead filters for koi ponds. • Seven position control head allows for easy back flush. • Minimal back pressure is required with the Ultimate Tube Media which is included with the filter. • Back flush waste line has a clear section to easily monitor cleaning cycle. • Three sizes are available for 1500, 3500, and 6500 gallon ponds. • All units include 1.5˝ union connection for inlet, outlet and back flush lines.

These fiberglass reinforced filters are built for strength, durability and maximum filtration.

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EasyPro Pond Products

4385 East 110th Street

Grant, MI 49327

800-448-3873

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Bottom Drains

The popular 4˝ EasyPro EBD heavy-duty bottom drain has been redesigned and improved for 2011. EasyPro now offers a 4˝ bottom drain with or without air diffuser. Threaded standpipe secures lid to base while allowing incoming air to be delivered to the air diffuser. Air tubing can be installed under liner for better concealment.

Designed for use in liner or gunnite ponds, the improved EasyPro bottom drain incorporates an air diffuser in the dome lid for maximum pond cleaning and circulation.

Pond Product Entries

Contact Details

Hikari Sales USA, Inc.

2804 McCone Avenue

Hayward, CA 94545-1663

(510) 785-3244

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Hikari Silkworm Selects

A supplemental food or treat intended to increase body mass rapidly while improving luster and brilliance. A koi treat containing extreme levels of silkworm pupae using a proprietary production process that eliminates oxidation of the silkworm that is common with other products on the market. Excellent for rapid weight gain and a high gloss finish to the koi.

Proprietary production processes allow us to reduce the potential oxidation issues common with silkworm and offer a product with a three-year shelf life.

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Bioverse, Inc.

1401 Apache Drive

Pipestone, MN 56164

507-825-3000

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AquaSpherePRO

The AquaSpherePRO works by consuming the excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) in the pond, starving the algae and preventing pond issues which can arise at any time. If the nutrients are not available for the algae then the algae is unable to develop. It is an amazing all-natural pond maintenance product for season long care, and will not hurt plants, animals, or humans. It consists of bacteria and enzymes that are packaged in a patented biodegradable sphere, which allows for a slow release of bacteria and enzymes over a 30-day period. Most natural products need to be replaced ever 7-14 days, whereas the sphere contains a food source, which allows the bacteria to continue to flourish, even at times when the pond has a low nutrient count.

Everyone is going green, and pond care is a great place to begin. For so many years pond owners have relied on chemicals or natural products that must be added on a frequent basis. The AquaSpherePRO allows you to treat your pond with ease and minimal effort.

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Uni-President Enterprise Corp.

No.301,ZhongZheng Rd.

Yongkang District, Tainan City 71001, Taiwan

+886 6 2536789 ext.

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Aqua Master Koi Food

Aqua Master aggressively promotes the development of aquaculture products, and our professional aquaculture experts continually create the best ingredient for all of our products.

The new Aqua Master KOI FOOD is beautifully packaged, easy to store in handy 10kg sized bags, comes packed in high quality packing material to keep the food fresh for an extended period of time, and is environment friendly!

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Misty Mountain

P.O. Box 702

Young Harris, GA 30582

706-379-1249

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Bio-Clean

Bio-Clean cleans rocks and waterfalls, bird baths, fountains and creates better water quality all year long.

An all-natural way to reduce all that ugly stringy debris on your waterfall and rocks. Misty Mountain has from day one focused on and created all natural products by mimicking nature. Making Green Products since 1992.

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Aquascape, Inc.

901 Aqualand Way

St. Charles, IL 60174

630-659-2000

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Aquascape Premium Fish Food

Aquascape’s new and improved line of fish foods are scientifically formulated to provide all pond fish with premium quality nutrition at a great price. Quality ingredients, including multivitamins and stabilized vitamin C, provide superior nutrition and will not pollute pond water. The new packaging protects the food from light and moisture, which can quickly degrade the food and cause it to spoil. Aquascape fish foods are packaged in thick, re-sealable, foil bags. Aquascape fish foods include Premium Cold Water Fish Food Pellets, Premium Color Enhancing Fish Food Pellets, Premium Staple Fish Food Pellets, and Premium Flake Fish Food.

Quality ingredients at a great price provide a desirable option for pond owners with fish. The new and improved fish foods will not break apart and cloud the water, thereby keeping pond water clean and clear. The floating pellets are ideal for all pond fish.

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InMotion Aquatics

1250 W. Arrow Hwy

Upland, CA 91786

888-920-1944

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Pure Pond Media

Pure Pond bio-balls are an all-new concept in bacteria/enzyme pond treatment. These bio-balls contain unique bacteria strains never before packaged for the pond hobbyist. Each liter of the media container billions of these specialized bacteria, and when added to your existing filter system, are all set to smooth out the water parameters and clear your pond to never before seen levels. Each ball is hydrophilic, and contains a food source to keep the bacteria viable until introduction to the pond. Already a hit in the European markets; Pure Pond media is now available in North America.

Pure Pond is both a media and bacteria type treatment. Regular bacteria treatments are a thing of the past. Pure Pond media is time released, based on your water parameters. Heavy fish loads cause the media to react more quickly than moderate and light loads, with most consumers finding they only need to retreat in 3 to 6 months. With superlative results, and infrequent treatment requirements, Pure Pond media is quickly becoming the product of choice for pond hobbyists.

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Ecological Laboratories, Inc.

PO Box 184

MALVERNE, NY 11565-0184

239-573-6650

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KH Alkalinity Bio-Active Booster

The biological removal of ammonia (nitrication) is one of the most important functions in a pond. This essential microbial process requires the presence of carbonate alkalinity in pond water at all times, as the biological ammonia removal process utilizes 7.1 lbs of carbonate alkalinity for every 1 lb of ammonia removed by nitrification.

Pond carbonate levels should not fall below the necessary level. If this occurs, nitrification will stop and will fail to start again. If ever the KH level dips down, Microbe-Lift KH Bio-Active Booster is a life-saving product that wioll become a staple in every fish pond owner’s first aid kit.

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Bioverse Inc.

1401 Apache Drive

Pipestone, MN 56164

507-825-3000

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Healthy Ponds 1,000 Gallon Sphere

Bioverse’s new 1,000-gallon bio-degradable sphere is the easiest way to treat water in a natural, safe and effective manner. Bioverse has developed a time-release system that delivers bacteria and enzyme treatments to the treated water 24/7 for 30 days to keep the water clear and healthy. The sphere is made with a corn-based material that will biodegrade in the pond to make the product 100% eco-friendly. Our new size (1,000 gallons) is perfect size for treating backyard ponds and koi ponds.

Easy to use, patented system that is 100% biodegradable. Treats water naturally for 30 days where as most natural products only last 7-14 days. The perfect size product for backyard ponds and it is safe for all animals, fish and wildlife. Comes in a box with 3 spheres inside the box for either 3 months of treating a 1,000-gallon pond or any variation such as 1 month treating a 3,000-gallon pond.

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Aquafroth, LLC

300 Linn Ave

Cabot, Pennsylvania 16023

412-841-9856

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AQUAFROTH PRO 200

AQUAFROTH PRO FOAM is a special blended semi – impervious polyurethane foam spray with natural rodent deterrent that forms to most any surface and shape and sets up within 30 to 60 seconds. It is applied prior to the installation of underlayment to help prevent leaks caused by roots, sharp objects, hard surfaces and rodent punctures that occur in rubber lined ponds untreated with AQUAFROTH PRO FOAM.

  1. AQUAFROTH PRO FOAM is the exclusive proactive solution to prevent leaks occurring in rubber liners. 2. By reducing leaks that occur in the water garden industry, It will create more positive experiences for both contractors and homeowners. Thus giving the industry more sales. 3. It helps the contractor sleep at night knowing there’s an added layer of extra protection under the liner.

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AgriTab Corporation

P.O. Box 70766

West Valley, UT 84170

801-969-6906

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AgSafe Aquatic-Spikes

Once-A-Year Pond Plant Fertilizer Spike. Feeds waterlilies and all types of pond plants for the entire growing season - No need to get into your pond and get wet every couple of weeks to feed your pond plants. Apply in Spring and Enjoy your Pond Plants. Also contains humates, organics, and sea kelp extracts. A true fertilizer spike - Not a Plastic tube to throw away every season. Will Not Cause Algae growth or water cloudiness. Fish and Aquatic Life Safe. Free samples available - try and see the results!

Most pond plant fertilizer products leach heavy amounts of nutrients into the water and cause algae - the pond plants can’t absorb the quick release. Using these true aquatic underwater formulated spikes will help to reduce the addition of other water treatment chemicals to achieve a more natural pond balance system. Unlike plastic tube spikes that you have to through away plastics every year - which doesn’t help the environment! Anything that can help the pond owner to save on feeding times and help to keep the pond clear - can be a fertilizer product of the year.

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Hillsboro Company

8016 S. Joplin Avenue

Tulsa, OK 74136

918-481-0484

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Dr. K's Fintastic

Dr. K’s Fintastic is a prebiotic supplement designed to enhance immune system function and disease resistance. This all natural, organic spray formula helps Koi and ornamental fish better resist stress symptoms, resulting in less fish mortality. Increased nutrient absorption also results in less waste production, aiding fish owners to maintain cleaner, healthier ponds and tanks.

Many fish treatments available are actually toxic substances that pose a risk to the health of fish, humans, pets and the environment. The Fintastic prebiotic formula is a groundbreaking aid that assists fish owners to enjoy healthier fish through gentle preventative care, using non-toxic ingredients. The Fintastic prebiotic formula has been scientifically tested and endorsed by Aquaculturist Dr. Conrad Kleinholz. His testing proves significant benefits for fish health managment, particularly for common stress factors such as shipping, new environments and extreme weather conditions. Fintastic is economical and easy to apply, either to food or directly to water. Pond owners experience easier fish management and better survival rates. It’s much better to prevent illness than attempt to treat it after the fact, with harsh chemicals. Fintastic is the perfect addition for pond owners that wish to maintain a more natural environment that produces healthier fish.

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Applied Polymer Systems

519 Industrial Drive

Woodstock, GA 30189

678-494-5998

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Pond Zinger™

Pond Zinger is an environmentally safe, non-toxic polymer blend that removes excess nutrients that support the growth of algae. Placed in the flow of water, the Pond Zinger slowly dissolves, releasing its components into the pond where excess nutrients, such as Phosphorous, bind together and settle out, clarifying the water and reducing algae.

After years of research and application experience in commercial applications, Applied Polymer Systems is proud to introduce the Pond Zinger for small backyard and neighborhood ponds. Pond Zinger is the latest addition in a long history of excellence in stormwater and pond clarification. In addition to receiving numerous excellence awards, APS products have been tested by universities and other state agencies who have proven them to work well and be safe for the environment. Dirty water decreases the amount of oxygen in the water causing stress to fish and other aquatic life. Pond Zinger™ works like a magnet, binding together the excess phosphorous in a pond, thereby reducing the algae’s food source. Pond Zinger™ can be installed on the steps of a waterfall, beneath a floating fountain, over an aerator in any pond, or with any other mixing or circulation mechanism and, unlike algaecide, no monitoring or testing is required. Pond Zinger™ is safe for fish and is the perfect solution for cleaning the back yard pond.

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