Demi Fortuna is Director of Product Information for industry leader Atlantic Water Gardens, traveling and working with contractors and distributors alike in developing targeted Atlantic sales support materials. Fortuna has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of water garden design and construction, the last ten years in product research, development, sales and product training. When he isn't presenting complex topics via seminars and lectures in an accessible, enjoyable manner, he can usually be found up to his elbows in pond slime working with his two sons, Edwin and Ely, in their water feature design/build business August Moon Designs.

2020 Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor Conference Recap

By Demi Fortuna / February 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

The first virtual Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor Conference kicked off Wednesday, Dec. 2. Like most events these days, the two-day conference was held remotely. Using Zoom allowed the conference, which is usually held in person in Cleveland, Ohio, to expand from Europe to Australia, from Mexico to Canada and all over the United States. The decision […]

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Tech Tip | How To Calculate Waterfall Flow

By Demi Fortuna / December 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

>> This is a sidebar to Demi Fortuna’s main feature, “A Pump and Plumbing Pond Primer” What if you wanted to know the flow of an existing waterfall, perhaps because you want to recreate the same effect? You can measure the thickness of the water flowing over a spillway or fall rock. Turn a ruler […]

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Flow, Friction and Total Dynamic Head: A Pump and Plumbing Primer for Ponds

By Demi Fortuna / December 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

When I was asked to revisit the subject of pump hydraulics, I was honored — and a little intimidated. I immediately wondered how I could make this article in some way more interesting than the mathematics involved. Let’s face it — as important as knowing what Total Dynamic Head (TDH) is, how to calculate it […]

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The W.E.T.S. Method for Diagnosing Water Loss

By Demi Fortuna / June 29, 2020 / 0 Comments

One of the more confusing issues that pond owners and contractors have to deal with is water loss in what is designed to be a closed system. Even if you’re sure that there are no leaks in your recirculating pond or fountain, the water level can still drop. How is That Possible? Well, the answer […]

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Recap | 2019 Atlantic Water Gardens Professional Conference

By Demi Fortuna / October 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

Atlantic Water Gardens (AWG) and OASE educated and entertained more than 100 attendees at its third annual Atlantic Professional Conference (APC) from Sept. 3 — 5, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. New this year, early arrivers attended three hands-on business workshops focusing on business strategy, social media and water feature maintenance, hosted by experts Yolanda Ortiz of Corazon […]

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Atlantic Water Gardens Congratulates the 2019 Winners!

By Demi Fortuna / October 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

   

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How to Site a Water Feature: A Checklist

By Demi Fortuna / February 23, 2019 / 1 Comment

Just like in real estate, the location of a water feature is key. The most natural-looking man-made pond is one that could have been created naturally, given time and the interaction of weather, geology and gravity. The processes are always the same, though geology and terrain will vary. Water flows out from the side of […]

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Pond Renovation Tips for Accessibility

By Demi Fortuna / October 25, 2017 / 1 Comment

My dentist told me about Lily. She had a great relationship with Dr. K — we all do — and had been chatting during a checkup about a problem with her pond. A widow, she was at an impasse over what to do about her backyard koi pond, which was leaking badly. For many years […]

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The Quest for Nelumbo Lutea

By Demi Fortuna / December 22, 2016 / 0 Comments

The post-symposium expedition into the wilds of Campeche State in the southeastern lowlands of the Yucatán Peninsula sounded like a Gordon Lightfoot ballad or an Indiana Jones adventure, and for good reason. It had all the makings of a great story. A famous scientist from across the globe had unearthed three mysterious botanical specimens collected […]

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Time to Decide Which Way to Go!

By Demi Fortuna / March 10, 2015 / 0 Comments

Driving back from another amazing Water Garden Expo — a great event for everyone — we hit some snow somewhere in Illinois. Slowed us down some, but the Suburban tracks well in that squeaky, crunchy stuff that snow turns into when it’s really cold. What almost stopped us dead was a brief period where we […]

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