Kent Wallace was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kent spent most of his adult life in the automobile industry at independent shops and dealerships, along with working at his own shop as a race car fabricator at age 24. Then, in 2001 a neighbor asked Kent if he could build her a koi pond like the one Kent's father had. From that point on pond building became his new passion. This first pond he built was submitted to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine and won Best Courtyard Nationwide in their special interest publication.
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Best Pond Practices | Filtration Design in a Desert Koi Pond

By Kent Wallace / June 29, 2018 / 4 Comments

A few months ago, I got a call from a gentleman named Roger who had just bought a house and wanted a pond in his backyard. He had kept fish before, but it was some time ago. Roger also wanted an in-ground spa next to the pond. His friend Jeff had created a dimensional drawing, […]

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Full Circle | Polyurea Solutions for Ponds Old & New

By Kent Wallace / April 28, 2018 / 0 Comments

My first pond construction project was in early 1999. My father’s neighbor, Pam, lived in the cul-de-sac behind him and had removed a tree from her courtyard. She approached me and wanted to use the space for a pond like my father had at the time. At the time, I had just left a 26-year […]

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Best Pond Practices | Fish-Safe Airlift Systems for Protecting Endangered Species

By Kent Wallace / February 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

In August 2016, I was contacted by Von Winkel from the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The Springs Preserve is associated with the Las Vegas Valley Water District and does a lot of work to preserve the original habitat in the ancient springs that rose from the desert floor of the valley where Native Americans and […]

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Best Practices | Short-term Pond Quarantine Strategies

By Kent Wallace / December 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

Winter is here, so I feel it’s time to revisit short-term pon quarantine systems. Quarantine is a practice used for winterizing fish in colder climates, caring for sick fish and separating new arrivals for a period before introducing them into your existing system. It’s important to have a system that’s easy to set up, tear […]

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Best Practices | Shell Design in Formal Ponds

By Kent Wallace / October 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

When designers don’t pay attention to the needs of the system that keeps it healthy, Mother Nature tends to take their designs in a different direction. I’m still being asked to assess formal pond designs that are not optimal for live fish and plants, so I wanted to take an opportunity to go over some […]

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Best Practices | A Reality TV Pond-Building Competition

By Kent Wallace / August 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

Several months ago, I was contacted by Glass Entertainment, a production company, to help with a project for the TV show “Tanked.” The owners of Acrylic Tank Manufacturers (ATM), Wayde King and Brett Raymer, live in Las Vegas and are the stars of the show. They were building ponds in their own backyards and wanted […]

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Pond Construction | The Do-It-Yourself, Desert Trout Pond

By Kent Wallace / June 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

Two years ago, I was contacted by a retired couple about helping them design a pond at their home. Having never built a pond before, Bruce wanted to build it himself. He had grand ideas but said he needed advice, equipment and a lot of guidance. The home was in Mountain Springs, a summit area […]

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Pond Construction | Evolution of a Pond Addict

By Kent Wallace / April 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

In early April 2014, I was contacted by a very distraught young man. He’d recently had a small pond built for him by a local contractor. The pond was in a small, raised planter against the east wall on his side patio. He said the pond was a mess and all of his fish had […]

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Best Practices | Formal Pond Circulation & Oxygenation

By Kent Wallace / February 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

Creating an airlift system to both circulate water and oxygenate a system at the same time is one of my favorite pond construction techniques. Almost any pond can be built using an airlift system in some fashion, but formal designs lend themselves to airlifts more often than garden designs. Formal ponds are generally located in […]

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Floating Steps: Feel at One With the Pond

By Kent Wallace / January 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

The floating bridge, or steppingstone look, has been popular for some time now in both formal and garden pond designs. Building them in a manner that will stay stable over time isn’t actually that difficult. Floating stone bridges give an appearance of freedom that solid bridges or bridges with railings simply cannot. The feeling of […]

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