Mike Gannon is the owner of Full Service Aquatics based in Summit, New Jersey. Mike has been a lifelong pond enthusiast and fishkeeper. Mike began Full Service Aquatics after working as a fish dealer and a stint at the New York Aquarium. FSA has been specializing in pond and water feature design and services since 1995. Mike is host of The Pond Hunter Radio Broadcast found on iTunes. His Pond Hunter videos can be found on youtube.com/thepondhunter, and he is the author of the Love Your Pond blog found on fullserviceaquatics.com.

Goldfish: Get to Know Koi’s Timeless Sister Species

By Mike Gannon / October 23, 2023 / 1 Comment

Koi are awesome, right? But how about them goldfish? It is interesting to see how the once mighty goldfish, or Carassius auratus, has transitioned into a much-overlooked secondary fish-keeping choice for pond owners. After sharing such a long and, at times, esteemed history with human cultures, the goldfish has been relinquished to the sidelines. Koi […]

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Tim Dille, Mike Gannon and Joe Brenner

Grow Your International Pond Construction Business

By Mike Gannon / February 27, 2023 / 0 Comments

Many have done it, and many will do it — taking your pond construction company international. You’ll feel great about expanding your business internationally, but taking your show on the road may be a challenge that is out of your comfort zone. Additional risks may pop up for your company as well as your clients. […]

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The Conservationist Appeal of Pond Building

By Mike Gannon / June 27, 2021 / 2 Comments

The act of pond keeping is a powerful thing, with an appeal that is broad and deep. Pond keeping can mean many different things to as many different pond keepers. We all have our own reasons for keeping a pond. As a pond professional, I tend to lean toward the romantic side of ponds when […]

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Biosafety and Pond Management in the COVID-19 Era

By Mike Gannon / April 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

Biosafety. We all know that word by now — it’s becoming the new norm on a worldwide scale. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the issues surrounding biosafety at all levels have become an essential daily concern. Sticking to our industry’s best practices is a must as we move into the “post-Coronavirus” world. As pond professionals, […]

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Let There Be Light

By Mike Gannon / March 25, 2020 / 3 Comments

Editor’s Note: POND Trade occasionally publishes online exclusive articles that feature perspectives from around the industry. These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of POND Trade magazine. In the late 15th century, our planet became a smaller place. There were many worlds and cultures that existed prior to this time, but as the 16th […]

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Contractor’s Corner | Think Outside the Pond

By Mike Gannon / November 2, 2017 / 1 Comment

One of these “outside-the-pond” projects presented itself to us at Full Service Aquatics following a pond-construction and backyard-renovation…

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From Pool to Pond: A Tributary Transformation, in Concert

By Mike Gannon / March 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

Building a pond can be a bit like a rock concert. Successfully taking a show on the road requires many hometown rehearsals to make sure the performance is the way it needs to be. Each member of the group needs to know his or her role to make the rock show look effortless and wow […]

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Pond Hunter Podcast Connects with Enthusiasts

By Mike Gannon / January 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

[box]Above is the most recent episode of the Pond Hunter Podcast.[/box] The pond and water garden industry’s constant push to stay relevant in the age of information can be traced back a couple of centuries —all the way back to the physical publishing of articles and books. Pond enthusiasts in the 21st century still love […]

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Stop Building Ponds and Create Systems for a Successful Business

By Mike Gannon / February 25, 2016 / 4 Comments

Owning a business that builds amazing ponds and water features is a livelihood that many would love to have. Using your own two hands to artistically place rock and gravel to create waterfalls that make your customers weep with joy is not a bad business to be in. Before long, your company will have built […]

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Do You Know What’s In Your Water?

By Mike Gannon / July 1, 2015 / 2 Comments

When we finally turned to the last page of my proposal, I figured the gig was up. It was now time to talk money, and this number would surely get me thrown out of the house. I’ve been dismissed from potential customers’ kitchen tables for less! The response back at me was immediate, without even […]

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