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Fountain Bowls, Urns for Urban Enjoyment

The word “fountain” can mean many things to different people. Of course, the first image that springs to mind is a stylish water feature. Taking a moment to understand the history of fountains and their ongoing role in society allows us to effectively design a modern fountain that will remain relevant for years to come.  …

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Best Practices | Prefiltration System for Tortoise Pond

I’ve had calls in the past about turtles and turtle ponds, and I always try my best to advise people on any related construction needs. But I have to say that desert tortoises are a little different. A rule of thumb is that ponds built near a tortoise habitat should be raised or securely fenced …

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Best Practices | Indoor Water Wall and Koi Pond with Air-Lift Technology

When the new owner of a yet-to-be-built home wants a koi pond and the house gets built around it, the pond shell is often the first concrete to be installed. This project started in late 2019 and finished in the spring of 2021. The pond is a trapezoid-shaped interior koi pond inside the home’s entrance …

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2020 Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor Conference Recap

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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How to Build an Island in a Water Feature

The aesthetic aspect of pond design incorporates many characteristics, such as edge treatment, spill or waterfall type, bridges and, sometimes, islands. Island construction can come in various forms depending on the technique, but the visual impact and the portion above the water line are usually all the customer is interested in. The designer or contractor …

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Circulation Strategies for Pond Management

Circulation for ponds is an aspect of design that needs to be addressed early on. Many of us have had to assess a poorly performing pond only to determine that, even with good equipment, one of the main problems is poor circulation. This can be in the form of debris that collects in some areas …

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Submersible Water Pumps: Electrical Safety Tips

Pond professionals come from a wide range of backgrounds and interests and often wear many different creative and technical hats. With an artistic background in design and a team of landscape architects to put the vision together, a pond professional can easily overlook some of the electrical issues or assume that the electrician will take …

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