Pond Aesthetics

How to Build a Sustainable Sand-Bottom Pond

I was taught early on as a pond professional not to put sand on the bottom of a pond, and I’ve always just accepted it as best practice in the pond-construction industry. After all, I have heard quite a few objections over the years. “Sand can’t be brushed or vacuumed effectively, so it will be …

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Tech Tip | How To Calculate Waterfall Flow

>> 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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Three Generations Team up for Intricate Koi Pond Build

A little over a year ago, I was in Englewood, Florida, a beautiful town right around the corner from Venice Beach and world-famous Siesta Key. It was my second trip in just a few months, as I helped my parents move up to Mathews, Virginia, where I make my home and operate my business. We …

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Improving Pond Water Quality with Ozone Systems

If you’re a pond builder, you’ve undoubtedly already heard of (and possibly already installed) an ozone system to help keep a pond clean. If not, don’t panic! The science behind ozone, hydroxyl radicals and oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) is complicated, and not too many of us hold an advanced degree in chemistry or molecular physics. The …

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Building Water Feature Waterfalls for Beginners

Building water feature waterfalls, while challenging, can be a very rewarding undertaking. It is crucial that they are built with both integrity and sustainability in mind. The first step in building a waterfall is understanding the needs and wants of the client. This is the most crucial element for me. Don’t let their budget dictate …

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Using Aeration to Fight Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

Aeration introduces oxygen into an aquatic ecosystem through various methods. Air compressors, waterfalls and fountains inject small oxygen bubbles, increasing the dissolved oxygen (DO) level of the water feature. DO is one of the most important facets of a healthy body of water, since it affects overall water quality, fish and plant health, not to …

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Illuminate Your Space

This article was provided to Pond Trade Magazine and is categorized as sponsored content. Proper illumination is an essential element of all water feature projects, including ponds, natural swimming pools, fountains, streams and waterfalls. Installing a professional lighting system adds another layer of customization and allows designers to showcase their creative abilities. With the correct …

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New Short Square Scupper from Black Oak Foundry

Our newest addition to our line of top-quality brass, bronze and copper water features is our Short Square Scupper. Cast from bronze, this scupper features a brass plate inside of it that diverts the water to the bottom of the feature and creates a flat layer of water and hides the water feed in the …

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