Water Quality

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

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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Using Filtration to Remove Sediment From Ponds

By far, one of the most common challenges that water gardeners collectively face is how to handle sediment — or, should I say, the “muck” that builds up over time in all bodies of water. But is sediment always bad? It is completely natural for sediment to build up, and most natural pond systems deal …

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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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The Role of Ammonia in Managing Aquatic Ecosystems

No two ponds are alike. However, the common biological processes within every pond’s ecosystem are essential and must be carefully monitored and maintained. No matter what type of construction or filtration you select, a successful, healthy ecosystem will depend on the level of pond management, the fish load, the amount of food added and the …

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Understanding & Selling Year-Round Subsurface Aeration

What’s the No. 1 misconception about pond aeration? The idea that it’s seasonal. With all that’s been written and talked about over the last eight to 10 years about the benefits of subsurface diffused aeration, I find it strange that as recently as two weeks ago I found myself having to defend it. One pond …

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Pond Diet? Parallels Between Humans and Ponds

You’re probably thinking I’ve lost my mind at this point, but let me explain. Aquatic ecosystems have a lot of similarities to our bodies — we’re both a product of our diets. In fact, if you just look around, you’ll see similarities between lots of different ecosystems as they relate to food production and consumption. …

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Golf Course Waterscape Maintenance

Imagine you have a golf course with 10 water features. Two are functioning perfectly, three are much harder to manage, and five may only require simple preventative measures. Usually, the tougher cases will eventually motivate golf course superintendents to seek a specialist, for every lake has its own distinctive features. Maintenance and upkeep can be …

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Bionetix® International Offers Natural Strategies for Cleaner Ponds, Healthier Fish This Summer

It is not too early (or too late) to plan a strategy for keeping your ponds clean this spring and summer. Maintaining pond clarity is a common challenge, as the heavy use of fertilizers creates nutrient rich runoff, leading to nutrient pollution and excessive algae growth in lakes and ponds. This adds to the normal …

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The Flooded Skimmer: A Next-Level Filtration Method

by Roger and Melody Sears, Since I began building ponds more than 30 years ago, technology has come a long way. Some of the best improvements have been the skimmer and waterfall box systems. They allow for continuous cleaning of the pond surface, mechanical and biological filtration and easy access and protection for the pump. …

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