Water Quality

Troubleshooting Unusual Pond Koi and Water Quality Problems

We recently received a call from a customer who reported something they had not seen in more than 46 years. Their pond had been rebuilt last season, and the rebalancing act had become a bit of a mess, thanks in part to this season’s extremely hot weather. After getting the water quality in check, they …

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Chemical-free Algae Treatment Using Ultrasonic Technology

As the world pushes forward looking for eco-friendly alternatives that preserve the environment, technology already exists that provides a safe, effective and efficient means of algae control and remediation. This article will explain how ultrasonic technology works, some of the research behind the technology and the benefits. What is Ultrasonic? Ultrasonic units are electrical units …

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Prevent Fish Lice, Anchor Worm and Other Pond Bugs

There are bugs — and then there are bugs when it comes to our koi. In this article, we are going to forget about the familiar Ich that every hobbyist thinks of first when their fish start flashing. We can also forget about the internal cestodes, like internal flukes and tapeworms — the ones that …

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‘Up-Close & Personal’ with a Water Feature

Water gardening and the entire experience of having one can become a passion, if not an obsession. It can consume a person’s thinking to the point that some non-water gardeners might question the person’s sanity. (To be clear, we who have this passion would never question it!) So, what makes the hobby so pleasurable? For …

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New Pond, Aquaponics Build for School During Pandemic

The year 2019 was just amazing from a business viewpoint. The economy was a business owner’s dream. Jobs were coming in faster than we could keep up with, and everything was good. As 2019 ended and a new decade began, early 2020 showed no signs of letting up! Then, the bad news began. In late …

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Language of Koi | Minimize Stressors for a Happier Pond

Gary Cryer of Grand Champion Koi in Chandler, Oklahoma, once said, “From the time koi are hatched to the time they pass away, there is always something trying to kill them.” When I first started selling koi and goldfish, it seemed that nothing could kill these swimming jewels — except yours truly! Ambitious Beginnings The …

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Community Spread of Algae Contributes to Antibiotic Resistance

I remember my mother refusing to get me a turtle as a pet after hearing that they could transmit salmonella. (She probably had no idea at the time that they can also transmit Hepatitis B.) She also told me not to touch the ducks in the neighborhood lake. She probably had heard that they can …

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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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ReClaim Sludge Removing Tablets

Atlantic’s Water Treatments are the perfect aid to make ponds and water features easier and less costly to maintain. Our dry and liquid biological conditioners, BioMax and BioMax+, contain beneficial bacteria to improve and balance a pond’s ecosystem. ReClaim Sludge Removing tablets remove the buildup of dead algae, decomposing leaves and fish waste on the …

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