September / October, 2013

PondTradeMag-Sep-Oct-13Publishers’ Perspective

Well, well, well. Here we are in September already! I don’t know about you, but I think this particular summer moved along on hyper-speed.

One good reason the last few months have flown by: I had my very first pond installed in my yard! I can’t be the publisher of a pond magazine without a pond of my own, right? Now I can experience the PONDering lifestyle firsthand, weathering the challenges that come with owning and maintaining a pond — not to mention the pure enjoyment. After only a few weeks, I can tell you with great enthusiasm that I absolutely love it! Of course, no one mentioned that there would be giant toads in the skimmer box most mornings, but that’s a story for another column. I’ll share lots of photos and details in an upcoming issue.
Until then, let’s talk fall. As the summer evenings grow cooler, some northern PONDerers are beginning the transition into the pond off-season. Thankfully, the slowdown of your fish needn’t mean the slowdown of your business! Carl Petite offers some great suggestions for building your pond business in the off-season simply by being yourself, and Michael Zmina has a number of tips for winterizing your pond in a way that won’t hurt its ecosystem — or your wallet.

For those of you who prefer not to think about cold weather until it arrives, we have a few features to warm your heart (and one that will boil your blood). Rick Bartel’s moving portrait of post-earthquake Haiti illustrates the fulfillment that comes from pond philanthropy, and Jamie Beyer’s story on mink and other predators will have you ready to wage war to protect your koi!

Thankfully, fall is the season of trade shows, and this year we’ve got more than our fair share. If you missed Aquascape’s Pondemonium 2013 a few weeks ago, don’t fret: you can catch a handful of other shows in the coming weeks, including the Blue Thumb Pond Expo in Saginaw, Mich. in October and the IPPCA’s InfoTanza in Austin, Texas this November. All of these shows are great ways to stay in touch and learn new things as we head into fall, gathering “nuts” of information to nourish and inspire us when the season winds down.

As Eric Tate’s column in this issue suggests, there’s no better way to improve our industry than to improve our own knowledge. My hope for this fall is that POND Trade will be a vital part of your efforts toward that goal.

Happy PONDering!

PONDS for Peace: The joy of pond philanthropy

When the second-most deadly earthquake in history tore through Haiti, help and comfort came from an unlikely source: the pond industry. In this touching glimpse of humanitarianism at work, Rick Bartel describes the unique mission of Ponds for Peace, anMore...

Overcoming Unforeseen Obstacles Makes the Accomplishment Sweeter

Ever have one of those days? Matt Boring sure has. Read along as he weaves his tale of pond obstacles to accomplishments.

Sometimes it’s a Rocky Road to Success

When it rains, it pours. Join Matt Boring on his journey of ups and downs, as he successfully completes a fun and profitable project.

Breaking the Ice: Help your customers prepare their ponds for winter

There’s nothing quite like a warm summer day by a babbling brook. But with the first frost on the horizon, a pond-lover’s paradise can quickly become his worst nightmare. Follow Michael Zmina’s tips to ensure that your customers know howMore...

Black Beauties: The unique traits and varieties of Utsurimono

With their rich lacquer blacks and stunning reds, whites and yellows, the fish of the Utsurimono family are some of the industry’s most revered koi. But their prominence was not always guaranteed. Resident koi expert Taro Kodama explains the uniqueMore...

The Not-So-Affordable Care Act

The full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is just months away. Is your pond business ready to weather the change? Find out how this new law will impact your small business — and how toMore...

No Ugly Duckling: The unique filtration of a pond just for ducks

Caring for the health and wellness of a pond full of fish is no easy task. But when the wildlife in your pond has feathers instead of scales, the complexity reaches a whole new level! Max Taylor of Magnolia PondsMore...

The Big Fish Challenge: Transitioning from water gardens to koi ponds

The demand for goldfish has declined dramatically in recent years, while the koi market is growing more quickly than ever. Unfortunately, making the switch from goldfish to koi requires much more than just a bigger pond! In this data-rich article,More...

How to Succeed in Business by Being You!

Harnessing the power of YouTube, Carl Petite transformed his business by selling an entirely new product: himself. Learn how “The Pond Product Review Guy” went from a few low-quality videos to a thriving Internet presence with thousands of views —More...

Water Wolves: Your pond’s most dangerous predators and how to stop them

Mink and other predators can clear a pond of its fish in a matter of hours. Are your precious pets protected? Follow Jamie Beyer’s instructions to safeguard your pond against attack and keep your fish from becoming a midnight meal.

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