July / August 2018

New Advances in Aquaponics Technology

Aquaponics refers to a system that grows fish and plants together. Plants use fish waste as fertilizer, and in most instances, they filter the water to provide good water quality for the fish. This system is fascinating to a variety of people and groups — professional gardeners, aquaculturists, aquarium keepers, water gardeners, organic gardeners, tinkerers, …

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Chemistry and Chemical Testing of Pond Water

Most people believe that if their pond’s water is clear, it is also clean and viable. However, this is not always the case. It’s important to know that biological and chemical changes in water are often not visible. Only through proper testing can the true quality of water be determined. Poor water quality leads to …

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Mixing Koi Populations, Part Two | Preventive Quarantine Protocol

In the May/June 2018 issue, I wrote about how pond fish carry various good and bad “bugs” at all times. As I discussed, we cannot sterilize a fish or a pond to rid them of these bugs. Our efforts in pond health management should be focused on building the strength of the pond fish so …

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Pond Design | Natural Pond Blends Subtle with Spectacular

When a longtime client moves out of town to a lake community, and the new, roughly landscaped property is already equipped with a pondless waterfall and bubbler, what more could he possibly need? A pond, of course! This particular client had always had koi ponds on his property, and he said he missed sitting next …

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Attend the 2018 International Water Garden Symposium and Visit the International Waterlily Collection

All are invited to the friendly state of Texas for this year’s International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society (IWGS) Symposium from Sept. 13—16, 2018. If you find yourself wondering why this year’s symposium is being held in a somewhat remote town in West Texas, you’re not alone. It’s an area better known for cowboys, ranching …

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