We Install Peace & Tranquility Into Your Life
With over 14 years experience specializing in only Ponds and Waterfalls, our experts will ensure that your pond/waterfall is done properly, and help ensure that it is maintained stress-free.
A backyard pond draws children away from TV, video games and their computers; allowing them to experience the thrill of the outdoors within the safety of their own yard
Having a backyard pond is a great escape from the stress of the day without having to pack the family in the car and drive to a park. Couples can steal a few minutes, or a few hours of together time without leaving the kids.
If you enjoy entertaining, adding a barbeque grill, a fire pit or an outdoor bar will turn your backyard into an ideal outdoor hangout. While parents share a cocktail, kids can feed the fish.
Our technicians will clean off the skimmer and boifalls filter pads, prune back all your aquatic plants (including trimming down water lily’s and remove water hyacinths), remove leaves from the pond and waterfall, remove the dirty water from the skimmer and bio falls filter, and complete a 10% water change. For customers who use UV lights in their ponds, our technicians will remove the bulbs and leave pond side for the customer to store for the winter and drain the sleeve.
Spring (Late Winter/Early Spring)
As we exit winter and spring approaches, we, at Paradise Ponds offer the following suggestions to get your pond off to a healthy start for the new season. If your stream pump was turned off for the winter, now is the time to turn it back on and get your water flowing once again (on or about March 1st).
Now is a good time to get your pond cleaned up and ready for the new pond season. Any leaves or debris that have accumulated in the pond over the winter should be removed at this time. It is very important to remove excess debris (leaves, twigs, and other debris) from the pond to keep your fish environment clean and healthy. This will help to avoid health issues down the road.
It is still way too early to think about feeding your fish.
Spring Cleaning - Highly Recommended
Weather permitting, we typically schedule pond clean out work beginning on or about March 7. If you are interested in getting your pond cleaned, please give us a call!
The following lists the procedures followed by Paradise Ponds:
You are now ready for the new pond season, relax and enjoy your pond.
Late Spring Suggestions
As water temperatures begin to rise and pond waters reach a steady average temperature of approximately 50 - 52 degrees, you can begin to feed your fish. Only feed your fish what can be eaten in a 3 minute period. If you notice your pond rocks (or walls/sides) getting “fuzzy” with string algae, stop feeding your fish! Fish play a key role in the ecosystem of your pond, they will eat the algae off the rocks and walls and keep your pond clean, only if they are not being overfed. Continue adding bacteria. Liquid bacteria is suggested, it is quick acting and will give your pond a jump start to get the bacteria growing. Liquid bacteria should be added at 1ounce per 150 gallons. Remember to add your bacteria twice per month, check your filter net weekly and hose off your skimmer filter pad once every 2 - 3 weeks.
If you don't have plants in your pond, now is a great time to do so. Plants act as excellent natural water purifiers. They also give fish a place to hide, beautify your pond and really make your pond come to life in the Summer.
Periodically check your skimmer net, about once a week, for any debris. Feed your fish once every other day. Only what can be eaten in a 3 minute period. In most cases, it is not necessary to feed your fish!
**Excess food left to float away, get drawn into the skimmer filter, or get stuck in the rocks and will begin to break down, adding nutrients into the pond water, feeding the algae (green water)! This is not good, as once you have an algae bloom it is difficult to stop (as old algae, 3 days) die off, new algae thrives on the dead algae (organic material). So that being said, don’t overfeed your fish!**
Continue adding Aqua 1, liquid bacteria two times per month. We would also like to suggest that calcium montmorillonite clay be added, a natural ingredient, great for fish health. Polishes the water and helps with string algae.
Enjoy your natural pond!
One of the most significant events of autumn is, of course, when leaves begin to fall from the trees above. If these leaves get in the pond and begin to break down and decay, it will throw off the ecological balance of the water garden. One option is to use a net to skim leaves off the surface of the pond as they fall, but this can become a very difficult daily chore and is not realistic. Skimmers are designed to catch occasional leaves or other floating debris, and heavy leaf fall can clog a skimmer several times a day. The best way to minimize leaves from your pond is to install leaf netting over the pond during the eight or so weeks when leaf fall is very heavy. We build a space frame over your pond and install the net over the frame (each frame and net is custom built to each pond). It works great and allows leaves to sit on top of the net, if wet, they can dry out from underneath and fall off to the side. It is easier to keep them out rather than get them out after the fact.
The following checklist will get your pond ready for the winter. (see the Winter Prep. tab)
Autumn/Winter Prep. (Getting your pond ready for winter)
We typically schedule the Winter Prep work to begin on or about October 1. If you are interested in scheduling Fall / Winter prep work to be completed to your pond please give us a call!
Upon arriving at your pond our crews will:
For slow moving streams be aware of possible ice dams that might form and divert water over the stream's liner. In this case, if you turn off your stream pump, and plug in your floating de-icer or aerator to keep a hole open to allow an exchange of gases. This will be just fine for your fish friends.
If you have very expensive fish, we suggest you to employ both methods, and here’s why… In today’s times, most all items are made to be disposable and the quality and reliability is just not like it used to be. If your heater or aerator fails in the middle of the winter with 12” of snow on top of it, chances are you may not know until it is too late and your fish may expire so for those of you with expensive fish we suggest a little bit of redundancy. If one (heater or aerator) unit fails you have a backup. We also suggest using different outlets, which use different breakers. If something happens on that line, you will lose both heater and aerator and may not be aware until it’s too late. I have heard this several times, be proactive.