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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.

Pond & Waterfall Installations & Maintenance


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Ponds with Waterfalls


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

Pondless Waterfalls


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.

Pool Waterfalls


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.

Seasonal Prep Work


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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:

  • We begin by draining the water out of the pond down to approximately 6”. We place your pond water into our 500 gallon or 1,000 gallon storage tanks. We are able to hold over 4,500 gallons of water, if needed. Our storage tanks will also house your fish while we clean your pond, their home. Once the water level is down to approximately 6", we can easily net all of your fish and carefully place them into our tanks, in their water. While we do this transfer we give the fish a quick inspection checking for any health issues.
  • Upon completion of removing all fish from your pond we will continue to drain your pond completely of water. At this time we will begin to remove all large debris by having the men go into the pond and hand picking all leaves, twigs, and debris out. Once this is done, we will then begin power washing the inside of your pond including all rocks and gravel, pumping out the dirty water as we are washing.
  • All filter pads will also be checked for durability by tugging on them, if they break apart they will be replaced. If they are all right, then they are power washed and returned.
  • At this time, while the pond is empty, all underwater lights will have new bulbs installed. Our light bulbs are guaranteed until December 1st of the year of install. If a bulb fails, we will send over a pond technician to climb into your pond and change the bulb free of cost!
  • Also, while the pond is empty any fallen rocks or gravel will be reset at this time.
  • Upon completion of power washing, we will give the pond a final rinse with the garden hose and pump it out one last time.
  • Now that your pond is nice and clean, with replaced underwater light bulbs, rocks re-straightened and the gravel properly placed back on shelves, and filter pads returned to the skimmer filter and biofalls filter, it is now time to begin refilling your pond with your aged (valuable) pond water (which at this time of year should be crystal clear) which is what your fish are accustomed to, familiar water temperature and PH, less change is better and less stressful for your fish.
  • At this time the pond will be topped of with tap water as needed, declorinator, pond salt and a liquid bacteria (Aqua 1) application will be added to the pond.

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.

Summer Maintenance

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!

Autumn

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)

  • Stop feeding your fish after the water temperature has dropped to below 50 degrees. Again, with a properly built pond, in most cases, it is not necessary to feed your fish at all.
  • Before the leaves begin to fall, cover your pond with leaf netting. (It is much easier to keep the leaves out than to remove them after they fall into the pond.)
  • Remove annuals or tropical plants from the pond as they will die off and begin to decay and decompose in the pond. At this time, cut back all aquatic plants at the water level to prevent plants from falling into the water. (Water lilies should be cut back close to the base).
  • This is a good time to prepare for the winter months. Be ready! Set up the pond heater and/or aerator before the big freeze and a foot of snow has fallen. This will prevent looking for unavailable heaters or aerators in stores the day before a big freeze or a snow storm.

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:

  • Start by removing both the skimmer filter and biofalls filter pads from the pond and hose off removing all muck
  • Prune back all pond plants, this includes trimming down water lily’s and removal of water hyacinths
  • Remove a majority of fallen leaves from pond and waterfall that have not made it into the skimmer filter
  • Remove dirty water and debris from the skimmer and biofalls filter along with a water change of approximately 10% to be done at this time
  • For customers with UV lights - at this time water to the UV light will be shut down, water will be drained from the unit and left off. They can be left outdoors, as long as the water is drained out of them. For those of you who have UV lights that are partially submerged in your pond or skimmer they will be removed and should be put in a safe place (glass tube) for winter. UV bulbs should be replaced every two (2) years
  • For those of you with heavy leaf fall, a great way to keep leaves out is by installing a net over your pond for the few weeks that leaves are falling. We install nylon netting which can be pulled taunt and will take the shape of the PVC frame over your pond and keep out mostly all of the leaves. It works great for keeping leaves out, and making your pond almost maintenance free for the next 8 or so weeks. We can install nets up to 30’ x 40’ maximum pond size

Winter

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.