Garden Ponds

When Should I Get A Clean Out?

The best time to have your pond cleaned out is during the fall/winter. Getting a pond clean out during the warmer months has many headaches alongside of it. The biological bacteria in your pond is already mature and thriving.  So, a clean out will kill all the good bacteria you need to have a healthy, happy, clear pond.  When you kill that bacteria, your pond’s biological ecosystem is forced to start over again and causes algae blooms and sometimes green or murky water that can stress your fish. So, instead of getting a pond clean out during the warmer months and risking a ton of headache, getting a pond clean out during the fall/winter eliminates a majority of the problems.

Just like your koi during the colder temperatures, your pond goes dormant as well. The bacteria in your pond thrives in warmer weather, and it isn’t active during the fall/winter. So, you don’t run into pesky algae blooms or green or murky water.  Instead of going through two biological cycles, your pond only goes through its spring cycle.

Our spring clean out season tends to fill up very quickly. Signing up for a clean out in the fall/winter insures you a shorter waiting period and your pond will look great for the holidays. Contact Garden Ponds Unlimited at 405-794-3323 or visit our online Pond Clean Out Form

Nightscaping, A Whole New Dimension of Enjoyment

Water features are stunning during the day, but when pond lighting is used to enhance evening views, you’ll find the landscape takes on a whole new dimension!  Tuck a spotlight behind a waterfall and the feature takes on a magical feel. Used in the main portion of a pond, you’ll enjoy watching fish dart in and out of the lights.

As the sun begins to set, underwater pond lighting creates a magical mood in the landscape. Think of that vacation you experienced at the beach and the serene feeling you enjoyed watching the moon cast a glowing trail over the ocean’s surface.

When you add a waterfall or underwater lighting to your water garden, you extend your viewing pleasure well into the evening or night. You can add lights during the installation of your water feature, or add later during your pond clean out.

Although moonlight casts its own soft glow on your water feature, waterfall lighting shows the details of the rock and water.

It’s always a joy to watch fish swim in and out of lights. Be sure to incorporate LED lights which use approximately 80-90% less electricity and last 10 times longer than their halogen counterparts.

Be creative with your water garden lighting options and you’ll find you enjoy your water feature during the evening hours just as much as you appreciate it during the daytime. Plus, if you come home after dark, your water feature will be all lit up for you!

Visit Garden Ponds Unlimited at 310 SW 1st St Moore, OK 73160 and see our underwater pond lighting display.  www.gardenpondsunlimited.com

 

What are the Benefits of Owning an Aquarium?

Owning an aquarium has a strong stress reducing benefit. Studies have shown that watching an aquarium for a few minutes a day can reduce stress levels, and even reduce your chances of a heart attack or stroke. Studies have also shown that heart attack and stroke victims that own an aquarium have lived longer. Even gazing at a decorative fishless tank has proven to assist in reducing stress and high blood pressure. The more decorative and colorful the tank is the stronger the benefits will be. Owning an aquarium also has educational benefits. The chance to observe nature is right in your living room. You have the ability to watch the fish interact with plants, the environment, food, and each other in a replica of their natural habitat.

Did You Know…

• Beta fish can be kept with other fish.
• Some aquarium plants go dormant through certain seasons.
• Fresh water Angel fish are related to Cichlids.
• Temperature of water correlates with how much lighting a tank needs. • Tracy Morgan is an avid aquarium connoisseur.
• Not all types of aquariums need gravel.
• Ram Cichlids are the “love birds” of fresh water aquariums. They have only one mate throughout life.
• There are fresh water shrimp and lobster.

Is Your Pond or Water Feature Insured?

It’s that time of year again when Oklahomans need to be weather aware. We have been saddened by how many of our customers have told us that they had lost their homes and ponds due to tornadoes. Luckily some of our customer’s ponds were covered by their homeowners insurance policy. Sadly, some customers had no coverage at all and didn’t know this until it was too late. This prompted me to do some research as to whether my own pond at my house was covered. Here is what I learned.

Most policies will cover things, such as ponds, up to a certain percentage of the value of your home. This is generally found under your “other structures” portion of your policy. Make sure you have enough coverage for any “other structures” that you may have such as a building or barn, plus your pond. I discovered that I needed to increase my “other structures” limit so that my pond would be adequately covered. The best advice I have for you is to check with your insurance agent before the storm. Being proactive might save you a lot of headache later on. Especially if your policy does not include any coverage for your pond.

Little Fins and Little Mouths

If you have fish in your pond, sooner or later they are going to have babies. Late spring to early summer usually marks the time of year when koi and goldfish start to spawn. When koi and goldfish spawn, they produce thousands of eggs but very few actually survive and grow up into baby fish. Koi are egg “scatterers,” meaning they generally deposit their eggs on the bottom of the pond or in plants. The eggs hatch a few days after, although, you probably won’t be able to see them for several weeks because they are too small. At this stage in development, the babies will feed off of all sorts of microorganisms in your pond. After a couple months the babies are about an inch long and may start eating real food. In order to “bulk” them up, feed them our High Protein koi food. There are no fillers and will ensure the proper nutrients for your baby koi to grow up big and beautiful.

Patience is Key

You need to have patience. If you’ve stocked your pond with plenty of plants, the temperature’s just right, and you’ve started supplementing with D-Solv and SAT, your pond will quickly balance. Beneficial bacteria, or SAT, need to be added with a consistent maintenance routine to obtain optimal results. Resist the urge to add traditional algaecides after your pond is balanced, unless your pond is lacking a proper filtration system. With overuse, your pond will never become truly balanced, and often, ponds can become dependent on their use. Help support Mother Nature with use of natural products from Garden Ponds Unlimited. Your pond and the environment will thank you!

Customer Appreciation Weekend – October 14th & 15th, 2016

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION WEEKEND!

fish races OKCFriday and Saturday October 14th and 15th, 2016
9:00 am – 6:00 pm   Rain or shine.

Come on out for a great time!

  • Ridiculous discounts (discount wheel to be spun at time of purchase to determine discount amount)
  • Smoked hot dogs, chips, drinks
  • Fish races! ( $3.00 per person to enter the race. Must be at least three participants per race. Winner takes home the Koi.)
  • Installation discounts up to $1,000 on select ponds. (Must sign up for consultation during customer appreciation weekend for winter installation)
  • Grand opening of our new Aquarium Building. Freshwater and Saltwater.

BIG NEWS! We’ve partnered with the Bella Foundation this year.  They will have wonderful fur-babies ready for adoption and all proceeds from the fish races will go to help foster pets find their furever home!!

So come on out Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th and help some great dogs and cats find some homes!!!

Springtime Pond Changes

Now that spring is here, you’re probably noticing some changes in your pond. Your fish are coming back to life and you may even be able to see some plant growth. Some changes that are taking place, however, aren’t so desirable. Like that excess algae growth that you might have noticed. Understanding the transition that your pond makes from winter into spring is essential in maintaining a healthy pond ecosystem. You may have just spent your weekend cleaning your pond – or have

had Garden Ponds Unlimited come out and clean it for you. A couple of days or weeks pass, and you notice an incredible growth of string algae. “Not again,” you screech to yourself. “I thought my pond was clean!” Well, my friend, cleanliness does not necessarily mean algae-free, especially in the cool water of the early spring. Some simple, yet important, steps can be the difference between a
balanced pond with minimal maintenance and a pond that requires unnecessary maintenance. Although bacteria and plants don’t start growing properly until water temperature reaches 55°F, there are still some simple steps you can take to maintain a crystal clear, trouble-free pond. We recommend using D-Solv, which will help remove attached organic debris from waterfall, streams, and rocks in seconds. Another product that will help eliminate the headache of algae is Green Away. Green Away effectively controls types of algae like Chlorella, Blanketweed, and string or hair algae. Both of these products can be used throughout the season. They are especially effective helping maintain optimum water conditions until the water warms up and the beneficial bacteria, or SAT, and aquatic plants have the opportunity to kick in.