Check out this nice looking koi pond equipped with a Pondmaster 40W UV clarifier. These lights are designed to be used with the pump to kill algae and clear the water. A shallow pond like this is more susceptible to algae because more sunlight penetrates into shallow water giving them access to nutrients and energy needed to thrive. After the cleaning service a net was added to prevent leaves from falling inside the pond. Left alone, leaves will rot and release excess nutrients that will discolor the water and disrupt the balance of the ecosystem.
When cleaning a koi pond we first check to make sure your water paramaters aren't drastically different. We test for things such as ph, water temperature, and chlorine to ensure fish safety. Based on these results we can determine whether to do a 100% water change or not. In this video, June is cleaning the bottom filters inside the pond. This allows us to drain all the muck out with the remaining pond water. Clean filters will increase water flow which will increase overall filtration.
After excavation we are ready to add underlayment, liner and rocks. For this pond we used an Aquascape skimmer, Aquasurge 5000 pump and Biofalls 1000. An Aquascape skimmer houses and protects the pump from debris. Without it the pump will be laying at the bottom of the pond making it more prone to clogging and damage as there is nothing preventing muck from entering the intake. A skimmer also gives you easy access to the pump as it is installed along the egde of the pond. The Biofalls 1000 plays the role of both waterfall and filter. The sponges and bioballs inside provide mechanical and biological filtration while the waterfall create circulation and aeration for your fish.
Our client wanted his neighbor's koi so we got out our jumbo fish net and waders and went to work. Catching koi without draining the pond is a major headache but at the end we were able to safely transport 5 healthy 16 inch butterfly koi to our client's backyard pond.
When a pond is left to sit for over a decade plants you initially put in for decoration and filtration quickly outgrow their pots and take over the pond. Soil and nutrients from rain runoff is the cherry on top and your pond has successfully transformed into a wetland marsh. You can kiss your fish goodbye as they will never be visible again. The only way to prevent this is to have your pond maintained on a yearly or bi-yearly basis.
This 3 feet deep rectangular koi pond was equipped with an in ground Pondmaster Clearguard pressurized filter. These filters work alongside an external water pump to filter the water with beneficial bacteria. The filter also comes with a backwash mechanism that allows you to rinse the media without having to disassemble the entire unit.
We are familiar with the close quarter housing common inside the city. We have enough hose to drain the water
far away from your property. We can even drain it into your neighbor's yard if you'd like.
A pond or water feature allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of a city such as Baltimore.
Thanks to the landscaper who decided to trim a tree into this tub pond we were able to come and rescue it. We even found a dead decomposing song bird inside that smelled terrible. In this video we added Pennsylvania mountain stone along the edge of the pond which made it look more natural by hiding the plastic tub. When renovating a pond we can add rocks, increase the pond size, build a waterfall, add a skimmer, add lighting, etc.
This koi pond developed a leak due to its close proximity to a tree root. A problem like this can only be solved by removing the root and replacing the damaged liner. We replaced the liner with 20' x 20' 45 mil epdm liner.
A koi pond can help relieve stress from a long day at work. Grab a beer and listen to the waterfall while observing your koi swim around and do koi things.
Over time the ground supporting your pond can lose its strength and crumble. This occurs when their is nothing supporting the walls. We recommend a pond renovation where we dry stack rocks alongside the walls to give it proper support. It is also very pleasing aesthetically.
Water lilies provide cover from the sunlight which reduces algae growth and water discoloration. If your pond is exposed to the sun we recommend you add plants that provide shade. Water hyacinths and lilies are our go to plants. When servicing a pond we can save your aquatic plants and replant them at the end of the job.
A small pond is limited in the number of fish it can house but can have the same soothing effect as larger water features. This pond was built near a lot of vegetation which was removed and hauled away from the property.
Filter mats clean your water by physically trapping waste particles and debris. They are also the breeding ground for beneficial bacteria which convert harmful ammonia (released from fish waste and organic matter) into nitrates.
Drastic changes in water paramaters can be harmful to your koi. We take preventative measures to ensure your koi experience the least amount of stress while servicing your pond.
In addition to cleaning ponds we also do pump replacements, submersible lights, and repairs/renovation. In this video June is installing a new Aquascape AquaSurge 3000 GPH Pump in Columbia, MD. The pump wire is buried underground and inserted into your outdoor-rated GFCI outlet.
For ponds with no fish we do a 100% water change to achieve crystal clear water by the end of the job. In this job we had to drain the backyard pond into a storm drain in front of the house. We carry over 1000 feet of hose so that we can reach a storm drain or a forest in your vicinity.
Excessive aquatic plants are a common problem among ponds. Lilies, irises and cattails are known to take over ponds as they multiply very rapidly. Although plants provide filtration and oxygen for the fish, too many can hurt the aesthetics and the ecosystem of the pond. In this video, we had too remove the lilies because they took up too much real estate and clogged up the pond. Overall water volume is very important in keeping your pond clean so removing these plants made room for more water.
We are masters at handling koi and guarantee their health for the entirety of the job. In the following video June safely catches the fish with a large net and relocates them to an aerated holding tank near by. We slowly acclimate the koi during the cleaning to reduce their stress when reintroduced back into the pond.
Routine maintenance done by you can save you the need to pay for professional service.
Learn from the pros as we teach you the ins and outs of a professional pond cleaning.
String algae is a common problem in small backyard ponds. Small ponds are usually shallow, and shallow water is usually warm ...