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How to keep koi from eating your Philadelphia aquatic plants

Philadelphia aquatic plants
Philadelphia aquatic plants

How to keep koi from eating your Philadelphia aquatic plants

Local pond owners love two things most of all: their Philadelphia aquatic plants and their beautiful koi. Yet koi and pond plants aren’t so happy to live in unison. Is it possible for there to be harmony in the same pond?

Your picked through waterlilies? Eaten away?

Your first issue?  You may have too many fish. The key to the plant-eating koi dilemma is to make sure you have the correct koi-stocking density for your water garden. If there are too many koi, there will not be enough food and the hungry koi will then eat the plants. If there is enough food, there’s a better chance they will leave the plants alone.

In general, the rule for koi stocking is to have no more than one inch of fish per 10 gallons of water. You can have 150 inches of fish in 1,500 gallons of water, which is about five koi.

Remember, when buying small fish, they’re going to get bigger. Choose fish based on how large they’re going to grow. If you don’t provide koi with enough room, you risk plant health, water clarity, and the fish will suffer.

Understanding and Feeding Koi

Koi are quite the “Kurios Koi”

Koi like to look for things and tend to explore with their mouths.  If you see the koi eating around the base of your Philadelphia aquatic plants, try installing large rocks around the base of the plant.  Fish can’t move rocks as well!

If your koi are well fed, they won’t eat many Philadelphia aquatic plants. What will they eat beside your plants?  How about koi food?  Koi love food pellets.

Although they love dining on your favorite waterlily, they prefer koi food even more. Given the choice between a pelleted food and green vegetation, they’ll opt for the taste and high-energy of a pelleted food.

When choosing fish food , the pellet size should be close to the size of the fish’s pupil (the black part of the eye). Feed your fish once or twice a day, no more than they can eat in two minutes or less.

Excess food is caught in the skimmer and will decay, which isn’t ideal for the water quality of your pond. This is why it’s preferably to toss in a few food pellets at a time, as opposed to a large handful.

Aquatic plants and fish are made to go together.  When they are combined, the result is a cleaner, healthier pond that’s easy to maintain.  Pond plants remove toxins better than any chemicals and also offer coverage against predators and oxygenate the water during the day.

Your job?  Don’t overstock the pond and feed your koi a quality fish food on a regular schedule.  Your reward, a beautiful place for your Philadelphia aquatic plants and your koi.  Living together.  In harmony.

Contact us for more information.

Ready for a Philadelphia Pond Upgrade?

Philadelphia Pond Upgrade
Philadelphia Pond Upgrade

Ready for a Philadelphia Pond Upgrade? 

Here are five great items to add to your current pond for a Philadelphia Pond Upgrade, creating a new looking pond for you and your outdoor living space!

Water Lilies

Who does not love flowers blooming on water? If you want an additional natural touch in your pond, consider planting water lilies. Yellow water lilies are a lovely choice, as they beautifully blend with other flowers, and will liven up your pond. You can choose from a number of different colors to suit your outdoor space.

Philadelphia Pond Upgrade—Koi Fish

Water features like ponds are great for adding marine life to your outdoor living space. If you want to add more natural beauty to your pond, get Koi fish. They will add a splash of beautiful color to your water feature, add movement and enhance its aesthetics. Plus, kids and adults will love feeding them!

Rocks

Rocks are an important part of your Philadelphia Pond Upgrade.  They not only naturalize and make your pond beautiful. Rocks enhance the ecosystem in your pond by providing 12x’s the surface area for beneficial organisms to compete with algae and keep your pond water clean and clear. There are many choices of rock types to choose from to place in and out of the water.

Aquatic Plants

There are many aquatic plants that are suitable for ponds. You can add natural splendor to your pond by letting these plants grow in and around your pond. You can mix and match different plants to create an almost wild look, or line different ones neatly around the edge of your pond to create a uniform look. No matter what style of pond you have, you can be sure that there are aquatic plants that will complement it perfectly.

Philadelphia Pond Upgrade : Waterfall or Fountain

Do you think that waterfalls are only for large water features? You are wrong! You can add a waterfall or fountain in your pond. It will not only enhance the appearance, but also have a calming effect on mind – with its soothing sound, and by cutting out the external noise to a great extent.

These are just some of the ways to do an Philadelphia Pond Upgrade.  Try a combination of the items above for a unique look to your ecosystem pond or water feature.  AquaReale is specially trained in all the items listed above, and we would be happy to work with you to come up with the best personalized solution for your space.  Contact us today for more information.

What is a Philadelphia water garden?

Philadelphia water garden
Philadelphia water garden

What is a Philadelphia water garden?

A Philadelphia water garden is a man-made water feature, typically a pool or pond, which is designed to complement the natural environment. Water gardens typically incorporate aquatic plants, ornamental fish, statuary, waterfalls, and other decorations. They can be found in residential backyards, courtyards, and parks, to compliment the landscaping, and as an enhancement in existing gardens.

There are several different types of Philadelphia water gardens, including container gardens, raised and sunken ponds, and bog gardens. A container water garden is typically small and easy to care for and can be placed on a patio or balcony with ease.

Raised and sunken ponds are built directly into the ground and require more maintenance than other types of water gardens. Bog gardens are the most natural of the three and are designed to attract wildlife. They are generally dug into the ground, lined with plastic, and filled with native plants and fish.

What are water gardens for?

Although a water garden’s primary focus is on plants, they can house fish as well.

How big is a water garden?

They can be almost any size or depth, they are typically small and relatively shallow, generally less than 24 inches deep. This is because most aquatic plants are depth sensitive and require a specific water depth in order to thrive.

Why a Philadelphia water garden?

A water garden is an aquaculture system – a diverse aquatic ecosystem, one of the most productive and efficient systems around.   In an aquaculture system, aquatic plants have a constant supply of water that has nutrients dissolved in it, which they can easily take up. The waste from fish and other animals in the system provide additional nutrient to the plants, making for a very efficient and productive system.

What do I need in my water garden?

Plants are an important part of a Philadelphia water garden. They add life to the feature, and create a natural ecosystem, which promotes the health of the fish.  A well-stocked water garden will include several different types of plants and fish. The plants may be submerged, marginal, or floating varieties. It is recommended that a combination of these plant types be used to keep the water garden in optimal health.

More questions?  AquaReale is happy to help!  Contact us at 215.880.6811 or email [email protected] 

Philadelphia Pond Winter Care

Philadelphia Pond
Philadelphia Pond

Philadelphia Pond Winter Care

During the colder winter months, you can either keep your Philadelphia pond running for the winter, or shut it down. To shut your pond down, first unplug the pump, pull it out of the pond, and store it in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying out.

Philadelphia Pond Shutdown for the Fish

If you have fish and live in a climate cold enough to cause your pond to freeze over, you need to be aware of two things. First, is oxygenating the water. To do this, place an aerator or small pump like the AquaForce® Pond Pump on the second shelf of your pond so it bubbles right at the surface of the water. This will replace the oxygenation that your waterfalls were taking care of during the pond season.

In all but extremely low temperatures, the bubbling of the pump will also keep a hole open in the ice to allow for gas exchange. This is the second thing that you need to do for your fish. A hole in the ice allows the escape of harmful gasses created by decay of organic matter that would otherwise build up under the ice.

If your geographic area experiences long periods of exceptionally cold weather, the pump won’t be enough to keep a hole open in the ice in your Philadelphia Pond,  and you’ll want to consider adding a floating Aquascape 300-Watt Pond De-Icer. Controlled by a thermostat, the unit only runs when the water temperature is at or below freezing, heating only the surrounding water to just above freezing, and then shutting off again.

Be sure to position them so the two units are not near each other, otherwise the pond de-icer will run continuously in order to heat the that water that’s constantly being circulated by the pump.

Beautiful Ice Sculptures

Leaving your Philadelphia Pond up and running is an option many people prefer. Not only does the waterfall and/or stream provide the beautiful sound of running water, but also the freezing water creates outstanding ice sculptures along the stream and waterfall area. The water movement created by running the Philadelphia Pond during the winter also eliminates the need for additional oxygenation of the water.

There are many benefits to operating your Philadelphia Pond and waterfall year-round, but there are also a couple things you need to watch out for. As the water in the falls or stream freezes, the possibility of water loss due to ice damming is increased. When the ice freezes, a dam that pushes the flowing water over the edge of the liner can be created. This isn’t always a problem, but it is something that you need to be aware of and watch out for.

Whether you choose to shut down your pond or leave it running during the winter months, a bit of minor maintenance is all that’s needed to ensure that your pond will perform optimally when warmer breezes begin to blow.

For more information or for help with your Philadelphia Pond, contact us.

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance
Philadelphia Pond Maintenance

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance

As we approach the dog days of summer, there are five things that you need to remember about Philadelphia Pond Maintenance to  keep a balanced ecosystem pond along with happy fish! Take a moment to refresh your memory with these important tips:

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Add oxygen to your pond

Place an aerator or in your pond. or you can also install a fountain with a pump if your pond doesn’t have a waterfall or stream built in. The more water is moving around, the less algae will occur.  Oxygen is very important in the summer months.

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Fish feeding

If you feed your fish, feed them in the morning and be careful not to overfeed. Uneaten food decays faster in warmer water and can pollute the pond. Also, feed your fish only as much as they eat in three minutes. That’s as much as they need.

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Decaying leaves

Be sure to remove dying leaves and flowers before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water. This will help prevent pump clogging and additional algae growth.

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Aquatic plants

Aquatic plants such as waterlilies help provide fish with shade from the heat of summer sun, cooling the water and making algae control easier too.

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Is there really a leak?

Often, people do not realize how much water can evaporate from a pond during the dog days of summer.

The Eastern states typically lose 1 to 1.5″ of water each week..

Remember, these are averages. Some ponds may not experience evaporation levels this high. Other ponds with large pumps pushing high volumes of water, or ponds designed with multiple waterfalls and a lot of cascades and splashing may have evaporation rates much greater than these.

AquaReale offers summer checkups and services.  Contact us for more information about how we can help you with your summer pond maintenance.

Main Line Water Features: Tranquility at Home

Main Line Water Features

Bring Tranquility to Your Outdoor Living Space  

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

AquaReale has installed many Water Features, including the above photo at the Inn at Villanova University.  From large urns to small rocks and basalt columns, we have Main Line Water Features to fit into any landscape and budget.  Water Features and Fountains bring tranquility to any space.

Main Line Water Features: Garden Fountains and Urns

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

We sell beautiful, elegant stacked late urns in three sizes

Small Urn—25” diameter by 32” high– $3000

Medium Urn –27” diameter by 45” high– $3750

Large Urn– 38” diameter by 56.5 ” high– $4500

 

Main Line Water Features: Basalt Columns

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

Water adds life and movement to any outdoor area.  From a  front yard wow factor toa small bubbler or basalt column,  there is space for water in every home.

Front yard water features can include anything from large, elegant fountains to greet people at your home entrance to beautiful bubbling rocks greeting you and your guests as you enter and enter your home.

There here is something for everyone.  From single columns to a spectacular groupings. , we install Basalt Columns throughout the Main Line.  Prices start at just $3000

 

Main Line Water Features: Custom Water Features        

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

AquaReale has worked with a lot of different water features throughout the years, including bubbling rocks, Buddhas and rainwater harvest systems with pondless waterfalls.  Contact us or call 215.880.6811 to see what we can do you help bring tranquility to your outdoor living spaces.

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

Villanova large pond repair, part two

How to handle a Villanova large pond repair? Join part two of Tom’s explanation of the work we are doing in Montgomery County, at the Inn at Villanova.  Tom rows through the large pond at Villanova and talks about the pond depth and next steps. as well how to handle Villanova large pond repairs  in general.  If you did not get to see Tom before he goes into the water,  here’s part one

Tom explains that a Villanova large pond repair is a unique fix, taking into account size and condition of the large pond.  He needed to know the exact depth of the large pond before he could determine which large pond repair solutions are needed. He knows we will need monthly treatments, but we also need an aerator to help move water to help handle our repair.

AquaReale handles large pond repairs in the greater Philadelphia area, including Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County.

 

Here are the fountains we created for another part of the Inn of Villanova.

Villanova large pond repair
Villanova large pond repair