There are three main types of rocks or stones that AquaReale uses on our pond installations. One isn’t better than the other– they just offer different styles and looks. Here’s a quick look a the three types of stone we use for our projects: mica, field stone, and river rocks.
How to choose the best stone for your pond: Mica Stone
Mica stone is a regional stone, common throughout Philadelphia and Southeaster PA. This stone tends to blend well with older homes in our area. The deep blue gray color of the stone is very visually appealing. It also has a slight silver reflection that is lovely at night.
Mica is a natural occurring mineral that is based on a collection of silicate minerals and composed of varying amounts of potassium, iron, aluminum, magnesium and water . Mica forms flat six-sided monoclinic crystals along with an extraordinary split in the direction of larger surfaces. High in silica, this stone has the extensive capacity to remain elastic and tough even at high temperatures.
How to choose the best stone for your pond: Field Stone
Field stones come in different shapes and sizes, offering a lot of variety from one rock type. Pennsylvania Field Stone is very popular i this area. Some of these stones come with lichens. Lichens look like moss on the stones— giving it an aged look right away. The stones tend to come in muted earthen stones.
How to choose the best stone for your pond: River Rocks
River rocks are just like they sound– rocks that come out of rivers, not quarries. They run in size from the size of a pea to two ton boulders and bigger. They are rounded, and are what many people would expect and like to see in a pond setting. River rocks work very well in Asian-inspired pond settings.
River rock can be blue, green, red, pink, orange, coral, slate gray, or any combination of these colors. It can have stripes, spots and striations, or it can be solid colored.
But there is one thing that all landscaping river rocks have in common. They all have a softly rounded shape and a smooth finish. This is what makes them so popular in pond world
Which type rock is best for your pond? Contact us to see what’s best for you!
With a good balance of plants, you should only need to feed Koi for your enjoyment and to attract the fish closer.Without plants in the pond, Koi fish are dependent on you to provide them. Plants provide them shade and hiding spots from predators as well as food. #
How often can you feed Koi fish?
If you decide to feed your fish, do so up to twice per week. Fish do not know the feeling of “fullness” and will eat until they die. Koi fish can become overweight, which can cause health problems or death. When you do feed your fish, don’t give them much more than a handful at a time. You may even find most of this food in the skimmer unit – don’t worry, your fish are getting plenty. If there are plants in the pond, they don’t need much food at all. They will get used to you feeding them and may eventually eat out of your hand!
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When do I feed them?
Make sure to only feed your Koi fish during the warm parts of the year, when fish are active. Once the weather gets too cold, the fish slow down their bodies, starting a type of hibernation. Once the water temperature reaches about 50 degrees, stop feeding your fish entirely. Koi fish will continue to eat, though they cannot properly digest the food in this environment. The food will cause decay, and the fish will die. #
What if I don’t have or want plants?
If you really don’t want plants, you can feed the fish once a day, but NOT in the winter. Even without plants, feeding in the colder weather can cause Koi fish to die. #