We match each of the pumps we
use to a ponds individual characteristics in order to achieve the desired flow
rates while minimizing the electrical usage. This is accomplished by
calculating friction loss due to the size and length of pipe, accounting for the
physical elevation, and then referencing performance curves and electrical
consumption data of the pest pumps available.
By using the most energy efficient pump(s) for each situation we can greatly reduce the electrical operating costs associated with owning a pond.
The skimmer collects leaves and other floating debris by
drawing water across the surface of the pond. All of the debris is
collected in a net that's easy to empty - it only takes a few minutes. How
often you'll need to empty the net depends on the time of year and the pond
setting. We suggest that homeowners check and empty the net at least once
a day in the Fall when the leaves are actively falling, but for most of the year
you'll only need to do it once or twice a week.
A bottom drain system installed into the deepest area of the pond helps to remove
submerged leaves and sediment continuously while the pond is running.
We have designed and developed a vacuum system that allows homeowners to easily clean debris and sediment from the pond without draining it! Both mobile and permanently installed versions are available.
An aeration system is used to enhance gas exchange to
and from the pond water. Through proper placement of diffusers, aeration
also helps to direct debris and sediment toward the bottom drains and skimmers
for more effective removal.
An external bio-media filter mechanically
collects suspended solids and biologically converts toxins for a healthy pond
environment. With a minimum of time and effort this filter can be easily
backwashed to remove the collected particulate.
An up-flow wetland filtration system (bog) is
an extremely effective, and aesthetically pleasing way to filter a pond.
Bog systems have a huge filtration capacity and provide an area to grow wetland
plants to remove nutrients from the water and to enhance the look of the pond.
EPDM rubber liner is the best choice for most pond installations. Unlike concrete, it is easy and inexpensive to install and won't crack. A woven, needle punched underlayment forms a soft padding for the liner, helping to prevent punctures from sharp objects in the soil and allowing gasses to escape from beneath the liner.
The 60-mil EPDM liner that we use is far superior to the industry standard
45-mil EPDM because of its significantly greater tearing strength and puncture
Marginal (wetland) plants can be planted directly in the gravel around the pond and in the bog. Their roots will spread through the gravel, cleaning the pond by using nutrients that would otherwise be available for algae growth. Fish, koi in particular, are a great addition to a pond. They add interest and beauty with their vibrant colors and seemingly playful nature; they can also help to reduce the amount of algae!