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ASAGI KOI, WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 17th, 2014 | No Comments on ASAGI KOI, WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

    In today’s world of competitive koi shows the Asagi variety of koi is still ranking in the champion categories on a regular basis, across a wide spectrum of koi shows around the world. The Asagi even has very strong showings in the world class All Japan Koi Show. This is pretty impressive for the Asagi considering all the razzmatazz and hubbidydoo that surrounds many of the “newer” varieties of koi, all this new artwork/koi that has been created. With its long history making the Asagi the “original” ornamental carp, the artwork of the Asagi still stands the test of time as the nishikigoi hobby heads towards its 200 year mark.

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WATER HYACINTH – IN AND OUT OF YOUR WATER GARDEN

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 15th, 2014 | 28 Comments on WATER HYACINTH – IN AND OUT OF YOUR WATER GARDEN

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You could say that the history of the Water Hyacinth began on December 16, 1884. The “World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition”, or the World’s Fair, opened on that day in New Orleans, LA. Among the many amazing wonders on display a never before seen herb was on display in Horticultural Hall. The herb, Eichornia crassipes, was an aquatic floating plant with dark green thick leaves and a beautiful delicate purple and blue flower with a yellow spot accenting several petals. This horticultural curiosity of the time quickly escaped the confines of Horticultural Hall and invaded the American waterways of the south.

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POND AND WATER GARDEN RADIO SHOW WINTER CARE TIPS

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 14th, 2014 | No Comments on POND AND WATER GARDEN RADIO SHOW WINTER CARE TIPS

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Winter pond care can be a tricky and misunderstood time of year when it comes to your pond. The “Under the Sea” radio show featured on Blog Talk Radio discusses some tips for winter pond care with Mike Gannon from Full Service Aquatics. Full Service Aquatics is a pond and water garden company specializing in pond and water garden design, construction, maintenance, and services; and they are based out of Summit, NJ. Click below to listen to the show and gain some great tips and insights into caring for your pond this winter season.

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wm-aquaculture/2013/12/04/pond-preparation-for-winter–mike-gannon-full-service-aquatics

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HOW TO CHOOSE A POND AND WATER FEATURE CONTRACTOR

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 12th, 2014 | 5 Comments on HOW TO CHOOSE A POND AND WATER FEATURE CONTRACTOR

At some point most of us will have to do business with a contractor of some type. A business relationship with a contractor can be very personal. At times a contractor will be almost living with you for a few days, maybe a few weeks, maybe more. These days people who go out on just a lunch date (that may or may not last more than an hour) will sometimes get complete background checks and spend hours, maybe days researching their potential lunch date! So what type of criteria are you using to choose your pond contractor who will be “living” with you for a few days or more, with access to your yard, exposure to your spouse, kids and pets; and installing a semi-permanent, major feature of your home’s landscape?

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KOI POND WATER GARDEN WINTER CARE TIPS

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 10th, 2014 | 4 Comments on KOI POND WATER GARDEN WINTER CARE TIPS

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Seasonal changes can represent challenges for many koi pond and water garden owners. Some pond owners may even have to deal with drastic changes for each season. Sub-zero brutal winter temperatures thawing into the soaking rains of Spring time. Spring time very quickly transforms into a Summer of heat waves, drought, and soaring temperatures. And before Ol’ Man Winter starts bellowing again the Autumn time dumps massive amounts of material into our yards, koi ponds, and water gardens. As pond owners it seems we need to have a game plan every few months!

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YELLOW GOLDFISH, A LEMON OR A CANARY?

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 9th, 2014 | 12 Comments on YELLOW GOLDFISH, A LEMON OR A CANARY?

The common goldfish has been a staple of modern fish keeping drawing countless thousands perhaps millions into the hobby, and why not, with their bright colors and engaging demeanor they easily capture the hearts of fish keepers. When most fish keepers make that decision to keep classic goldfish they may not be aware of the ancient lineage that they are getting involved with. Goldfish have their roots set far back in antiquity. Goldfish, originally raised as a food fish, and originally more of a grey/green color have been documented for thousands of years now. The first mention of the “GOLD”fish makes its appearance in ancient Chinese texts from the Jin Dynasty between the years of 260 – 400 a.d.

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PONDEMONIUM 2013 REVIEW

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 26th, 2013 | 4 Comments on PONDEMONIUM 2013 REVIEW

It was a literally a zoo in Chicago on August 22, 2013. It was the Lincoln Park Zoo actually, where scores of pond industry professionals came together to install, create, and renovate several water features around the zoo. This incredible project was the kick off to the pond industry’s largest annual event, Pondemonium; hosted by Aquascape Inc. (www.aquascapeinc.com)The theme for the Pondemonium 2013 event was “Get Fit For The Fight”, the fight to manage and grow a pond and water garden business successfully.

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WATER LETTUCE IS A REAL PISTIA

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 16th, 2013 | 14 Comments on WATER LETTUCE IS A REAL PISTIA

Oh water lettuce.

You innocent unassuming looking little plant.

     Walk into any water garden supplier and ask for an easy to keep, good for beginners aquatic plant. You will likely have water lettuce suggested to you. Water lettuce is available at just about every aquatic plant vendor out there, and you can even get it shipped to you from online aquatic plant vendors. Some people also call it water cabbage, and it’s scientific name is Pistia, …Pistia stratiotes to be exact.

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WINTER WATER GARDEN WORKSHOP AND BOOTCAMP 2013 REVIEW

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: March 8th, 2013 | 1 Comment on WINTER WATER GARDEN WORKSHOP AND BOOTCAMP 2013 REVIEW

It was a full house with SRO at the Turf Equipment and Supply 2013 Winter Water Gardening Workshop. Chesapeake Bay area pond pros and Certified Aquascape Contractors filled the house on March 7 at the Turf Equipment headquarter in Jessup, MD. The Turf Equipment team along with “The Pond Guy” Greg Wittstock and other guest speakers doled out practical, useful, and powerful business advice for water garden and pond professionals

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PONDEMINIUM 2013 REVIEW

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 11th, 2013 | 4 Comments on PONDEMINIUM 2013 REVIEW

The month of February in the Northeast US is certainly the most “wintery” of any month in those parts. Water gardens and koi ponds, waterfalls and splashing fountains are still a distant thought for those with a water garden lifestyle. Yet, it is a perfect time for pond and water garden professionals to start gearing up for a new season in 2013. And PONDEMINIUM is a great way to get it rolling! Pondeminium 2013, hosted by Mark and Rebecca Willoughby from Splash Supply Company of York, PA (www.facebook.com/splashSupply ), brought together a large group of pond pros from February 6-8, 2013.

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