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EXTEND YOUR KOI POND WATER GARDEN SEASON FOR ALOT LONGER!

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: October 16th, 2018 | 2 Comments on EXTEND YOUR KOI POND WATER GARDEN SEASON FOR ALOT LONGER!

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Well, its that time of year…
This is a common phrase used in so many ways, yet always signaling a change.
Pond keepers know what that phrase means for them. It means the end of pond season is coming on. The waning of our outdoor living and good times by the pond are only a moon cycle or two away from ending as the days are getting shorter and the nights are growing long.
But us pond keepers can push back.

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Koi Friendly Feeding Tips

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 4th, 2018 | No Comments on Koi Friendly Feeding Tips

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I’ve long maintained that learning how to feed fish is something that many fish keepers will struggle with. Finding that balance in feeding requires time and patience. We all strive to give not too much, not too little, the best nutritional value at the right time of the year, and at the right time during the fish’s life. Feeding your fish could be an art as much as it is a science. So, how about some tips from an expert on this topic.

The LOVE YOUR POND Blog is happy to present an LYP guest blogger, Ryan, from koibids.com. Ryan is sharing some “Guidelines on Koi Friendly Feeding”.

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BLACK KOI MATTER

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 30th, 2018 | No Comments on BLACK KOI MATTER

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Black Koi Matter. Join the Karasu movement.

Ask a koi keeper how they first became introduced to koi fish and they will likely recall a story of how they came across a pond, so long ago, that contained these delightfully colorful and friendly fish. Many koi keepers are drawn into the keeping of koi because of the beautiful clean bright colors of red, white, orange, and yellow. These colors are so pure, so attractive, so positively eye-catching. Not many koi keepers will recall being drawn to the black of the koi, the sumi. The appreciation of black, the appreciation of sumi, typically comes after keeping koi for some time. That subtle allure, that appreciation of black ends up becoming a major factor in high quality koi choices. Indeed, black koi matter.

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THE AQUASCAPE ACADEMY HANDS-ON TRAINING REVIEW

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 18th, 2018 | No Comments on THE AQUASCAPE ACADEMY HANDS-ON TRAINING REVIEW

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The Aquascape Academy Hands-On Training is a new initiative that has been rolled out by Aquascape Inc for professionals and business owners in the pond and water garden industry. Its never to cold, and never too far to make your pond and water garden business more successful. And even better still is doing it together with other pond and water garden professionals of every type from retailers and distributors to contractors and service providers. Aqualand, the Aquascape headquarters located in St. Charles, Ill. is the place, and the winter months are the time that it all happens. When could be a better time to start revving up your business up to take it to that next level? Do you have 2 days in your down time to make your pond and water garden business significantly better? 

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How Do I De-Ice My Koi Pond?

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 4th, 2018 | 3 Comments on How Do I De-Ice My Koi Pond?

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How do I de-ice my koi pond?

Many koi pond keepers and water gardeners have to deal with some pretty extreme weather conditions. The cold weather represents some very particular challenges. Full Service Aquatics receives many questions this time of year on how to deal with particular issues. Here is a question that came in that should be helpful to many of us:

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LEAKY POND ISSUES? MIGHT BE LEAVES CAUSING THE WATER LOSS

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: October 24th, 2017 | No Comments on LEAKY POND ISSUES? MIGHT BE LEAVES CAUSING THE WATER LOSS

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Leaky pond issues seem pretty common during Autumn and times of heavy leaf fall. The leaves might be causing the water loss. Many pond and water feature owners in New Jersey and other areas of the world that experience the Autumn season will experience water loss from their pond during the Fall. Don’t panic, but be sure to react quickly.

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POND NETTING, WHAT TYPE OF POND NETTING IS BEST?

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: October 10th, 2017 | No Comments on POND NETTING, WHAT TYPE OF POND NETTING IS BEST?

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Pond netting is not all the same.

Do you have questions about what type of pond netting is best for your pond? You’re not alone. Here is a great question that came into Full Service Aquatics website.

Q: What type of netting is best for a pond 5′ by 10′? There are so many online at all different prices. I am so confused. Want to keep predators from eating all the fish this year. Help?

A: When it comes to netting questions, I got ya covered…

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END OF SEASON KOI FEEDINGS. LET THEM EAT!

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: September 28th, 2017 | 2 Comments on END OF SEASON KOI FEEDINGS. LET THEM EAT!

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Hey pond keepers, koi keepers, water gardeners, and the aquatically obsessed; as the pond season is waning into colder times we have to be pretty mindful of how we are feeding our koi and goldfish. There are plenty of foods out there that are formulated for late season feedings and low temperature foods as well, and if you are inclined to do so, those foods should be offered to your koi and goldfish around this time of year. Some of us may want to use up what is left of our Summer staple and that is just fine to do as well.

Whatever you are feeding your koi and goldfish this time of year is your prerogative, all I ask of you is LET THEM EAT!

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PONDEMONIUM 2017 REVIEW “A PURPOSE DRIVEN BUSINESS”

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 27th, 2017 | 2 Comments on PONDEMONIUM 2017 REVIEW “A PURPOSE DRIVEN BUSINESS”

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Another Pondemonium event is in the books for 2017. Aquascape Inc.’s annual coming together of pond professionals from around the world was held at the Q Center in St. Charles, Il; the “water garden capital of the world”. This growing event was very well attended in 2017 with professionals coming from as far as Australia. The UK had a noticeably growing population of pond professionals in attendance for as well.
The 5 day event, August 23-27, is informational and inspirational for all types and every level of pond professional. Greg Wittstock‘s keynote address focused on “A Purpose Driven Business”, and gave attendees many choices on how they’d like to be informed and inspired with offerings ranging from; full day leadership boot camp and workshop, presentations on marketing, best practices, employee training, and services for your pond and water garden business. Let’s not forget a head spinning amount of topics for open discussion in a round table format with everyone able to give input on any given topic or just listen along. Round table discussions this year were very well attended with many having standing room only.

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HOW OLD DO KOI NEED TO BE TO SPAWN?

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 19th, 2017 | 2 Comments on HOW OLD DO KOI NEED TO BE TO SPAWN?

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“How old do koi need to be to spawn?” is a pretty common question among fish keepers. Its a good question too. Check this recent Q and A sent in by a reader of the LOVEYOURPOND blog.

QUESTION:

Hello I have 3 koi fish that are about a year old, and

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