SPANNING THE GLOBE IN THE PURSUIT OF PONDS

water garden pond builders

For a long time now I’ve been a fan of checking out different koi ponds, water gardens, waterfalls, and just about any other type of water shape. I love seeing the many different interpretations of how a pond is built, decorated, filtered, stocked, and managed. I consider myself pretty fortunate to have a job that… Read more »

KOI AMERICA 2011 SHOW REVIEW. WERE YOU THERE?

Koi America 2011, were you there? It’s back baby! The MAKC, Mid-Atlantic Koi Club (www.MAKC.com), hosted the Koi America 2011 event. After a 1 year hiatus Koi America was back on the map for 2011 and took place in Westminster, MD between September 23-25. This was the 22nd show for the MAKC and it was… Read more »

SNAPPING TURTLE OR MAYBE PONDZILLA!

snapping turtle

Snapping turtle. A few years ago as I was making my rounds driving from one pond customer to another I was merging onto a busy highway from one of the local roads in my area. As I was coming up the on ramp to the highway I was stopped in my tracks but a huge… Read more »

DUCK PONDS AND HOW TO DESIGN THEM

duck pond

Duck Ponds, Ponds and ducks, they are perfect together. Or are they? Most constructed backyard ponds are designed and built with the intention of keeping fish and plants, not ducks. So what do we do when a pair of local ducks decides to make our pond their home? Enjoy it for a short time, take… Read more »

AERATING YOUR NATURAL POND

Having a natural pond on your property can be a tremendous asset to your property. A pond can enhance your living conditions and add beauty to your property, and a healthy pond can add value to your real estate….a healthy pond that is. One of the very basic elements of a healthy pond is a… Read more »

MAN EATING PLANTS IN YOUR POND!

Warning: PLEASE KEEP YOUR HANDS AND FEET AWAY FROM THE POND! Man eating plants!! Sounds scary, and lucky for us that there are not many plants around that are attacking humans; ‘Day of the Triffids” has long passed us by and all is well between mankind and the plant world for now. Flesh eating carnivorous… Read more »

GRAVEL FOR POND FILTRATION

Pond…Gravel, those two words used together can make some peoples hair bristle and teeth grind. Gravel use in constructed ponds is hotly debated with lots of passion behind each side’s opinion. Gravel is certainly an aesthetic choice, but it is also a filtration choice. Gravel filtration is not a new concept although many treat gravel… Read more »

ROCKS AND GRAVEL IN POND DESIGN

There is a lot of debate in the pond world about the use of rock and gravel when constructing ponds. I am a huge fan of all types of ponds; big or small, rocks or no rocks, plants or no plants, formal, freeform or natural, waterfalls or calm reflecting pools; they all have a certain… Read more »

HOW TO FEED POND FISH

One of the first questions that new fish keepers ask is “how much do I feed my fish?”. The more appropriate question could be “how do I feed my fish?”. The part about quantity of food is best answered by the fish themselves, because they will let you know when they’ve had enough and lose… Read more »