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THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 1

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: June 25th, 2012 | 2 Comments on THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 1

It grows almost everywhere on the planet. It provides food and shelter. It can live in peaceful symbiosis or quickly kill its host. It can reproduce at stunningly fast rates turning the surrounding environment red, blue, brown, and green. It can glow at night. It can float freely and sporadically or attach itself to a surface; overwhelming every square inch of it. It can stand taller than a building or be microscopic in stature. It can appear as a primitive animal type or as a plant. It has numerous genus and species that have been around 400 million years. It is in our oceans and our freshwater systems. It is in our drinking water, swimming pools, and our backyard ponds and water gardens. All pond owners have to deal with it at some time or another, in some way or another. “It”, is algae.new jersey green water

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IT’S MOSQUITO TIME, JUST SUCK IT UP

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: June 18th, 2012 | 3 Comments on IT’S MOSQUITO TIME, JUST SUCK IT UP

“People who claim they do not let the little things bother them, have never slept in a room with one mosquito.”

“What’s the New Jersey state bird?” …the mosquito.

“The best blood at sometime will get into a fool, or a mosquito.”

“There are only 2 of God’s creations I don’t understand, poison ivy and mosquitoes.”

Shall I go on?….

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DOES YOUR POND NEED A SHOWER?

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: March 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment on DOES YOUR POND NEED A SHOWER?

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Bakki shower filtration is a fairly new approach to pond filtration here in the United States, yet it has enjoyed some popularity in Japan and the UK for some time now. Bakki showers would seem comparable, in concept, to the familiar “trickle” type filters that are well known in the pond and aquarium industry; but there are differences. The design of the Bakki showers typically will consist of deep stainless steel trays. The trays are filled with filter media and have the water delivered on top, trickling down through the filter media, and then discharged from the bottom of the tray. The discharge into the pond looks like it is leaving a large shower head. 

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THE SPRING CLEANOUT FOR YOUR WATER GARDEN POND

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: March 14th, 2012 | No Comments on THE SPRING CLEANOUT FOR YOUR WATER GARDEN POND

In many parts of the US the beginning of spring also triggers the beginning of pond season. Some may even think that pond season triggers spring! Who really knows?

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DUCK PONDS AND HOW TO DESIGN THEM

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 3rd, 2011 | No Comments on DUCK PONDS AND HOW TO DESIGN THEM

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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 photos, then discourage the ducks from making your pond their home.

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HOW TO QUARANTINE YOUR POND FISH

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: March 22nd, 2011 | 2 Comments on HOW TO QUARANTINE YOUR POND FISH

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How to quarantine your pond fish is a common question koi keepers ask.

For 40 days and nights it rained upon the earth clearing evil from the face of the earth
Moses spent 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai receiving God
Israelites wandered the wilderness for 40 years
Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness
The Egyptian practice of mummification took 40 days to complete
The cycle of 40 is a theme that occurs in the Bible, Torah, and Quran and crosses numerous cultures and ideologies.

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SKIMMING YOUR POND

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: September 13th, 2010 | No Comments on SKIMMING YOUR POND

Q: What is a pond skimmer?
A: One job description lower than a pool boy.
Skimming, whether you’re talking about ponds or not, is a method of filtration. Filtration is a method of removal. So when you hear about people in trouble because of skimming money it is not actually much of a play on words, they ARE skimming! And it will get you in trouble! The good news is that skimming ponds will earn you a reward!

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CATS AND GARDEN PONDS

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 30th, 2010 | 29 Comments on CATS AND GARDEN PONDS

“The world’s most expensive water bowl”. Sometimes that is how my pond seems to me. I have on many occasions watched my cat Pippin interact with my pond.

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RACCOONS AND PONDS

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: June 10th, 2010 | 16 Comments on RACCOONS AND PONDS

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I always felt that raccoons got an unfair bad rap when it comes to ponds. Prior to any pond installation I always have a consultation with my customers and we talk about the “facts of life” when it comes to owning a pond.

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NATURAL PREDATOR PROTECTION

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 24th, 2010 | 6 Comments on NATURAL PREDATOR PROTECTION

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Ok, pond owners this is the time of year that we all have to start our vigilance and watch out for herons showing up at out pond. Late winter is always the time of year that the herons start making their patrols in search of that easy meal, of our beloved pets, from our ponds. We all get a bit complacent this time of year in checking our ponds but now is the time to start being a bit more aware of our ponds presence to local herons.

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