July 11, 2018
Types of Filtration
Filtration is a key component to every healthy water garden. When buying a filter, select one that is rated for your pond size or larger. If you have a heavier debris load due to an overpopulation of fish or a nearby tree, you may want to consider getting a filter one size larger. Remember, you cannot have too much filtration, but if your filter is undersized you will likely continually battle algae.
There are two types of filtration: mechanical and biological. Mechanical filters remove debris, such as algae mats and leaves. Biological filters provide a place for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove nutrients. Whether you are upgrading an existing pond or trying to pick out which pond kit you want, it is important to consider the different types of filter systems so you can build your ideal outdoor oasis.
Submersible Pond Filter
The Aquascape Submersible Pond Filter provides efficient mechanical and biological filtration, keeping pond water clean, clear and healthy. This unobtrusive filter can be added to the intake of almost any submersible water pump, filtering ponds up to 800 gallons. The large surface area of the removable cage prevents large debris from clogging the filter and significantly decreases maintenance. The low-profile filter contains a pre-filtration sponge pack ideal for capturing smaller debris. The Aquascape Submersible Pond Filter also contains ceramic filtration rings, providing substantial surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize. The threaded intake and included multi-hose adapter ensures the filter is ready to adapt to most pond pumps with a small piece of pipe or ¾” threaded fitting. The Submersible Pond Filter also carries a 3-Year Limited Warranty. Aquascape is passionate about the products we produce, providing unique products, designs, and features that stand above the competition.
UltraKlean® Pressurized Biological Pond Filter (external filtration)
The Aquascape UltraKlean Pond Filter with high-output ultraviolet clarifier and integrated electronic bulb-saver filters ponds, providing pond owners with optimum water conditions and crystal-clear water. The unique sponge-free design minimizes maintenance and maximizes efficient mechanical and biological filtration. The included biological media packs tightly together, effectively trapping debris. The high-output UV bulb eliminates single-celled algae which causes single-celled algae (suspended algae) blooms. A bulb-saver timer feature saves bulb life and provides an ideal time to add water treatments. The simple-to-use self-cleaning feature allows for the unit to be backwashed in less than five minutes without opening the canister or getting your hands dirty. A cleaning indicator light will automatically remind you when the filter requires backwashing. Aquascape UltraKlean Pond Filters come complete with all necessary fittings and carries a 3-Year Limited Warranty.
Signature Series 1000 Pond Skimmer
The Aquascape Signature Series1000 Pond Skimmer provides efficient mechanical filtration by removing unwanted debris from the surface of the pond, significantly reducing maintenance and improving water quality. The filter also provides a protected location for the pump, extending pump life. The Signature Series 100 Pond Skimmer is easy to install and ideal for ponds up to 1,000 square feet. The filter includes a large volume, rigid debris basket for quick and easy maintenance and a high-quality, medium density rigid filter mat to remove smaller sediment and debris. The extremely durable, UV protected, high-density polyethylene construction and the rounded shape maximize the strength of the filter, enabling installation in freeze-thaw conditions.
The Signature Series 1000 Pond Skimmer is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, ensuring year after year of trouble-free use. Aquascape is passionate about the products we produce, providing unique products, designs, and features that stand above the competition.
Signature Series 1000 BioFalls® Filter
The Aquascape Signature Series 1000 BioFalls® Filter is ideal for filtering ponds up to 1,000 gallons, providing efficient biological and mechanical filtration. Its durable, rotationally-molded, rounded polyethylene shape maximizes structural strength while making it easier to camouflage into your landscape. Able to handle flow rates up to 3,000 gallons per hour, the filter can be installed in a wide variety of applications, including smaller ponds.
All Signature Series BioFalls Filters include a limited lifetime warranty, ensuring year after year of trouble-free use. Aquascape is passionate about the products we produce, providing unique products, designs, and features that stand above the competition.
Whether you are looking to upgrade your existing filtration system or starting from scratch in a new pond, a properly sized filtration system improves water quality and is a great investment in your pond.
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Landscape and Hardscape Ideas
Points of interest: Draw the eye to these garden and patio focal points
Gardens can tend to be pieced together bit by bit. One year a raised bed may be the new project, the next year vegetable stakes line the back fence. A year-by-year approach is a great way to add on to your landscape and patio, but a few elements can help the space feel more cohesive.
Walk up to your space as guests would. What is the first thing you see and what is the biggest element? A homeowner’s eye may be drawn to a different object or scene than a guest’s view. People tend to look at the center of things or the biggest thing. If that object is a good focal point, then stick with it. If you’d like to bring attention to other features, use a few of these designing tricks.
Walls and tiered gardens add interest and visual texture to a landscape. Short walls with stone caps can be used as seating as well as a base for potted plants or lighting. Consider outlining a dining space with a low wall or banking a walkway or pathway with tiered garden plots. These lines will bring the eye further into the garden.
Doorways and Arches
A cool designer trick is the “double doorway.” Interior designers will flank a room’s wide entrance with two indoor tall plants, one on each side of the entrance. A double doorway instantly piques curiosity and draws the guest in. In a landscape, you can use wrought iron arches or bamboo structures to hold vines. Place the arch near another wider entrance into the patio or garden, either in front or in back.
Walkways and paths
Curves and lines make a design. If you have space, consider curving your path for an added element of interest. Everyone wants to see what’s around the next corner, and a curved path will definitely attract the curious guest. Another walkway design trick is varying textures and materials. A slate stone path may fit into a cottage’s garden. A herringbone paver pattern may go with a larger home’s aesthetic. Research different paver textures and pattern ideas.
Kinetic and stationary sculptures are popular garden accessories. Less is more when it comes to garden statues, birdbaths and globes. Pick one or two significant pieces and place them strategically in the landscape. The sculpture is meant to enhance its natural setting, not draw attention away from nature’s splendor.
The sound of a babbling brook is relaxing and welcoming. When homeowners think of water features, they may imagine big fountains or spread out ponds, but there are hundreds of different kinds to choose from. If space is a problem, look into a vertical water element. Small, tabletop elements for patio sets are also an option.
Examining your landscape and hardscape with a designer’s eye will help you find that unique twist that will elevate a year-by-year garden into a whole, planned outdoor room.
*Article excerpt courtesy of EPHenry
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Types of Algae in a Water Garden
Algae in your water garden can be caused by an overabundance of fish waste and other organic material from leaves or previous algae blooms combined with excessive sunlight and heavy rain. Not only does all that green growth look unsightly, it ruins your water quality and creates a headache for you and your fish. Before you can make a plan for treating the different types of algae, you have to know what type you are trying to destroy.
KNOW YOUR ALGAE
Algae comes in two basic forms: planktonic and filamentous.
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION
Algae growth in a water garden is a combination of many factors, and sometimes conditions become right (or rather wrong) and different types of algae grows even in the cleanest water gardens. But there is hope. Proactively managing your pond will reduce the frequency and severity of algae blooms while providing a healthy ecosystem for your fish, plants, and other pond life.
Have an existing algae bloom in your water garden that needs treatment? Call Cari, our pond expert, for tips on managing existing algae growth and different tools that are available to help you combat even the most stubborn algae.
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