Category Archives: Water

Bacteria… Simplified!

With four different types of Aquascape beneficial bacteria on our shelves, how do you make sense of it all? Here are some guidelines to follow when choosing bacteria at different times of the year or at different points along a pond’s lifeline: 1. When seeding a biological filter, or starting up your beneficial bacteria colony […]

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Ask The Pond Dr:  Spring Clean Up Question!

Question: I am concerned about pond clean up and the amount of “gunk” that can accumulate in the stones. If I look at it from an aquarium perspective, the gravel eventually gets full of debris even with good filtration and fish. How do you ensure that the pond can be cleaned etc. Is it better […]

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Should I get a new piece of driftwood in the spring, or will the piece I put in this year still be effective next season ?

I was having problems with alkalinity, and you recommended cedar driftwood. This has helped a lot. Should I get a new piece of driftwood in the spring, or will the piece I put in this year still be effective next season ? If your driftwood is a large piece and hasn’t started to break down and […]

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It’s not your imagination – it really IS getting close to pond season! This year we have a great new product that can make this time of year even easier. The new OASE PondoVac 4 is a powerful and versatile vacuum with a sleek new look for 2014! With the PondoVac 4 you can vacuum […]

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They’re ba-ack!  UltraKlean Pressure Filters and UltraKlear UV Clarifiers re-designed for 2014!

Whether you’re looking to replace an old biological filter, integrate biological & mechanical filtration into your pond for the first time, filter a formal pond or if your pond size limits the use of the traditional biological filter & waterfall unit and mechanical skimmer, look no further!  The new re-engineered Aquascape UltraKlean pressure filter is […]

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Algae: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Algae, plural, noun /ˈalgə/ – A simple non-flowering plant of a large group that includes the seaweeds and many single-celled forms. Algae contain chlorophyll but lack true stems, roots, leaves, and vascular tissue. Algae is otherwise known as the “green stuff” that drives a pond owner crazy! There are two types of common algae, suspended […]

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Q. The multiple wind storms have caused lots of mess in my pond. I have been going in the water every week to remove as much of it as I can. The water has become so brown to the point where I can’t see my fish anymore. I would need to do a water change. […]

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Q. How long does it take for the pond to stabilize after adding the pond bacteria to start? I added it 3 days ago along with pond clear. A. Hello Wendy, Adding pond bacteria is a great way to get a jump start on Mother Nature. This allows bacteria to colonize faster.  The bacteria in […]

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Q. I usually drain my pond every spring. This year it looks pretty good I have taken out the leafs and stuff.Now it is a plain bottom pond no rocks just plants in containers.There is some sludge what product should I use to help get rid of sludge water is nice and clear. Thanks Jeff. […]

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