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Weekly Special for the Week of September 22

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September 22-27, 2014

10% off fall Pond Products!

Aquascape's How To Prepare Your Pond for Fall and Winter

Aquascape’s How To Prepare Your Pond for Fall and Winter

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Give Your Pond a Spring Cleaning

by: Aquascape Inc.

Spring is simply the most exciting time of year. As things slowly awaken from their winter hibernation, there are some things that you can do to make sure your water feature gets off to a good start this spring.

Does your water feature need a full clean-out this season or does it just need to be tidied up a little? There are a couple of things that you can look for to help you decide. First, if there is a layer of “crud” at the bottom of the pond and the water is dark in color, it would be a good idea to do a full clean-out.Cleanout

On the other hand, if there is just a small amount of debris that you can stir up and capture with a net and the water looks clear, a little tidying up is all that’s in order. Plan on spending a half to a full day to complete a pond clean-out. A Pondless® Waterfall will take considerably less time.

The best time to perform a pond clean-out is the early spring, before your water garden completely awakens from its winter dormancy – ideally before the water temperature in the pond creeps above 55º F. If a clean-out is performed when the water is warmer, after bacteria colonies form, the balance of the ecosystem will again be thrown off and your pond will go through another “green phase” before the bacteria colonies re-establish themselves again.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

- A clean-out pump with approximately 25 ft. of discharge hose
- A high-pressure nozzle for your garden hose, or a power washer
- Garden shears for trimming plants
- A child’s swimming pool or a similar sized container to hold fish and any other critters you find during the clean-out
- A net or something similar to place over the fish container to keep them from jumping out
- Two five-gallon buckets to collect leaves and debris
- A fish net
Aquascape Pond Detoxifier to remove chorine and chloramines prior to putting fish back
Aquascape Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria

Drain the Pond / Pondless® Waterfall

1.  Place the clean-out pump in the deepest point of the pond (or in the Pondless® Waterfalls Snorkel™) in order to remove the water.
2.  Drain the water into the surrounding landscape. Be sure to relocate the pipe two or three times to allow the water to seep into the ground and not flood the yard.
3.  If you have fish, use some of this pond water to fill up the holding pool. The fish can be removed from the pond using a net once the water is low enough so you can easily catch them.
4.  Don’t keep the fish in the holding pool for more than several hours. Keep them in a shady spot with a net over the top of the pool to prevent them from jumping out.

Don’t Overdo the Cleaning

   1.  Rinse the inside of the pond. You can also use a pressure washer to help remove debris from the rocks and gravel.
2.  Don’t try to scrub all of the algae away. Some algae on the rocks will prove beneficial in developing your ecosystem. For an average size pond (11′ x 16′) this should take around 15 minutes.
3.  Use the gentle stream from a garden hose to rinse the rocks and gravel. Start at the top and work your way down to the bottom. Periodically turn the clean-out pump on to remove the dirty water. You can discontinue the periodic pumping once the water rinsing down to the bottom begins to look clear. Remove the pump and begin filling the pond.

Cleaning the Filters

1.  Remove any debris from the bottom of the skimmer and Snorkel™ Vault. This can be done by hand or by using the cleanout pump.
2.  Remove the media nets and filter pads from the BioFalls® Filter. (Not included with the Pondless® Waterfall). If you have the optional drain kit attached to your Signature Series™ BioFalls® Filter, you can open up the valve and rinse the media and filters. Once the filters have been removed rinse them free of accumulated debris.
3.  The filter media and mats can be put back into place and the waterfalls pump can be reattached in the skimmer or Snorkel™ Vault.

Putting Your Fish Back into their Clean Home

    1.  If you’re on city water, it’s imperative that you add a Aquascape Pond Detoxifierto the water so it is safe for fish.
2.  Dip a five-gallon bucket, or similar sized container, in the holding tank and fill it with water.
3. After you’ve caught a fish, place it in the bucket and set the buckets in the clean water.
4. After about 15 minutes, periodically begin splashing some pond water into the bucket.
5. By now, the temperature of the pond and the bucket water should be close to the same. You are ready to spill the fish into their spring-cleaned home.

If you have any questions or need anything we will be glad to help!! Most of the products listed above can be purchased right here at Tussey Mountain Mulch Landscape Center!

For additional spring maintenance tips, watch our video with helpful tips to get your pond off to a good start:

 

 

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Not sure how to prepare your pond for Winter? Watch this Video!

Its so amazing that we are already talking about winterizing our ponds! Where did this year go? Below is a video that you can watch that goes over the steps of pond winterization! We have all the products in stock and also are ready to assist you with any further questions you may have! Remember, if you want to have your fish next Spring, the steps that this video goes over are very essential. See you soon!

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

Aquascape Fish Food

What is outstanding about Aquascape’s Fish Food? Watch this video to find out!

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

DIY Project-Matt Zunich

One of our loyal customers, Matt Zunich from Portage, PA, opens up his backyard to show how a backyard can be transformed into a beautiful retreat and entertainment area. The amazing part is that he did this all with his own two hands! Matt, you did a great job. Thanks for your business.

This is a Firerock fireplace covered with EP Henry Adirondack Ledgestone. Mr. Zunich added woodboxes to the side with Techo-bloc York cap.

This outdoor kitchen is constructed with a Junior Series RCS grill, an Eldorado kitchen box, and EP Henry Adirondack Ledgestone, matching the fireplace.

This raised patio has a Old Towne Cobble Circle Kit for the patio, with double sided Imperial Wall.

Watch the video below to see the entire project and hear his comments.

This summer Mr. Zunich added another component to his backyard retreat-a pondless waterfall. Once again he did it from start to finish with his own hard work and ingenuity! Check out the pictures.

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by admin | Comments Off

Why Use Beneficial Bacteria?

Check out this video from Aquascape to learn just why adding Beneficial Bacteria is a good thing.

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by admin | Comments Off
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