Q: What preparation is required?
A: Two things may be needed to prepare for the pond installation. We will need a separate electrical 110V GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protected circuit within ten feet of the pond location. If you would like a separate water fill line we can install it. Both need to be within ten feet of the pond.
Q: What about mosquitoes?
A: Mosquitoes flourish in stagnant water. Our ponds have moving water 24-7, so there is little chance of mosquitoes establishing themselves in this environment.
Q: Are Fish necessary in my pond?
A: Fish are an important part of the eco-system, as well a source of pleasure. Fish are perfect. They bring great pleasure and there is little maintenance. You can choose to feed your new pets or not. The pond will provide the fish with the food they need. However, if you choose to feed your fish, you will find them very friendly and entertaining.
Q: Do I need plants?
A: Plants are another important part of the eco-system. Plants & algae complete for the nutrients in water. If you do not have plants, you will have algae.
There are many plants available for water gardens, from marginal to lilies. The plants all perform a function while beautifying your pond. Lilies should cover 60% of the pond surface area. Due to the shallow nature of the pond, lilies will keep the water cool in the summer and keep algae away. Lilies also come in two varieties, day and night blooming. Both kinds are wonderful to have in a pond.
Q: Why is a liner used instead of cement?
A: We use a liner because they do not leak. Cement ponds fail at some point. Our liner is a 45 mil EPDM, which is fish safe and has a life expectancy of 40 years. Firestone guarantees these liners for 20 years.
Q: Does the pond need a filter system?
A: Two different types of filters are used with our ponds.
The first one is a mechanical filter which is like a pool skimmer. This has a net bag that traps any debris that is blown onto the surface of the pond. This filter has the option of an automatic water fill. It also has an overflow connection. This filter also filters smaller particles and protects your pump, while keeping it clear, by means of a single media filter pad.
The second is a biological filter which is placed under the waterfall. This filter is completely hidden from view. This biological filter contains three more filtration pads, as well as lava rock. This filter function is to convert toxic compounds produced from the fish into nitrates. These nitrates are utilized by the aquatic plants in your pond.
Both filters are necessary in maintaining the health and the cleanliness of your pond.
Rocks and gravel covering the bottom protects your liner from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, thereby extending it’s life.
Q: Can we have a stream, and/or a waterfall without a pond?
A: Yes, now we can build it due to new products from Aquascape. For more information click here; The Pondless waterfalls and stream!
Q: What is the installation time?
A: Most 11′ x 16′ ponds can be completed in a few work days. However, prior visits are made to discuss the design and placement of your pond. Every waterscape is unique in that we create a pond that meets your specific needs. We will guide you through the experience while taking all aspects of your yard into account. The completed pond will not only look natural in its setting, but will be ecologically balanced to take care of itself.
Q: What do I do if I have green water?
A: Check out 10 Methods for Controlling Algae.
Q: Do I have water loss, or is it just evaporation?
A: Learn how to tell the difference by reading this article, Evaporation or Leak.
Q: Do you offer any maintenance services?
A: Yes, you can read about our services here.