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Myth or Truth

Pond Myths by Aquascapeinc

I want my pond located in the lowest part of my yard!

This is  probably the worst location for your investment because of the run-off  that can creep its way into your pond and deliver unwanted material such as leaves, fertilizer.
When your pond is positioned near your house,  you can take in the beauty and tranquility of your pond when  entertaining friends or lounging on your deck.

You can use a timer on your pond!

Not true!
Your pond is a living, breathing eco-system that needs constant oxygen, just  like the human race. If you shut your system down at night, then you can never have sufficient growth of beneficial bacteria to fight algae  blooms, and your finned friends will have a hard time breathing. You can shut down a Pondless® Waterfall system, however, whenever you’d like because plants and fish are not depending on the circulation for oxygen and nutrients.

It’s necessary to drain and clean your pond regularly.

Not true!
If you decide to work in harmony with Mother Nature, using the five-part  recipe, instead of doing battle with her, then draining and cleaning  your pond should take place only once a year (at most). Clean-outs  should occur in the spring, before the weather gets warm and the  bacteria has an opportunity to set up.

The more filtration, the better the pond.

Not true!
Believe or not, you can over-filter a pond. Tight filter pads in your skimmer  pick up the smallest particles of debris, causing you to be cleaning the filtering mechanism out constantly. Fish in the wild certainly don’t  swim around in bottled water. If you can see a dime on the bottom of the pond, then the water clarity is just right for your fish and filtering  past that create headaches, not eliminate them.

You can’t be a koi hobbyist and a water gardener.

Not true!
You can raise koi and have a beautiful water garden. The koi can grow up to be just as beautiful and just as healthy as they are in traditional koi ponds and you’ll love them just as much!
You might need to cover your plantbaskets with rocks, but that will be it.
Also the fish waste is a wonderfull fertilizer.

Predators will eat all of your fish!

Not true!
Raccoons/Cats generally won’t swim. That’s not to say they never swim, or couldn’t  stand on the side of your pond and take a paw swipe or two at your fish. Fortunately, most fish will swim to a deeper, more protected part of  the pond when a predator is threatening them. The one predator with  legitimate credentials is the blue heron. The Scarecrow, a  motion-sensing sprinkler that can be set up alongside your pond, ready  to fire a steady stream of water at a heron, has had some degree of  success in warding off these curious critters. Also Blue Heron-Decoy or  moving Crokodil-Decoy have some success. Plenty of lily pads give them  some protection and will work to minimize attracting a heron in the  first place. Other protection measures include a cave-like structure  that can be built in during the pond’s excavation, or if you already  have a pond, they can be added with a little pond remodeling. Crevices,  or miniature caves, can also be created within the rock walls of your  pond.

The presence of rocks and gravel make it difficult to clean your pond.

Not true!
Rocks and gravel offer a natural place for aerobic bacteria to colonize and  set up housekeeping. This bacteria breaks down the fish waste and debris that would otherwise accumulate in the pond and turn into sludge.  Regardless of your pond’s location (i.e. close to trees and loads of  leaves), or how many fish you have in it, you’ll find that having rocks  and gravel in your pond not only makes it look better, but it makes it  healthier as well. So contrary to the myth, having rocks and gravel on  the bottom of your pond actually allows Mother Nature to clean up after  herself.

UV lights are the best way to keep your pond water clear.

UV  clarifiers are one of the ways to keep your pond water clear, but  certainly not the only way, and arguably not the natural way. The fact  of the matter is that if you have a pond that’s naturally balanced, in  which the aquatic circle of life is rotating the way that Mother Nature  intended, you don’t need UVC at all. A naturally balanced pond is a low  maintenance pond because Mother Nature is doing the maintenance work for you.

I can over-oxygenate my pond.

Not true!
Water holds only an amount of oxygen, the rest evapurats into the air.
But if you are to low on oxygen, your fish have a hard time breathing, your benefitial bacteria get killed
waste doesn’t get eat up and the bad takes over, the only ones happy will be the algea.

You have to bring your fish inside for the winter.

Fish do  fine during the coldest of winters as long as you give them two feet of  water to swim in, oxygenate the water, and keep a hole in the ice with ade-icer, allowing the naturally produced gasses to escape from under the ice.

Your pond water must be tested on a daily basis.

Mother  Nature never tests her water, and her ecosystem does just fine. A  well-conceived, naturally balanced water garden normally requires no  testing either.

A pond in your backyard means you will have a lot of mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes will generally only lay their eggs in still, stagnant water. If the  mosquitoes happen to lay eggs in your pond and the mosquito larvae  hatch, the fish in your pond will consider them a treat and will pick  them off the water’s surface with great enthusiasm.

You cannot have a pond in an area where there are a lot of trees.

Yes, you will have more leaves in your pond in the fall but, by the same token,  the shade provided by the tree(s) will help minimize the algae bloom in  the summer. Furthermore, if you have a skimmer sucking the top quarter  inch of water off the top of your pond, it will pull most of the leaves  and related debris into the skimmer net.

Having a pond may decrease the value of your home!

Everyone knows when it comes to the resale value of your home; a swimming pool  can be deadly. However, in the opinion of some real estate agents, ponds can be a great addition to your home that might even pay dividends.  With water features becoming more and more popular, you can bet that the demand for them will get even bigger!

I have liability or safety concerns!

It’s  natural to have these thoughts and concerns, but it is important to  remember that a professionally-installed water garden has steps leading  into the pond. The first shelf is only ankle high once the gravel is  laid down. The next shelf is up to your knee, while the smallest area in the bottom is just above your knee, so it is not constructed like a  swimming pool. We do recommend that you make your neighbors aware of the water garden and educate your own children and friends about the safety of any body of water. If liability is a true concern, consider the  option of a Pondless® Waterfall.

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