Skimmers... it's a word often associated with swimming pools, however they are a integral piece of the filtration puzzle for koi ponds and water gardens. Koi pond skimmers perform the mechanical part of the filtration process. Koi pond skimmers are a line of defense in keeping leaves, twigs and other debris by catching this debris in an easy to empty debris basket. In addition, the great koi pond skimmer also houses the pump, the heart of any koi or fish pond. Why is any of this of any importance for the koi pond hobbyist?
Before we get right into it, let’s run through a quick scenario.
You are in the process of or have recently just purchased your new dream home. You and your family are ecstatic and elated with your new home and looking forward to creating long lasting memories together. There just so happens to be this body of water which was called a fish pond or maybe you just have a fountain or one of those circulating waterfalls.
You and the family stand outside gazing at this beautiful feature or maybe it’s not so beautiful but green, murky, and just plain stagnant. Either way you look back at your home and then at the water feature thinking to yourself: What have I gotten myself into, I don’t even know where to start? What now?
July is hot, humid, full of sunshine, and fireworks here in New Jersey. It's also the month we mark on our calendars to perform our Mid-Summer Pond/Water Feature Visits. July marks the middle of our ponding season and the time has come to perform some important maintenance tasks to keep our fish ponds and water features running strong for the remainder of the season.
Your New Jersey pond professional, or maybe you, has just finished installing a new koi pond and you are so excited. It's beautiful and you can't wait to relax with your favorite beverage and take in the sights and sounds of your new waterfall. Your fish are happy and stunning, you're just elated!
A few days pass, your fish pond is doing great and you go outside one day and see something horrible. Your newly installed koi pond isn't clear any more, not even cloudy, it's GREEN! You can't see anything and you want to cry! That beautiful pond is now UGLY and you can't figure out what went wrong or what to do. What just happened?
It's spring all the trees are blooming, tulips and daffodils have popped, and your pond or waterfall is running but your aquatic plants haven't started to grow or maybe just started to come to life. You may be asking yourself, are my water lilies and other pond plants going to come back to life or do I need to replace them. Ok, you assume they're not dead, but when will I see signs of life. When are my beautiful water lilies and other pond and aquatic plants going to start to grow?
Spring is an absolutely beautiful time of year. The trees are leafing out and producing some stunning flower displays. While this is quite the site, during this time trees create copious amounts of pollen and of course drop all these beautiful flowers to the ground.
When this happens the pollen collects in our pond water and if the trees are near your pond, where are all those flower petals going to go? You guessed it, right into your pond! Will all of this pollen and debris really affect your pond or water feature?
BioFalls are very simple yet effective fish pond filtration systems that don't require much care. However, spring is the perfect time to check on those filter pads to see if they may need replacing. The filter pads are cleaned a few times a year but are quite frequently forgotten about. What really determines if you can reuse these pads or if you should just replace them?
Every spring, and throughout the year, we are contacted 100's of times to help New Jersey pond owners and water feature owners awaken their fish pond or water feature from it's winter hibernation. One question we are asked frequently is: How much does it cost to have my pond cleaned or water feature serviced for the spring?
It's important to first determine what kind of filtration system your fish pond is currently using.
The type of filtration system your fish pond currently has will determine the steps that need to be taken to prepare your fish and koi pond for the winter months.
Over the last 18 years, Clay has been involved in landscaping and aquascaping, which led him to his passion, POND BUILDING and opening A Frog’s Dream in 2006. His true passion is to create works of art for others to enjoy and marvel at in the privacy of their own backyards.