Ecosystem Ponds - Natural Ecosystem Koi Pond Design from Pond Pros of Central Florida
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Natural Ecosystem Ponds
Pond Pros of Central Florida are the premier Pond Contractor, Pond Maintenance & installation company in the Orlando, Central Florida (FL) area. Our naturally balanced, low-maintenance ecosystem ponds work with Nature, not against it. We pride ourselves in creating water features designs that appear to have always existed in their surrounding landscape.
The goal when creating and designing a water garden is to balance the function of a properly filtered pond with a beauty of a backyard oasis. The natural filtration of an ecosystem pond along with limited mechanical filtration provides more relaxation and less worry.
Let’s face it… no one builds a pond because they need something else to clean on the weekends. With that in mind, build your pond the Pond Pros of Central Florida way and enjoy!
An ecosystem pond is really quite simple. Picture it as a big circle with plants, fish (koi), aeration and beneficial bacteria interacting together to create a balanced ecosystem right in your backyard pond.
Remember that on a small scale you are creating a beautiful backyard oasis at your Orlando, Central Florida (FL) home for your family and friends to enjoy but on a larger scale, when we have thousands of ecosystem ponds; there is an amazingly positive impact on our environment. A backyard pond not only restores part of our ecosystem on a local level but also on a regional level and even a national level.
Pond Pros of Central Florida Ecosystem Ponds work with nature, NOT against it!
Ecosystem ponds can be easy to understand if you have a good grasp of what components go into a basic, functioning ecosystem. An ecosystem pond works with Mother Nature to provide food, shelter, and safety to the wildlife around it. It also provides you with an all-natural, low-maintenance piece of paradise. It's important to remember, however, that every piece of the ecosystem puzzle must be present in order for a true ecosystem to be in place. Eliminate one of these elements, and you've got an unbalanced ecosystem that won't be so low-maintenance anymore. Check out the things you'll need to get your ecosystem pond fired up:
Let's Look at the Five Elements of the Healthy Ecosystem Pond
Filtration System Includes the use of both a biological and a mechanical filter.
BioFalls® (biological filter) provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water.
Skimmer (mechanical filter) will not only pre-filter the water and house the pump; it will also skim debris from the water's surface to prevent the accumulation of organic materials on the pond floor.
2. Rocks and Gravel Rocks and gravel will not only protect pond liners from UV light degradation, but they will also provide tremendous surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down excess nutrients in the water and dissolved organic debris on the pond floor.
Product Spotlight: Make sure you have a supply of Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria on hand. The bacteria helps maintain a strong biological balance, providing clean, clear, and healthy water conditions.
3. Recirculation System This is really just a fancy way of saying "pumps and plumbing." The proper size pump and pipe diameter are extremely important for the aesthetics of a water feature. More importantly, an efficient circulation system will keep the water moving and provide the necessary oxygen levels for healthy fish and plants.
Product Spotlight: Aquascape pumps combine energy efficient performance, high flow rates and ease of maintenance keeping your ecosystem pond healthy and happy.
4. Fish Koi are an integral part of any ecosystem. Unfortunately, koi are often seen as high maintenance. Contrary to popular belief, koi actually reduce pond maintenance as they graze on string algae and bottom feed from the pond floor. They also make very enjoyable pets, providing hours of natural entertainment.
Product Spotlight: Blackwater Creek Koi food aid in digestion helping to increase growth rates and reduce waste from fish that can negatively affect the water quality of your ecosystem.
5. Aquatic Plants Mother Nature's true filters, plants are great for adding character to a pond by providing color and texture, but from a filtration perspective, they're second to none. Thriving from the excess nutrients in a pond and depriving algae of its food source, the aquatic plants in a water garden, given proper coverage, are critical for the overall health of the ecosystem.
Product Spotlight: Aquascape's Pond Plant Media is an all natural, non-toxic alluvial planting media and is perfect for supporting the growth of your aquatic plants. It contains no peat moss or compost and is safe for fish. Aquascape Pond Plant Fertilizers aid in growing stronger, healthier plants which helps balance the pond's ecosystem and provides valuable biological filtration that removes nitrogen,ammonia, nitrates and other minerals from pond water.
How Do All These Elements Work Together?
In order to have a successful water gardening experience, you must think systematically and understand the critical role of each ingredient in Mother Nature's recipe.
The fish nibble on the plant life (and everything else), including the algae.
In turn, the fish produce waste that, along with other forms of natural debris, fall to the pond's bottom.
Debris is broken down by the aerobic bacteria and the other microorganisms colonized on the rocks and gravel all over the pond bottom.
Once broken down, these substances are absorbed as nutrition by the plants.
The plants grow and are once again nibbled on by the fish ... 'round and 'round it goes, infinitely.
So, in a naturally balanced water garden, you have this never-ending aquatic circle of life where all parts complement the others and play critical roles in the pond's natural born harmony.
Having all these things in place makes all the difference in the health and success of your water garden. Use them and work with Mother Nature, not against her, for a chemical-free wonderland of water! The truth is that most people opt for the ecosystem way of water gardening because it's easier and it just makes sense. A low-maintenance ecosystem pond provides you with more free time to enjoy friends and family ... while gathered around your Orlando, Central Florida (FL) pond, of course!
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