People have many ideas when they hear the word 'pond'.
We want you to think of your favorite place to be!
At Clearwater Ponds we build backyard ponds based on the ecosystem in order to have clear, low maintenance features. 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 nature to provide food, shelter, and safety to the wildlife around it. The wildlife will thank you for giving them an amazing new habitat! It also provides you with an all-natural, low-maintenance piece of paradise.
A natural ecosystem can be thought of like a puzzle, and 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. This is something that many landscapers 'who build ponds' often fail to realize or understand.
Here are the Basics:
Circulation System: 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 keeps the water moving and provides the necessary oxygen levels for healthy fish and plants.
Filtration System: The use of both a biological and a mechanical filter. A biological filter provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water. A mechanical filter will not only pre-filter the water and house the pump; it will also skim debris from the water’s surface (just like a pool skimmer) to prevent the accumulation of organic materials on the pond floor that will eventually turn into sludge.
Fish: A favorite thing in a pond and an integral part of any ecosystem. Fish are not just amazing to have, they will actually reduce pond maintenance, as they graze on string algae and bottom feed from the pond floor.
Aquatic Plants: Not just beautiful they are 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.
Rocks, Gravel, and Bacteria: Rocks and gravel will not only make your pond look more natural, they will also protect pond liners from UV light degradation and they provide tremendous surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down excess nutrients in the water and dissolved organic debris on the pond floor.
Having all these things in place makes all the difference in the health and success of your water garden. Use them and work with the wonders of nature, not against them, 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 Clearwater Ponds low-maintenance ecosystem pond provides you with more free time to enjoy friends and family … while gathered around your pond. Guaranteed once it is built this will be the new gathering place!
Here is a basic layout of a properly built pond:
For more information go to our construction page or come by our store.
We have an entire koi pond built indoors for you to sit back any enjoy!