^ On this traditional pond the rocks have all but disappeared from view as the plants become established.
Chemicals and expensive factory made filters are no match for a properly designed natural filter system. We can include factory made filters on request but would always see these as secondary to a properly built ecosystem which works with mother nature to keep water healthy.
Above is an ecosystem pond that uses natural filtration combined with a wildlife friendly pump system - the trick is to work with mother nature not battle her with chemicals and loads of hi-tech gear.
Our pond construction:
POND CLEANING SERVICES
Includes full water checks, careful temporary re-housing of fish and other life into separate, aerated, covered holding pens, water change (subject to fish/wildlife requirements), re-balancing, full clean & dredge, pump and filter service, UV bulb change, introducing 'good' bacteria, and product to encourage bottom dwelling bacteria, appropriate salting and if desired plant work such as trimming and new planting to encourage natural on-going cleaning and oxygenation.
The best time to clean a pond is winter, before your ponds natural balance has kicked-in, but if a pond needs a clean, then it needs a clean, the longer you put it off, the worse the issues become.
FILTRATION - don't get stuck in the past...
See video link on the wetland filter technology eco-system we employ;
The number one filtration principle is natural balance. Battling against nature with an array of chemicals & technologies is ok for some, but others prefer a more natural approach and do not want a filter house or pump room full of kit.
We can provide traditional powered / manufactured filter units by all means, but it's nice to have the option of a natural constructed wetland filter. Richard will talk you through the options and the various implications therein so you can make an informed choice.
If you have fish our favoured natural filtration method means your system should establish a natural balance whereby fish waste is processed by bacteria and the nutrients from this process are then absorbed by plants in the wetland filter.
Any pond builder that simply says you can toss a pump into the water is seriously mistaken. For one thing, an exposed open water pump is a danger to wildlife.
The bacterial part of a filtration system is known as the bio-filtration. This is vital if you want a pond in balance. The part typically overlooked in bio-filtration is proper provision for anaerobic microorganisms. Many filters only cater for aerobic microorganisms which means the full de-nitrification cycle is never achieved.
Above is an example of the water on a pond we built a few years back - clear, kinetic and full of oxygen. The water is cycled through different velocities and gravel areas enabling super-effective mechanical & biological filtration.
Our intake bays and natural skimmers are things you have probably not encountered before, but are key to years of pond happiness.
Keeping water moving and aerated is key to clear and 'poppy' water. Think about those crystal clear streams you've seen on holiday and what lessons we can learn from nature when it comes to ponds.
Why not help out mother nature with a wildlife pond. Done correctly you should soon have a pond full of frogs, newts, dragonfly and birds bathing and drinking.
It doesn't have to be deep, nature is very adaptive, indeed, close to where I live is an area of natural ponds teaming with wildlife that never exceed more than 18" depth and most mostly considerably less than this.
Native planting, nooks & crannies and varying pond depth all go to make the perfect wildlife habitat.
Is nice to give a little space back to nature and a wildlife pond is the perfect way to do it.
Contact us today to discuss your perfect pond project.