Creative Cascades constructs high quality ponds and water features with an emphasis on low maintenance through natural filtration. Our ponds are perfect for fish and do not require UV lights or other kit that needs persistent cleaning and replacing.
How does filtration in these features work?
Mechanical filtration takes place at the intake bay, and the internal filter. Sediment and other particles are caught by a combination of gravel, foam and other porous materials, preventing it from settling and eventually causing blockages or becoming sludge.
Biological filtration occurs when specialised capsules we put in the filter become the homes of millions of beneficial bacteria and other microorganism. These consume algae and animal waste, preventing water from becoming dirty and stopping large amounts of algae settling throughout the feature.
We do not use chemical filtration for 2 reasons. Firstly, it can be harmful to wildlife, reducing the biodiversity of your feature. Secondly, and most importantly, because chemicals simply kill algae and other organisms rather than removing it from the system. This results in an excess of dead matter in the pond, which will either settle within the feature and become sludge, or it will become lunch for the next lot of algae.
Everything we do ensures that wildlife can thrive and filtration can be at its most effective. some more ways in which we ensure this are:
- We use a waterproof, environmentally friendly liner and hide it using a mixture of rocks, plants, pebbles and more to achieve a natural look.
- We use rocks inside the pond to protect the liner and reinforce the stability of the feature. They also increase surface area for beneficial micro-organisms that clean the water to live, as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
- We only use energy efficient pumps, equipment and low voltage LED lighting.
- We never encourage the use of harmful chemicals in features we build. They remain crystal clear without such interference, and require a full clean just once per year of the internal equipment.
Each system is unique and we put an emphasis on personalization. You choose the scope, size and overall look of the feature, including the type of rock, we simply make recommendations. Once you have decided on what your feature should look like, we hand pick a selection of rocks from our supplier, suited to your preference.
Founder of Creative Cascades, Richard has been designing and constructing water features for over a decade. He has completed jobs of all sizes and scopes, so whatever your vision, he can bring it to life.
The Ecosystem Method
The ecosystem method is at the heart of every feature we build. It uses natural processes of biological and mechanical filtration, without the need for harmful chemicals. This means your feature will stay cleaner for longer and accommodate all kinds of wildlife.
Low Maintenance, Low Stress
Most of our features require a full clean just once per year. They are generally self-cleaning, and we have never constructed a feature which didn't have crystal clear water when we revisited.