As a certified Aquascape contractor, JVI Secret Gardens not only builds ponds, but we also do a lot of repair and maintenance work. We’ve seen quite a bit in the many years we’ve been working but there are some common denominators in “successful” water features – i.e. they are thriving environments for plant and aquatic life all while being low maintenance.
- Biofalls. We’ve mentioned these before in other projects so we wanted to explain what they are a bit! This is a biological filter which is necessary in keeping your pond water clean. It colonizes bacteria which breaks down pond waste products. Once broken down, these bi-products are returned to the pond, ultimately benefiting your ecosystem.
- Skimmer. We’ve also mentioned a skimmer in previous projects. This unit removes and collects debris (such as leaves) before it can sink to the bottom of your pond or make its way into the biofalls.
- Plants. Not only do these offer aesthetic quality, aquatic plants are a necessary component in a well-balanced ecosystem. Plants help to remove nutrients from the pond – nutrients on which algae thrive. Your plants will also provide food, shade, and protection for your fish necessary in the Tennessee climate.
- Rocks and Gravel. Again, these lend an aesthetic hand by integrating your water feature into your landscape. But more over, these rocks & gravel provide a surface area for bacteria to grow. This bacteria will help with clearer water since it acts as a natural filter. Finally, these rocks help protect your pond liner from harsh sun rays, protecting your investment.
- Fish! We couldn’t talk water features without talking fish. Koi or other fish will help to control algae simply by eating it. The fish get a meal and you get a cleaner pond! Koi fish will also provide color, movement, and beauty to your water feature.