Get Ready To Love Your BackYard With One Of Our Ecosystem Ponds
Rochester's premier pond contractors, Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls works with mother nature when designing and building backyard (koi) ponds to create balanced ecosystem water gardens in Rochester & Western New York (NY) where you can sit quietly and enjoy beauty in your garden.
Ecosystem ponds can be easy to understand if you have a good grasp of what components go into a basic, functioning ecosystem. With the proper balance of pond fish, pond plants and healthy bacteria present, not only is pond maintenance reduced, but water quality is enhanced. In the end, we have a water feature that not only looks better, it is better, both for the natural habitat of fish and birds and other creatures that are drawn to water in nature, but for us as well, as we now will have more time to enjoy it, with family and friends.
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The Five Elements Of The Healthy Ecosystem Pond
1. Filtration System
Includes the use of both a biological and a mechanical filter.
A BioFalls® (biological filter) provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water.
A 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
Skimmer & Biofalls
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.
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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.
4. Pond Fish
Fish are an integral part of any ecosystem. Unfortunately, fish are often seen as high maintenance. Contrary to popular belief, fish 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.
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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.
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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 pond, of course! Get more enjoyment time from your pond, add LED underwater lighting.
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