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Yardponds

YardPonds.com is your source for all your garden pond needs. We carry a full line of Laguna pond products for a lot less. We have products for everyone, including products for building your first pond and pond accessories for those who already have a pond.

About Us

Yardponds.com has been providing quality Laguna pond products online for the past four years.

Based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Yardponds.com offers some of the highest quality pond equipment at the lowest prices throughout the Internet.

Our address is:

4-3815 Thatcher Ave.
Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7R 1A3
Ph: 1 (866) 548-POND (7663)
Fax: 1 (306) 652-2095

How to build your pond

To have a great pond, one must first have the proper equipment for a pond:

Equipment required for all pond:

Equipment required for a great pond:

Accessories required for all ponds:

Accessories required for a great pond:

If you are looking for some ideas for your new or existing ponds take a look what other folks have done with their ponds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Construction

Once a location has been selected, the hole dug, and a liner installed, you are ready to fill and get you pond under way. If done correctly, a pond can be an ideal environment created nearly overnight. Imitating nature will require the proper balance of living creatures and conditions that are appropriate for their life. Pond water will need to be prepared properly before you introduce a single fish or plant.

Water is always level, regardless of the lay of the land. Unless care is taken to establish an even grade for the pond edge all around, the pond will look lopsided. Most water gardens can be leveled with a builders spirit level and straight edge. A piece of lumber such as a 2-by-4 could be used as a straight edge. The straight edge makes it possible to level a greater distance. The approximate size and location of a pond can be marked with a string, rope, or a hose.

Small water gardens can be excavated by hand. If a shelf is in the plan a width of at least 12 inches is needed although 18 inches or more will be more stable. The walls of the pond should be kept nearly vertical, a slight slope in the walls might appear as a bulge in the finished pond. In cold climates a depth of at least 2 1/2 feet (USDA map) is needed to winter over fish. Excavate the bottom of the pond with a slight slope to a deeper sump area. Once the liner is in, you need to eliminate the toxic substances found within your tap water.

All municipal tap water contains chlorine or chloramine, both of which are highly toxic to fish and detrimental to plants. These substances need to be removed every time you add tap water to your pond. Remember, even small amounts of chlorine or chloramine will hurt your fish. Heavy metals accumulate in ponds over time and will often deter plant growth and damage fish and other living creatures.

Chlorine and Heavy Metal Neutralizer will easily remove chlorine and detoxify heavy metals. Chloramine is a combination of chlorine and ammonia used to treat tap water in many municipalities. Chloramine is even more damaging to pond life than chlorine.

Pond Volume

Pumps

Pump size is generally calculated based on gallons per hour output at 1 foot height, as the height increases the pump out put decreases. An additional factor to consider is the length of hosing from the pump to the water feature. For every 10 feet of hosing resistance decreases pump output of one foot of lift.

PUMP SIZING CHART
LIFTS 1' 3' 5' 10' 15' 20'
GPH 120 70 X X X X
GPH 170 140 100 X X X
GPH 205 168 120 X X X
GPH 300 255 205 70 X X
GPH 325 300 270 130 X X
GPH 500 435 337 210 65 X
GPH 600 580 517 414 230 90
GPH 710 690 670 580 380 150
GPH 810 790 745 613 415 173
GPH 1200 1170 1100 1000 840 520

Filtration

The filter not only keeps the pond clean, it is also an important part of the ecosystem in any pond. Your filter has three filtration functions: biological, mechanical and chemical.

The biological compartment provides a media for beneficial bacteria to grow. The biological filter involves two bacteria species that convert poisonous ammonia and nitrite into - less toxic nitrate. Nitrate is used as a nitrogen source by aquatic plants. This continuous process is call the nitrogen cycle.

New ponds have no active biological filtration. When fish are added to a pond, they immediately begin releasing toxic ammonia as a waste product. Many other materials add to increased ammonia and organic compound buildups, from uneaten foods to decaying plant materials. These conditions inhibit the development of the biological filter, thus prolonging stressful conditions in your pond.

Chemical filtration is the removal of pesticides, colors, odors, organic waste, excess nutrients and other harmful chemicals from your pond. Filter Carbon, Phosphate Remover, Ammonia Remover are examples of products used for chemical filtration. These filter materials are designed to physically absorb unwanted substances from your pond.

Mechanical filtration is the physical removal of particles from the water. Proper filtration material will trap large and small particles, removing them from your pond.

Consideration to the proper mechanical, chemical and biological aspects of your filter will provide you with clean, clear and healthy water for your fish, plants, and invertebrates. It will also enable you to see and enjoy your water garden.

Planting Your Water Garden

Fish - Feeding & Stocking

Routine Maintenance

Spring Startup/ Reestablishing a Pond

How to Prepare for Winter

Spring Startup

As the warmer weather approaches, more time will be spent outdoors getting your yard and garden prepared for the new season. It's not difficult to restart your pond, if you follow these easy steps:

  1. Cleaning - The most important task in preparing a pond for the new season is to eliminate any leftover organic residue. Use a pond net or skimmer to remove leaves, twigs and debris from inside the pond.

  2. Refilling - Early spring is a good time to consider a partial water change, depending upon the pond's condition (and what was done in the fall to prepare it for winter). The winter run-off may contain pollutants that may be carried into the pond, thereby creating havoc with the pond's environment. Use your pump to partially drain the pond. Before refilling the pond, let the water run a few minutes to flush the pipes. Once the water is replaced, make the new water safe by adding Water Prep to eliminate chlorine and chloramine, as well as to neutralize any harmful metals.

  3. Starting the Pond - The best time to start the biological system in the pond is right at the beginning of the season when pond temperature is above 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). Pond Detox provides powerful beneficial bacteria designed to eliminate ammonia and nitrite as they are produced. Phosphate Control is a second bacterial preparation that, like Pond Detox, is completely safe to add to the pond's ecosystem. It impedes algae growth, without employing algaecides or other toxins.

  4. Starting the Equipment - Pond equipment should have been cleaned and packed away for winter. If not, then make sure that they are cleaned of dirt and debris before replacing into position. Thoroughly rinse all reusable filter material before replacing. If pumps were allowed to run over the winter, they should be removed and cleaned. Reassemble any hoses and other water runs and inspect for damage. Repair and replace as required, then test to ensure everything is in working order.

  5. Adding the fish - Fish that have been kept indoors for the winter will need time to adjust to the pond's environment. A sudden change in temperature and pH level can have an adverse affect on the fish. That is why it is important to allow them to acclimatize gradually. Never "pour" or drop the fish into the pond. The first step is to net the fish as gently as possible and place it into a plastic bag for transportation. Once at pondside, the bag should be untied (don't "pop" it) and allowed to float on the pond's surface. Wait about 10 minutes, or until the temperature of the bag and the pond water are about equal, then add a small amount of pond water to the bag and leave for another 10 minutes or so. Repeat the process once or twice more before gently allowing the fish to swim out of the bag and into the pond.

  6. Watch your fish carefully for a few days - Moving can have a traumatic effect on fish, so watch them carefully to ensure that they are adjusting to their new surroundings and that there are no losses. Also check ammonia and nitrite readings regularly to ensure that the biological filter is establishing rapidly and effectively.