Perfectly clear pond water in Minnesota? Yes, if you use beneficial bacteria! Be ready for that graduation party by starting now. Here are the details...
The longer story about pond water:
A pond is a living community of organisms and bacteria are a big part of a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Every living organism on the planet (or your backyard pond!) is competing against other things in the food web, or nutrient flow. Each piece needs food, light, air, and space to grow. A clean pond can and should be a healthy pond. It means we are carefully controlling desired species that will out-compete the undesirable ones.
The goal of having perfectly clean pond water may be a bit unrealistic because healthy does not mean sterilized. If you want a sterilized pond, it will look a lot more like a pool with nothing living in it. But if your goal is "healthy pond", then we can do something! A healthy pond will have clear water, living fish, living plants, and living bacteria. You may see a few dead leaves dropped into the water and rotting but, never fear! Your bacteria will take care of that in a few days!
Beneficial bacteria do your cleaning work for you. Aquascape's beneficial bacteria mixes contain a specific blend of bacteria that will colonize the pond ecosystem quickly. This is a key part to maintaining clean water! Once a healthy population is established, it is much, much easier to keep your pond looking great!
In spring, as soon as your pond is up and running, add cold water bacteria. Do this at least weekly, and if you really are on top if it, add the bacteria daily for the first few days after the pond is turned on. As the water warms up, add warm water bacteria. (Different species can handle different temperatures.)
As the weather warms up, different species of algae start to grow. If you find yourself with a big colony of string algae, sprinkle Waterfall & Rock Cleaner directly on the algae. (This is the link to the professional grade stuff which works very well.) You will notice foaming and bubbling as the bacteria starts to work. Make sure the water keeps flowing. This provides additional oxygen to the fish and plants as the bacteria works.
As Greg Wittstock has always said, "Work with Mother Nature, not against her."
Clean ponds and clear water are attainable! If you have further questions or need some help cleaning your pond, please give us a call!
We've been around the block a time or two. Lots of people have an opinion. Not everyone has experience. Here is a list of the best pond contractors in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
There are many ways to keep a pond clear. Some methods require weekly work, some daily work. some monthly work. (At Minnesota Waterscapes, we go with simple. This method is called "ecosystem ponds". Basically the idea is to work WITH mother nature, not against her.)
As a home owner, you want a contractor you can easily work with, who listens, and who is reliable and trustworthy. To be honest, sometimes personality is the only reason a contractor is easy to work with or not.
Sometimes being honest means taking ourselves out of the running if we’re not the right company for you. We want you to hire the next best pond maintenance company that also has a passion for great customer experience and high-quality end results.
Here is a list of a few pond contractors we personally know and have worked with. These companies attend some of the ongoing training that we do, and we’re confident that they will use a high-quality system to make your pond ownership experience great.
Premier Water Features
Mike Maki (owner) is a great guy with an awesome aquarium business. The indoor aquariums he builds are among the top in the state. Premier Aquarium has a great indoor showroom in the Bloomington, MN area.
Urban Landworks: The Pond Company
Matt Jensen and Mike Bollinger have built a lawn and landscape business based mainly in Bloomington, MN area. We think they’re among the best ‘non pond specific’ pond contractors out there. Their team will have a good idea what needs to be done to serve you best. They offer supplies for many different pond systems at their store as well.
Pond King Water Gardens
Nick Needham owns Pond King Water Gardens based in the south-metro of the Minneapolis area. Nick is a guy that will encourage you, even if you’re his competition. It’s been great getting to know him. He's also built some bigger projects and helped with the Aquascape project at Fox Run!
As people who live in Minneapolis, we get about 7 or 8 months to enjoy our Minnesota water gardens outside. We hope you’ll find the right fit when choosing the right pond installer for your yard! Feel free to use our website as a guide when making decisions, and we’ll keep improving it and our services to serve you better than ever.
What questions should you ask a pond contractor? Check out this short list of tips on choosing a Pond Builder near you!
Do you feel tired and pent up? Doctor yourself ... with a pond! ( #Nature #Water trickling #Birds signing #Love Minnesota!)
Backyards are not just lawn to mow if they have a pond or waterfall. They BECOME... a place to play, alive, full of nature, interesting, transforming, and best of all, refreshing. Do you feel tired and pent up from a year of pandemic, elections, and job or school hassles? Doctor your mental health with a pond!
Check out Aquascape's video below to see two different water features built recently. The first backyard pond is under $10,000 but fits the space perfectly and the second disappearing waterfall has some neat ideas and tricks to utilize the space and yet be able to see the water from the house.
Is this the year that you add on to your pond or redo the waterfall? Does your yard need a transformation? This is a great time to get on the schedule for making your pond look perfect!
Minnesota Waterscapes is currently scheduling pond work, pond installation, pond construction, waterfall construction, and bubbling rock fountains for the Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN metro area including surrounding cities of Stillwater, Lake Elmo, Roseville, Bloomington, Farmington, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Medina, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park, and others.
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Jeff Chudek has been building ponds and waterfalls professionally since 2005. As a kid, his favorite time of year was spring, because the spring thaw created so much mud and puddles, and all the trees and plants were waking up. He loves figuring out the best way to use something, and fixing things that are broken. He's good at coming up with ideas, and helping choose the best idea for you.