Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

Spring Cleaning your Pond

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Spring Cleaning your Pond

by Shane Stefek- President Water Garden Gems

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Your pond is a beautiful place.  It takes a little effort to keep it beautiful, but more importantly what does it take to keep it beautiful and healthy and when the time comes to clean it, how do you protect the ecosystem?  There are many ways to clean a pond...and most are wrong!  Be wary of attacking it yourself without knowing what you are doing.  Time and time again I hear the famous story of "I lost some fish this Spring when I cleaned my pond...I always do..."  Why?  Let us talk about your pond ecosystem and then we will discuss the proper ways to clean and care for your pond while you protect your fish and their environment in which they live.

The first thing we need to understand is your pond is not a pool.  It has a liing ecosystem in it and that in large part is what keeps it beautiful.  You want to protect that ecostem and that means no powerwashing, no harm cleaning chemicals, and preferably do not dry out the sides of the pond or the filter system.  We want to get in, clean out the junk and get out as fast and possible and without disrupting any more than we have to.  There are certain aspects of the pond we need to seperate from each other and discuss to better understand what and how we should clean...

Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00

Buying the Finest Quality Goldfish

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Buy the Finest Quality Goldfish

by Shane Stefek, President - Water Garden Gems

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When adding the next choice goldfish to your tank or pond, you want to make sure you are buying high quality fish that are strong and healthy. Their health and longevity of life will be determined by their bloodline and their environment.

Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00

Quick and Easy Waterfalls

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Quick and Easy Waterfalls

 by Shane Stefek, President - Water Garden Gems

 

In building a pond or water feature, often the most difficult and frustrating detail is creating the waterfall. In a waterfall, you want a realistic look and feel, the proper sound created by the correct cascading of levels in your waterfall, and a lead-free construction so you have no worries of draining your pond one day if something goes wrong. How about a waterfall you can have up and running in under 30 minutes!!!

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

How to SIZE up your Pond

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How to SIZE up your Pond

 by Shane Stefek, President - Water Garden Gems

It is one of the most important pieces of information you can know about your pond…HOW BIG IT IS. We size up ponds in gallons and everything from the pump and filtration to fish load, fish health, and the times when you need to treat your pond for parasites rely on your understanding the volume of your pond.

Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

Benefits of a Water Garden

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Benefits of Water Gardens, Ponds, and Fountains

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Water Features are one of today’s hottest trends in landscaping. High maintenance, boring, cookie-cutter grass lawns are being transformed into beautiful, impactful, low maintenance water features. Home owners are looking for ways to separate their living space from the norm and with so many custom design options from water gardens to Koi ponds to disappearing water features, they can make their backyard become their unique Oasis Paradise.

Monday, 28 October 2013 00:00

Custom Cut Pond Liners

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Custom Cut Pond Liners

...Make your project easier and cleaner...

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Need a pond liner? Visit Water Garden Gems! We custom-cut pond liners for your specific application off full size rolls so you know you are getting the liner you need. EDPM Rubber liner and .20mil PolyEthylene liners available in all sizes cut just for you on the spot. Nowhere else in Texas can you find custom cut liners! No job is too large or too small. We have the liner ideal for you.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00

Koi Pond Aeration

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Koi Pond Aeration

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Aeration is one of the most important aspects of koi keeping and also one of the most overlooked.  Every living thing in the pond need high levels of oxygen, especially during the warmer months.  Just adding a small waterfall simply won't be enough for most koi ponds.  There may be enough oxygen for the koi to survive, but they won't thrive.    

BOG FILTRATION - The ultimate filter option

...let me prove it to you...

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In helping thousands of people better enjoy their ponds, there are some underlying issues that are common throughout a high percentage of pond owners and probably the greatest request of all that I receive is for a higher level of filtration that is easier to maintain without spending a fortune.  Welcome to BIOFILTRATION.  A Bog filter is the ultimate "natural" filtration...no chemicals, not even a man-made concept...we are talking about filtering your pond how God built in the filtration for river, streams, and lakes...by using your natural filtering elements.

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Get More Out of Your Water Lillies

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If your water lilies are not blooming as well as you would like or the pads are smaller than they were earlier in the season, it may be time for a little TLC on your part.  You can easily revive the bright colors and quick growth of your plant and enjoy them at their peak performance for months to come.

Monday, 18 May 2015 00:00

Farm Pond Aeration

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Farm Pond Aeration

Adding Oxygen solves your pond problems

Farm ponds can range in size from small 1/8th acre tanks to large stock “lakes” in the many many acres and millions of gallons. Depth can also vary from unfortunate shallow water that warm up quickly and possibly go dry in the heat of the summer to 20’ deep tanks that can grow large varieties of fish and plants and provide water for liverstock regardless of the amount of rainfall. Regardless of pond size, shape and purpose, issues can arise and regardless of the issue, there is one great answer for creating a healthier, cleaner, clearer pond…AERATION.

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Main issues in farm ponds:

1)Fish Kills

2)Algae control

3)Water Clarity

4)Stunted fish growth

5)Decaying odor

6)Gas Build-up

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