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Hello Dr. Rose. If there is a vac
on the market I would recommend, it's
the Pond O Vac 3. As with any pond
vac, they do not operate like a Dirt
Devil or Hoover in the living room.
Pond vacs work very slow. As far as
ease of use and workability, the Vac
3 is it. There is suction loss beyond
3' though. There is minimal suction
after 6'. I have a pond that's 3.5'
deep throughout most of the pond and
the Pond O Vac 3 works well. I keep
the motor on the pond edge, taking
care that it doesn't fall in, to keep
the actual distance from the motor
inlet and the water surface as close
to 3' as possible. From my experience,
the vertical distance between the
surface of the water and the vac motor
inlet is the critical factor. There
is minimal gravity in water, so the
distance from the bottom of the pond
to the surface of the pond is an insignificant
factor. Now, if the motor is located
3-4' up from the surface of the pond,
on a hill for instance, and the pond
is 3-4' deep, then suction will be
a problem. I hope this helps.
for asking! I am copying the staff
as an FYI. AB.
Hello Gary, I understand how frustrating
pH can be. Here are a couple of facts:
1. pH fluctuates throughout the day
2. Most fish safe acids (pH down,
pH reducer, pH minus, pH salts down)
are designed to safely lower the pH
of pond water. This means that most
will only lower pH 2 tenths of a point
3. Most off the shelf pH test kits
for pools and ponds read in 1/2 points.
This means that if your pH is 9.5,
it may take 10 treatments to see a
difference on the average test kit.
the above statements, if your pH is
higher than 9.0, most ponds are, you
would have to treat your pond at least
5 times to see a noticeable difference
on a tester provided that you were
testing in the morning. I can promise
you that all the pH reducers we offer
work because I have used them. The
first step to getting an accurate
reading is to start testing your pH
in the morning. If you have treated
your pond several times, more than
10, then your pH is probably between
6 and 8. The most probable cause for
pH increasing on the scale is adding
tap water. Once your pH is between
6 and 7, you should only have to treat
it once a month. The other important
thing to remember is the buffering
capacity of the water. Some test strips
measure this. The higher the buffering
capacity, the harder it is to adjust
pH. Since fish safe acids only lower
UP TO 2 tenths of a point per application,
you could be up against 10-20 treatments
before it comes down. Again, once
it's down - it's down. Aaron
Hello Deb, with a waterfall/skimmer filter
system it is absolutely essential
in addition to what you are doing
is that by this time of year about
3/4 of the surface is covered by plants.
The easiest way to do this is with
Water Hyacinths and Water Lettuce.
again, Debbie! We have found an easy
way to keep floating plants out of
the skimmer: Tie a fishing line tightly
across the intake at the water level.
The floating plants will not cross
Gary! Both Goldfish and Koi lay eggs.
The eggs are very sticky, and they
lay thousands of them. Although it
is possible for some eggs to get sucked
into the pump, there are usually plenty
left to provide some baby fish for
the pond. Brigitte
any fish will eat small baby fish.
Catfish are not recommended in the
pond for other reasons, mainly because
they are bottom feeders and will continually
stir up the waste in the bottom of
the pond, which tends to give it a
murky appearance. Brigitte
Kay! Ants close to the pond can be
a bit of a problem, because we do
not want to use anything poisonous
that could wash into the pond and
harm the pond fish. A natural remedy
is the best approach here. There are
a couple of things you can try:
Ants do not seem to like cinnamon,
so you can sprinkle a generous amount
on the ant hill and around the pond.
You can try dousing the ant hill with
a high concentration salt water solution
(this will kill any plants that are
close by, though). Brigitte
Dennis! This question is not so easily
answered. The main purpose of the
filter is to convert the toxic fish
waste into harmless compounds to fish
can live. It can be accomplished with
plants alone, but it takes a lot of
plants per fish. If you put in a lot
of plants and only 3 or 4 Goldfish
(and DO NOT feed them), then you may
be able to do it without a filter.
Otherwise, I would recommend you get
a filter to make sure the fish can
Janice! I am afraid the whiskey barrel
will not be enough to filter your
pond (especially if there are fish
in it). The general rule of thumb
is that a bog filter has to have a
minimum of 10% of the surface area
of the pond. It should also contain
plants that are very good at filtering
water (Water Hyacinths, Louisiana
Iris, etc). In hot climates and/or
ponds with Koi even that may not be
enough and additional filtration has
to be provided. Aaron
Dianne. Now that the algae is going
away, you can feed the koi more often.
Make sure your using a high quality
food. Koi produce less waste with
a higher quality food - in turn leaving
less waste for algae to feed on. I
use the Microbe Lift line myself.
You can use the cool weather food
this time of year - once a day. Hope
this helps! Feel free to contact me
directly if you have anything else.
! The Tetra Back-Flushable Pressurized
Filter can be lower than the water
level (but outside the pond). Aaron
Is it desirable to cover a garden pond
with Plexiglas or at least shelter it
with allowing light into it? Don
Here for Answer
Don ! The type of winter cover to use
for a garden pond depends in large part
on its location, its depth and the type
of fish in it. Generally, garden ponds
and koi ponds are covered with netting
to keep leaves and predators out and
let oxygen get in. Netting with small
holes is available for this purpose
at our On-line
Store- if the pond is located in
colder areas then a pond de-icer is
needed to winterize the pond. The de-icer
will keep a hole in the ice to let carbon
monoxide escape and oxygen in. We provide
a wonderfully informative and FREE e-book
that explains the pond winterization
in detail and can be downloaded by clicking
on any of the "eBook" links
at www.pondmarket.com Brigitte
Donna. Sorry for the delay in replying.
You are correct. Your Savio
Skimmer filter is designed to filter
1000 gallons of water independently.
A filter falls will be enough to mechanically
and biologically filter your water.
Given your climate, I would recommend
either a Savio
Livingponds Waterfall Filter,
or a Laguna
Filtration System. These filters
are oversized for your pond - they
will increase your filtration by 5000
gallons capacity. This is a standard
practice for ponds in your climate.
Your water quality will improve and
your maintenance will decrease. Smaller
filerfalls are available, but, using
a smaller filter will increase maintenance.
far as adding a UV - if you experience
problems with green water, a UV is
defiantly the way to go. Savio has
units that will fit right into the
skimmer filter, 25 and 57 watt. I would
recommend (2) 25 watt units. Savio
rates the 25 watt UV up to 2000 gallons
and the 57 watt up to 5000 gallons.
2 UVs provide more exposure than 1
- even if the combined wattage of
the smaller UVs is smaller than the
larger UV. This means that 2 25 watt
UVs are better than 1 57 watt UV.
Savio promos ended yesterday, but,
I am late in responding so I will
offer a couple of promos exclusively
for you - you will not find them listed
on the site.
what we can do:
1) We can do a 20% off on Savio UVs,
one time offer
2) Free Pond Scrubber Kit with the
purchase of a Savio Waterfall Filter
and Free Freight. The scrubber kit
contains beneficial bacteria for your
new filter and a powder to remove
hope this helps. Please contact me
directly if you have any questions
regarding the products, promotions,
or any other pond questions you may
have. Many Thanks, Aaron
Tina. Both the Tetra Pond Fish Treatment
and the Microbe Lift Anti-Fungal Treatment
work in cooler water. The recovery
period could be quite slow depending
on the type(s) of infeciton. If you
do not see any improvement in a week,
switch the treatment regiment. Having
a salinity of .3-.5% can speed up
the healing process too - you can
use Pond Salt in conjunction with
the meds currently being used. Please
contact me directly if you have any
other questions. Thanks, Brigitte
Paul. I think we can get you an easy
solution to your problem. There are
fittings that provide mechanical connections
through pond liner specifically designed
for hose hook-ups. You can view them
at the below link. Simply stick the
fitting into the hose, apply fish safe
silicone, attach lock nut, and your
done! The fitting has threads on the
inside to thread in a hose connector.
Thank you, Brigitte
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Larry S., I am writing about your email.
Originally, the Algae-off
was out of stock at our location. I
had to get it from our other warehouse.
Unfortunately, that location was back
ordered on that item. In the meantime,
we received that merchandise at our
location. I will have this sent out
to you today. I apologize for the delay
in getting the product to you. If you
have any questions, please contact is
at 1-800-577-5605 or pondmarket.com.
Thank you for your patience in this
Thanks for your email explaining what
was going on with my order. I understand
how things like this happen. The good
news is I received the Algae-Off
today as promised.
However, after reading the label and
instructions I have a question/concern.
I was reading the Environmental Hazards
on the label and noticed that this product
is TOXIC TO BIRDS. It FURTHER STATES
THAT ONE SHOULD KEEP THIS PRODUCT OUT
OF LAKES, PONDS AND STREAMS. (Emphasis
added by me).
This is my concern. I have a koi pond/stream
combination which is visited year around
by a wide variety of birds. They bathe
in and drink the water all the time.
It also states that the product may
be toxic to bees and other beneficial
insects. If this product is intended
for outdoor use for algae control, I
really can't believe you would sell
it if it is so hazardous to birds and
other outdoor critters.
When I purchased this product, I was
advised that this was exactly the same
thing as the product D-SOLV.
In fact, there is a sticker on the container
I received that states it was formerly
sold as D-SOLV(TRY Pondmarket Restor).
However, when I compare the label on
my old container of D-Solv D-SOLV (TRY Pondmarket Restor)
I find that nowhere on it does the label
indicate any environmental hazards of
Assuming that this is, in fact, the
same product as D-SOLV (try Pondmarket Restor) I'm now concerned about the environmental
hazards of both. Is this really the
same product? I guess you and I can
only take the company's word for it.
I was serious about my statement of
disbelief that you would sell this product
for outdoor use if it is such an environmental
Anyway, I really don't want to use any
water treatment that is hazardous to
birds and beneficial insects. So, how
do I go about returning this product
and getting a refund?
Can you recommend any other product
that is as good as D-Solv(try Pondmarket Restor) for algae control but is not a danger
to the environment? Maybe we can work
out an exchange.
Please let me know as soon as possible
what I need to do in order to return/exchange
this product. You may email me or call
me at my home telephone number that
you have on file.
Thanks for listening. I look forward
to your reply. Larry
Larry. I appreciate your concern. Please
allow me to clear the air a little bit
Here is the deal. D-Solv"
and "Algae Off" are the
SAME thing. The confusion with ...
" TOXIC TO BIRDS. It FURTHER STATES
THAT ONE SHOULD KEEP THIS PRODUCT OUT
OF LAKES, PONDS AND STREAMS . "
... is from Uncle Sam. In order to market
a product as an "Algaecide"
or "Algae" remover, etc. it
has to be registered with the EPA. In
order to obtain a registration from
the EPA for an algaecide - the above
things MUST be stated on the product
There are different classifications
for algaecides as well. That's where
the "lakes and streams" comes
into play. If it is a registered algaecide
but not for lakes and streams - the
product label must say so.
If a bird, dog, cat, human, or any other
life form would eat the contents in
the container - the product could be
If a pond were treated to the recommended
dosage(s) on the bottle - there will
be NO environmental concerns.
D-Solv was not marketed as an "algaecide".
It was marketed as a product that "removes
organic debris from ponds and waterfalls".
Therefore, legally, it did not have
to have ANY warnings.
The manufacturer of D-SOLV (try Pondmarket Restor) changed the name of < D-SOLV (try Pondmarket Restor),
changed the logo, and even changed the
container size. The formula for the
product is NOT any different. However,
ANY product that says "Algae"
in the product name, or says directly
or hints of killing algae, removing
"green" water, or anything
of the sort - it has to be registered
with the EPA and the EPA mandates what
warnings must go onto a product regardless
of the product.
Vice President, Operations
Aaron, Thanks for your response. I really
feel better knowing that this product
is as safe as it ever was. Your explanation
as to why this happened is very enlightening
and not surprising when I realized the
EPA was involved the the "language"
on the label. They have their rules
and hopefully most of the time the rules
lead to the desired results.
I appreciate you taking the time to
personally reply to my email regarding
this matter. Thank you for caring. A
refreshing trait these days. Talk with
you later. Larry
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