Fish Health

Spring-time Fish Health: Spring is an arduous time for fishes everywhere.  The changing environment puts a great deal of stress on all of our aquatic creatures.  These changes include temperature, microbiome, and the concentrations of dissolved solids that will rapidly fluctuate changing the basic water chemistry during this season of change. As the snow melts […]
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Summer Ponds!

Hello again ….. Your friendly neighborhood pond Biologist here to shepherd you through these hot summer months where all of your hard work in the spring and fall allow you to enjoy the sights and sounds of a healthy system. Alas, these are the days of rapid algae growth and the infrequent but potentially severe […]
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Summertime Algal Blooms

Hello all, Thanks for taking the time to read my articles, I appreciate it. Anyhoo…. Summertime algae: Hot sticky weather is perfect for growing algae.  Whether you own a pond that is 3 acres or a backyard watergarden; without a management plan, summertime blooms can/will be severe. Dense algae can endanger the health of your […]
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Fish Growth, Condition, and Abundance

Well Hello!   Many times I have clients ask me: “Why don’t I have any big fish?…” Or, “All I have are a million stunted fish….. . ” Or, “Why don’t my koi/game fish reproduce?…” In small systems (waterbodies under 5 acres or so), it is necessary to manage your fishery to gain, then maintain, large […]
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Aquatic Pond Plants, and their Role in the Ecosystem

Hey there, If you want your pond to look good, have healthy fish, and not be a maintenance nightmare; you must have, and promote the presence of, aquatic plants. PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS! That reminds me of an age old gardening axiom. You can’t plant any flowers if you haven’t Botany! Ahem… If you want a healthy pond, […]
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Filtering Waterfalls and why they are important.

Salutations and such…… I get this question from both contractors and clients alike…. What’s with this giant plastic tub at the top of my waterfall? Do I really need it?   Atlantic watergardens Big Bahama  Aquascape Grande Biofalls   Savio 16in Filterweir Short answer….. Yup, you do need it, and it’s there to help filter […]
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Adding lights to your backyard watergarden and waterfall

What’s up, Lads and Lasses?      I believe that lighting up a watergarden so that it can be enjoyed after the sun sets is 75% of the bliss that one will get out of their koi pond/waterfall. Most of the day, we’re at work, not enjoying the pond…..why not light it up so it […]
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Spring Pond Cleanout!

Spring pond cleanout:   Hello, welcome to my blog here at Midwestpond.com.  I plan to periodically bring up subjects that are common to the pond industry and maybe delve a little into some less discussed areas that I find interesting and may help out the pond enthusiast too. Saying that; lets discuss the spring pond […]
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Filamentous Algae

What is up my friends? Filamentous algae: Otherwise known as: Horsehair, cotton candy, pond scum, moss (though there are aquatic mosses that can be a big issue too)….. The nuisance forms of filamentous algae form heavy matts and/or slimy balls, and/or stick to rocks and wave in the streams and ponds edges. The Filamentous algae […]
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Planktonic Algae

Good day all…. Planktonic Algae Blue Green Algae (Cyanobacteria)                       Green Planktonic   They are widely diversified in form. Planktonic algae are single celled organisms that live both solitary and colonially, and encompass a wide swath of the algal taxonomy…. They are very hard to […]
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