Watergarden Cleaning Full Clean-Out

WATERGARDEN
CLEANING

FULL CLEAN-OUT

**Click
here to see pictures of our work
**

As
each pond differs in equipment, many work items are not required.
Each pond is cared for based on its own construction/equipment type.

Testing
of Ph, Nitrite, Nitrate, Ammonia, alkalinity etc. is not necessary
during this program of a full cleanout. A full testing is performed
and documented during Maintenance Services.

During
this service we customize a “Pond-Care-Package” of the
required treatment that you will need throughout the year for optimum
water balance and pond health. i.e. beneficial bacteria, algae treatments,
fall netting, etc.

Let
us know before hand if you wish for us to bring out plants, fish,
preferred pond treatments, etc., That Is what we are here for! U
name it!!

Scope
Of Work includes the following work items:

  • Unplug
    entire system, i.e. pumps, filters, UV lights etc.
  • Drain
    one half of the water from the pond to hold enough water to support
    all fish for the duration of the cleaning. (Our containers range
    in size from 100 gallon to 1400 gallon tanks. Sizing depends on
    the amount of fish you have, as well as the amount of water we
    need to ensure proper acclimation of the fish back into the pond.
    )
  • All
    fish and aquatic life are stored in these troughs with bio-filters
    and aerators and covers.
  • Add
    electrolytes to troughs to reduce stress on fish.
  • Remove
    all plants, and store in separate water troughs until completion.
    Bare root plants shall be worked around accordingly.
  • Remove
    remaining water. Since this water is of such high nutrient content,
    most customers ask us to disperse it over their gardens or landscape
    beds for fertilization. Please request.
  • Remove
    all accumulation of debris within pond basin, streambed and bog
    area (sludge, decayed plant material, dirt etc.)
  • Pressure
    wash all stone and liner within pond, waterfall stone, stream
    bed and bog area.
  • Stone
    and liner shall be free of all debris, algae etc.
  • Any
    liner exposed, due to stones that may have shifted, fallen in
    during the winter months shall be recovered with the stone units.
  • Remove
    pumps and clean thoroughly, flush tubing free of sludge accumulation,
    and clean pump cages.
  • Clean
    and condition pumps thoroughly, changing oil, rubber gaskets etc.
    as needed .
  • Remove
    all pads from filters and skimmers and clean components completely.
  • Replace
    any filter fabric as needed, recommended every two years.
  • Reset
    all pumps and filters filter pads.
  • Change
    ultraviolet bulbs.
  • Clean
    submersible light covers and ensure against leakage.
  • Remove
    all dead foliage from existing plants.
  • Add
    water to original level. We utilize a meter to gauge the total
    gallons of your pond when filling. That way we are accurate in
    measuring when treating the pond through out the year.
  • Treat
    water free of chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals etc.
  • Addition
    of “Live” Beneficial Bacteria to eliminate break-in
    period. (versus 4-6 weeks with other liquid / dry formulas)
  • Addition
    of Pond salt as needed.
  • Fertilize
    all plants and divide if needed.
  • Slowly
    acclimate fish and aquatic life back into the pond.
  • Set
    plants back into the original configuration.
  • Start
    all pumps, lights, filters etc.
  • Add
    additional plants and aquatic life to pond per client specifications.
  • Make
    changes or additions to pond per client specification.

WATERGARDEN
CLEANING

Partial
Spring CLEAN-OUT

**Click
here to see pictures of our work
**

As
each pond differs in equipment, many work items are not required.
Each pond is cared for based on its own construction/equipment type.

Testing
of Ph, Nitrite, Nitrate, Ammonia, etc., should be tested within
a day or two as this program focuses on a partial water change.
The readings, if not within normal range at that point, must be
remedied to ensure against fish loss, pond imbalance. Again, we
provide our customers with a “Pond-Care-Package” that
is comprised of the treatments your pond will need throughout the
year. Beneficial bacteria, water-test kits, fall netting etc.

Scope
Of Work includes the following work items:

  • Unplug
    entire system, i.e. pumps, filters, UV lights etc.
  • Drain
    1/3 of the water from the pond. Since this water is of such high
    nutrient content, most customers ask us to disperse it over their
    gardens or landscape beds for fertilization. Please request.
  • Add
    electrolytes to reduce stress on fish.
  • Remove
    all plants, and store in separate water troughs until completion.
    Bare root plants shall be worked around accordingly.
  • Remove
    all accumulation of debris within pond basin, streambed and bog
    area (sludge, decayed plant material, dirt etc.)
  • Remove
    excess string algae.
  • Any
    liner exposed, due to stones that may have shifted, fallen in
    during the winter months shall be recovered with the stone units.
  • Remove
    pumps and clean thoroughly, flush tubing free of sludge accumulation,
    and clean pump cages.
  • Clean
    and condition pumps thoroughly, changing oil, rubber gaskets etc.
    as needed.
  • Remove
    all pads from filters and skimmers and clean components completely.
  • Replace
    any filter fabric as needed, recommended every two years.
  • Reset
    all pumps and filters filter pads.
  • Change
    Ultraviolet Lights bulbs.
  • Clean
    submersible light covers and ensure against leakage.
  • Remove
    all dead foliage from existing plants.
  • Add
    water to original level.
  • Treat
    water free of chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals etc.
  • Addition
    of “Live” Beneficial Bacteria to eliminate break-in
    period. (System startup in 5 days versus 4-6 weeks)
  • Addition
    of Pond salt as needed.
  • Fertilize
    all plants and divide if needed.
  • Set
    plants back into the original configuration.
  • Start
    all pumps, lights, filters etc.
  • Add
    additional plants and aquatic life to pond per client specifications.
  • Make
    changes or additions to pond per client specification.

WATERGARDEN
MAINTENANCE

MONTHLY/CUSTOM
MAINTENANCE

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here to see pictures of our work
**

Scope
Of Work includes the following work items:

  • Unplug
    all pond equipment system pumps, filters UV lights, etc.
  • Aerate
    pond to ensure sufficient oxygen during visit. Approx. 1 hour
  • Add
    stress coat to water to reduce stress on fish.
  • Remove
    accumulation of debris from pond basin, streams etc. (leaves,
    branches, dead foliage from water plants.)
  • Remove
    submersible pumps, and clean housings and cages.
  • Remove
    excess algae and string algae from waterfall, stream and basin
    walls.
  • Clean
    filter media in skimmers, filters, and back flush/clean bead filters.
  • Replace
    any filter fabric as needed, recommended every two years.
  • Reset
    all pumps and filter pads.
  • Fountains
    and statuary shall have lines clean of debris.
  • Clean
    submersible light covers and ensure against leakage.
  • Remove
    all dead foliage from existing plants.
  • Test
    Ph, Nitrite, Nitrate and Ammonia and remedy as necessary.
  • Add
    “Live” Beneficial Bacteria, nutrients, sludge buster
    & pond salt to maintain ecosystem.
  • Fertilize
    all plants and divide if needed.
  • Start
    all pumps, lights, filters etc.
  • Add
    additional plants and aquatic life to pond per client specifications.
  • Make
    changes or additions to pond per client specification.

FALL
& WINTER POND CARE

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here to see pictures of our work
**

Scope
Of Work includes the following work items:

FALL:

  • Provide
    services under monthly maintenance with the addition of:
  • Place
    fine mesh netting over pond to ensure against leaves entering
    pond
  • Work
    netting around foliage in pond. Cat tails etc.
  • Provide
    fish with fall/winter vitamins.
  • Add
    Beneficial Bacteria formulated for fall/winter preparation.
  • No
    fertilization is added to the plants.

WINTER:

  • Stop
    entire system
  • Remove
    netting to access pond. Remove leaves from perimeter of pond
  • If
    necessary, pumps shall be removed and stored in water in Basement
    or we store.
  • Remove
    components of UV clarifier, Filters, etc. & clean thoroughly
    and store.
  • Remove
    any leaves that may have falling into pond through netting.
  • Remove
    all foliage from plants to prevent organic decay buildup
  • Place
    lily pads/lotus at deepest section of pond and, if needed, place
    marginal plants in optimal location to ensure survival.
  • Remove
    all statuary, pond ornaments and store.
  • Install
    aerator and heater/de-icer as backup if requested. A hole in the
    ice will allow gasses to escape, ensuring fish survival.
  • If
    most leaves are cleaned up from property, the netting shall be
    removed.
  • SEE
    you in the Spring
    !


DETAIL
OF PRODUCTS WE USE DURING OUR SERVICE VISITS

Watergarden
Cleaning – Full Clean-Out

Here’s
the products we use, If you already purchased the products, we can
use those or we can bring just what we need for the service visit.

Since
this is a full cleaning,
we use these specific products.

After
the Cleaning, and we are adding water back into the pond, we use
Dechlorinator
to remove toxic chlorine, chloramines, ammonia.

We
now need to “jump start the ecosystem” with Nitrosomonas
and Nitrobacter, and get the Nitrification
Cycle
in equilibrium.

We
add Bioseed
Gold
to speed up “break-in” period to 1 –
2 weeks instead of the normal 6-8 weeks. If we want fast break-in
of the Nitrification
Cycle
, then we will add TurboStart.
This cycle’s ponds in less than 5 days! We leave our customers with
a Test
Kit
and a small bottle of Ammonia
Remover/Detoxifier
in the event that an ammonia spike
occurs within these 5 days. Just a precaution!

Beneficial
Bacteria
, either Microbe-Lift
or Bacta-Pur,
is then added to support and continue the Nitrification
Cycle
. KC
Nitrifier
is an additional kick of LIVE Nitrifiers
added for additional support of the colony of Nitrifiers. If performed
in Cold water less than 50 degrees, we will use Microbe-Lift’s
Spring/Summer
or Clear
Pond Fall & Winter Formula
until the water temp
reaches 55 degrees.

KoiZyme
is added to eliminate Aeromonas
& Pseudomonas
. These are the “Bad Bacteria”
that cause deadly bacterial infections i.e., ulcer disease, fin
rot, mouth rot, etc. They are on the attack as water temperature
fall between the 47-62° mark!

Salt
is added to maintain electrolyte balance to protect fish from disease
as well as to kill parasites, and help eliminate toxic effects of
Nitrites.

Algaefix
and Ecofix
are added to control String
Algae
, reduce organic pollution, and increase oxygen
into the pond. Barley
is supplemented to breakdown Algae as well.

We
fertilize all plants with Pondtabbs.

We
add Bacta-Pur
Pro 100
a probiotic that prevents development of disease
in your pond and boosts the fishes eco-immunity.

Koi
Vital
is added to replenish vitamins and trace mineral.
Induces reproductive activity in Koi and other cold-water fish!
This means Babies…!

Activated
Carbon
is Rinsed and placed in pond. Carbon offers
a ga-zillion “hotel rooms” for the Nitrifiers
to proliferate.

Fritzguard
is added to coat the bio-media for superb adherence of the Nitrifiers
to the various surfaces in the bio-media as well as on the surfaces
within the pond.

Zeolite
is also added for absorption of Ammonia that can occur during the
“break-in” of the Cycle.
The
pond is set until we come back on our next maintenance
visit
! Remember, not all these items are needed each
visit. It gives you a great perspective of how conscientious
we are
about pond keeping. We do everything we can to make
your pond a healthy, balanced, “living” ecosystem!

Partial
Cleaning

Here’s
the products we use, If you already purchased the products, we can
use those or we can bring just what we need for the service visit.

Since
this is a partial cleaning,
we use these specific products (As needed, based on your ponds needs.)

Since
a Partial water change was conducted, we need to add Dechlorinator
to remove toxic chlorine, chloramines, ammonia.

To
“jump start the ecosystem”, we will use…

Bioseed
gold
to speed up “breakin” period to 1 –
2 weeks instead of the normal 6-8 weeks. If the pond really needs
“aged water” immediately, (ammonia, nitrite are at dangerous
levels), we use Turbostart.
The Nitrification Cycle is complete is 5 days or less! We leave
our customers with a Test
Kit
and a small bottle of Ammonia
Remover/Detoxifier
in the event that an ammonia spike
occurs within these 5 days. Just a precaution!

We
then add Beneficial
Bacteria
, Microbe-Lift
or Bacta-Pur
to support and continue the Nitrification
Cycle
. KC
Nitrifier
is an additional kick of LIVE Nitrifiers,
added for additional support of the colony of Nitrifiers.

KoiZyme
is also added to combat Aeromonas
& Pseudomonas
. These are
the
“Bad Bacteria” that cause deadly bacterial infections
i.e., ulcer disease, fin rot, mouth rot, etc. They are on the attack
as water temperature fall between the 47-62° mark!

Salt
is added to maintain electrolyte balance to protect fish from disease
as well as to kill parasites, and help eliminate toxic effects of
Nitrites.

Algaefix
and Ecofix
are added to control String
Algae
, reduce organic pollution, and increase oxygen
into the pond. Barley
is supplemented to breakdown Algae as well.

Accuclear
would be used to rapidly clarify the pond water if the pond appeared
a bit murky or Green Water
was detected.

If
excessive String algae
are detected, we get out as much as we can and use Greenclean
& Barley.

Bacta-Pur
SLUDGEBUSTER
would be added if the pond has excessive
accumulation of sludge and debris.

We
fertilize all plants with Pondtabbs.

We
add Bacta-Pur
Pro 100
a probiotic that prevents development of disease
in your pond

And
boosts the fishes eco-immunity.

After
we test the water with the Test
Kit
, we add as needed pH
down
, pH
up
, pH
buffer.

If
needed we will add Ammo-lock
2
, TurboStart,
to correct imbalance in Ammonia or Nitrite readings.

Koi
Vital
is added to replenish vitamins and trace mineral.
Induces reproductive activity in Koi and other cold-water fish!
This means Babies…!

Activated
Carbon
is Rinsed and placed in pond. Carbon
offers a ga-zillion “hotel rooms” for the Nitrifiers
to proliferate.

Fritzguard
is added to coat the bio-media for superb adherence of the Nitrifiers
to the various surfaces in the bio-media as well as on the surfaces
within the pond.

Zeolite
is also added for absorption of Ammonia that can occur during the
“break-in” of the Cycle.

The
pond is set until we come back on our next maintenance
visit
! Remember, not all these items are needed each
visit. This gives you a great perspective of how conscientious
we are
about pond keeping. We do everything we can to make
your pond a healthy, balanced, “living” ecosystem!

Maintenance
Services

Here
are the products that we use for our maintenance
services

To
“jump start the ecosystem”, our first visit we will use…
Bioseed
Gold
to speed up the “break-in” period to
1 – 2 weeks instead of the normal 6-8 weeks. If the pond really
needs “aged water” immediately, (ammonia, nitrite are
at dangerous levels), we use TurboStart.
The Nitrification
Cycle
is complete is 5 days or less! We leave our customers
with a Test
Kit
and a small bottle of Ammonia
Remover/Detoxifier
in the event that an ammonia spike
occurs within these 5 days. Just a precaution!

Most
ponds just need the initial kick of the “LIVE” Nitrifiers
at the cleaning or openings. During our maintenance services we
continue to supplement with Beneficial
Bacteria
, Microbe-Lift
or Bacta-Pur
to support and continue the Nitrification
Cycle
. KC
Nitrifier
is added as an additional kick of LIVE Nitrifiers,
added for additional support of the colony of Nitrifiers.

If
performing a Water Change,
we use Dechlorinator
to remove chlorine, chloramines, ammonia.

KoiZyme
is also added to combat Aeromonas
& Pseudomonas
. These are

the
“Bad Bacteria” that cause deadly bacterial infections
i.e., ulcer disease, fin rot, mouth rot, etc. They are in your pond!
We need to combat them before they destroy your fish population.

Salt
is added to maintain electrolyte balance to protect fish from disease
as well as to kill parasites, and help eliminate toxic effects of
Nitrites.

Algaefix
and Ecofix
are added to control String
Algae
, reduce organic pollution, and increase oxygen
into the pond. Barley
is supplemented to breakdown Algae as well.

Accuclear
would be used to rapidly clarify the pond water if the pond appeared
a bit murky or Green Water
was detected.

If
excessive String Algae
are detected, we get out as much as we can and use Greenclean
& Barley.

Bacta-Pur
SLUDGEBUSTER
would be added if the pond had excessive
accumulation of sludge and debris.

We
fertilize all plants with Pondtabbs.

We
add Bacta-Pur
Pro 100
a probiotic that prevents development of disease
in your pond

And
boosts the fishes eco-immunity.

After
we test the water with the Test
Kit
, we add as needed pH
down
, pH
up, pH
buffer,
Ammo-lock
2
, TurboStart,
to correct imbalance.

Koi
Vital
is added to replenish vitamins and trace mineral.
Induces reproductive activity in Koi and other cold-water fish!
This means Babies…!

Activated
Carbon
is Rinsed and placed in pond. Carbon offers
a ga-zillion “hotel rooms” for the Nitrifiers
to proliferate.

Fritzguard
is added to coat the bio-media for superb adherence of the Nitrifiers
to the various surfaces in the bio-media as well as on the surfaces
within the pond.

Zeolite
is recharged to continue its role in absorption of trace Ammonia
that can occur.

The
pond is set until we come back on our next visit! Remember, not
all these items are needed each visit; It gives you a great perspective
of how conscientious we are about pond keeping. We do everything
we can to make your pond a healthy, balanced, “living”
ecosystem!

Fall
maintenance visit

As
you read in the outline of what we do during this visit, we use
the following products depending on your ponds character and personality.

First
off, the goal is to prepare the pond for winter. With that said,
we want the ecosystem to remain as healthy, clear, and balanced
as it has for the entire summer season. We need to keep it that
way for the winter as well.

With
the final Water Change,
we need to add Dechlorinator
to remove toxic chlorine, chloramines, ammonia.

We
will continue to add Beneficial
Bacteria
, Microbe-Lift
or Bacta-Pur
to support and continue the Nitrification
Cycle
, until the water reaches 50 degrees. KC
Nitrifier
is an additional kick of LIVE Nitrifiers,
added for additional support of the colony of Nitrifiers.

If
this visit is performed at 50 degrees, then we will use Microbe-Lift
Autumn Prep
& Clear
Pond Fall & Winter Formula
that is Loaded with Cold water Bacteria to continue to work
in temps down to 37 degrees!

Salt
is added to maintain electrolyte balance to protect fish from disease
as well as to kill parasites, and help eliminate toxic effects of
Nitrites. We normally bring the salt up to a .25 – .3% for the winter
months.

Algaefix
and Ecofix
are added to control String
Algae
, reduce organic pollution, and increase oxygen
into the pond. Barley
is supplemented to breakdown Algae as well.

Accuclear
would be used to rapidly clarify the pond water if the pond appeared
a bit murky or Green Water
was detected.

If
excessive String algae
is detected, we get out as much as we can and use Greenclean
& Barley.

Bacta-Pur
SLUDGEBUSTER
would be added if the pond has excessive
accumulation of sludge and debris.

Activated
Carbon
is still in the pond. Carbon
offers a ga-zillion “hotel rooms” for the Nitrifiers to
proliferate.

Fritzguard
is added to coat the bio-media for superb adherence of the Nitrifiers
to the various surfaces in the bio-media as well as on the surfaces
within the pond.

Zeolite
is recharged and ready to continue the absorption of Ammonia that
can occur.

After
we test the water with the Test
Kit
, we add as needed pH
down, pH
up, pH
buffer, Ammo-lock
2, TurboStart
,
to correct imbalance.

We
then secure Pond
Netting
over the pond to ensure against leaves entering
the pond.

See
a detail of the work items we perform under Fall/Winter
Services
and make sure you read up on the articles,
Fall Preparation… Why the
Fuss?
& Winterization…
Why more Fussing?

We then return
for our Winterization Service

Winterization

Once
the leaves are down, we now remove the net
to prevent it from weighing down with snow and causing danger to
fish if they get stuck in it!.

During
this final visit of the year we shut down the pond as detailed in
out Fall Winter Preparation Services
and also explained in Winterization…
Why More fussing?

We
then secure the Aerator
and De-Icer
into the pond and plug them in.

**The
two most essential elements that must be in your pond are an Aerator
& a De-Icer.
The article will GREATLY inform you as to why to have both!!!

See you In the
Spring!!!

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