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Important Elements of a Healthy Ecosystem Pond

Ponds | May 6, 2022
Healthy Ecosystem Pond

Ecosystem ponds are a beautiful addition to any property, especially when they are designed and installed by a professional. To ensure that your pond continues to look beautiful throughout the year, there are several essential elements that should be included. As a leading provider of high-quality water features, the team at Fontana Ponds & Water Features knows how important proper design and care are for ponds of all sizes. That is why we have compiled a list of important elements of a healthy ecosystem pond to help you keep your pond balanced.

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5 Elements Every Ecosystem Pond Should Have

Every ecosystem pond should have the following elements to ensure that it remains balanced, clear, and healthy over time:

1. A Quality Filtration System

An effective filtration system will help to remove various debris including leaves, mosquito larvae, floating algae, and anything else that can end up in your pond. Filtration systems typically consist of a pond skimmer, basket, filter mat, and biological filter. Each of these elements are vital for maintaining the bacteria balance in your pond and keeping the water healthy.

2. A Water Recirculating System

Healthy ecosystem ponds have a recirculating system that keeps the water in your pond moving. This movement generates oxygen that your plants and fish need to survive and flourish. It is crucial to install the right pump for your pond to ensure that you maintain the correct amount of water movement.

3. Fish

Fish eat algae to effectively reduce its growth and keep your pond balanced. As your fish swim around your pond, they also help to stir up the water so that it can flow into your filters. While fish are a highly beneficial addition to most ponds, it is crucial to ensure that you do not add too many fish to your pond as they can produce more waste than they consume and ruin the balance of the ecosystem.

4. Aquatic Plants

Aquatic plants help to remove excess nutrients from your pond while providing shade and depriving algae of the sunlight that it needs to grow. In addition to contributing to a balanced ecosystem, aquatic plants provide shelter for your fish and reduce the chance of them being targeted by predators.

5. Rocks and Gravel

Incorporating rocks and gravel all around the surface of your pond liner will help to protect it from damage. You can also use larger rocks to form a natural shelf in your pond to give you a shallow area where your floating plants can thrive, further promoting a balanced ecosystem.

To learn more about ecosystem pond care or to inquire about our pond design and installation services, get in touch with the team at Fontana Ponds & Water Features. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.

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