Koi Pond

Luck, Prosperity, & Strength – Your Pond Has It All

Koi fish, nicknamed “living jewels,” can grow up to three feet long, and are considered the most iconic pond fish (and possibly the most expensive). An “award winning” koi fish can sell for over a hundred thousand dollars, but you can get small baby koi for around five dollars at your local fish store. Did you know koi are thought to be the closest animals to dragons in the modern world? Koi are also very important in both Chinese and Japanese culture. They are seen as symbols of many positive qualities such as luck, prosperity, strength, and power. Read More

Water Feature with Planter

How to Create a Water Feature with a Planter

Fountains range from the bursting spray of water in the middle of a lake to an indoor fountain with a light trickle on a desk.  Fountains are flexible in design and whether big or small, still help you connect with water and relax.  You can make an outdoor fountain or bring some serenity indoors.  The smartpond® Container Fountain Kit gives you the freedom to turn nearly any water-holding container into an easy DIY work of art! Read More

How to Tell if Your Fish Are Under the Weather

How to Tell if Your Fish Are Under the Weather

Fish help bring a pond to life.  They’re beautiful and relaxing to watch.  Koi especially are very friendly and recognizes faces and routines.  Once they get comfortable in their surroundings, koi and other pond fish may swim to the surface and say “hi” when you walk out to feed them.  Koi are pretty smart and can be even be trained to do little tricks for added fun.

Fish are great for kids, they’re outdoor pets that require less attention and maintenance than a puppy or kitten.  They can help teach responsibility, as they take turns feeding and even helping perform water quality checks.  Just like any other pet, they can get sick or injured and can require special care. Read More

Pond Plants

Choosing the Best Pond Plants

Ponds plants can be more than pretty, they can serve a purpose.  Some aquatic plants help oxygenate the water, while others provide shade.  The right pond plants attract butterflies, bees, and frogs, making your pond the local watering hole. You can garden in and around your pond, added a mix of submerged, emergent, marginal, and floating plants.  Plants can add color and life, turning a dull pond into a beautiful Monet painting. Read More

Updating an Existing Pond

Update an Existing Pond

Spring is a great time start on new outdoor projects; the weather is finally warm enough to get back to water gardening.  Is your pond looking a little bland?  It is lacking its initial pizazz?  It might be time for an upgrade.   Read More

How to Build a Pond Guide

How to Build a Pond – Infographic

Thinking of adding a pond to your yard? smartpond® makes it an easy and budget friendly DIY project, with just a trip to Lowe’s and a little elbow grease.  The hardest part will be digging the hole! Read More

Benefits of Being Outdoors

The Benefits of Being Outdoors

Ponds are a beautiful decoration to a yard, but their benefits go way beyond the aesthetics.  Ponds motivate you to get outdoors and reconnect with nature.  If you have koi or other fish in your pond, every day you’ll find yourself outside for a minute or two.  This little bit of exposure can help lift your mood for the day.  The fish will learn your schedule and will eventually greet you at feeding time, popping their little heads out of the water and swimming close to the edge to say “hi.”   Read More

Spring Pond

Your Guide to Spring Pond Maintenance

Pond maintenance varies by the seasons.  The different temperatures bring out different areas of focus and concern.  Summer is the warmest season when algae and oxygen levels become a major target.  Fall is a transitional period, preparing the pond for the cold, and possibly dormant, winter ahead.  Spring is the pond’s reawakening after a long winter.  It’s the time for cleaning and redecorating to help set the tone for the rest of the year. Read More

Small Pond Build

How to Build a Pond

It brings nature to life, combining the sweet sounds of flowing water with the excitement of swimming fish.  Ponds are incredibly peaceful.  You can put a chair or bench by the edge, and feel the stress melt away while you read a good book.  It’s exciting to build a relationship with your fish.  You might even get adventurous and try to train them!
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How to Pick the Right Pond Pump

How to Pick the Right Pond Pump

The pump is the life force of the pond.  Stagnant water quickly attracts algae and mosquito larvae.  Water in a pond must be circulating and ideally filtered.  A pump can be used to power a filtration system, waterfall, fountain, or water feature.  Waterfalls, fountains, and other features are decorative, but also play a vital role in the pond’s ecosystem.  They keep the water flowing and oxygenated.  There are many different pumps to choose from, ranging in function, features, and strength. Read More