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Pond Questions

What fish can I put in my pond?


    • We recommend cold hearty fish such as: koi, goldfish, golden orfes, and minnows.
      • Koi: can grow up to 3 feet long and are best for larger ponds.
      • Goldfish: usually grow up to a foot long and work well with smaller ponds
      • Golden orfes: potentially grow up to 20 inches long. They are known for adding a lot of life to the pond and are also a schooling fish.
      • Minnows: grow up to 3 inches and are very active. They look best in large schools and can be seen moving around the pond in a tight school.




Do you sell everything for a DIY pond?


  • Absolutely! Not only that but we’re happy to talk with you about any questions you may have along the way.




Do you sell pre-made ponds


We do not sell pre-made ponds, but we do sell budget friendly ponds. If you have a specific budget you need to stay within we can sit down and talk about what we can offer within that budget.




How many gallons of water are in my pond?


    • You can estimate the total volume of your pond with the following formula:
      • (Average width) X (average length) X (average depth) X 7.5 equals the approximate total volume of your pond
      • Multiplying average width by length by depth gives you the total cubic feet of your pond
      • Multiplying by 7.5 turns that cubic feet into gallons (7.5 gallons of water are in one cubic feet)




What is a skimmer?


  • A skimmer draws water off the surface of your pond and removes the floating debris into a mesh basket for easy removal. Skimmer boxes typically also house the pump. Placing the pump in the skimmer box not only keeps the pump cleaner but also makes it easier to access and maintain.




How often do I need to clean my skimmer?


As often as necessary to keep it from becoming clogged. We suggest starting out on a weekly schedule and the adjust from there. The frequency of cleaning will change throughout the year with fall typically requiring the most frequent cleaning.




What is a pump vault?


A pump vault is an underground enclosure that keeps the pump submerged in water. It is regularly used in Pondless water features. It also allows for easier access to the pump for regular maintenance.




How much electricity does my pump use?


  • To figure this out you need to know the wattage of your pump. This info can be found on the box, or sometimes on the pump itself. Then you use the following formula:
    • Example: a 120 watt pump running for 12 hours a day in Indiana will have a daily operational cost of:
      • 120 x 12 / 1,000 x .12 = .17 dollars per day OR 5.18 dollars per month
    • Watts times hours of use divided by 1,000 times your local kWH rate ( for Indiana that’s usually 12 cents or .12 dollars per kWH hour)




How do I get my pond ready for winter?


It starts in the autumn when the leaves start to fall. We suggest placing a net over your pond to prevent leaves from falling in the water in the first place. Depending on the placement of your pump it may be a good idea to remove the pump and store it in a garage over winter. Specifically in a bucket full of water. This will prevent the pump from freezing solid. Finally, we strongly suggest having either an aerator or surface heater to keep ice from forming over the entire surface of the pond.




Do I need to add anything to my city water before putting it in my pond?


Yes, most city water is treated with chlorine or (even worse for fish) chloramines. You can protect your fish from chlorine by adding water conditioner to the water that removes chlorine. To get rid of chloramines double the dose of conditioner.





Fish & Critter Questions

Will a salt treatment hurt my fish or plants?


If used correctly salt will not hurt your fish. Plants are much more sensitive to salt than fish. We recommend getting a salinity pen to ensure you do not exceed .2 % salinity with plants, or .5 % salinity with fish.




When should I use salt to treat my fish?


Salt is a good generalized treatment especially if you cannot pinpoint a problem. It is good at resolving mild fungal and bacterial issues. We recommend you start a salt treatment as soon as you notice something off with your fish. Waiting to treat a problem will decrease the likelihood of success.




Should I get snails?


Snails are a very helpful critter to keep in your pond. They eat decaying plant matter. However, only put snails in your pond if you are positive you want them. Once in your pond, it is nearly impossible to get them all out.




Will bull frogs eat my fish?


Bull frogs will eat fish that they can fit in their mouth. We don’t recommend getting one if you have small fish like minnows. For most ponds with fish over three inches will be fine.




How big do goldfish get?


Goldfish can grow up to 12 or 14 inches.




How big do koi get?


Koi can grow up to 24 to 36 inches. That's 2 to 3 feet!




Can you special order specific types of koi?


Yes we can and are happy to do so. Please call us to discuss what you are specifically wanting. Our phone number is 317-996-3106




When should I start / stop feeding my fish?


It is best to stop feeding your fish when the water falls bellow 55 degrees. We stop feeding fish then because their metabolism slows down and they cannot digest the food before it rots in their digestive tract. Conversely, you can start feeding your fish when the water is consistently above 55 degrees.




How often should I feed my fish?


Feeding fish is for our enjoyment, not because fish need it. When fish are in an outside pond they can usually get enough nutrients from bugs and algae. If you want to feed your fish then give them as little as you would like. Try not to give them so much that they cannot eat all the food in a minuet. If you really enjoy feeding the fish then you can give them a few smaller meals throughout the day as apposed to one large feeding.




How deep should my pond be for fish?


There are two things to consider when answering this question, predators, and winter. To keep a fish safe from most predators a depth of 18 inches will suffice. In the Midwest, specifically Indiana, to keep a fish in a pond over winter we suggest making it minimally 24 to 36 inches deep. This will prevent the fish from freezing solid (which they cannot survive).




How do I acclimate new fish to my pond?


We always start by placing the fish bag into the water on the edge of the pond. Then we immediately open the bag and pour some pond water into the bag, and let it sit like that for about twenty minutes. When we come back, we’ll add even more pond water to the bag and let it sit for another ten minutes. After that, we compare the water temperature in the bag to the temperature of the pond water. You can do this by placing your hand in the bag and them the pond. If the temperature feels close then we release the fish into the pond. Don’t be worried if you don’t see them for a while. They need some time to get used to their new surroundings.We always start by placing the fish bag into the water on the edge of the pond. Then we immediately open the bag and pour some pond water into the bag, and let it sit like that for about twenty minutes. When we come back, we’ll add even more pond water to the bag and let it sit for another ten minutes. After that, we compare the water temperature in the bag to the temperature of the pond water. You can do this by placing your hand in the bag and them the pond. If the temperature feels close then we release the fish into the pond. Don’t be worried if you don’t see them for a while. They need some time to get used to their new surroundings.




What fish can I put in my pond?


    • We recommend cold hearty fish such as: koi, goldfish, golden orfes, and minnows.
      • Koi: can grow up to 3 feet long and are best for larger ponds.
      • Goldfish: usually grow up to a foot long and work well with smaller ponds
      • Golden orfes: potentially grow up to 20 inches long. They are known for adding a lot of life to the pond and are also a schooling fish.
      • Minnows: grow up to 3 inches and are very active. They look best in large schools and can be seen moving around the pond in a tight school.





Plant Questions

Where should I place lilies in my pond?


Lilies are a deep-water plant. They appreciate being planted on or near the bottom of your pond. From there they will produce a stem to the surface of the water which is where you will see the lily. Just make sure the lily is not near any running water such as a waterfall. They prefer calmer still water.




What type of pond plants do you have to choose from?


We have a pond plant for every zone in your pond! Please look at our image bellow to learn more. We do not own the image used here, but it is helpful.





Service Questions

How do I schedule an appointment to get my pond serviced?


We ask that everyone fill out a service contract. You can reach out to us bia the contact form on the serrvice page, give us a call (317-996-3106), or email us at info@aquaticdesign.net.




What do I do if I think my pond has a leak?


The first thing we ask people to do is to fill up their water feature to a normal level and then turn it off. Take note of the water level, then let it sit for 24 hours and check to see if the water level has gone down. This helps us identify if the potential leak is in the pond section or the waterfall section. After you have done this, please reach out to us via phone (317-996-3106), email (info@aquaticdesign.net), or via the contact / service page.




How far do you drive for a job?


We will drive just about anywhere for a job. If the job site is particularly far away, we do ask for a nominal vehicle fee. Give us a call if you have questions specific to where you are. Our phone number is 317-996-3106.





Maintenance Questions

How far do you drive for a job?


We will drive just about anywhere for a job. If the job site is particularly far away, we do ask for a nominal vehicle fee. Give us a call if you have questions specific to where you are. Our phone number is 317-996-3106.




How do I schedule an appointment to get on the maintenance schedule?


We ask that everyone fill out a maintenance contract. You can reach out to us via the contact form on the service page or give us a call at 317-996-3106. We can also mail or email you the form.




What is included in our maintenance contract?


The services we provide will vary by type of water feature. For a standard pond we:

  • Install and or remove leaf netting
  • Drain the water feature with equipment we bring
  • Net fish and place in aerated tubs, that we provide
  • Remove as much sediment and string algae as possible
  • Vacuum leaves and sludge from the bottom of the water feature
  • Check and clean all pumps, filters, skimmer boces, and lighting
We can do pretty much anything your water feature needs to look its best. We can also do the following upon request-- there may be an additional charge for supplies or treatments
  • Fertilize all aquatic plants
  • Treat fr algae problems
  • Help diagnose fish for illness or disease (we are not responsible for any fish death)
We also inspect equipment for wear and tear and suggest corrective actions. Howevere, repairs and extra services are not a part of our maintenance contract and are billed separately.




How long will it take you to clean my pond?


The two largest factors that go into the time required to clean a pond are

  • How long it has been since it was last cleaned
  • How large it is
A lot of factors go into answering this question. There are too many variables to answer that question fully in a FAQ form. We would love to talk to you about your specific pond. You can stop on by our shop or give us a call at 317-996-3106. If we had to give an estimate: on average it takes 4-6 hours to clean an average pond.





Class Questions

How do I sign up for a class?


  • To sign up for a class you can reach out to us in any of the following four ways:
    • Call us at 317-996-3106
    • Send us an email at info@aquaticdesign.net
    • Fill out the contact form on our website's contact page
    • Stop on by the shop and speak with one of us. Our address is 445 N Chestnut St. Monrovia, IN 46157