Hello, Jason from Nautilus Aquatics here. I decided it was time to start a page and possibly do videos in the near future of some of the more problematic designs which we encounter. Columbus Ohio has it’s fair share of problem ponds built by non professionals and this section serves as an emphasis on some of the things we regularly encounter. You may think your pond is the worst, but I bet we have seen worse and fixed worse.
The project you are about to see is one of our more recent clients who purchased a new house. The homeowner who lived here before hired landscapers to do the work, which looks good until we get to the pond. The pond was a huge mess so let’s take a look at what I had to work with….
This was obviously in pretty bad shape. So I went to take a look around at the design of this round concrete pond. It had so much algae that I couldn’t see my hand under only a few inches of water.
This was supposed to be the inner workings of the pond. With no skimmer basket and the pond in such bad shape, I knew this was going to be an interesting job to say the least.
Another shot of the housing for the feeds and uhhhh skimmer. So I had to do some research. I couldn’t find a skimmer basket that would fit, much less work the way I wanted it too. So I decided I will make my own filter/skimmer which will work wonderfully with this pond. Now I just had to get it cleaned out and decorated properly.
Wow! Look at all those leaves and debris from the nearby tree. Landscapers might know a lot about cutting grass or planting shrubbery, but they sure don’t know anything about aquatic habitats. This is why you have to be careful who you hire to design your pond. It is hard to find a truly good provider, but this is what you get when you go with landscaping companies or retail stores. Enough rambling though lets take a look at what happened next…..
After a couple of hours of thorough cleaning I redid the hardscape so it would have more of a natural appeal. The fountain pump was a little too powerful for the effect I wanted, so I played around with the hardscape while I figured out what I wanted to accomplish.
Still a little too much spray, and the fountain pump was still a little too loud for it to be a peaceful oasis for this doctors retreat…..
After adding a few plants the pond was starting to look a lot better. I also added some river pebbles to give the bottom a more natural flow to it. This gave a nice effect and helped mask that ugly black concrete bottom.
Now we start to see what the finished product will look like. The owner was very fond of the fish sculpture he had due to its artistic value, so I just incorporated that into the design.
Now we have a much better looking, better working and truly relaxing pond for our homeowners. With what I had to work with, and this being such an unusual pond I feel it is coming along nicely. I am still going to build the filter/skimmer and I will be putting in some marginal plants, but all in all this looks great. I will update you on the status.
Here are a few more shots of the newly renovated pond which had been a problem.
Not bad for right after planting and cleaning…..
The fish are much happier and with vastly improved health. There are a couple of frogs claiming this as their home as well and they seem to come out a lot more.
That awesome lily we got from our friends at Green Vista in Springfield, Ohio. They simply have the best selection there is. No other supplier comes even close to their level of expertise and inventory. We get the majority of our pond supplies from Green Vista and they are highly recommended.
So now you have seen the first Pond Gone Wild which we have decided to start sharing. I am sure we will have more in the future. I will keep you updated on the progress of this one as we turn it from sad to glad and into a work of art.
If you have a pond or aquarium which needs a touch of the professional be sure to give us a call at Nautilus Aquatics.