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What are Ecosystem Ponds?

Ecosystem Ponds, Water Features | January 22, 2019

Ecosystem ponds are low maintenance water features composed of a community of living organisms that interact with one another, as well as a natural filtration system that regulates healthy bacteria and debris. At Fontana Landscapes, we have a wealth of experience with water feature installations and our trained and certified team of experts design each water feature to bring out the best in your yard.

Ecosystem Pond Basics

Ecosystem ponds are highly desirable water features for nearly every climate because they require almost no maintenance, they provide natural and therapeutic beauty, and they offer a view into how living ecosystems operate. An ecosystem pond can be combined with other types of water features, including streams, fountains, or waterfalls to create an intricate water garden. A thriving ecosystem pond will consist of a pump and mechanical filtration system, biological filtration, aquatic plants, rocks, and fish.

Necessities for an Ecosystem Pond

In order for an ecosystem pond to properly function, there are a few elements that need to be included.

Ecosystem Pond Mechanical Filter

The mechanical filter in an ecosystem pond will include a pump that keeps water circulating and helps to clear out toxins from the water. This pump will have a filter that keeps debris from contaminating the pond.

Ecosystem Pond Biological Filter

A biological filtration system for an ecosystem pond is essentially a medium for healthy bacteria to gather and purify the water. This is the element that plays the biggest part in keeping the pond crystal clear.

Ecosystem Pond Liner

A strong ecosystem pond liner is important for the retention of the pond’s water. The liner needs to be strong enough to hold the weight of the water and also resist abrasion from any rocks or sticks.

Aquatic Plants

Aquatic plants are nature’s filtration system and they aid in water clarity. They also provide the ecosystem pond with food and shade.

Fish in an Ecosystem Pond

Not only are fish fun to watch but they also help to keep an ecosystem pond clean and healthy. Fish eat algae and insects and they also keep water from stagnating, which means that the water will stay clean and moving.

To find out more about what ecosystem ponds are, or if you are interested in any of our other landscaping services (artificial grass & putting greens, landscape design & construction, paving stones & retaining walls, and water features), call Fontana Landscapes at 778-727-0631 or fill out a form on our website and we will be happy to get back to you with a free quote.

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