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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Pond Heaters vs. AeratorsAt Russell Water Gardens, we understand that you have a lot of different options when it comes to your ponds, and you may be wondering if it makes more sense to get a pond heater or a pond aerator. While we understand that this is quite a difficult concept, we are going to attempt to explain the difference between pond heaters vs. aerators, in the hopes that you understand that, in the long run, it makes more sense to use an aerator to heat your pond.
Pond Heaters vs. Aerators: Which is more cost effective?The concept behind a pond heater is, of course, to prevent a pond from freezing over. However, most ponds that are 18 inches or less do not completely freeze over. In addition, it’s rare that Florida – which is a tropical climate – will have temperatures that will allow for water to freeze over at any point, or even partially. Finally, in terms of energy expenditure, aerators cost much less money to run than pond heaters.
Pond Heaters vs. Aerators: Which does a better job in keeping the oxygen in the water?Koi fish, like every other carbon-based life form on Earth, need to breathe oxygen to survive. Because a pond is an artificially created environment, it may prove difficult to keep fresh oxygen in the water. As an end result, without proper aeration, koi fish will be subject to more diseases, and will eventually die. Installing an aerator, on the other hand, will help you keep the oxygen in the water easier because an aerator’s sole job is to keep the oxygen in the water column. So, in terms of pond heaters vs. aerators keeping oxygen in your pond, an aerator is the better choice.
Pond Heaters vs. Aerators: Which can be used for more than one function?Cost effectiveness isn’t just measured in a tool’s ability to lower your electric bill or cost less money to run. Another factor in cost effectiveness lies in a tool’s ability to have more than one function. While a pond heater does just one thing – that is, puts heat in the pond – an aerator actually has several other functions as well. That’s why many experts in the pond industry recommend that consumers get an aerator if they live in warmer climates because it will serve more of a function than a pond heater.
Contact us today to see what we can do for your pond!For more information about us and our services, including what we can do for your pond, and any further questions you may have about the benefits and drawbacks of pond heaters vs. aerators, contact us today to see what we can do for you.
Russell Watergardens Has Your Easy to Clean Waterfall Filters!
You’ve invested in a koi pond or a backyard water garden, but you’re finding it difficult to keep it clean – the mere hassle of having to take apart the filter system makes you wonder if, indeed, your koi pond or backyard water garden was worth the investment. We understand your frustration – and that’s why we at Russell Watergardens & Koi are pleased to offer easy to clean waterfall filters as part of our pond kits!
Why our easy to clean waterfall filters are the best in the market…You need something that’s as easy to maintain as it is to keep clean. Whether you have a koi pond or a water garden, our pond kits can offer you everything you’re looking for, and more. That’s why Russell Watergardens & Koi are pleased to offer you our patented, exclusive Hydro Vortex backwashable water filter system in our complete kits. The Hydro Vortex system is renowned throughout the industry as being the easiest to clean, and to maintain. In addition to being fish safe (so your beloved koi don’t get trapped!), they also come complete with all bio matter that you’ll need to get the pond started. Moreover, unlike other filters whose pads are made of polyester (which is not only difficult to clean, it falls apart easily and rarely lasts for more than 2 years), Hydro Vortex filters come equipped with FiberSilk, which never falls apart and never needs to be replaced. This, alone, will spare you the expenses you would incur with another, lesser filtration system! And because Hydro Vortex filters are backwashable, you can clean and maintain your filter without having to take it apart like you would with another filtration system. This, alone, makes the Hydro Vortex filter appealing to the discerning consumer! Best of all, Hydro Vortex filters come in a wide variety of sizes, so it’s perfect no matter how big, or small, your pond is. Not to mention, Hydro Vortex filters are affordable, and offer the most value for your dollar, since you never have to worry about changing filters or losing pieces!
Contact us today for all of your water garden and koi needs!Russell Watergardens & Koi is pleased to be your one stop shop for all of your pond filtration needs, and we’re pleased to make the process as easy for you as possible. For more information about us and our easy to clean waterfall filters, contact us today.
Picking the Right Filter for Easy to Clean Pond Systems[caption id="attachment_9387" align="alignright" width="400"] with choice of pump and backwash option[/caption] A pond is a great addition to your landscaping. But in order to keep the pond looking good and everything in and around the pond healthy, you will need to clean it regularly. Filters are an essential part of easy to clean pond systems because they do most of the hard work for you. But not all filters are as efficient or easy as others. Look for these features to ensure that you have easy to clean pond systems:
Sufficient CirculationFilters clean the water in your pond by circulating it through a system that removes anything harmful and unwanted. In general, you want all the water in your pond to circulate at least once an hour. That means you need to have a filter that is large enough or strong enough to handle the volume of water in your pond.
Fish QuantityPonds with fish swimming in them automatically get dirtier because biological waste from the fish enters the water. If your goal is to maintain easy to clean pond systems, you will need to account for the extra burden the fish create. Some filters are designed specifically to handle fish, and others will struggle to keep the water healthy. Make sure your filter can accommodate both the presence of fish and the number of fish you plan to keep.
Submerged or NotSome filters sit at the bottom of the pond while others are positioned at the top or even off to the side. A filter above the water will lead to more easy to clean pond systems because you can service and maintain the filter without having to fish it out of the water. Keep in mind, however, the in some cases submerged filters provide more cleaning power. You may spend more time cleaning the filter but will spend less time cleaning the water. Easy to clean pond systems make it a lot easier to enjoy your water feature. You spend a lot less time trying to maintain the delicate chemical balance of the pond. Plus, it looks and smells great since the water is carefully clean and restored. If you need help constructing easy to clean pond systems, contact the experts at Russell Water Gardens by calling 800-844-9314.
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