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Pond Supplies, Japanere Koi, Pond Plants & Much More
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Chinese Goldfish Are Here!
Finally, after several years, Chinese goldfish are once again allowed into Canada. When Canada tightened the procedures on ornamental fish imports a few years ago, China did not comply with all the regulations – until now.

We have a nice selection of goldfish varieties such as Orandas, Ranchu, Lionheads, Butterfly Tails, Celestial eye and Crown Pearlscale.

Check out the pictures and videos at the link below

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Free Shipping.
For a limited time, we are offering free shipping on orders over $300 for Canadian customers. Our free shipping promotion is only on for a limited time, so purchase your spring pond products now - before it’s over.
Free shipping does not apply to the following products:
- Pond liner
- Plants
Free shipping is applied to orders shipped within Canada only.

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Simple Solution to Clear Pond Water

Ponds are often quite murky in the spring and early summer. After a long winter with no filtration, ponds are usually full of fine particles floating in the water, which cause murky brown cloudy water. These fine particles are often small enough to pass right through many pond filters so your pond water can remain cloudy for quite some time. If you want to clear your pond water quickly and easily here is a simple solution.

Fine Filter Pads and RapiClear.
Using Fine filter Pads and RapiClear Pond Flocculent together provide a 1-2 punch that clears pond water fast. Fine filter pads are very dense so they are able to pick up very small particles. RapiClear is made from an all-natural polymer that causes suspended particles to ‘clump’ together so that they are more easily filtered out of the water, a process called ‘flocculation’. When you use combine these 2 products and use them together, cloudy water doesn't stand a chance.

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#Ponds , #WaterGardens     #KoiPondexperts  

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Show Off Your Pond!

Upload and share your favourite pond picture with us. It could be a photo of anything pond related, such as your koi, goldfish, pond wildlife, waterfall, plants or filtration system.

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Important Pond Temperatures in Spring

Spring is a critical season for your pond, especially with regards to pond temperatures and koi and goldfish. After a long winter of cold water temperatures, not eating and sometime less than ideal water quality, koi and goldfish are susceptible to parasites and bacteria. During the winter months when water temperatures are below 40 F, koi and goldfishes’ metabolisms slow right down and their immune systems are dormant. Luckily, pretty much everything else in the pond is dormant during the winter, including the ‘bad’ disease causing bacteria such as Aeromonas / Pseudomonas as well as many common parasites.

Important Pond Temperatures
- 40 F and below – very little activity in the pond
- 48 F – Aeromonas – ulcer causing bacteria become active and multiply
- 50 F – Costia – a common pond parasite begins to reproduce quickly. Flukes are slowly reproducing.
- 50 F – Nitrosomonas a good bacteria in your pond and filter that convert Ammonia into Nitrite become active
- 50-55 F – Koi and goldfish should have ‘awakened’ and begin to feed. Their immune system is starting to work again. Start using cold water bacteria to jump seed filters with good bacteria
- 58 F – Nitrobacter the good bacteria that converts Nitrite into Nitrate in your pond is becoming active
- 60-64 F – Other parasites become active (Ich, Trichodina and Chillodonella)
- 65 F – Fishes’ immune systems are getting stronger – up to 50% of full strength and can fight off most typical bacterial and parasites in the pond if water quality is good.

#Ponds‪   #Koi   #WaterGardens   #KoiPondExperts‬  

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How to Build a Winter Pond Cover

A winter pond cover is a simple structure that helps to protect your koi and goldfish from extreme winter temperatures. Not only does it dramatically reduce or eliminate the formation of ice on the pond, but it also extends the growing season for both fish and plants. Using a winter pond cover in northern climates often allows you start feeding your fish up to a month earlier each spring, allowing koi and goldfish to come out of dormancy and build up their strength earlier each year.

Click below for instructions how to design and build a winter cover for your pond

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Thermo Pond Heaters / De-icers on Sale

Our Thermo Pond Heaters / De-Icers are now on sale for just $59.99, plus for a limited time receive 2 packets of  Microbe Lift Professional Blend Dry Bacteria free with every Thermo Pond heater purchased.

Thermo Pond Heaters / De-Icers

Our most popular heater for keeping an opening in the ice during the winter. They are very energy efficient, the using only 100 watts of electricity. Other units can use as much as 1500 watts. That means huge savings on your electric bill. Thermo-Pond 3.0 are designed for ponds up to 1000 gallons, use an additional Thermo-Pond for each additional 1000 gallons of water or use in together with a pond aerator.

Microbe Lift Professional Blend Dry Bacteria

These beneficial bacteria packets contain cellulase enzymes, hyper cellulase producing bacteria and a cold weather bacteria (psychrophile) to accelerate the breakdown of leaves, small twigs, sediment and other accumulated dead organic waste.Microbe-Lift/Professional Blend Dry can be used as a stand-alone product, combined with our Liquid Microbe-Lift/Professional Blend Liquid (PBL) in the spring, or used in winter as well.

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Wintering Koi Indoors? Now Is The Time

Thinking about wintering koi indoors this year? Last winter was so harsh that many people lost some or all of their koi and goldfish from to the extreme conditions. Judging by the reports from our local customers, the majority of people in Ontario suffered major fish losses in their ponds. It’s no wonder that many people are nervous about leaving their koi outside this winter. If the predictions come true and we have another extremely cold winter again, then wintering koi indoors might be a good idea.

If you are planning to winter your koi indoors this year, now is the time to bring them inside. It is a good idea to bring koi and goldfish indoors before the temperatures outside get too cold and the fish go into their winter dormancy. Brining  fish inside now will help reduce the amount of stress from a sudden change in temperature – going from very cold water to warm water.

Read the rest of the article at the link below 

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Tropical Water Lilies 
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Cool Water? Feed Your Fish a Spring & Fall Food

Water temperatures in most ponds are still quite cool, so it is best to feed a wheat germ based food, often referred to as spring & fall fish food / cold water fish food to your koi and goldfish. Why feed a wheat germ food you may ask? Wheat germ is easily digested by koi and goldfish. In colder water, koi and goldfish’s metabolisms are slow and they have a hard time digesting the rich proteins found in summer foods. As a result, they don’t absorb as many nutrients from the food and they produce more waste which can lead to water quality issues. Feeding a wheat germ based food allows fish to properly digest the food and in turn produce less waste. So check, your water temperature and feed a quality Spring and Fall fish food between 9°C/48°F and 18°C/65°F, then gradually switch over to your favourite summer food.
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