Services include but not limited due to size and various type of pond management goals for each owner or group.
Ok what does that mean? We are a new business offering consulting and services for you and your pond needs. But with the different types, sizes, shapes and pond management goals of each pond it is hard to nail down specific price. We can work by internet and email or hand on local to Erie County Pa. even small trips to surrounding cities. Any questions, concerns or needs please fill out the contact us page.
Not only consulting and helping develop a plan but also managing the pond for you if you wish, sizing for aeration systems, fountains and beneficial products for water quality and clarity. Weed problems are managed biologically, manually or by machine if desired.
There are many different products out on the market today some good some not so good. WhatPond has access to most all products from the manufacturer, some are not on the website yet since we are examining and testing what works and what doesn’t.
Please click the Contact button above, fill out the form and get started bringing your pond or lake back into shape.
Some examples are below. We may be new to offering service in the area or the internet but rest assured your pond will be treated as our own and bring years of experience on the table from WhatPond, experts and our suppliers.
Pond Aeration services from 1,000 gallons to many acres, proper design and installation.
FREE Aerial mapping where available.
Surface Aerator Display Fountain sizing and installation.
From spring start ups to fall shut downs we provide service of removing you aerator compressors, fountains, store them for winter and clean them for next year’s start up. We will check the routine maintenance items and provide a quote if any new part(s) are required to be replaced.
When spring arrives we will re- install your fountain or compressor from winter service and storage. Pricing varies on size of fountain and aeration systems.
Submerged and Emergent weed control, manual removal such as cattails and pond weeds placed your property or hauled away. Optional biologically and as a last resort chemical application as a reactive approach. (Licensed Applicator)
Water clarity supplies and products to clean and clear murky or smelly water, either applied by the pond owner or have us take care of the details. (No License or permit required)
Water color enhancement with pond dye in 3 different colors (color 4 in the future). Not simply adding a deep rich color but equally as important is adding shade helping to stop the photosynthesis process from producing algae and weeds. Additional water test for clarity using a visual secchi disc and dissolved oxygen test are also available.
Consulting and management from the backyard pond, retention ponds or group owned ponds and the farm pond as well. Working thru and listing your management goals and provided a pond management solution which you can run or let us manage your pond needs. Building a new pond? Knowing what you want is the most important but not knowing other alternatives, special needs, features or what happens in the future of the pond come into play from the beginning of design. We’ll work together to design a pond right for you and generations to come.
Light trenching used for air line installation and other shallow ditch requirements such as dog fences.
Products sold by WhatPond can be applied or installed by the owner or let us take care of the details for you, spring start ups, Scheduled Maintenance, Troubleshooting, to Winter shut downs, removals and storage for Fountains, Aeration Systems and Pond Water Treatments. Price varies depending on the systems, size, treatments and size of pond.
Pond Aeration System sizing and installation
• Keeps Water Clear and Fish Healthy
• Reduces Mucky Bottoms
• Reduces Pond Maintenance
• Reduces the Chance of Fish Kill
Reduce the foul smells
By aerial mapping we calculate your pond or lake acreage and total volume of water. From these figures we work out the proper gallon per hour to turn over the water column at minimum once per day to achieve proper aeration. Aeration systems from small Koi pond and water gardens to 6 acres are pre-designed systems. Over six acres custom aeration system will be recommended and diffuser placements mapped out. Each pond is unique in size, shape and depth and every pond will be calculated for the most efficient system. Along with the aerial mapping we can figure the compressor cabinet at the shore line or calculate friction loss and tubing size to place compressor cabinet near the power source. Then trench to the pond shore line for the correct sized direct bury tubing.
Costs vary: Order and install yourself, or let us do it for you, mileage and costs are calculated to location and size of system. To have your pond sized please submit a ticket or contact us with the pond location. Aerial mapping is Free of charge where available.
Caution…not all aeration systems, types or forms of aeration are created equal, please ask about your specific ponds needs.
With over 34 display patterns and horse power ranging from ½ to 40 hp you could find yourself a little overwhelmed and confusion can happen.
For ponds and lakes display aerators are recommended not just for the beautiful displays but aeration benefits as well. These range from ½ to 7 hp (Select Series).
Business or commercial water features not requiring aeration, fountains can be as large as 40 hp and shooting 100’ feet into the air. As with all fountains and display aerators optional lighting is available as well. Feel Free to browse Aqua Control or Aqua Master Fountains to see available fountains, display patterns and lighting options.
Water Color Enhancement
- Service involves the application of a concentrated aquatic dye (liquid) to bring a pleasing natural blue, twilight blue or black, color your pond water.
- Water color enhancement can reduce the likelihood of aquatic vegetation and algae problems by increasing the shading effect of the water.
- Applications are effective for up to 2 months unless they are diluted by a heavy rain event or flow thru of pond water.
Pond & Lake Consulting
We can do this online or in person. Visual inspection of the pond noting anything out of the ordinary as well as good features and we’ll go over your questions and work up an actionable plan to bring your pond back to life, save the fish and improve the ponds ecosystem. Included is aerial mapping design and calculation for the proper sized aeration system. Along with all your questions answered that we discussed. There are different ways to care for a pond and these will be brought to the table as well. The plan involves everything from aeration, fountain if desired, beneficial bacterias, pond dye, fish habitat even planting suggestion for erosion control and or plants to help consume excess nutrients. Weed control options as well using chemicals as the last resort.
Water Quality Includes Tests of the Following Parameters:
- Temperature (Ambient and Water)
Water temperature influences almost all other water quality parameters and is often the first data collected during a water quality analysis. Water temperature plays a role in the reproduction of most fish species and determines what fish species are able to survive in a particular pond/lake. Temperature influences the amount of oxygen the water can hold.
- Dissolved Oxygen
Dissolved oxygen (DO) is a measure of the amount of oxygen available to aquatic organisms and is reported as milligrams per liter (mg/L) or percent saturation. Percent saturation is a measure of how much oxygen is dissolved in the water relative to the maximum amount of oxygen that can be held in the water at a specific temperature. Colder water can hold more oxygen than warm water. Dissolved oxygen levels fluctuate daily and are usually lowest in the early morning hours. Does not pose a problem for most fish until levels fall below 4 mg/L. Pond/lake stratification can create distinct DO levels at different depths during the warm summer months. This includes a temperature/Do profile Showing the Do level from top to bottom.
Visibility is measured with the use of a secchi disc. A white and black disc measuring 20 cm in diameter is lowered vertically through the water until it can no longer be seen. Suspended particles reduce visibility levels. Therefore, in the absence of turbidity from silt or mud , the secchi disc serves as the international standard to indicate phytoplankton density.
- Problematic weed identification, watershed analysis for nutrient loading.
- Results are calculated and a report will be presented showing the best course of action. Reactive approach if needed. But the important side of being Proactive in a pond management program.
Costs vary on pond size and services rendered, plus mileage from Erie, Pa. 16509
Pond Weed Removal
Offering three methods to manage weeds as we cannot totally be rid of pond weeds. Why? They will come back, the same year or next year, it’s the nature of the beast. The best way to handle weeds is to manage their presence biologically, manual/mechanical and last resort with chemicals. Or have your pond sized for aeration and beneficial bacteria to help remove and lock up nutrients the weeds need to grow. This is a part of the consulting process to determine which way to approach the problem pond weeds.
A better way to help the little fry survive to grow and become “the big one”. Not only for the little guys but will also help provide shade for the fish to cool off. Fish habitat can be used by existing plants in the pond by shaping or cutting using the recommended 40% coverage. Or by adding artificial fish habitat structure and feeders if desired.
Part of the aeration installation is trenching. Using a ground saw we cut a 2 1/2″ wide by 12″ deep trench. Depending on the type soil, tree roots or rocks the price by foot varies from $1 a foot to $3 a foot.