We’ve added a couple more How-To Videos to our YouTube page. Check out these two on checking your water’s pH and netting your pond. Stay tuned for more!
Pond Care for the Spring is a quick and easy guide that will help you work through everything you need to know when it comes to Spring Maintenance. Is algae your problem? This page identifies the 3 types of common pond algae and explains how to deal with them.
We’ve got a brand new video up. The topic: Pond Cleaning 101. See it here.
At Falling Water Gardens we sell both domestic and Japanese koi. This being said, we commonly get asked the question, “What’s the difference between Japanese and domestic koi?” On the surface the answer is easy. Japanese koi are grown in, and imported from Japan. Domestic koi are bred and grown here in the States. Genetically, there really is no difference between the two. They share the same DNA. However, it is thought that domestic koi are better acclimated to the viral, bacterial and parasitic environment found in the U.S.
In the marketplace, Japanese koi typically fetch a higher price. Of course shipping costs factor in to this, but let’s look at one basic fact. The Japanese have been breeding koi for hundreds of years. It’s safe to assume that they know what they’re doing. That’s not to say there are no quality breeders in the U.S. There are domestic breeders who charge every bit as much money as the Japanese, but as a general rule you’ll pay less for our domestic friends.
We’ve established that the two are basically the same, so why do Falling Water Garden’s Japanese koi appear more brilliant than their domestic counterparts? One factor may be that koi farmers in Japan tend to be more demanding and cull more of the young koi than is typical here, so that the yield per pond is much lower there. Their experience is difficult to deny.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter where your fish come from. The point is to enjoy them. Their country of origin cannot take away the fact that koi are beautiful and majestic creatures who have an extremely calming effect on us humans! So why not visit us at Falling Water Gardens and pick up a few new friends?
Raccoons and herons can be very troublesome to fish keepers. We offer a number of products to keep unwanted visitors away from the pond.
The ScareCrow® motion-activated sprinkler automatically detects deer, racoons, heron, dogs and more as they approach, and repels them with a short but startling burst of water. The sudden noise, movement and spray scares animals away, teaching them to avoid the area in future.It works day and night without chemicals or unsightly barriers and operates up to six months on a single 9 volt battery. We offer the ScareCrow for $89.
The Advantek 2 pack of galvanized live animal traps features two sizes of live animal traps in a single pack. Catch & release traps are a humane and efficient means of relocating unwanted and troublesome animals. Just $50!
The Fido Shock fence system installs easily by enclosing the area you wish to protect with a single strand of non-insulated wire which is affixed to but insulated from short posts around the area. Drive a grounding rod into the ground, connect the fence wire and grounding rod to the fence charger, plug it in, and your area is protected from pets and other animals. The Fido Shock system works by administering a memorable, but safe electric shock to any animal touching the boundary wire. We have the system at Falling Water Gardens for $74.
So you’ve run out of fish food. Your koi are frenzily surfacing with sucking mouths, expecting their nurishment. What to do?
Koi will eat more than just fish food. In the fruit department, koi have been known to gorge on oranges, grapefruit and watermelon. Yes, really! They also enjoy vegetables such as peas and romaine lettuce. Chicken also goes over well with the colorful swimmers. Heck, even Cheerios will do in a bind.
Do not try feeding your fish dog or cat food. These foods are not well suited for them.
So now you know. If you can’t immediately make it out to Falling Water Gardens to stock up on food, just take a look in the pantry and see what you can dig up!