The greatest benefit of using an Ecosystem is that it actually does the routine maintenance for you!
As the skimmer holds the pump, it continuously sweeps the surface clean depositing unsightly debris in a catch bag for easy removal.
Additionally, as the water is pumped through the BIOFALLS® unit, microscopic bacteria go to work scrubbing the pond clean of green water. By combining both mechanical and biological filtration, the Ecosystem does the maintenance for you, reducing your work and increasing your enjoyment.
The Cleansweep Skimmer Filter is the lowest maintenance, most user-friendly design on the market today. It is the only skimmer available with an overflow design, a low maintenance horizontal filter pad and an optional accurate pond level fill valve.
The bulkhead fitted overflow allows you to set the pond level exactly, while eliminating pond edge erosion. A horizontal filter design does not prevent water from reaching the pump and burning it out.
Unlike imitation vertical mats, which require substantially more maintenance, the water level above the filter mat is always true. This design allows a fill valve to only activate when the pond water level is low, preventing the problem of continously running fill valves.
A spring-loaded mechanical weir can easily be removed to allow more water flow to reach larger pumps, or to allow the pumps to be run during low water conditions. The weir design has been proven to be the most effective in spa and swimming pool applications and has proven to hold up to the test of time without deterioration.
The skimmer’s high-density polyethylene construction is firm, but flexes during freeze-thaw cycles or shifting earth. It will never crack, unlike rigid fiberglass designs, which can easily crack over time.
The single greatest benefit of the skimmer is how it hides the mechanics of the pond while substantially reducing the pond’s maintenance.
We began designing plant pockets into our ponds as a way to get rid of unsightly planting containers. Plant pockets, around 6 inches deep and filled with soil, promote health in plant development by allowing the roots to spread through surrounding gravel, unlike containerized plants, which can quickly become root-bound.
Marginal plants can be planted directly in the gravel. Their roots will spread throughout the gravel, cleaning the pond by using nutrients and growing vigorously.
A strong 45-mil EPDM liner is the best choice for most pond installations.
Unlike concrete, it is easy and inexpensive to install and won’t crack. When covered with stone, it has a 40 year life expectancy.
If a leak ever were to occur, a simple inner-tube patch kit can make it as good as new.
A woven, needle punched underlayment forms a soft padding for the liner.
Unlike newspapers, it’s quick to install.
Unlike sand, it completely covers the vertical areas of the pond shelves.
And, unlike carpet padding, it allows gases to escape out the sides while looking more professional.
Fish, like Koi and goldfish, can be successfully kept, and even bred in water that is only two feet deep as far north as Zone 4 (MN).
Adding rocks and gravel to a pond solves many traditional pond problems. Contrary to popular opinion, adding rocks and gravel reduces pond maintenance.
Gravel, unlike a smooth pond liner, provides surface area for bacteria to colonize. Fish waste and other organic matter that settles to the pond bottom gets broken down by the bacteria living there. Anaerobic sludge is therefore decreased naturally the way nature intended it to be.
Additionally, covering the pond liner with gravel protects the liner from harmful UV rays and damage from animals and other sharp objects. The rocks and gravel also help hold down the liner during high ground water conditions and create areas for fish to hide when predators come around.
Finally, a stone bottom looks far more natural and is safer to walk on than an exposed slippery rubber liner.
Aquaclearer bacteria naturally balances the pond and S.A.B. breaks down long string algae growing in the pond.
The BIOFALLS® revolutionized pond filtration by becoming the first biological filter that, when installed, becomes a water-fall.
Its design includes a molded shelf allowing for easy stone placement, which completely camouflages the unit. A multi media filtration area consisting of three filter pads, bags for lava rocks and, finally, an area for floating or marginal plants, is extremely effective at filtering the water.
A new improved molded stone with a ribbed surface twists the water naturally as it flows back towards the pond.
There is no need for messy liner tape; the locking snout on the BIOFALLS® provides a leak-proof method of attaching the liner to the BIOFALLS®. Its high-density polyethylene construction is firm, but flexes during freeze-thaw cycles or shifting earth. It will never crack, unlike rigid fiberglass designs, which can easily crack over time.
The single greatest benefit of the BIOFALLS® is how much easier and faster it allows you to create beautiful waterfalls.