Aqua Scapes of CT
Central Connecticut's Leading Pond Store. We install, service, maintain and fix ponds, waterfalls, and water features. We sell pond products, koi fish and aquatic plants.
Tips and Tricks for a Happy Pond
- The less you clean your filters (unless you have a canister filter) the better.
- Only clean Filter / Bio Media once a year, at the beginning of the year.
- Get your pond up and running in April or May. This way, your pond ecosystem will have a chance to get established before the weather gets too hot.
- It is common to get an algae bloom a week or two after a pond cleaning. This is because your pond has not had enough time to build up a strong colony of Beneficial Bacteria.
- Use Beneficial...
Predators Keep Eating My Fish. What Should I Do?
To stop predators from getting your fish, it is important to have a hidy cave in your pond so your fish can hide from dangerous predators. A few round rocks with a flat stone on top will make a natural yet adequate spot for your fish to hide. It is also important to have good plant coverage (ie water hyacinth, pond lilies, and marginal plants) on your pond's surface to provide extra coverage.
Net Your Pond
Although not the most aesthetically pleasing, netting your pond is the best defense against herons. Pond netting effectively...
How Deep Should My Pond Be?
Your pond should be at least 2' deep to survive the winter in Southern New England. Any depth more than 4' is excessive.
Do I Have Too Many Fish?
If you're asking yourself this question, odds are, you have too many fish...
A good rule of thumb is that you should have 1 inch of fish per 10 gallons of pond water. Meaning that a 10 inch fish should be housed in a 100 gallon pond.
Keep in mind, filtration and aeration play a large part in fish keeping so proper husbandry can result in keeping more fish in a smaller area.
Koi, although larger, are a cleaner fish compared to goldfish. However, goldfish are more hardy, so the type of fish you house...
Should I Clean My Pond Every Year?
If your pond is less than 3,000 gallons, it is recommended that you fully drain your pond every spring. The buildup of organic materials (ie leaves, fish waste, and natural debris) will leach tannins into your pond ultimately turning your pond water tea color.
For larger ponds, we recommended a partial cleaning every year with a full cleaning every 2 to 3 years.
How Many Gallons is My Pond?
Gallons = Length x Width x Average Depth x 7.48
Keep in mind, this equation assumes your pond is perfectly square. If your pond is rounded, this equation will give you a value larger than your actual gallonage. Therefore, a water meter is the most accurate way to find your pond's gallonage.
It is always safer to under treat your pond than over treat it (esp if you have fish). It is recommended to use less treatment/medication if you are unsure of your pond's gallonage.
2019 Flower Show Results
Best In Show, Most Outstanding Specimen, Best Use of Scale, Best Use of Cultural Perfection, and Excellence in Design (awarded by The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. and The Landscape Design Council)
2019 Hartford Flower & Garden Show - Stairway to Heaven
This year we are dedicating our display to a close relative and friend, Charlie Dyer, the epitome of charm. Our landscape pays tribute to his legacy and all those who were fortunate enough to have known him. In our display, a nine foot tall stairway waterfall drifting from the clouds represents a Stairway to Heaven. We are using a variety of Charlie’s favorite trees, shrubs and plants which are just waking up to help set the tone for this year’s theme, “The Charm of Spring!”
Charles E. Dyer, Jr. 88 years young, of Waterford, died peacefully...
Why is My Pond is Green?
As a disclaimer, all ponds are different and the following information may vary from pond to pond.
The Short Answer
In general, a pond will turn pea soup green due to: inadequate filtration, lack of aeration, unbalanced water chemistry, not enough plant life, too many fish, lack of general maintenance, improper climate (ie full sun), and/or deficient good bacteria.
The Long Answer
Wether your buying a professional pond kit or piecemealing your pond together, people often make the mistake of skimping on the important...
How Do I Find a Leak in My Pond?
To find a leak in your pond, you must first turn off the pump and let the pond sit for a day. If the water level in the pond drops, you know the leak is in the pond. If the water level of the pond does not drop, your leak is in the waterfall or plumbing.
If you determine the leak to be in the pond, leave the pump off and let the water level drop until it stops losing water. The leak is going to be found at this level of the pond. You will need to look for a hole or puncture in your pond liner. If you find a hole, you will...
How To Winterize My Pond?
When it comes to caring for your pond fish in winter, the most important thing is to always keep a hole in the ice on the pond's surface. This allows the fish to get oxygen and prevents toxic gases from building up in the pond. The following options will key a hole in the ice.
One thing to think about, products can/do fail. Therefore it is important to always have a backup option. We recommended using 2 of the options listed below, plugged into separate gfi outlets. This way if one option fails, or trips the gfi, you have a backup...
Learn Build Earn
March 23, 2018 - Aqua Scapes of CT, LLC will be hosting a Learn Build Earn event at 505 William Street, Portland, CT 06480 at 9:00am. During the event, you will receive one-on-one attention from experienced Aquascape instructors.
Spring Pond Cleaning
It is important to clean your pond on a yearly basis to prevent a buildup of debris and nutrients which cause algae blooms, poor water quality, and can harm your fish. Do not wait for a problem to arise, prevent it and sign up for your spring pond cleaning today.
2018 Hartford Flower Show Results
Best In Show, Most Outstanding Specimen, Best Use of Moving Water, Best Use of Aquatic Plants, Best Use of Texture, Best Use of Color, Best Use of Cultural Perfection, and Excellence in Design (awarded by The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. and The Landscape Design Council)
2017 Farm Photos 2
Our front pond, koi fish in our pond, goat pen, baby robins, Sandy Hook Memorial Fountain and Garden, small pond and waterfall
2017 Farm Photos
Sandy Hook Memorial Fountain and Garden, chicken and duck coop, summer vegetable garden, colorful flower garden, basalt column fountain, spring vegetable garden
Winter Is Here
East Hampton, CT - 5,000 gallon pond with split stream waterfall - overstocked with fish, adequate filtration, an established ecosystem, and good homeowner care
To build this, you need: 6000 Aquascape Biofalls, 1000 Aquascape Skimmer, 5000gph Pump, liner (1000 sqft), underlayment (1000 sqft), tubing (2" by 25'), check-valve (2"), pond boulders (), pond gravel (), flat waterfall stones (6), full lighting kit (36 watt minimum total output - optional)
Pond in Prospect
We built this 60' by 30' koi pond and patio in Prospect, Connecticut back in 2008.
Pond Cleaning in East Haddam
Tucker and the homeowner talk pond in this panorama of an 8,000 gallon swimming pond in East Haddam, Connecticut.
We did a full cleaning on this swimming pond in East Haddam, CT back in June 2017. We used a 2000 gallon storage tank to accommodate and house 30+ koi and 100 goldfish during the cleaning. The homeowner recently purchased the property and wanted to see the bottom of their pond for the first time. While the new owners don't plan on doing much swimming in this pond, we hope to fully rock in and update this...
Pond in Somers, CT
35 degrees and windy, the elements do not faze her.
Pond in Downtown Hartford
Even in the city, you can have a pond. Fall netting and winterization.
Rainbow Over Our Farm in Portland, CT
Planting a Sheep Pond in Portland
Sara posing with some sheep.
Patio in Westbrook
Patio and walkway at the Westbrook Hunt Club
Sheet Drop - Waterfall Rebuild in Glastonbury
2011 Hartford Flower Show - Simple Pondless Waterfall
Fountain in Madison
Glastonbury Koi Pond
Check out this cool Gerald Darby Iris
Split Stream in Middletown
Front Waterfall at Aqua Scapes of CT in Portland
Medium Pond in Glastonbury
Took an overgrown mud pit and turned it into a 100' by 80' pond using existing rock from the property. Pressure relief valves to intake ground water, overflow stream, and aeration unit. Plants, fish, and 100' stream to come.
Waterfall Rebuild in Chester
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Jesse Building a Pond in East Haddam
Pond in the Rain
Front Pond in 2014
Spring Pond Cleaning in West Hartford
Rocky Hill Pond
Ecosystem ponds work with Mother Nature to provide food, shelter, and safety to the wildlife around it. It also provides an all-natural, low-maintenance piece of paradise. Every piece of the ecosystem puzzle must be present in order for a true ecosystem to be in place. Eliminate one of these elements and you
Pondless Waterfall Installation
A Pondless Waterfall is simply a re-circulating waterfall or stream without the presence of a pond. The waterfall works by pumping water contained in a large, in-ground reservoir up and through the Waterfall Spillway, allowing the water to flow back down into the reservoir. This simple recirculation system requires very little maintenance, is easy to install, and ideal for families with young children or pets that love to play in water.
Enjoy the beauty and soothing sounds of a pondless waterfall from any location in your yard....
Waterfall Rebuild in Glastonbury
2016 Fall Garden
Garden in the Spring vs Garden in the Fall
Patios and Walkways
Rock Bridge Over Pond
Tractor Work in Westbrook
Fall Pond Netting
Did you know we offer complete Fall netting services? Let us do the work for you! It is important to take certain precautions when it comes to closing your pond until Spring arrives. Our netting services aid in this process. We will trim back your aquatic plants, clean out your filters, remove your pump(s), and net your pond or pondless waterfall to help keep out falling leaf debris. Netting your pond can also help keep unwanted critters and the dreaded heron from feasting on your fish.
In addition to netting, we also have aerators and...
2018 Hartford Flower & Garden Show - Happy Trails
The Convention Center will be transformed into a breathtaking event for floral and garden enthusiasts.
This will be Aqua Scapes of CT, LLC's 19th continuous year showcasing our water-features and landscaping skills.
2018's CT Flower & Garden Show (February 22, 2018 - February 25, 2018) is sure to be our best yet! We will be dedicating our entire display in memory of our wonderful friend Craig Beck. As co-owner and operator of CJ Grounds Maintenance Company, Craig worked tirelessly alongside us year after year to help...
Aqua Scapes of CT, LLC is the leading distributor of professional pond products, koi fish and aquatic plants in Connecticut. We have a six acre aquatic nursery in Portland, CT where we stock the full line of Aquascape pond and waterfalls kits, fountains, maintenance supplies, replacement parts, pumps, and water treatments.
Our company foundation was built on a simple premise... keep it simple, and work with nature, not against her. The relationship between building a pond, and respecting how nature intended it to work, is fundamental...
Robert Townsend began his career began over 30 years ago with his own landscaping business. Always on the lookout for new challenges and opportunities, in 1991 Rob built his first pond. So satisfying was the planning and execution of this project, his mind was made up to enter a new phase of landscaping design. He began his search for information on Pond Ecosystems.
In 1996 Rob attended what would be the first of many seminars presented by Aquascape Inc. The show so impressed Rob, it took little time for him to make Water Gardens...
I currently manage Aqua Scapes of CT, LLC and this website. I am responsible for service calls, pond/waterfall builds, pond maintenance, inventory, product returns, and shipping. I have extensive experience with service/maintenance calls, construction jobs, trade shows, lawn maintenance, and snow plowing. I am also responsible for the care of some 1000 koi fish and 100 species of aquatic plants as well as a variety of farm animals.
Our Farm Animals
We have such an abundance of life on our six acre farm! In addition to our aquatic plants and koi fish, Aqua Scapes of CT is home to three goats, a bunny, seven ducks and so many chickens we've lost count!
VIDEO - Watch How We Build a Pond
This day one year ago it snowed!
Lotus vs Water Lilies - They Are Not The Same!
Lotus grow up and out of the water. Water lilies grow on the water's surface. Lotus are tubers. Lilies are rhizomes. Plant your lotus plants in a mucky substrate a few inches below the waterline. Lotus prefer a dirt/sand substrate and should be fertilized to promote larger foliage and more blooms.
Water lilies grow well in 18" of water and love sunlight. The more muck & sludge in the pond, the bigger they will grow.
What a Difference a Year Makes
2017 Flower Show Results
Best Landscape Design, Best Use of Perspective, Best Use of Moving Water, Best Use of Aquatic Plants, Best Use of Creative Features, and Favorite Landscape Award from WFSB Channel 3
2017 Flower Show
Come check out our landscape display at the Hartford Flower Show. We will be at the Connecticut Convention Center until Sunday.
No backyard pond would be complete without fish! Stop by our farm in Portland, CT any time of year to check out our fish. These are not your everyday pet store varieties! We have from 3"-4" baby Koi and smaller Sarasa Comets to Jumbo Koi and Channel Catfish. We carry a large range to fit any size pond. Some of our more popular varieties include; standard and butterfly fin Koi (Choice - Elite Grade), pond and Sarasa Comets, Goldfish and fancy (fantail) Goldfish, Shubunkin, and Blue and Albino Catfish, We often also have Trapdoor Snails, Tadpoles,...
In New England, tropical plants such as canna, papyrus, and banana plants won't survive a cold winter. To help them along, it is smart to bring them inside to your house, garage or basement. As long as their roots don't freeze, they will survive.
I cut off my lotus pod about a week after they lose their flowers. When the seeds start drying up in the pods, its been too long.
After I remove the seed, I set them aside for a few weeks, then I sandpaper or cut into one side, not too deep, but enough to puncture the outter skin. I put the seed in about an inch of water, in a shady spot.
They start sprouting in 4-7 days usually. The seeds should look similar to the one in this picture, dark, plump, and should feel firm.
Our Farm Dog Remy
Sandy Hook Memorial Fountain
'When Sandy Hook happened the next day I awoke with one thought and a vision. The thought was that I wanted to create something that would celebrate and honor those who lost their lives. The vision was the fountain with each component of it chosen specifically for the healing properties and symbolism associated with it':
Quartz base - transforms and energizes, empowers and attunes chakras, amplifies prayers and reminds us we are spiritual beings;
Iris flowers (representing the 6 adults) - iris means eye of heaven,...
Check Out This Japanese Maple Copper Fountain
Christmas Tree Farm
35th Annual Flower and Garden Show
By Sam Kantrow, Meteorologists for WTNH Connecticut News
Well the wind chill value this afternoon was around 20 degrees but I
Hartford Courant: Not a Blade Out of Place
Austin Foose arranges sod around a display for the 36th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center Wednesday, in preparation for the show
How We Keep Our Ponds So Clear
Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria contains 8 pure strains of concentrated beneficial bacteria, including PSB bacteria and enzymes. This combination of natural cleaners helps to maintain a strong biological balance in your pond. Because ornamental water gardens are enclosed ecosystems, sometimes factors like fish load, uneaten fish food, organics such as leaves, sludge and unwanted debris may disrupt the balance. Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria maintains a strong biological balance; providing clean, clear and healthy water conditions. PSB (Photo Synthetic...
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Installation Tools (20)
Liner and Underlayment (38)
Pipe and Plumbing (33)
Pond Kits (8)
Pondless Waterfall Kits (7)
Preditor Control (2)
Rainwater Harvesting Systems (11)
Seasonal Care (9)
Water Treatments (134)