Archives for October 2012

Wonderful Product!

I have used and sold Pond Armor for the past 6 years, on my personal ponds and countless client ponds ! Wonderful product and Butch is great with tech support. Many uses for this product ! Seals great and provide an environment that is good for the fish !

Spend the money now, or spend it later with having to replace and fix the “other sealers”.

Happy fish equal Happy Customers !

Donita Blalock, Koi Koi Living Jewels, El Cajon CA

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Water Filtration: Keeping Your Aquarium Clean and Healthy

As an aquarium owner, you’ve got a bit of a balancing act to perform whether you’ve got a freshwater or saltwater aquarium – keeping temperatures at the right level, managing pH levels and attending to the specific needs of the inhabitants, whether they’re coral or clown fish. Not to mention, keeping the water free of pollutants and bacteria is vital to the health of your aquarium. You can make sure the substrate is clean and sterile, see to it that you use a non-toxic lining material for the base and take various other safety measures but even the cleanest-looking aquarium will need water filtration to keep things on an even keel over time.

Common Aquarium Water Quality Problems

pH Imbalance: The pH is particularly important since fish can easily die off or become ill with even a slight shift. Various factors like water hardness and waste from fish can readily cause a pH shift.

Nitrites and Nitrates: Nitrites and nitrates can cause health problems or even kill fish if not kept under control, whether due to bacteria breaking down fish waste products or due to the water introduced into the tank.

Phosphates: While phosphates aren’t dangerous to fish directly, they serve as a source of nourishment for algae in the aquarium which can lead to algal blooms that consume the oxygen in the tank, leaving little or none for the fish.

Bacteria: Some bacteria are beneficial to the health of your tank, but others introduced via the water supply can be potentially dangerous.

How Water Filtration Keeps Your Aquarium Healthy

Depending on the water quality in your area, you have a range of options to help prevent problems with your water before it even enters the aquarium.

Reverse Osmosis: Reverse osmosis systems have become an increasingly popular choice with aquarium owners since reverse osmosis removes a wide variety of contaminants, rendering the water very safe for use in an aquarium. However, reverse osmosis also removes minerals and other trace nutrients that may be needed by fish and other aquarium dwellers, necessitating additives to your aquarium to restore them. It also is not totally effective against phosphates, often necessitating the use of a deionization filter as well.

Deionization: Deionization operates similarly to a “standard” water softener – it neutralizes phosphates, producing water that is free of these ions that can contribute to algae growth. Deionizers are often paired with reverse osmosis since the two methods combined can produce almost 100% pure water that simply needs some additives to restore lost minerals that are essential to aquarium health.

Water Softening: Hard water can cause pH shifts and harm your fish – making water softening via a deionizer particularly important if your water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium.

Ulraviolet Treatment: While medications and additives can prevent bacterial growth, they can also cause added stress to the fish or even discolor lining materials. Ultraviolet filtration passes aquarium water over a UV emitter, killing bacteria naturally without the use of additives.

Justin Krutz writes about a variety of water filtration solutions for use in the home including reverse osmosis systems and water softeners for aquarium use.

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Setting Goals for a Pond Shield Epoxy Project

With as many things that could possibly be happening during the life of any project, things can quickly get out of hand and disorganized if an over-all plan is not in place.  That is why it is so important for setting goals for a Pond Shield Epoxy project. It is very easy to do, in fact as easy as making a shopping list.

The first thing that needs to be done is to divide the over-all project into pieces that are better managed on a level alone. For example, the easiest breakdown would be to section of the project into three sections: surface preparation, coating application and inspection. Of course any of these tasks can also be broken into smaller tasks if it benefits the project.

Surface Preparation – The goal will more than likely be one of those items that require a span of days. It is best to check the calendar for availability of both crew and equipment depending upon your particular project. It is also recommended that the scheduling not be broken up over different parts of the week. Once the crew begins, breaking their momentum could quite possibly slow the surface preparation down. It is best to schedule work to be done over a consecutive set of days.

Coating Application – In regards to total days to coat, this will be dependant upon the size of the project. If the total surface area of the floor of the project is too large to properly apply the coating to in one day, then this process must also be broken up over a span of days. The only time this may not be a factor is if the crew performing the application has the equipment to traverse the surface of the coating while it is still uncured. It is in this manner that the days scheduled for the application process can be cut back. The step should also be scheduled as soon after the surface preparation is complete as possible so that extra time is not spent to clean the surface a second time prior to the coating application.

Surface Inspection – Any under water service coating will have to be inspected thoroughly before the project is put back into service. Goal setting here will mainly revolve around the total square footage of the project as it takes a varied amount of time to inspect every single square foot of surface area properly. Smooth surfaces can be completed quicker where rougher surfaces will take additional time. The general rule of thumb is that it takes approximately 3-6 seconds to completely inspect one single square foot of surface area. Unlike the previous portions of the project, this task can be broken into various days as needed, again this step being dependant upon the size of the project. However it is crucial that this step be completed correctly or the waterproofing project will have issues and no amount of goal setting with the project will correct that.

So set proper goals for the Pond Shield epoxy project that you are under taking. It will mean the difference between the project ultimately lasting longer than it should and being completed in a timely manner. Discuss these goals with all of the people involved with the project to ensure that they are all focused on the same time constraints.

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