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Plants & Fish Are Here

Plants & Fish Are Here

The Pond Store is in full bloom!  We just received our shipments of plants and koi fish.  We are now well stocked with various sizes of koi fish and plant varieties including rushes, lilies, and water lettuces.  Stop by The Pond Store to get your pond ready for spring!

We offer FREE SHIPPING from our website to all of our clients!  If there are any pond care products you need, place an order at www.markthepondguy.com


Spring Pond Cleanouts

Mark the Pond Guy and his crew have begun spring-time pond cleanouts.  Now is a great time to get that algae growth under control before the spring weather comes and causes even more algae multiplication.  Doing a pond cleanout now will lower your year-round maintenance and create a more balanced ecosystem.  In addition, now is the best time for your fish.  We would love to schedule you into our cleanout agenda.  Call now at 253.863.3499.  Below is a complete list of what a pond cleanout includes:

Your pond cleanout includes:

  • Draining the pond
  • Catching fish
  • Pressure washing bigger rocks
  • Rinsing gravel
  • Cleaning/replacing filters
  • Cutting back/removing dead pond plants
  • Fertilizing pond plants
  • Adding salt/dechlorinator
  • Adding first dose of beneficial bacteria
  • Other services/products are available for an additional charge

Enter to win a Pondless Waterfall Kit!

Follow the link to our web site where you can enter to win a customized kit to create a Pondless Waterfall in your own yard!

Enter drawing…

Keeping Your Fish Alive This Winter

As a pond owner, you are now faced with the responsibility of winterizing your pond.  This task includes fish maintenance.  It is that time of year to reduce and eventually stop fish feedings. 

ABCPonds.com explains why:  ” The metabolism of fish is controlled by the water temperature. During cooler months fish do not require much protein and excess protein consumed is generally excreted in the form of ammonia. Due to the inactivity of beneficial bacteria throughout winter months the ammonia in the water keeps building up causing the fish to die eventually. In order to prevent this situation, make sure you start feeding your fish lesser every day. Stop feeding them when the temperature starts to sour (Below 40 – 45 degrees Fahrenheit).”

Mark the Pond Guy has already stopped feeding his fish.  If you have any questions or concerns about your fish, please contact the Pond Store any time!

Sneak-Peak at Mark the Pond Guy’s Latest Project

Mark the Pond Guy is currently overseeing and participating in the construction of an 8-feet-deep swimming pond.  Using 2 excavators, and 6-member crew, Mark works steadily to complete the project in just 2 weeks.  

On the second day of the project, Heather, Mark’s daughter, checked out the job site.  The men were rolling out the liner when she arrived.  She reported that the project was very much under control.  She and her sisters helped build the rain tanks.

The winter time does not slow down Mark the Pond Guy!  Here are some pictures of the project:

Fall To-Do List

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and fall is now upon us! This is a beautiful time of the year, as nature begins to prepare itself for the long cold winter months ahead. Sometimes it can be confusing trying to figure out what needs to be done to your pond to get it ready for winter, so we’ve simplified the Fall Maintenance Process to help you out.
  • As leaves fall from nearby trees, you’ll probably have to empty the debris net every day to keep up with the influx of leaves. Another option to prevent a buildup of leaves is to install some Pond Netting, which comes in several different sizes to fit your pond.
  • Have an Aerator on hand for the cold snaps that are sure to come. Aeration is very important during winter months, as aeration helps to keep a small hole open in the surface of the pond to aid in degassing.
  • Switch over to feeding your fish a cold water fish food, such as our Cold Water Fish Food. Their digestive systems are in the process of shutting down, so a food formulated for the colder temperatures will help them to make the transition.
  • Lastly, take some extra measures to ensure your aquatic plants make it through the winter months with a ThermoPlanter, available at The Pond Store.

Letter from the Pondless® Waterfall Winner

Note from Mark The Pond Guy: Every year, my company holds a drawing for a free Pondless® Waterfall. This year, the lady who won the Pondless® wrote this letter to us and I thought I would share it.

When Mark called me to say I’d won the pond, I was shocked, surprised & excited all at the same time.

But then I had to think about what I was going to do with a pond. My 1st thought was my back yard, but I already have a natural pond in my back yard.

Then I remembered that about 3 years ago my mom (JoAnne Brown) started this rock wall in front of my sisters house, (whom she lived with).

She wanted to build a waterfall & pond, but only got as far as the rocks before she passed away in July of ’08. So I called my sister & said we can finish mama’s waterfall & we can finally spread some of her ashes there. That wall has been her memorial & my sister Sheryl, her husband Lucky, myself & the entire family will be able to gather around & look at the wonderful beauty she has always cherished.

Thank you so much Mark & everyone at “The Pond Store” for bringing a little piece of Heaven into our hearts & allowing mama’s waterfall to be finished!

Thank you,