Bluegill Stunting

BLG-no-bg-400One of the most common problems reported by pond owners is Bluegill stunting. Many people even avoid stocking this species because they have heard that this is inevitable. However, if Bluegill do stunt, it is a sign that there is a problem in the pond.

Pond Kits

Pond-flattenedPond Kits are a great way to be sure you have all the materials necessary to build your pond.

Complete Pond Kits: We carry 13 different complete pond kits, ranging from 6’x6’ to 21’x26’. See our selection below for the one that fits your project, and click on the item for

Buy Live Koi and Goldfish

take-cover-koi2Keystone Hatcheries LLC is one of the largest fish farms in the Upper Midwest. We raise quality domestic Koi originally from Japanese Brood-stock in a bio-secure manner to prevent

Identify Pond Weeds and Algae

filamentous Learn to identify the aquatic vegetation that is causing you problems, learn about control options, find a treatment plan and purchase products to control the vegetation in your pond.

Controlling Pond Algae in Koi Ponds and Water Gardens

planktonicThere are 2 main types of algae that affect Koi Ponds and Water Gardens. We have broken down into the following groups:

Algae Control in Lakes and Ponds

filamentousThere are several types of algae that affect ponds and lakes. Generally, they are broken down into the following groups:

Floating Aquatic Weeds

duckweedFloating Aquatic Weeds are loved by some and hated by others. It seems ironic, but millions of dollars are spent each year both purchasing and killing this variety of plant. Below is a listing of some of the common types:

Emergent Aquatic Weeds

typha-latifoliaEmergent Weeds are critically important to many aquatic habitats. They provide spawning areas for adult fish, cover for smaller organisms, and they purify water in wetlands all over the world. Emergent Weeds are also great stabilizers of shoreline areas and they provide a buffer zone, which helps clean the run-off entering the water body. But some are also a nuisance, including invasive species, such as Purple Loosestrife. Below are descriptions of the more common types and their control options:

Identify and Control Submerged Aquatic Weeds

vallisineria-americanaAlong with Algae, this is the category of aquatic vegetation that most frequently causes pond owners problems. There are invasive species, such as Eurasian Watermilfoil, and many beneficial native species. Usually, the biggest problems arise when people kill off all the native aquatic vegetation, which just opens the door for invasive species and algae to proliferate. Always consider what will grow next before killing aquatic weeds.

Submitting an Aquatic Weed Sample

If you are unsure of the identification of an aqautic weed, you can send a prepared sample via US Mail or UPS. To do this, collect a sample of the weed in question, pat with a paper towel to remove excess moisture, and put the sample in a sealed plastic bag. If there is more than one type of weed, put each in its own plastic bag, marked Sample A, Sample B, et cetera, and make note of which is which so you know what we are refering to in our recommendations.

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