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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Waterfall Wednesday is here again. Here is a Waterfall from a recent project. This new Pond needed a powerful biological filter to handle a decent sized fish load, ie; LOTS of Koi… So we specified a customized Bog, aka: Constructed Wetland Filter! Large boulders, cobblestone, washed river gravel & booku  Aquatic Plants!! 
It turned out Beautiful! 👇🏻

This beautiful Waterfall flows from an Awesome natural filter, known as a Constructed Wetland Filter. It doesn’t really look like a filter per se’, it looks natural! Biomimicry at its best! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s gonna be a Beautiful Day! Get out and enjoy! 

Have a great, #waterfallwednesday!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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What Happens To My Koi If They Outlive Me? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A great client that has become a good friend recently asked me to help him pick out a few Koi for his new Water Garden. I helped him Design his Pond and Waterfalls last year and we built it in the Fall. Long story short – He LOVES it! He’s spent every spare, dry, bearable moment messing around out there this Winter and can’t wait until Spring when he can really set up housekeeping for the Spring/Summer/Fall season! 🙂 Now. it’s time to get some fish for his new Pond and he’s excited! We looked at quite a few Koi, & We asked each other all kinds of questions as you might imagine, the one he asked me that really touched me was “What happens to my Koi if they outlive me”?…

A domestic Koi, in average conditions can live upwards of 30 years…

He read one of my blogs, in where I mentioned the “Famous Japanese Koi”, ‘Hanako’ that lived to be over 225 years old! He realized they can be long living pets and just wanted to hear what might happen to them. 😊 Pretty neat to think about that. In Japan Koi are prized and in some cases passed down, even willed to family upon the owners death. It’s an honor.

I have been in business long enough that I have actually dealt with  this situation more than once. Most of the time the Koi stay with the Pond & the spouse and/or family carries on. But I have seen people move the fish to other Ponds, and even sell or give the fish to other people with Ponds of their own. I myself have taken many Koi in and fostered them until they could be placed in a new home.

Then I reminded him, Koi means Love! And Love will always find a way! 😊 I told told him – “Enjoy your Pond, & enjoy your Koi! They will bring you many years of Interest & enjoyment”. Words to live by…

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Do I need a Bio-Filter on my Water Garden? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question : Do I need a Bio-Filter on my Water Garden?

I spoke to a man this morning about this subject. He said he had a pond for several years with no problems, then almost overnight he started having water quality issues. Green water, his pump clogged daily, he couldn’t see his fish, etc. He had spoken to a friend of his that has a Pond & his friend told him he needed a Bio-Filter & referred him to me.

This is a great, LOW MAINTENANCE Bio-Filter. It is also invisible when properly installed. These are always in stock at my Nursery. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We talked about the size of his pond and the volume of water in it – Very important! You want to make SURE that your system is properly filtered! We also found out that he doesn’t have many aquatic plants or a skimmer… But a biological filter is a logical first step to a better Water Garden.

Here’s a before & after of a pond that didn’t have biological filtration. Night & days difference after a proper bio-filter system was installed. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

So to answer this question and wrap this up – YES, if you have a Water Garden or a Koi Pond you NEED a biological filter! There are several types on the market. The one pictured above is a truly Low-Maintenance filter (#1 thing in my book!) and is easily adapted to an existing Pond. Come by if your having water quality problem and I will show you around and you can see the difference 🙂

Thanks! and Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com