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Tip of the Month (April)

When first starting up your pond again in the beginning of spring, be sure to add bacteria 3 times a week for the frist 3 weeks!! Then just once weekly after the initial 3 weeks.

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Fish Food Facts

 Regularly feeding with a well-balanced food will help keep your fish in tip-top shape and will also help increase color, health, and vitality. It's also beneficial to supplement their diet with fresh fruits and vegetables such as orange slices, watermelon, peas, and zucchini. These are all great treats that are packed with vitamins and minerals to keep your fish healthy and strong. Koi treats that contain vitamin c and other essential elements are also available to add that extra something to your finned friends' diet.

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Tropical Water Lilies

Lilies are also a great addition to any pond because they provide the fish with hiding places and refuge from predators that may come their way. The lily pads form on the surface of the water and provide a good amount of coverage. 

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Are You Ready for Spring?!

The little extra effort and money you put into your water garden now will save you lots of time, money, and annoyance later on in the season. 

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Small Water Features

Try a new fountain, spitter, ceramic urn, patio pond or container garden. Honestly, any water feature will make a great addition to your yard even if space is limited. The more intimate the better.

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Does your pond need a springtime overhaul?

If your pond is full of debris and its been a while since you have done a full clean out, then it might be time to give your pond a springtime overhaul!

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Fish Health

Keep your fish healthy by helping them build strong immune systems and slime coats.

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Ponds not your thing?

Do you enjoy the noise of water running through your back yard, but  don't want to maintain fish or have to worry about water quality? Then you might want to check out the pondless waterfall system!

  

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Barley or Bust

Barley should be added in the spring when you open your pond or pondless waterfall.

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The Patio Basin from Aquascape Inc.

Now you can have a beautiful water feature or fountainscape anywhere in your home, backyard, or patio. 

 

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Anti-Parasite and Anti-bacteria Foods

The warmer temperatures of Spring and Summer are here, and with them come something else... PARASITES.. 

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The Dreaded GREEN!

Whether it's hair algae on the surface of the rocks in your pond, or discolored green  water ("pea soup"), it's all an eyesore! 

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Monthly Tip (June)

If you have been having trouble with water clarity or just have a slight discoloration or tint that you are unable to get rid of, then try using activated carbon. .

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Vacationing? Worry not!

If you have a fountain or pondless waterfall, then this topic probably doesn't worry you as much you because these features can simply be unplugged while you are away on vacation. However, if you have a pond with fish there  are a few more things to keep in mind before you leave. Fortunately, there are precautionary steps that can be  taken in order to ensure that your water feature continues to run smoothly while away.  

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Koi FAQ

Koi usually live around 20 or 30 years.  The oldest Koi on record was named Hanako.  It purportedly lived to be about 226 years old.  It lived in a pond that was in a stable area (read low geologic activity) and was passed down from generation to generation.  Hanako died around 1977.

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"Got something to hide" ? - Dekorra Artificial Rock Enclosures

No one wants to look at an eyesore near their beautiful pond or water feature. The idea is to make it  look as natural as possible. Electrical outlets, extension cords, well caps, filters, and other objects can take away from the aesthetics and natural look of your landscaping.

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Monthly Tip (August)

String algae is a nuissance to say the least! Adding barley extract, pellets , or straw is a great proactive approach to prevent heavy string algae outbreaks.

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Banana Bonanza Sale

Musa are easy to grow and rewarding for the gardener due to their speed of growth, which can be optimized by warmth, water and fertilizer. 30% off all Bananas and Cannas.

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Automatic Dosing System from Aquascape, Inc.!

Lets be honest..life gets busy! Sometimes pond and water feature owners just don't have the time to add products like beneficial bacteria to the pond for weekly maintenance. 

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Sales of the Month

All the latest and greatest sales of the month. Items including tropical lilys, banana plants, large koi, automatic dosing system, and islandsapes. 

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Almost End of Season Super Sale!

It’s here everyone!! That sale you’ve all been waiting for! The Almost End of Season Super Sale starts Sept 1st and ends Oct 1st, so come on down before supplies run out!

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Meet Chris!

 Chris is hoping to get you the right products for the right situation, no matter the dilemma. He'll take any challenge you throw at him and try his best to help you out until fully satisfied.  

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You Need This Plant In Your Garden, IF...

"Black Magic Taro" or “Elephant Ears,” this easy to grow member of the Araceae family makes quite the dramatic statement in any well-planted water garden.

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Saying goodbye to summer is always difficult. The kid’s head back to school, the weather begins to turn cooler, and our loved aquatic plants start to fade. Now’s the time to do a little cleanup work in your pond, before the water temperature becomes too cool for you to want to get in there. We hope this advice helps you manage your pond throughout the fall.

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Product Feature: Cold Water Bacteria

 Aquascape Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria maintains a strong biological balance providing clean, clear and healthy water conditions.

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The Fish Are Back!!!

New this season are 8-10" butterfly koi. This years bunch are shimmery, stunning and healthy.

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To Pump or Not to Pump

If the hole does freeze over in very severe conditions, fish caretakers know the mantra — do not attempt to crack the ice. The concussion can kill the fish.

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Product Feature: Pond Netting

Installing a net in the fall will help make the leaf removal process a non-problem, and at the same time, makes life easier come spring when you open your beloved pond. 

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Ten Tips for Fall Pond Care

Water features in the landscape require special consideration when putting your pond to bed for a long winter's nap.

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The Healing Power of Water Features

Falling water from fountains, waterfalls, and even your morning shower, releases negative ions into the surrounding atmosphere.

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Fall Hours

Dr. Pond and our staff here at Action Water Gardens, Inc. would like to thank all of our returning, loyal customers for another great season! 

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Essential Winter Pond Prep Review

We know you have a lot to do as your pond changes with the seasons. In this article we will clarify the steps that you can take to have a healthy hibernating pond during the colder months. 

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Bare Winter Landscape Around Your Pond?

Although now that it’s autumn, how about a little planning for the winter season to jazz up that frozen paradise? We have ideas from large sculptural accents to free craft projects.

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Fire, Frost and Fun

The simplest way to add warmth around your pond is with a patio fire bowl. This is a semi contained, movable fire pit and a great choice if you have a patio or lawn next to your pond. 

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Winterizing Small Water Features

Small water features ad life to your outdoor space with lively movement and sound. We want to help you keep your fountains and spitters functioning and looking beautiful for years to come. Winter care is very important and should only take a few easy steps.

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Creature Feature

Birds love ponds to take a bath, get a drink, and socialize. Bathing birds are especially funny coming in groups of the same type and bathing together splashing around.

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Plant Feature

-Moss Patches can make there own soil from particles in the environment

-Reindeers eat moss because it contains a chemical that keeps their blood warm much like anti-freeze in your car.

-Moss grows at 35 degrees.

-Moss has a zero tolerance for survival in pollutants

-For more than a hundred million years, moss and mushrooms had the land to themselves, but then, about 400 million years ago, these early mosses evolved into the earliest ferns

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Tropicals as Houseplants!

Pond and water feature enthusiasts often choose tropical plants for their dramatic foliage and colorful flowers, despite the fact that they will only get a single season to enjoy them. This isn't always the case though! Most tropical plants can be turned into houseplants during the colder winter months. What better way to brighten up the drab, gloomy overcast of winter?

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Time to Think About Spring

As things slowly awaken from their winter hibernation, there are some things that you can do to make sure your water feature gets off to a good start this spring.

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Algae Control

Algae control is often considered to be the biggest headache in water gardening. There are different viewpoints as to how algae should be controlled or eliminated - naturally, artificially, or a combination of the two.

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Aquatic Plants Now Available!

This batch of perfect plants is no ordinary shipment. Included in the bunch, are roughly 20 unique tropical cultivated varieties from around the world as well as about 20 varieties of hardy plants including grassy filtration bog plants.

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Fish, Fish, Hooray!

Now fully stocked with over 8 kinds of Koi and Sky Blue Shubunkins, including, 4-6",6-8",8-10" both decorative and select butterfly and decorative and select straight fin koi.

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Spring Sale

50% off on all rain barrels. 15% off of any fountain kit, decorative ceramic urn, patio pond, or decorative spitter. 

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Product Feature: Sludge & Filter Cleaner

Do you have water so black you can see you self staring back? Or so much sludge that you could fill up a tub? If so, then turn to the Aquascape Sludge Cleaner for all your hopes, dreams, needs and answers to be fulfilled and filtered. 

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O'Brien Residence

More reasons to have the crew at Action Water Gardens, Inc come out and service your waterfeature. 

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Clean Out form

Shop Hours:

Tue-Fri 9-6pm

Sat Sun 9-5pm

Clean Out Form and Homeowner Weekly Maintenance Checklist Attached.

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A Fine Catch for Action Water Gardens, Inc.

No two ponds are ever alike and a water feature of this perfect magnitude is just waiting to be created once again for another happy client.

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Spring Maintenance

How can one tell if a water feature will need a full clean-out this season or just tidied up a little? If there is a layer of "crud" at the bottom of the pond and the water is dark in color, it would be a good idea to do a full clean-out.

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Top Ten Algae Control Methods

To all pond owners and water garden hobbyists! There is a solution to that dreaded green monster we call, algae!

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Have a Plant Party

Planting species from all three categories helps to create a sustainable pond ecosystem that works together to provide the most benefits for people and wildlife. 

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Tip of the Month (June)

Have no fear, keep your pond clear with Rapid Clear! 

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Product Feature of the Month (June)

Carbon comes in many forms, diamonds, oil and pencil lead. As awesome as these forms of carbon are, only Activated Carbon from Action Water Gardens will help keep your water clear. 

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Predator Control

Dearest readers fear not, there are methodical measures and pretty easy precautions we can take as pond owners in order to protect our fantastically finned friends. 

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The Heart of the Watergarden

It acts like a little heart, circulating and delivering nutrients, treatments and oxygen to the pond body.

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Container Gardening 101

A container aquatic garden is a small commitment in terms of finances and labor. It doesn't require special aerators or filtration if set up and properly managed.

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The Health Benefits of a Watergarden

The negative ions that moving water releases into the atmosphere help to purify the air. If you've ever noticed that air smells and tastes fresher near a waterfall or just after a rain storm, you have had a firsthand experience of the impact that these ions can have. 

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Filtration Station

There are advantages and disadvantages to every type of filter so we will list the features and benefits of each filter, hopefully making choosing the correct filter for your application easier.

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Product Feature: Floating Islands and Planting Baskets

Floating Islandscape and planters are benficial to ponds and water features in a number of ways. They provide fish with shade which is important especially in the warmer months of summer.

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Autumn is Arriving

Included is the Fall/Winter Prep form. Fill out this form and send it over to us at Action via fax or email and we can get you on our schedule. 

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Cold Water Tips

The leaves are changing and the air is getting crisp which means fall us upon us and you might be wondering how to prepare your water feature for the season.  In this article we talk about the essentials for maintaining a water feature during this fall season.

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Don't Fret, Get a Net!

Having a protective pond net over your water feature is essential for proper fall maintenance and keeps your pond clean and debris free.

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Fish Sale!

 For the entire month of October, Action will be selling all fish varieties at 40% off!!

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Spooky Pond Stories

Ever wonder what goes on in your pond when things go wrong? 

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Product Feature: Fire Fountain

Here at Action Water Gardens we offer a unique water feature that incorporates the element of fire.

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Fall's Not Over Yet!

Tips on what you need to do for your water feature to get ahead of the game come winter.

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Fall Hours Have Started

If these hours don't work with your schedule, feel free to call us ahead of time and set up a date and time to accommodate your needs!

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The Benefits of Aerators and De-Icers

Choose between an aerator or a heater to benefit your pond for a hassle-free winter and an easy set up for spring.

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April Super Sale!

Start of the Season Super Sale on the weekend of April 8th-9th

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Pump or Not?

Just like we need to prepare for winter, our water features need that same kind of preparation and dedication.

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Closing Down your Small Water Features

What you need to prepare for a worry and maintenance free season and an easy set up for spring.

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Click that "Like" Button!

 For those of you who give a review, let us know next time you’re in the shop and we will give you 5% off your next purchase!

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Now Hiring!

Apply to Action Water Gardens, Inc. today!

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Welcome back, Spring

 Spring is on its way which means it’s crucial to take care of your pond or water feature correctly in order for it to prosper during the spring and summer months.

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Fountain Feature

Featuring a brand new line of Pagoda Fountain Rocks to spruce up your garden!

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A Guide to Spring Opening

 Let Mark and the professional water clean out team here at Action take care of your water gardens’ spring opening needs.

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Plants & Floaters are in!

You know the water gardening season has officially begun when the floaters have arrived!

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Mother's Day Weekend Sale

10% off your whole order when you bring your mother in for the weekend of May12th to the 14th. 

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A Message from Mark Sousa (A.K.A. Doctor Pond), owner of Action Water Gardens in Tolland, CT

You may ask yourself, "Why choose Action Water Gardens?". The answer is simple. Customer service. As the owner, I am the business. I've been in the landscape and water gardens business for over 15 years. I strive to be knowledgeable about the products and services that we offer and I provide one-on-one consultation on the issues you are facing, whether you are installing for the first time or simply maintaining your current garden or waterfall. See what our customers have to say.

We take pride in our installations. View our photo galleries of the many installations that we've done and judge for yourself. We focus solely on water gardens, ponds, fountainscapes and waterfalls. It's not a sideline of another business, this IS our business.

We service all of Connecticut - including Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, Windham County - as well as Western Massachusetts - including Worcester County, Hampden County and Berkshire County.

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