We’re still here! While things aren’t normal, we’re open and serving you daily. We do have a new wrinkle in that the Shawnee City Council has approved an Ordinance “for the mandatory wearing of face coverings over the nose and mouth whenever persons are in any place or setting open to the general public.” The ordinance is in effect until September 30 and may be extended. So, you will see the signs on the door that apply to the store. The display yard, while open to the public, is considered an outside area and the only request is that you practice social distancing while en-joying the ponds. Just mask up when you enter the store please. Other areas of our complex are not considered ‘open to the public’ and the employees are not required to mask up. Jeanette, Emmie and I are wearing masks when cus-tomers are present. We will have a box of masks on the front desk for those who enter without one. We’ll offer one to you. Your options at that point are: wear the mask or return to your car and call us on the phone with your order and we’ll bring it out to you. If you choose the latter, you must provide a credit card when you call. No cash or checks accepted for curbside delivery. The goal is to have as little con-tact as possible with unmasked people.
That old bugaboo ALGAE is rearing its ugly head again as the temps rise. You’ve all heard me preach that it is a symptom, not a disease. Something is out of balance in your pond. Either too much or too little of something. Too many fish, filter too small, pond too small, poor circulation, lack of oxygen, too much chemical, not enough plants or a combination of several of these factors. Recently I got a phone call from a customer who com-plained her water was totally green and when she treated her pond with an algaecide, some of her fish died and the water was still green. I asked the usual questions, how many fish, how much water, what kind of filter. Her first response gave me a clue to the problem. “I don’t know how many fish I have,” she said, “but I’ve already lost ten one day and fifteen the next.” (Her pond turned out to be less than 800 gallons with a small box filter in the eighteen inch ‘deep’ end). You tell me what the problem was. With the heat we’ve had recently the water temps have gone up and the DO (dissolved oxygen) has gone down. Dying algae from the algaecide removed even more oxygen and the fish suffered. Do you think maybe she had too many fish if she lost twenty-five and still has some left?
Always be humble and kind
Many of our customers are using their smart phones to help them remember when to change the UV bulb in their pond. Either when they buy one or they call and ask us to look up when they bought one then they program into their calendar that date a year away. If they are taking the bulb out for the winter, they can put the date eighteen months to two years away; a total of one year of use.
Classes SPRING/SUMMER 2020 SCHEDULECheck the schedule for start times. All classes are free and open to the public. No advance registration required. More classes added each month. One Pond Dollar awarded for each class. Attendees receive a 10% discount on all purchases that day. We train rain or shine in the only indoor pond training facility in the U.S.
Military (Active or Retired) and Water Garden Club members
receive a 10% discount
(If you remember to tell us up front! Not after you’ve already paid.)
Valid for Pond Pro Shop purchases only