5 Parts of an Ecosystem Pond

Outdoor home water features work best when 5 elements are present: a mechanical skimmer, gravel, biological filtration, plants, and fish. Tammy Algood visits with Derek Johnson, a master certified aquascape contractor/JVI Secret Gardens to learn all about each element.

Gardener Extras

  1. The skimmer is positioned at the top edge of the water table. A submersible water pump draws water in, and discharges it back out.
  2. The role of any pond biofilter is to convert ammonia, produced by fish waste, excess fish food and decaying vegetation in to much less harmful nitrate in a process known as the nitrogen cycle.

Gardener Notes

JVI Secret Gardens www.jvisecretgardens.com 615.871.7338 227 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

Tammy Algood

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