8 Water Features to Give Your Dad for Father’s Day This Year

Happy Father’s Day AND happy Summer Solstice, aka the first day of summer! What better way to kick off the summer than to give your dad a new water feature to enjoy all summer long? Here are 8 great water feature options to gift your dad this year!

A Formal Spillway to add to your patio or existing hardscape

Stainless Steel Spillway Project Bundle

Check out Atlantic’s new Formal Spillway Project Bundles to create your very own formal spillway. Project Bundles include everything you need but the stone to create awesome water features!

His own custom fountain bowl or vase

Blue Fountain Vase in a backyard with a patio

Use our Fountain Systems to make any fountain come to life. Pick out a fountain topper of your liking (bowl, vase or pot) to put on an Atlantic Fountain Basin.

A Pond-free waterfall

Pond-free waterfall created by Art of the Yard

Waterfall by Art of the Yard, Colorado

Find a contractor near you to help bring the sights and sounds of a waterfall to your backyard. Click here to find a contractor in your area.

A classic koi pond

Koi fish pond

You can’t go wrong with a classic koi pond in your yard! Spend hours outside watching your gorgeous fish swim by. Keep it clean and clean with the OASE BioTec Screenmatic².

Add some pizzazz to your pool with some spillways

Pool with Stainless Steel Spillway flowing water into it by Designing with Elements

Spillway by Designing with Elements, New York

Make some additions to your pool this year with Atlantic’s 316 Stainless Steel Spillways that are specifically made for chlorinated pools.

Spruce up your water garden with a new fountain

Filtral UVC fountain and filtration set

Already have a water garden? Drop in a decorative fountain feature with the OASE Filtral UVC. Choose between 3 different nozzles and also get the added bonus of built in filtration to help keep your water nice and clear!

Go big with a pond and waterfall

Pond and waterfall by Bulone Brothers Landscaping

Pond and waterfall by Bulone Brothers Landscaping, Ohio

Go big or go home like dad always says and give him the pond of his dreams.

Or maybe he wants to give the furry member of the family somewhere to splash

Dog swimming in pond with small waterfall by Liquid Landscapes

Pond by Liquid Landscapes, North Carolina

It is the first day of summer after all. Give the Dad’s best friend the summer he’ll never forget with a pond to cool off in!

We’re wishing you a great Father’s Day and know good ole Dad will be so thrilled with his new water feature this year! Stay cool this summer!


About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

Celebrating National Pet Day with Your Water Feature’s #1 Fans

April 11th is National Pet Day and we’re celebrating the best way we know how – by showing the internet the cutest furry friends loving their water features!

This pup parading through his new pond

Liquid Landscapes Inc. wrote an article in POND Trade Magazine about building a water feature for his client, Stella, to play in! Read it here.

Because who are we kidding? The real reason we install ponds are for our pets!

Art of the Yard creates ponds for all wildlife, pets included!

Hawksley loved visiting Atlantic’s water garden at the old building in Mantua!

Waterfall loving dogs

Big or small, all of our contractor’s dogs love their waterfalls!

Little white dog standing on a waterfall

American River Waterscapes‘ cutest mascot!

Our Atlantic-OASE Staff have some water feature loving pets too!

Tyson & Moose are some happy and hydrated hounds!

Cooper loves playing in his mini fountain and pond!

Bailey is always hanging by the pond!

Thor treats his fountains as his own personal drinking bowls!

Brewster loves his bubbling fountains!

We hope you celebrate National Pet Day with your furry family members! And if you don’t have a water feature for your pet, give your pet the best National Pet Day gift and install one for them!


About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

Benefits of Water Features for Distributors, Contractors and Homeowners

Water features aren’t just beautiful and attractive. They also offer concrete benefits to Distributors, Dealers, Contractors and End Users, the homeowner, alike.

Homeowners

Homeowners appreciate the many ways that water enhances the view of an area. A waterfall may shimmer and sparkle in the light, while it hides an unwanted view. The surface of a reflecting pool may mirror the sky or reflect the background. At night underwater lights make water glow, ripples on the surface creating dancing bands of light that play on walls and overhanging tree canopies. And let’s not forget the sounds of water that delight the ear. Water also tames elemental extremes, warming a frigid corner so tender plants can make it through the winter, or cooling a sunny patio in the summer, or adding welcome humidity indoors.

Pond with lily pads and purple lily flowers

Contractors

Contractors appreciate that homeowners love the sight and sound of water, but they really like that water features cause their projects to appreciate in value. A well-designed water feature in kit form can greatly add to the bottom line. All you need to know to specify a Water Garden or Pond-free Kit is the finished size – everything is included down to the glue and fittings. Likewise, Atlantic Project Bundles come with everything needed to add water to Hardscape walls. They install in a couple of hours, with video installation guides to eliminate any guesswork. and typically return their cost in profit. With virtually no maintenance needed, and all components designed to work seamlessly together, callbacks are eliminated.

Dealers and Distributors

Dealers and Distributors appreciate the ease and speed these products, kits and bundles can be ordered. The Catalog shows every product and lists all complementary products. Project Bundle sell sheets list all components, with a beauty image of the finished project; a single sku for every bundle makes ordering the perfect water feature easy. And working with Atlantic-OASE is easy, from ordering to delivery, with an expert Customer Service team for any questions from sale to installation.

Overall, adding a water feature to any landscape is a win-win-win. It’s an easy way to make the world go round. Whether you’re a homeowner, a contractor or a dealer/distributor, water features are the way to go! Learn more on water features and which you should install next on our blog!


About the Author:

DEMI FORTUNA

Demi has been in water garden construction since 1986. As Atlantic’s Director of Product Information, if he’s not building water features, he’s writing or talking about them. If you have a design or construction question, he’s the one to ask.

World Water Day – The Health Benefits of Water

Everyone knows that water is essential to life. We can go without food for weeks (hell, I probably should) but a few days without water and we’re, well, toast. Water is life. The oldest sites we know of where unrelated people began to live together, establishing the first towns over 10,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization, were located along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Our bodies reflect this dependency – we are all of us about 60% water, which makes sense on a planet whose surface is mostly covered by it. So it rings true on a deep, almost visceral level that its also essential for our well-being, not just our survival.

Water Splash

Photo by Hilary Halliwell from Pexels

I’m not talking about the obvious pleasure most of us seem to feel in the presence of water. The popularity of resorts by the seashore or the lakeside, the attraction of water parks, the allure of water features seem to be nearly universal. We are drawn to water. It clearly makes us ‘feel good’, but is it just some kind of instinctive attraction to a necessary resource?

Apparently not. Research into the physical and chemical attributes of moving water has shown some interesting results. That should come as no surprise. It exhibits a number of properties that are quite literally unique. For example, we take for granted that ice floats – but it shouldn’t. The fact that the colder, solid state of water – ice – is less dense than the warmer liquid state, directly contradicts the physical laws that govern just about every other compound and element on this planet, and every other. As temperatures increase, matter expands. As volume goes up, density, by definition, decreases. Hot air rises. Cold water sinks – to a point. As temperatures drop, density increases – except in the case of water. It is densest at 38 degrees, not 32 degrees. At the lower temperature, ice becomes significantly less dense, unlike any other commonly found substance. 

The cohesion of H2O is equally fascinating. The molecules exhibit strong attachment to itself, so strong that molecules leaving the needles of a redwood through evaporation literally pull up on an unbroken chain of water, hauling a continuous stream up through capillaries from the very roots of the tree, 400 feet below, easily defeating the force of gravity. This cohesion creates the surface tension that mosquitoes hang from and lizards run across, the pseudo-membrane that pulls leaves into skimmers from across a pond.

It’s small wonder then, that the miraculous substance we take for granted actually contributes to our physical and mental health. Falling water splits electrons off neutral molecules, generating a charge in much the same way that rubbing your hand across a silk scarf generates a spark. The action of a waterfall, or the waves on a beach, or a thunderstorm, creates and spreads these charged particles, negative oxygen ions, into the surrounding air. The strongly charged ions are attracted to oppositely charged dust, pollen, mold spores, smoke and other allergens, even odors, bonding to them and dropping them out of the air – and away from our lungs. When we stand near a waterfall, natural or man-made, we perceive a freshness, almost a tingle to every breath, as we breath the purified air.

Negative oxygen ions also annihilate free radicals that attack our cells. As they enter the bloodstream, they increase serotonin production, elevating our mood and increasing alertness and energy levels. (That morning shower really does wake you and prepare you for the day.) Ions have even been shown to destroy viruses and bacteria.

So this World Water Day, let’s celebrate water in all its forms, and give thanks for the health and well-being that living water promotes, rejoicing in the knowledge that our water features really do make our lives better. 

 For more great blogs from Demi check them out here!


About the Author:

DEMI FORTUNA

Demi has been in water garden construction since 1986. As Atlantic’s Director of Product Information, if he’s not building water features, he’s writing or talking about them. If you have a design or construction question, he’s the one to ask.

In Honor of World Book Day

I’m not quite sure where all of these World Celebration Days come from – I mean, do we really need a World Mosquito Day? Has anyone actually woken up on August 20th to purposefully celebrate mosquitoes? But I can’t help chuckling as I buy into the idea. March 5 is World Book Day, so I thought I might talk about some books that I’ve really enjoyed using, long before Google.

I’ve already mentioned Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens, by David A. Slawson, a book I love for a number of reasons. I was always fascinated by Japanese folklore, and Slawson explains in great detail how myths and legends are honored and recreated in garden architecture. For example, there’s an ancient Asian folktale of a giant turtle that supported the island home of the immortals, their Mount Olympus. There are Turtle Islands in most classical Japanese gardens. Slawson’s excellent illustrations (the second reason I love the book) have helped me recreate them in my work. His explanations of how ancient masters used the shapes of stones to create movement are inspiring.

See the Turtle Island?

I have a couple of copies of Rick Bartel’s, The R.I.S.E Method, a How-to Guide for Designing Natural Appearing Ponds, Streams and Waterfalls. I’ve recommended his beautifully illustrated book to dozens of people who’ve attended my seminars over the years (including my eldest, who will listen to anyone except his old man.) Rick presents the concept of naturalistic rock placement as accessibly as anyone ever has. He combines well-expressed theory with step by step instruction that, properly followed, can make anyone’s work look good (including my eldest’s).

The third is one I haven’t carried as regularly lately, my Taylor’s Guide to Perennials, but when I was planting every week it never left my bag. It’s pretty sketchy – cover taped on, color plates loose – but it never needs a signal.

So my hope is, for World Book Day, I’ve helped folks remember how useful books are, even today. And as far as this silly “Day” stuff is concerned, just wait ‘til World Corgi Day.


About the Author:

DEMI FORTUNA

Demi has been in water garden construction since 1986. As Atlantic’s Director of Product Information, if he’s not building water features, he’s writing or talking about them. If you have a design or construction question, he’s the one to ask.

Add a Water Feature and Save the Bees, Part II

For World Bee Day in March, Jim and Caitlyn spoke about how bees need water, and how water features such as the OASE Quintet installed by Mike Garcia of Enviroscape LA provide a source of clean, chlorine-free water for all pollinators, bees included. If you missed that blog you can find it here: Add a Water Feature and Save the Bees. For World Honeybee Day August 15th this year, I thought we might look at how people have used water to attract and keep bees in other cultures.

The Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula value their Stingless Bees so highly they consider them royalty – they call them Xunan-kab, Royal Lady Bee.

There are sixteen species of Melipona bees in the Yucatan. They make their hives in hollow trees in the wild, but the Maya found out, over three thousand years ago, that there’s an easy way to get the bees to nest anywhere they want. The would-be beekeeper just needs to provide a source of water below a piece of hollowed out log, capped at both ends, with a single hole to get inside. The bees will colonize the log and start to produce a delicious dark, citrusy honey highly valued for its flavor and its medicinal and antibacterial qualities. Xunan-kab honey is very valuable, worth $50 a liter versus $2 for European bee honey, so beekeeping has resurged in popularity, probably saving Melipona from extinction in the wild. Water features have also surged in popularity in the area – coincidence? I think not!

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About the Author:

DEMI FORTUNA

Demi has been in water garden construction since 1986. As Atlantic’s Director of Product Information, if he’s not building water features, he’s writing or talking about them. If you have a design or construction question, he’s the one to ask.

Moving Water, It’s Therapeutic!

Our everyday lives are always on the go. With our jobs, family, friends and everyday life, it can add additional stress. We are always looking for ways in our fast pace lives to slow down and enjoy the things around us to help us destress. The things that can make a difference in how we feel. Water makes you happier, healthier, more connected to other people. Everyone just wants to relax, we know we do! One way you can do that is by having a water feature in your back yard! It is proven that the sounds of moving water has a soothing effect on your mind and body in a therapeutic form. Not only are these experiences therapeutic, it can also activate positive thoughts and memories such as taking you to your happy place. 

With everyone staying home, we are seeing them working on their landscape and improving their homes. Many look at putting in a water feature and what it would take to do so. Unfortunately the worry is that it’s too complicated or too involved or would cost too much. And they shy away from it. This is not the case at Atlantic-OASE! We have products that can help the DIY-er in yourself come out and provide cost affordable and easy installation of water feature products to create just about anything in your current landscape. 

We have a saying, “you are limited to your imagination on what you can create, you just need to be inspired.” Anything from a fountain, waterfall, pond to a large-scale project can be done. This will depend on the size of your yard or what you are trying to achieve. One of the many examples you can create for your future backyard oasis is the Pond Free system. Having a waterfall providing the sounds of moving water as it cascades down and then disappears into the ground allows you to have the sounds of moving water with a waterfall anywhere in your landscape without the worry of tending to a big body of open water.

Why is it that everyone travels to the beach for vacation to relax? It’s because the sounds, the smells and the atmosphere of being around water creates a calming affect on everyone in its presence! Imagine coming home from a long day of work and wanting to decompress. Step outside your back door and relax by your waterfall or fountain, that you customized to your backyard, and just listen to the water flow. It’s therapeutic! Pull up a chair, grab a drink and let the white noise of your water feature wash away your stress.

Having moving water in your landscape can help you relax and enjoy nature as it was intended. 


About the Author:

Todd Rosendahl

Todd has been in the water garden industry over 20 years. With extensive knowledge of water treatments for ponds and lakes he’s your go-to-guy for treating your ponds and water features!

10 Water Features You’ll Fall in Love with This Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate the holiday of love than by showing our love for water features! See some of our favorites that we’d love to have in our backyards!

1. This pool and spa combo that would go on anyone’s dream house Pinterest board

Whitaker Waterscapes LLC (Franklinville, NC)

2. A calming koi fish pond that sits right outside your front porch

The Pond Monster (Winter Haven, FL)

3. A Pond-free waterfall that gives you the beauty of a waterfall without a pond taking up extra space in your yard

TLC Landscaping INC. (Solon, OH)

4. Gorgeous glowing copper bowls to give your backyard a cool nighttime entertaining space

Atlantic-OASE (Aurora, OH)

5. This modern spillway and patio setup that gives you the excuse to spend every Sunday afternoon outside

Green Ace Landscaping Inc. (Oakville, Ontario)

6. Custom waterfalls that will make all of your neighbors jealous

LCM Landscaping & Design (Peyton, CO)

7. A complete backyard oasis that you could spend all day exploring

Water Features by Gerard (Easton, PA)

8. A stunning waterfall blending into the landscape of your backyard

Premium Aquascapes (Bergenfield, New Jersey)

9. An architectural pond and patio masterpiece that has every art enthusiast drooling

Art of the Yard (Littleton, CO)

10. This beautiful natural looking waterfall that looks like you’re stepping right into the forest

Bulone Brothers Landscaping (Twinsburg, OH)

Want to see more amazing water features you’ll fall in love with instantly? Check us out on Facebook and Instagram for inspiration for your next backyard addition!


About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

Cleaning FilterFalls the Easy Way

Biofiltration is a truly wonderful process. Water entering the bottom of the filter passes through layers of filter media. As the water slows sediments drop out, settling in the bottom of the filter. The filter media traps small debris and particles suspended in the water. Bacteria thrive on the filaments of media, metabolizing ammonia and nitrites excreted by aquatic animals and fish, turning toxic wastes into harmless nitrates which are in turn taken up by the plants in the pond. As it flows clean and clear out of the top of the filter, the water is aerated as it cascades back down into the pond, the final step of the process. Excellent water quality, clarity and oxygenation, all from one simple device that saves time and effort and typically only needs cleaning once or twice a year.

But maintenance, infrequent though it might be, is messy. The 25 fist-sized rocks that cover the tray need to be removed, the pads pulled out, the top pad kept in pondwater to preserve the bacterial colonies. The sludge coating the  bottom of the filter and embedded in the filter pads is sticky and smelly, and tends to splatter all over when it’s hosed out of the pads. Considering all the work the FilterFalls has done all season, the hour-long odiferous ordeal is worth it.

But wouldn’t it be nice to eliminate most of the work, and just about all of the mess? With a little foresight and a couple of optional products you can make your FilterFalls practically maintenance free.

It all starts with the plumbing. To allow the FilterFalls to be easily backwashed without touching the filter at all, install a tee in the plumbing feeding the FilterFalls. The best spot is as close as possible to the filter, just before the bulkhead fitting into the falls box, so this is easiest to do before the filter is installed. However, as long as you can find the pipe from the skimmer to the bottom of the FilterFalls, it is relatively simple to cut in a tee. One leg of the tee will let the water continue flow into the FilterFalls as it would with a straight pipe. On the other leg of the tee install a valve then run a piece of tubing out to daylight. Put a scrap piece of vertical pipe large enough to provide access to the valve from above before backfilling around the valved tee.

The second enhancement not only makes the filter easier to clean, it also improves the filtration process. Consider replacing the dual polypropylene mats that come with every FilterFalls with a filter upgrade, the Matala Mat Kit. Matala is a rigid mat material that rinses more easily than the standard poly mats. The Kit comes with a Fine, Medium and Coarse Mat; each FilterFalls can accommodate up to two Kits. The Coarse mats go on the bottom, Fine on top and they greatly increase the filtering capacity. Better yet, Matala rinses clean easily, unlike poly pads that need to be washed under pressure with a jet of water.

The new cleaning procedure begins with turning off the pump. The check valve in the skimmer will keep the biofilter full of water. Open the valve to allow the water in the FilterFalls to backwash through the Matala Mats pads and out the inlet pipe, washing the trapped gunk (the technical term for settled organic solids) out of the filter.

Most of the muck in the pads just backwashes out when the valve is opened, without opening the filter or even removing the rocks in the tray. Rinse by closing the valve and turning the pump back on to refill the filter, stopping the pump as the filter begins to overflow and opening the valve again. Repeat until the backwash water comes out clear. If desired, you can ‘power rinse’ the filter by simply pouring a pail of water into the top of the FilterFalls. All done, no mess, no fuss.

For more information on FilterFalls click here.


About the Author:

DEMI FORTUNA

Demi has been in water garden construction since 1986. As Atlantic’s Director of Product Information, if he’s not building water features, he’s writing or talking about them. If you have a design or construction question, he’s the one to ask.

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts – Why Atlantic and OASE Work so Well Together

Atlantic and OASE are great partners, in business and in the field, with complementary distribution models and product lines that dovetail perfectly to enhance water quality and reduce maintenance. 

Atlantic and OASE complement each other on a number of levels. Our differing customer focus is a good example. OASE has grown to be one of the largest water gardening companies in the world by creating an excellent product line that appeals to the end user. Dealers appreciate OASE because the products are easy to sell; the equipment performs extremely well and carries excellent warranties. Atlantic, on this side of the pond, has concentrated on the contractor market and the distributors that supply those contractors. Atlantic’s customers like our commercial grade products for the same reasons – performance, quality and service. Put the two companies together and we cover all the bases.

The lines themselves are complementary as well. Here in the States, where leaves and clippings are typically the major maintenance concern, we clean from the top, skimming the surface of the pond to capture floating leaves and debris before they can sink. The pump lives in the skimmer, sending the prefiltered water up to an upflow biofilter, where pads clean and clear water mechanically and biologically. In Europe fishponds are typically cleaned from the bottom. There, a solids-handling pump on the bottom sends fish wastes and small particulates to extremely efficient pressure filters that remove much finer suspended solids than upflow biofilters can. The two philosophies are yin and yang; one continually removes leaves and floating debris but requires periodic cleaning of settled solids; the other captures the settling solids but requires vacuuming to remove leaves and larger debris. Put the two together and you get top down, bottom up cleaning that dramatically improves water quality and drastically reduces maintenance.

Take for example any existing fish pond with a Skimmer and FilterFalls. Let’s say this pond is a few years old and the fish are happy. They have grown larger than when they were introduced; they have reproduced; their owners have added fish, just a few, here and there. Now there are more wastes than the pond was designed to handle. The excess nutrients have started to impact water quality and clarity, as algae take advantage of the nitrates in the water column. The homeowners have an aeration system, and are adding bacteria, but the pond just isn’t as clear and clean as it was with one tenth the fish load. Nor are the ‘parents’ willing to part with any of their ‘children’, which all have names and endearing habits. So there are more fish, and fish wastes, than the pond can metabolize naturally, and even an aggressive cleanout will only delay the return of the same conditions.

Atlantic Skimmer

The contractor now can offer a return to gin-clear water, guaranteed, without rebuilding the entire pond. A properly sized OASE FiltoClear Pressure Filter paired with an AquaMax Eco pump is the perfect drop-in solution and comes with the OASE Clear Water Guarantee. The system works in three ways to clean and clear the water. The pump, placed centrally at the bottom of the pond, begins removing wastes and passing them to the filter as soon as it is plugged in. The UVC Clarifier renders any algae in the water sterile, unable to reproduce, eliminating green water. Filter foams then separate out the organic wastes and suspended solids, returning clean, clear water to the pond. Maintenance is reduced to a minimum. The pump is designed to pass wastes without clogging, and the filter backwashes clean in seconds. 

Installation is straightforward. The pump at the bottom needs its cord and the return hose hidden from view, a matter of moving or adding a few stones. The filter can be hidden from view either by placement far from the pond’s edge, behind a raised waterfall or buried up to the top of the canister. The filtered water can be returned anywhere into the stream or along the pond perimeter. Two additional plugs will have to be provided, one for the pump and one for the integrated UVC, but neither draws much current and can usually be accommodated on the same 15 or 20 amp circuit powering the original pump in the skimmer. Even if a second circuit needs to be added, this solution requires little labor in contrast to a pond rebuild, or even a full pond cleanout, and takes far less time.

OASE FiltoClear

BioPress and FiltoClear provide a drop-in solution for ponds with water quality concerns that guarantees clear water in ponds up to 2000 gallons. For larger ponds, use OASE Screenmatic and ProfiClear Filters with the appropriate UVC Clarifier and pump to achieve the same results, with clear water guaranteed.


About the Author:

DEMI FORTUNA

Demi has been in water garden construction since 1986. As Atlantic’s Director of Product Information, if he’s not building water features, he’s writing or talking about them. If you have a design or construction question, he’s the one to ask.