The Benefits of Adding a Stream to Your Pond
Sight, Sound, Clarity, and Fish Health!
When Cool Ponds installs a pond, the waterfall never drops directly into the main body of water. There is always a stream or creek that connects the waterfall to the pond. Here's why...
Sight -- It Just Looks Good
This is the least important reason actually! But there's just something about a meandering creek that adds to the naturalization and ambiance of a water feature. It is in the creek that we most often get to be creative and make the pond unique.
Sound -- Much More or Less Sound
A stream is a great way to either lower or raise the sound level of your waterfall. If the waterfall is large, it may make so much noise that it's hard to sit close to it and have a conversation. Placing a long creek on the pond will move the waterfall farther away from the seating area. More common, however, is that more sound is desired from the waterfall. If built properly, by adding a creek you can actually get multiple drops along the way to gain more sound from the moving water.
Clarity -- Multiple Types of Filtration
Ah, this is big and very important! As water rushes through the gravel in your creek, it traps the fine debris that may be small enough to pass through normal filtration and make the water appear cloudy. Cleaning the creek is then a much easier task than cleaning the whole pond and it can be cleaned multiple times during the year without harming the ecosystem of the water feature. Plus, creeks or streams are excellent places to add marginal aquatic plants. They will thrive and grow on the nutrients picked up in the shallow water of the creek, which will then starve algae!
Fish Health -- Maintaining Water Temperature
The most common danger for fish in ponds is rapidly changing water temperatures. This occurs most often when we have very warm days and very cool nights in spring and fall. Fish can adapt well to a very wide range of water temperatures -- but when the temperature changes quickly, it often times will make them weak and possibly sick. Any way we can slow down that temperature change helps. If a waterfall drops directly into the pond, the heavy force of the fall sends the water all the way to the bottom where the water is more stable and warm. That water off the fall that's been cooled by the chilly air then mixes with the water at the bottom that has been warmed by the sunny day causing the whole pond to cool quickly. When the water flows through a creek, it can enter the pond rolling gently onto the surface, never mixing with the warm water at the bottom. The cooler water stays at the top near the colder air not bothering the fish in the deeper warmer water.
If you don't have a creek on your pond, maybe you should consider adding one. Look at all these great benefits it will provide!