Can’t wait to have your own fish pond? Are you having trouble planning the things that your pond should have? Well, stop worrying. Below are the list of the things that you should know on how to build and maintain a healthy fish pond.
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The very first thing you have to take in mind when making your fish pond is its depth. Having the proper depth for the size of your fish important for the way you pond will look. You will need a shallow pond if you plan to breed small fishes. Shallow pond would be about 4 feet deep, this is the minimum depth for fish ponds. But if you will breed large fishes, then you can have deeper.
It is not just the depth of your fish pond that matters, but also its width and length. Be sure, when making your pond, that there is enough space for the fish. A large pond will allow your fish to breed more than smaller ponds. It is known that there are some fishes that are territorial, which means that they need a space away from other fishes. This is because some fishes will sometimes attack other fishes that will cross their territory. Having enough space will mean that your fish won’t be attacking each other and your fishes will also have enough space to lay more eggs.
Your pond should have aquatic plans because they can help you keep your pond’s environment healthy. You should choose an underwater plant if its purpose is for providing oxygen for your fishes. These plants can give enough oxygen to your fishes. Find out also if your fish needs a shade, if they do then look form lily pads or other shade plants. Don’t put a lot of plants in your pond, let your fish adjust to their environment first. Build your pond under a shade but don’t build it under a tree because of the falling leaves.
If you want your pond to stay for a long time then investing to some equipment is a must. Water-pump, filtration system, water aerator and ultraviolet sterilizer are some of the equipments recommended for a long term fish pond.
Even before people existed, bacteria are believed to have been doing so
many roles in shaping life here on earth. They play diverse roles that
we discover a new one each passing day. They can adapt to any eco system
colonizing even new ones and breaking down materials as energy source.
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Bacteria are known to be either beneficial or detrimental to human
beings and other living creatures they come in contact with. They can be
beneficial when they perform the role of breaking down waste and
producing antibiotics. They can be detrimental when they play the role
of assaulting living organisms to cause diseases.
Because their being so adaptable to any environment, it didn’t take long
for them to be introduced to ponds. The type of bacteria that cause
human beings to acquire illnesses such as ulcer, septicaemia and fin rot
is the type that gives benefits to ponds. They basically work in pond
filters and help keep balance in the whole water system.
Despite the various benefits that bacteria can cause to ponds, their
impact to the pond still a bit underrated. Most pond keepers are well
aware of the fact that beneficial bacteria are the ones responsible in
the management of nitrogen cycle in the pond by breaking down ammonia
into nitrite and then into nitrate. What they do not know is that’s just
one of the many good things these bacteria can do to maintain a pond in
its pristine condition.
Beneficial bacteria are the ones to be thanked for the existence of bio
filter. This type of pond filter is responsible for making the water
suitable for bacteria to flourish in the pond and do what they got to do
in the pond–breaking down wastes products that enter the pond. The
role of beneficial bacteria is not a little thing to be overlooked at.
Among all the things that beneficial bacteria can do especially in koi
ponds, the breakdown of noxious ammonia into nitrites and then nitrates
is the most well-known. Many pond keepers resort to the use of bacteria
thinking that what they can just do is dealing with ammonia and nothing
else. This is extremely important since ammonia pose a huge threat to
the lives in the pond.
If the beneficial bacteria in the pond is being appreciated to the right
extent, you will find out that they are capable of causing much even
better things in the pond and maintaining the good quality of the pond
If ever you notice that despite the presence of beneficial bacteria in
the pond, the fish start gasping for air or organic matters start to
overtake the water system, you might be forgetting to do something.
Remember that bacteria are simple, one-celled organisms that digest
organic matter by discharging their digestive enzymes into the
surrounding water. If there are too much organic matter accumulation
more than the bacteria present in your bio filter can handle, you should
do something like cleaning the pond water yourself. As the owner, it is
still your duty to regularly do water changes so that beneficial
bacteria won’t have a hard time dealing with organic matters building
The 2010 Southern Building Show, which features its annual showcase
home, inspired a children’s playhouse – a miniature copy of a bold,
innovative sustainable home design featuring Marvin window and doors
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Every year the Southern Building Show in Atlanta features an innovative
and inspiring showcase home. This May’s show did not disappoint,
offering another exciting home design including Marvin windows and
doors. Known as the Midtown Green House, this year’s project features
green construction and will seek EarthCraft, LEED and ENERGY STAR
certification, as well as following the NAHB Green Building Standard.
From the concrete foundation to the green roof with garden, this eco
home’s bold, mid-century style combines converging planes of glass,
stacked stone and stucco and an asymmetrical, loft-style floor plan.
This private residence is located in Atlanta’s Midtown section, known
for its eclectic architectural style. Click here to see photos.
The AVI team of consultants worked with architect Joel Kelly Design,
builder The Hoots Group, and building engineers to ensure the Marvin
Clad French doors, Casement windows and Direct Glaze Polygon windows met
structural, architectural and energy efficiency requirements. All
windows and doors featured LoE3-366®glass, contributing to the home’s
sustainable design. The technology behind these windows is especially
effective at keeping the sun’s heat out in warmer climates where cooling
costs are high, such as Atlanta area homes. “And thanks to Marvin’s
design flexibility, the windows look just as beautiful in this
contemporary design as they do with traditional décor, said Peter
Diehl,” sales manager for AVI.
Building on the excitement generated by this showcase home, The Hoots
Group built a kid’s playhouse which also debuted at the Southern
Building Show. The Hoots Group provides home performance improvements
to existing homes and well as building new homes with a “whole-house”
approach to achieve healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient results
The playhouse will be raffled off as a charity benefit for the HomeAid
Atlanta’s Project Playhouse 2010 event, which takes place at The Avenue
Forsyth in Cumming from September 25 through October 23. HomeAid Atlanta
is a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates multi-unit
transitional housing for homeless families and individuals in the metro
Atlanta area. Through the building industry’s generous support, HomeAid
has built or renovated nearly 1,000 shelters. An article in the Atlanta
Building News featured the HomeAid playhouse event this past May.
This stunning miniature copy of the showcase home incorporated the same
mid-century contemporary design and green architecture translated into a
kid-friendly funhouse with an artificial turf cool roof, a roof-top
terrace, and a roomy loft accessible by ladder. Keeping with the
original design’s sophistication, the playhouse also includes faux stone
and stucco facades, spray foam insulated walls, high grade hardwood
interiors and energy efficient Integrity® from Marvin Casement windows
donated by AVI.
“We’re pleased to contribute to such a great cause, plus Integrity
windows fit the green aspect of this project perfectly,” said Peter
Integrity windows and doors are made of Ultrex®, a pultruded fiberglass
window material whose main ingredient is sand, a safe, renewable
resource. In addition, Integrity’s manufacturing process incorporates
steps to protect the environment. The fact that Integrity’s Ultrex
fiberglass construction is exceptionally strong and long lasting means
they require less window replacement and upkeep, reducing wasted
building materials that must be land filled and decreasing the need for
solvent-based paints. From start to finish, Integrity’s sustainable
design contributes to a greener future.
Whether it is modern myth, legend or fact, it is said that as soon as
painters finish painting the Forth Bridge in Scotland, they have to
start again. Sometimes it feels like that with cleaning windows – as
soon as you’ve done it, they seem to need cleaning all over again.
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Well imagine how long that might take if your whole building was made of
glass. We’re not talking about people who live in Greenhouses here, but
the massive modern facades of contemporary office spaces, their faces
glistening and bright. And while people in glass houses shouldn’t throw
stones, they should also think about how they’re going to clean the
But if that’s not enough, these modern, gleaming edifices can cause even
bigger problems – repair and maintenance. Think about it – in the time
you live in your house there’s a chance you will replace the windows,
maybe more than once. You very rarely need to replace the bricks. So for
those buildings that are predominantly glass this can be a massive
undertaking. While they look pretty flashy, they can be cause of a huge
amount of commercial glazing maintenance. Glazing repairs have to be
handled by professional outfits and if you thought changing your glass
was a pain, imagine doing it thousands of feet up. Commercial glazing
maintenance is not only about replacement but also needs to take into
account the upgrading of thermal and drainage performance, replacement
of handles, hinges, locks, installation of seals and relevant safety and
privacy films as well as upgrades to meet current health and safety
regulations. And once all the glazing repairs have been done there’s
still a fair bit of cleaning left to do.
So next time you’re moaning about cleaning your windows, just remember it could be a whole lot worse.
Un-Plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride or uPVC windows and doors have gained popularity in the UK. This is because of the various advantages they offer over their counterparts. Some of these advantages include:
- Energy Efficiency: uPVC windows and doors are composed of
a material that provides greater thermal insulation than the standard
wood or aluminum based products. This means that you will make huge
savings on heating systems during the winters, since these doors and
windows will provide adequate insulation, and in the summers, they will
help keep the temperature low, thus cutting back the air conditioning
costs. The prices of electricity are on rise in the UK and these
products are a great way to save on energy bills.
- Maintenance: Wooden frames on windows and doors require a
lot of maintenance, such as painting, sanding and refilling of wood.
Aluminum frames provide some respite but they too are highly vulnerable
to rusting. uPVC windows, on the other hand, are a perfect substitute
for both. They are made by using a plastic substance that is both highly
durable and resistance to the adverse effects of the elements,
including fire, water, snow, etc. Cleaning them is also an easy job and
can be done with the use of a wet cloth and cleaning liquids. To obtain
the original shine, all you have to do is wash and wipe.
- Cost Efficiency: uPVC windows and doors can be purchased
at similar prices to their identical aluminum and wooden counterparts.
They also provide value for the expenditure because they can last for a
- Safety of Product: Wooden doors and windows can be easily
broken into. This is yet another area where uPVC products take the
lead. Their firmness and strength match that of the aluminum frames.
However, to utilize their full potential, it is advisable to install a
good quality locking system, probably a multi point locking system.
- Beauty: uPVC windows and doors allow light to recede through their frame. This can help create beautiful contours in the living space.
uPVC Windows vs Composite Doors
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Composite doors are the latest offering from the house furnishing
industry. These doors are designed keeping in mind the common
shortcomings of the single material doors. These utilize a unique
combination of materials, handpicked for their specific properties, to
create a combination that effectively weeds out the old flaws.
Some of the materials used are PVC, insulating foam, wood and glass
reinforced plastic (GRP). The subsequent product is extremely strong and
secure. A composite door is even more weather resistant than its uPVC
counterpart and the insulated foam core provides extended heat
resistance. These doors are specifically designed to resemble wooden
doors, but, unlike wood, they neither get discoloured nor do they fade
or require extensive maintenance. uPVC windows and doors provide all
such capabilities and at lower costs.
Bi Folding Doors made of uPVC
Bi folding doors made of uPVC are designed to meet the needs of
contemporary households that combine beauty and utility. Here the door
panels are configured into several folds, which provide greater
versatility. This means that the doors take up very little space at the
entrance or exit but provide optimal lighting with minimum obstruction
to movement. The wider opening allows the owner to have a much better
view of the outdoors and attached garden all year round. These doors are
also ideal for installation in areas where a partition is required
between rooms or where the exit leads to a patio.
Some manufacturers are providing even more superior forms of bi folding
doors. These revolutionary products offer a smooth and simple
functionality with the use of a top or bottom rail concertina mechanism
rather the conventional top hung system. The door system has a slim
panel gap, which offers increased aesthetic appeal. These products can
be used to create a glass wall up to 6 metres wide. They can even come
with a 10 year guarantee.
The very short answer as to why window templates should be used is that
they ensure much faster construction of complex windows. Window
templates are made from cavity closers which have become an essential
component of the construction industry over the years. Cavity closers
are comprised of a number of different parts, all neatly packaged into
one, easy to install product. A rigid bricklaying template, a window
acceptor, a damp-proof course and a thermal break between the inside and
outside of the wall all make up a cavity closure. Once this has been
installed, the window can be easily and quickly fitted, saving
construction workers both time and money.
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Cavity closers and window templates were first introduced in the 1980’s
and since then have become more and more relied upon for quick and easy
window installation. Windows in the home not only need to look good, but
they also need to provide excellent security, noise reduction and
insulation. In the winter months the heat needs to be retained, and in
the summer months the heat from the sun needs to be kept at arm’s
length. Cavity closers made of PVC-U fulfill all these functions well.
Furthermore the material PVC-U is completely recyclable too which makes
it a friend rather than a foe of the environment.
A PVC-U cavity closure ensures the total elimination of moisture around a
window or on the glass. This can sometimes be a major problem with
houses and can cause a great deal of damage. The effective seal and
unique properties of this type of cavity closer remove this problem
altogether. They are completely air tight and comply with all building
regulations on this matter. They also come complete with an overhead
vent with an external flush grill that improves their aesthetic appeal.
Another feature of a PVC-U cavity closer is that they act as a brickwork
template so the window itself can be easily fitted at a later date.
This is a huge time saver for construction workers and builders who can
complete the job much more quickly.
There is no other product as effective at sealing cavities around newly
built walls and consequently they have become one of the essential
components in any new-build project. They optimise productivity for
those who are installing windows as much less time is required to do it.
The spring-clip system allows pre-glazed windows to be “clipped” into
place in no time at all. There is no adhesive required or any special
tools needed to fit windows once a cavity closer is in place. The damp
proof layer and effective moisture barrier continue to be effective for
many years to come helping to keep a home completely dry and free from
moisture. The PVC-U material lasts for decades too as it extremely hard
wearing and durable. Despite this it is 100% recyclable unlike other
types of plastic materials.
Cavity closers and cavity barriers made from PVC-U are completely
recyclable, easy to install and allow huge time and monetary savings to
be made. They do not harm the environment and are an efficient way to
fit windows. The idea of a window template such as these has
revolutionized the way windows are installed and removes the need for
tools, equipment and specialist adhesives. The end result is a window
that look great, is super strong, offers great protection and keeps
noise levels to a minimum. The insulation offered is second to none too.
They make the installation of glazed windows and even the fitting of a
window board much easier to do, and that is how they have become
invaluable to building teams across the world.
If you have completed decoration of your home and office except
bathroom, kitchen and window of your living space and are planning to
enhance internal beauty of these places with stylish decorative
accessories, then roller blinds is perfect solution for you because
apart from beautifying it also controls heat, magnifies the sunlight,
prevents dust and proficiently maintain privacy. Furthermore, highly
attractive roller blinds check unwanted noise from entering into the
room and also maintain coolness and cleaning of office and corporate
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Roller blinds are effective for kitchen and bathrooms because waterproof
roller blinds also available in the market. Before the advent of roller
blinds, all of us were using old, outdated and traditional kinds of
curtains that fail to prevent dust and unwanted noise and could not give
the complete privacy to users. Today, roller blinds are favored as it
occupies less space and look trendy as compared to conventional kinds of
curtains. These roller blinds are made to fit your windows. They are
not only providing privacy to your bathroom area but also ensure that
your roller blind fabric is complete waterproof and the fabric doesn’t
spoil from frequent splashes.
There are a wide rage of roller blinds are available in the market which
are panel blinds, velux blinds, conservatory blinds, venetian blinds,
roman blinds, blackout blinds and many more blinds to choose the perfect
according to your requirement, theme of the wall of home, kitchen,
bathrooms of office and corporate house. You can also choose the roller
blinds according to your budget that suit you.
Choosing simple and plain roller blinds will not be advantageous because
these blinds can be spoiled by water as these blinds are not waterproof
therefore always use waterproof roller blinds for kitchen and bathroom.
It also has the quality to offer the complete privacy to customer who
have own these waterproof roller blinds. The other options are available
to waterproof roller blinds, like the Venetian roller blinds that are
also water resistant and give an alternate option for your bathroom
The waterproof roller blinds are available in both with manual operation
and motorised. Motorised blinds run on the electricity the help of
remote control. You can choose one from either as per your requirement
and budget because motorised blinds are little bit expensive. The plain
and waterproof roller blinds are available in various colours such as
gaudy orange, maroon, blue to sober cream, beige, and lilac. Choose the
colours or roller blinds as per theme of your home and office.
The bathroom area is one place of refuge and rejuvenation and hence
calls for creativity while designing it. The designer bathrooms are a
rage these days. High glamour quotient of the place makes it a special
room or rather glamour room these days. Considering luxurious bathrooms,
one can accommodate a spacious bathroom bath along with shower. When a
combo of bathtub and overhead shower comes into existence, the whole
idea of luxury shower gets manifested.
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A spacious bathtub with large XL overhead shower is a dream come true
and rejuvenates one to the core. Submerged in water and still
experiencing the droplets one feels enchanted. The whole set up is
magnetic and allures one to get a relaxed and prolonged bath. The charm
and magic of such a shower creates a remarkable bathing experience. The
whole idea of XL showers for the large bathtubs is aristocratic in the
In this structure a lighted shower lamp would add startling effect. The
lamp gives that additional oomph factor to the bathroom space. Closing
all other lights and bathing under the colored shower lamp light would
be resplendent and enigmatic. A mesmerizing time would be the resultant
of this bath and shower lamp combination. Magic and fantasy coming to
life with this wonder generating bathroom area. The very exciting idea
of relaxing in bathtub with illuminating beam of light filled droplets
falling on you is a total splendiferous feel. Also putting on some light
soothing music is like adding to the extravaganza.
The very glamour toned bath area oozes spunk and guarantees an
unforgettable bathing experience. Add a little fragrance in water and
just ponder on that self pampering spa adventure. This would be a total
get together of comfort, relaxation and therapy all packed in glamour
package. Wow! This certainly is mind-blowing and innovative to the hilt.
The wonderful part is what wonders it formulates in the moods and
emotions. It definitely alleviates one’s state of mind and takes one on a
self elucidating trip. One amazing way to get over with the stress and
hardships of the world, this bathing bonanza is a gift for the self.
So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself a calming and relaxing time
with the aid of bathroom bath and large overhead bathroom shower. Just
let water make you feel special and enjoy your ‘my time’ away from the
hustle bustle of routine and ennui life. Take a plunge in beating the
boredom with this wonderful bath. Just dive in and pamper yourself!
When it comes to buying double glazing, it is often the sales
representative rather than the customer who is control of the ordering
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There are many reasons for this, not least that the topic of double
glazing is a rather esoteric one, and people often do not know which
questions to ask when looking into the many different options that are
available. The companies, both local and national, know this fore well,
and often deliberately mislead people into making the most expensive
Here are some questions that you can ask of the double glazing company
which you are looking into, or of the salesman who is offering you the
How much is the deposit?
Often, double glazing sales people try and get as large a deposit as
possible upfront. This can leave you exposed if, when the work is
completed, you feel that the contract has not been fulfilled to your
expectations. For this reason, look to pay no more than 25% of the total
cost of the window fitting as a deposit, and be extremely wary of any
incentive which works on you paying more – for example ‘special rates’
if you pay a very high deposit.
How will you pay the deposit?
In the UK, any purchase made with a credit card protects you against a
breach of contract, as it is the credit card company who become jointly
liable with the firm who have done the work.
For this reason, it is advisable to pay your deposit on credit card, as
this will offer you a level of protection should the work not be carried
out as agreed.
In addition, there are numerous cases where salespeople have taken
deposits for businesses that are about to go bankrupt, or which go
bankrupt prior to the contract being fulfilled. By paying on credit card
you offer yourself a level of protection, as claiming money from a
liquidator can often be a difficult process.
Is the company FENSA registered?
There are over 9000 FENSA registered companies in the UK, and it is
advised to go with a company who do use the FENESTRATION – SELF
ASSESSMENT as a means of measuring their work against UK building
FENSA are currently on a drive to convey to homeowners the benefits of
using a registered installer, and whilst opting for a company which is
registered does not guarantee a hassle free installation, it does
indicate a level of achievement on behalf of the company. Considering
the costs involved in installing new windows, this should give you, the
customer, some piece of mind in knowing that you are about to use a
Can you see examples of the company’s work?
Most, if not all, companies will be happy to show some of their work if
you ask them to. But be aware, they are unlikely to take you around a
project which has not gone smoothly. For this reason, you could ask your
friends and family for their experiences, or check online to see
feedback on the firm. When using the internet to check up on a company,
keep in mind that people are more likely to report negative experiences
than positive ones – a sad fact of life – and, especially in the case of
UK wide companies – this can generate an appearance of incompetence
where really the overall picture is actually of decent work.
In addition, as with everything on the internet nowadays, companies will
use forums to both mislead potential consumers in regard to their
successes, and also try to discredit the work of their competitors.
Many are attracted by the idea of redecorating their home from time to
time. And when these people consider that, they usually buy into the
idea that it is worth hiring a professional. Not just because it is
generally conceded that a professional decorator can usually be depended
on to do a better decorating job than the average Joe who lacks
specialist knowledge in the field; people who have hired decorators
before have testified that the option to hire a professional saves time
and money and other than in minority of cases a professional decorator
can usually achieve a much higher quality of ‘finish (as it is known in
the trade) than a DIY decorator. (Of course, a proper professional
decorator would know which products are best for a given circumstance –
obtaining the best result possible is often about more than just doing
your best to take care as you work with whatever it is you have got in
your unsparing efforts to get it right first time!). It often comes
down to years of day in, day out experience on the job so to speak.
Something which often, only the professional decorator who has been
decorating for his whole career can claim to have.
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All over the web, authors of comparison websites and other websites are
quick to point out that a professional decorator is not just someone who
is simply capable of doing the job to a satisfactory standard. Rather,
such a person is time and time again designated as someone who turns up
on time and finishes the job when they say, without charging too much.
Finding such a person can seem a particularly frustrating challenge
But even the customer should know that, even two decorators of good
repute are not always the same and equally worth considering. It has
been commented that painters and decorators come with a variety of
skills – some are merely experts with paint and wallpaper, who can
always be trusted to produce a result that is not uneven and ugly; while
others may be able to boast additional interior design skills and they
may be apt at helping you choose accent colours or redesigning a room
from scratch. No-one would want to know that they had been responsible
for inadvertently wasting someone’s time; so when you go looking for a
professional decorator, be ready to provide a reasonably well-detailed
account of what you actually want done. Given the scope of decorating
jobs as a whole, a particular pair can have significant variations and
differences; and not just the size of the job.
Even web article writers recommend speaking to friends, family members
or work colleagues when it comes to asking about professional decorating
services. The British Decorators Association lays down a Code of
Practice to promote reliable professional decorating services.
If in doubt, it makes sense to go to one of the online sites which have
recently popped up which save you the time and trouble of having to
scour the telephone directories waiting for decorators who may or may
not ring you back to give you a quote and who then in turn may or may
not turn up to do the job. It is better to get free quotes in a few
clicks than spend your valuable time waiting on tradespeople. If you do
use a free quote site then it always important to submit a review of
your decorator. This means that for a few minutes of your time when
your decorator has finished your job you can give your opinion on him
and if it is a good review he will win more work from other potential
customers looking for decorators on the comparison sites. If it is a
bad review you have warned off any unsuspecting customers who might have
otherwise been taken for a ride by your rogue decorator.
Good luck with your decorating project and we hope you find a good
decorator. If you do, don’t forget to right the review so that everyone
else can benefit from his or her services.