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Lake Doctors Recognized as One of Top Three Distributors for AquaMaster Fountains

The Lake Doctors, Inc. is proud to be recognized as one of the top 3 fountain distributors in the United States for AquaMaster Fountains and Aerators, one of the industry leaders for quality & dependable fountains and aerators. As an AquaMaster partner for many years, The Lake Doctors continues to focus on building long-term client relationships by offering installation, repair and maintenance of the highest quality fountains and aeration systems available.

In our environmentally conscious times, today’s aquatic managers are making fountains and aeration, one of the foundations of their water management programs. Healthy lakes or ponds attracts visitors and wildlife while providing a healthy environment for fish. Without oxygen, even a well-maintained lake can suffer from severe algae, unpleasant odors, mosquito problems, and poor appearance. Increasing the oxygen levels enable a natural clean-up process that keep lakes and ponds beautiful and healthy.

During our Annual Sales Meeting last month, we had the pleasure of hosting Bill Morgan with AquaMaster as he recognized our team for outstanding sales and service achievements in 2017 with this commendable award.

Another highlight for The Lake Doctors this year is our inclusion in the 2018 AquaMaster Annual Calendar, showcasing captivating images of different fountain projects submitted by industry professionals. You can find one of our Clearwater FL fountain projects as the March feature of the 2018 calendar of two Etna Volcano fountains.

Water Quality Testing

lake fountain pumpAs an effort to keep your lakes and ponds healthy, it is essential to invest in our water management programs to ensure the safety of your water. We provide comprehensive water quality testing that includes water chemistry to determine many factors that could be impacting your waters negatively. See below to learn some of the items we commonly test.

  • Dissolved Oxygen- Levels of dissolved gas should not exceed certain levels to avoid harm to your aquatic life. This test measures your water’s ability to cultivate plants and animals.
  • Temperature- Understanding your water’s temperature can determine what could be causing certain aquatic problems. Temperature is a significant part of a lake’s ecosystem.
  • Clarity- When we check the clarity of your water, we are determining the transparency of the water. Turbidity measures the clarity of the water.
  • Color- Testing the color of the water can help us determine what type of living and organic matter is in your lakes and ponds.
  • Phosphate- We test for phosphates in the water because they are needed for proper growth.
  • Nitrates- Nitrogen is a necessity for lakes and ponds because it helps increase plant growth and controls eutrophication.

There are many other items we test for during your detailed water quality testing. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to discuss more in-depth about our water testing services and to learn more about our lake fountain pump.

Benefits to Fish Stocking

lake and pond managementAt Lake Doctors, we utilize the practice of fish stocking for many aquatic reasons while we perform our lake and pond management services. Fish stocking is the raising of fish in a controlled area, such as an incubator, to release them into waterways, such as lakes and ponds, to help populate the existing body of water. Below we list the many benefits to fish stocking.

  • Environmentally Balanced

Ensuring your body of water contains a diverse population of fish is an integral part of creating an environmentally balanced lake and pond. It is important to consider what fish are native to your area and will provide appropriate benefits to your lakes. Our comprehensive aquatic services can help identify your specific needs.

  • Help Maintain Weed Problems

Lakes that suffer from problematic weeds can benefit significantly from an integrated aquatic management program that combines herbicide application and fish stocking to help eliminate harmful weeds. Stocking your lakes and ponds with Triploid Grass Carp is a great way to naturally remove specific weed problems.

  • Recreational Use

For the fisherman in all of us, stocking your bodies of water with fish is a great way to ensure you catch something! The Sunshine Bass is a great fish to have in your lakes for a large catch that is sure to impress your friends.

Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our lake and pond management services and our fish stocking options.

Problems Associated With Mosquito Infestations

mosquito pond treatmentWhen mosquitos go untreated, they can become a serious problem and nuisance for your lakes and ponds. Mosquitos often inhabit your waterways due to increased amounts of uncontrolled weeds and algae. These insects hatch their eggs into larvae at the bottom of your ponds and lakes, where they then hatch into adult mosquitos. Mosquitos are attracted to water with a lot of muck and debris to create nests in the weeds. Our mosquito pond treatment helps lake owners enjoy their bodies of water by eliminating large areas that are overrun with mosquitos. Learn more about the problems associated with mosquito infestations.

  • Mosquito infestations in your lakes and ponds create a disturbance for you and your guests. These insects create itchy bites that can become irritated and infected.
  • Mosquitos carry diseases such as Zika and West Nile virus that can be very dangerous and even deadly to humans and animals.
  • When large amounts of insects distribute their fecal material and die, they can create soiling and staining on objects. Since lakes and docks usually contain boats, wave runners, docks, homes, and other buildings, these structures can become unsightly due to the stains.

If you are having issues with mosquito infestations in your lakes, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 for a free custom proposal that fits your budget and needs.

 

A Good Deed Goes a Long Way

pond aerators and fountains At Lake Doctor’s, we strive to help others by offering helpful aquatic services that help determine any potential problems or issues associated with your ponds and lakes. We are always excited to help others by formulating custom aquatic solutions and providing affordable pond aerators and fountains. Recently, Todd Denham, one of our biologists based out of our South Carolina office and Marine Corp veteran, was approached while getting gas at the only gas station in the small, rural town of Jamestown, SC. Our team passes through this town many times a month on the way to treat accounts in Myrtle Beach. The town administrator asked Todd for help in getting this memorial fountain back up and running for the family.

As a company which supports and employs many veterans, we, of course, were eager to assist. After performing a detailed aquatic survey, we determined this ornamental fountain only needed a $30 pump, about the size of a wallet. With the help of Seth Hester, our Fountain Manager, we were able to install the fountain at the Jamestown Town Square on our way to Myrtle Beach. A team success that helped restore a local and beloved fountain.

If you are interested in learning more about our aquatic services and fountains, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to schedule a consultation.

Different Categories of Aquatic Plants

aquatic management servicesThe Lake Doctors strive to offer helpful aquatic services to better educate our clients on how to identify aquatic plants and possible problems associated with waterways.  When it comes to aquatic plant identification, it is important to know that there are four general categories: submersed, floating, emergent, and algae. Check below to learn more in-depth about aquatic plant categories and their species.

  1. Submersed Plants

This category of plants are entirely submersed underwater and embedded in the sediment of the bottom floor. These plants generally produce flowers and tend to be known as problematic. Examples of submersed plants are elodia, coontail, chara, and more.

  1. Floating Plants

Floating plants can either float upon the surface of the water and receive their nutrients from the water itself, or they can be embedded into the sediment of the bottom floor and have their leaves float atop of the water. Some examples of floating plants are fragrant water lily, duckweed, and more.

  1. Emergent Plants

Emergent plants grow in shallow areas of lakes and ponds and receive their vegetation above water levels. This category of plants is often referred to as wetland plants and do not always need water to survive. Examples of these plants are cattails, smartweed, and more.

  1. Algae

Algae are single-celled or multi-celled plants that have several different groups associated with their category. Algae can be characterized by being planktonic, filamentous, and macrophytic, and more.

Contact us at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our aquatic management services.

Armored Catfish

Biologist Geoff Camp with an armored catfish at a lake in Cape Coral, Florida.The Loricariids, also known as “armored catfish,” are a popular aquarium fish that use their suckered mouths to clean algae and detritus build up from the tanks. This cleaning behavior, which is helpful in tanks, is devastating to aquatic plant life since their activities erode local shorelines up to ten feet.

These prehistoric looking catfish have thick, boney plates and are also referred to as Plecostomus or Plecos. Depending on the species, they can grow to lengths up to 24 inches and can weigh up to three pounds. They are native to tropical South America and Central America and were introduced to Florida in the 1950s for use in aquariums.

In the wild, armored catfish will create long burrows along a shoreline, and the female will deposit her eggs. The burrows can collapse from the weight of a human, making them a nuisance and a hazard that can cause injury and increase the likelihood of erosion along canal and shorelines.

Armored catfish have been added to the growing list of non-native fish in local waters, and they are likely not going anywhere due to their adverse impact on the balance within the environment. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our lake and pond management services.

Biologist Geoff Camp with an armored catfish at a lake in Cape Coral, Florida.

Problems Associated With Uncontrolled Weeds & Algae

aquatic weed removalWhen it comes to your lakes and ponds, it is important to always stay proactive in your efforts to keep aquatic weeds and algae maintained. When weeds and algae become uncontrolled and consume your water sources, there are many harmful consequences. Below we list the many problems associated with uncontrolled water weeds and algae.

  • Ensure your water is clear of algae and weeds to help your guests enjoy their time on your lakes and ponds. When too many weeds accumulate, this can cause issues with fishing and watersports, such as wave runners, boating, and skiing.
  • Too many weeds and algae lower oxygen levels in the water which is harmful to fish and other aquatic wildlife.
  • The natural flow of water can be interrupted if weeds and algae become uncontrollable, causing harm to boaters and wildlife.
  • When waterways become overcome with unsightly algae, boating traffic can be hindered. Boaters will have to take alternate routes in lakes to avoid the weeds and could cause dangerous driving efforts.

Do you have issues with weeds and algae in your lakes and ponds? Look to The Lake Doctors for comprehensive inspections and treatments to help you control and prevent unhealthy weed and algae growth. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about estimates regarding our aquatic weed removal.

 

Stay Informed on The Lake Doctor’s Blog

lake and pond managementWe are committed to helping our clients by offering comprehensive lake and pond management through a plethora of aquatic services. Check below to learn more in-depth about a few of the services that we offer.

  • Annual Management Program

Through our annual program, our knowledgeable staff will visit your lake and ponds to conduct a thorough aquatic survey that determines any potential risks and issues. We identify types of weeds, water clarity, water species, and other informative details that can affect your water source.

  • Weed Control and Algae Treatment

Through our weed control and algae treatment, we can help bring life back to your ponds and lakes. When algae and weeds become uncontrollable, they can consume oxygen levels found in the water, causing harm to fish and other wildlife.

  • Lake Fountains & Aeration Systems

We offer several different brands of lake fountains and aeration systems, while providing seamless installations for an added convenience to our customers. Our aeration systems help ponds and lakes have healthy levels of oxygen for wildlife.

We offer many more services than what is listed above. If you are interested in learning more about the aquatic services that we provide to help your ponds and lakes thrive, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Circulators and their Benefits

Is your body of water having reoccurring algae problems that algaecide treatments just can’t seem to fix? Your answer might just be the installation of a device called a pond circulator. A pond circulator is a  simple tool where a propeller is attached to a motor and can either be mounted horizontally under a surface float or to a dock or any other hard surface or object. Providing multiple benefits, a circulator  will keep your pond or lake mixed, reducing algae and other unsightly weeds and biological contents. Circulators can also be used to push trash and sludge to the shore for easy clean-up and will greatly improve the health and vitality of  your water.

Case Study 

We’d like to share a recent success story from one of our accounts on Sanibel Island, in which the installation of a simple circulator  helped restore water quality and drastically improve the appearance of the pond.

One of the smaller ponds on the property was having reoccurring algae issues and had been having ongoing problems for quite some time. Our team used multiple algaecide treatments and even tried other preventative methods including; muck digestor pellets, beneficial bacteria, and pond dye. We even performed a physical removal of algae which helped temporarily but the algae soon returned. Each and every pond is comprised of their own unique characteristics and require different treatment plans. After further evaluation, we installed a pond circulator and within days the algae started to clear. Since the installation, the pond has maintained a healthy balance and treatment is only required 3 times per year. Our customer could not be happier with the results and thus have installed fountains and aeration systems in the rest of the account’s lakes and ponds.

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