We are conveniently located at 2530 Butler Street, Dallas, Texas 75235. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Call 214-956-7382 or send a fax to 214-351-2808.
We offer water feature products to suit every budget and lifestyle ... from small container water gardens to ecosystem ponds!
Whether you plan on doing part of the work yourself or you are looking for full service design and installation, Water Gardens Galore will work with you from inspiration to installation to insure your vision is realized.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about water gardens.
I'm planning a new pond or fountain. What should I consider?
Size: for plants and goldfish almost any size surface area and 12" to 18" deep. Koi need at least 6 to 8 feet surface and at least one section of the pond 2.5 to 3 feet deep.
Location: shade will keep down algae bloom BUT water lilies need a bare
minimum of 3 to 4 hours sun to bloom and leaves, tassels, etc falling from
tress can cause serious problems in the pond so it is best not to locate
directly under trees
Pond lining: a preformed shell or flexible liner is recommended for plants and fish as concrete must be sealed and cured.
What about pumps and filters?
Pump/Filter: will be determined by special features (waterfall, fountain) and type and number of fish. Filtration is MECHANICAL (pump), CHEMICAL (carbon or zeolite), BIOLOGICAL (a container filled with a media that will allow beneficial bacteria to colonize and help remove or neutralize waste). A pump is used to circulate water in the pond and/or through a filter, for a waterfall or fountain and to oxygenate the water. A small pond with a good balance of plants and goldfish does not necessarily require a pump or filter. Size of pump will be designated by gallons per hour or horsepower. For MECHANICAL or CHEMICAL filtration, turn the water in the pond every 2 hours. BIOLOGICAL filtration, every 4-6 hours.
My pond is constructed ... what next?
Use a chlorine remover to insure any chlorine/chloramine in the water is neutralized. Plants may be added immediately. Fish about two weeks after plants. Please be patient with your new pond. It can take four to eight weeks to balance and will probably turn "green" before it reaches that balance and clears.
How do I get rid of ALGAE (green soupy water or "moss")?
If your pond has plants and fish, work toward a goal of 50% to 70% of your water surface with plant coverage. Check your pH - too high or too low can affect algae growth. Stop feeding your fish until algae is under control, then feed sparingly. To help clear "green water", there are flocculants, enzymes and ultra-violet lights available. For string algae or blanket weed you may try enzymes, yellow cornmeal or an in-line magnet.
What plants are recommended?
All plants work as natural filters and give shade, shelter and food for your fish. The premiere plants are lilies and lotus. Both like sun, give good surface coverage and have beautiful blooms. Lotus and hardy lilies die back in the winter, but are perennial. Tropical day and night blooming lilies may or may not be perennial in Texas, but are worth the gamble for their vibrant colors, aroma and frequency of bloom. Marginal or bog plants add variety and interest to your pond; from Arum to Water Poppy, both hardy and tropical, there are too many types to name here. Oxygenators are underwater plants that may be left free floating or potted and help with surface coverage and as spawning media for fish.
So, how about fish?
As a lily is the prized plant, a koi is the prized fish. Unfortunately, as they grow larger, koi will turn over pots, uproot and eat lilies, so we usually suggest goldfish to go with your lilies or consider two ponds - one for koi, one for lilies. Keep in mind that goldfish will grow to the size of the pond, but koi continue to grow and can reach a size of 2 to 3 feet and 30 to 60 pounds, so you must allow more space for them. You can purchase imported koi or domestic koi. The more expensive koi have been selectively bred for color and markings.
The goldfish family has many varieties - for the pond, the best choices are regular pond comets (gold or red), sarassa comets (red and white), shubunkins (multicolor or "calico"), or gold or calico fantails. These will usually grow 8 to 12 inches in an average pond.
How many fish should I have in my pond?
A general rule is 2 to 3 inches of fish per square foot. Remember that they grow!