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Blue Is the New Green: Creating Beautiful Ponds on Eco-Friendly Rooftops

Posted by on Friday, January 24th, 2014

A chic rooftop pond is beautiful and environmentally-friendly.
Image from inhabitat.com

In the last decade, “green rooftops” have become an important instrument of urban environmentalism. Green rooftops are typically a bunch of plants literally planted on a roof- a layer of dirt (or another “planting medium”) and a drainage layer are installed over an insulation layer on top of the roof. The benefits of this are more than just a garden in the sky. A rooftop garden dramatically lowers energy costs by providing extra insulation, with the added benefit of prolonging the life of heating and other HVAC systems. Additionally, a collection of them can even help lower the temperature of a city by absorbing heat that is otherwise dispersed around the sweltering downtown canyons.

Green rooftops help to collect rainwater as well. This helps to lower the amount of storm run-off that floods sewer systems during rainfalls. In fact, it is estimated that green roofs can absorb (and obviously use) 70-90% of rainwater during the summer. People are beginning to recognize that the collection of rainwater, and what can be done with it, is an important factor of green roofs. Collecting rainwater isn’t new, of course. But people are beginning to recognize that this collection doesn’t have to be merely utilitarian- it can also be beautiful. A roof can become a garden with fully functioning, and functional, ponds. A roof becomes a green roof, and a green roof become blue.

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Koi in the Living Room: A Luxury Indoor Pond Brings Serenity to Your House

Posted by on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Indoor koi

An indoor koi pond brings you the peace of a pond without distractions.
Image from aquaeden.com

It’s hard to hear the phrase “koi pond” without feeling a sense of peace. They are famous for being a corner of your backward toward which you can retreat, and lets the stressful veil of the modern world slip away, revealing your true and serene self.  But suppose you live on a busy street, or near a runway? Suppose your neighbors have just put a trampoline in their yard and have a pack of screaming kids? The honking and the roar of engines and the cacophony of yodeling bouncers make it near impossible to find peace, no matter how wise-seeming your fish. So what to do?

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Okeanos Eliminates the Need for Chlorine in Swimming Pools

Posted by on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Natural Swimming Pool

Natural pool with nearby water garden — Image source: Swimming-teich.com

“Expect poison from the standing water.”

William Blake, my all time favorite poet, said that. He meant that much more in the metaphorical sense — nothing good comes from inaction. Today, I’m going to take it in the literal sense. If you let a body of water sit on its own for long enough, it’s bound to become teeming with microorganisms. You see, humans aren’t the only creatures that love water. Germs, parasites, and other microorganisms simply adore standing water.

So, we do our best to keep our swimming pools clean by dumping chlorine into the water, which acts as a very mild poison. It’s toxic to tiny creatures that live in the water, and it can even be harmful to children, causing health problems such as asthma.

Natural Swimming Pool

Two kids at a natural swimming pool — Image source: Swimuniversity.com

So pool owners everywhere are done worrying about the potential health risks, not to mention that unpleasant chlorine smell. They’re throwing out the chlorine with the bathwater (so to speak) by seeking alternatives to chlorine.

We discussed natural swimming pools a few days ago. These chlorine-free pools combine the beauty of natural ponds with the functionality of swimming pools. The big problem, however, is that natural pools can become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. I don’t care how eco-friendly you are — nobody likes swimming in a dirty pond.

Another alternative that is often proposed is simply adding salt to the water.  The saline movement is gaining popularity, but even this is not a natural solution. Chlorine is a natural byproduct of salt, so you will not be fully eliminating the presence of chlorine in the water, meaning the health risks involved with chlorine use will still be present.

But wait! There’s actually a third alternative. Here at Okeanos Group Aquascaping, we performed a little experiment with a modified aquarium filter to see how clean we could make the water. Here are the results:

It looks like a normal swimming pool, doesn’t it? We didn’t use one single drop of sterilizing chemicals to get that crystal-clear water. Instead, we relied entirely on a customized, state-of-the-art aquarium filtration system to remove any impurities.

But don’t take our word for it. QC Laboratories, a company that specializes in scientifically analyzing trace chemicals, tested the water and concluded that it was the cleanest filtered water they’d ever encountered. In fact, it passed regulatory standards by leaps and bounds.

Filtered swimming pool

The filtered swimming pool from Okeanos.

This experiment opens up a whole world of possibilities for luxurious natural swimming pools. A lot of people out there wouldn’t even begin to entertain the idea of a natural swimming pool because they’re afraid of germs, or because they want the crystal-clear waters that (they believe) only chlorine-based pools can offer.

However, this water filter allows you to get the best of both worlds: the clean, sterile swimming conditions of a chlorine-based pool, with the organic beauty of a natural swimming pool. The water will be perfectly crystal clear at all times. And while it’s best to create your natural swimming pool indoors, it can also be built outdoors, and still remain clean.

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool with custom aquarium filter.

So, you might want to rethink your backyard. You could do what everybody else does and install a concrete swimming pool… OR you could impress all of your friends and family by installing a stunning, one-of-a-kind, natural swimming pool.  It’s almost like swimming in your own giant aquarium!

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Can Luxury Aquariums Double as Natural Swimming Pools?

Posted by on Friday, November 15th, 2013

Natural Swimming Pool

Image source: Inhabitat.com

How would you like to swim with the fishes? No, I don’t mean in the “killed by the mafia” sense of the phrase — I mean literally swim alongside fish. Some squeamish folk may not be keen on the idea, but others adore the idea of a natural, beautiful aquascape that is both an art piece and a swimming pool. But is such a thing even possible?

Pond swimming pool hybrid

Image from pondlady.blogspot.com

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Bringing Nature Inside with a Custom Indoor Pond

Posted by on Friday, August 30th, 2013

Indoor Pond at a Mall

Image source: Makeakoipond.com

We’ve all heard of indoor pools… but what about an indoor pond? It might sound strange, but really the idea isn’t very far-fetched. If anything, it’s relatively tame compared to all of the other far-out innovations in aquatic architecture, like floating schools and underwater hotels. Continue reading…

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Find Inspiration From These Stunning Backyard Aquascapes

Posted by on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Outside Aquascape

Image source: Architectureartdesigns.com

The greatest thing about aquatic architecture is its versatility. You can add water to literally any living space, in any home on planet Earth. Today we’re going to highlight the beauty and incredible versatility of aquatic art by demonstrating how just a little bit of H2O can completely transform a backyard. Continue reading…

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“Woosh… Tunk!” Goes the Japanese Shishi-Odoshi

Posted by on Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Shishi-Odenshi for Japanese-Themed Aquascapes

Image source: Orienteverde.it

So, you’ve set up a gorgeous backyard pond aquascape only to discover that deer and other animals view the plant life like some sort of all-you-can-eat buffet. Putting up a fence will distract from the beauty of your aquascape, and you can’t exactly patrol your property with a shotgun all day. Continue reading…

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4 Unique Floating Art Ideas for Your Pond Aquascape

Posted by on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

White Lily Pad Flower Floating in Pond

Image source: Rememberyourbaptism.blogspot.com

What’s the one thing that’s always associated with ponds? Water lilies, of course. These iconic plants have captured the hearts of aquascapers ever since Claude Monet’s first began lovingly painting these delicate white flowers. Continue reading…

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Can You Really Fit a Pond in Your Living Room? Yes!

Posted by on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Okeanos Group Indoor Pond

Image source: Okeanosgroup.com

A few days ago, we took a look at how custom koi ponds can transform an indoor business space into a beautiful centerpiece. Ponds are the perfect fit for large office building lobbies, but what about private residences? Would it be possible to install a pond into an everyday living space? Continue reading…

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Bring Your Business to the Next Level with An Indoor Koi Pond

Posted by on Monday, November 5th, 2012

Indoor Koi Pond in Corporate Building

Image source: Okeanosgroup.com

How much would you pay to advertise your business? Entrepreneurs put up billboards, create clever marketing taglines, and lead online marketing campaigns to ensure that their business is a success. But what happens when customers walk into your business? Is your office space striking enough that customers will never forget it? Will they tell their friends about this “amazing office building” that they visited? A great way to make a brilliant first impression is to wow your potential customers with a breath-taking indoor pond. Continue reading…