fake rocks vs real rocks

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by BLL, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. BLL

    BLL LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 89

    Do you guys use the fake rocks given with the aquascape system or do you cut flagstone for the waterfall and skimmer cover. Ive seena few fake jobs and it looks liek $&^# to me but i dont know how else you would do the skimmer. I did see a cut piece of flagstone for the falls but the skimmer always looks out of place. Any suggestions
  2. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,143

    For the falls, I didn't use the fake rock or a piece of flag stone. I cut the lip off that it was suppose to set on.
    I did leave the fake rock for the skimmer. Just because it is easier to clean the skimmer.
  3. BLL

    BLL LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 89

    so you just cut the whole lip off adn let the water just kinda spill out? HOw did you get the water to fall in to the pond to make the needed sound effect or did you do this for a stream type appliation?
  4. Tom S

    Tom S LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    We always cut the plastic lip off of the biofalls and use a piece of flagstone or angular stone to create the waterfall. If you do cut the lip off make sure to cut it off before you fasten it on or immediatlaly after you fasten it. If not, the pressure you apply while cutting it off could break the seal.
    As for as the skimmer we usually keep the plastic lid on because it is light, making access easier. We have used several pieces of flagstone placed over the the top. We also will place grasses in this area to help hide it. Skimmers are hideous!
  5. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,143

    This is as close of a picture as I have. It makes plenty of sound.

    Like Tom said, if you cut it off, do it right away so the seal dosn't brake.

  6. ponderbrown

    ponderbrown LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Disguising the skimmer lid is easily accomplish using two methods. #1 (my personal favorite) place a wide clay pot with a draping annual or fern that fans out and low over the skimmer top. This will hide it nearly completely and the pond owner doesn't have to move a heavy flagstone to clean the skimmer.
    #2 thin slate, remember keep the wait down, most owners don't like to lift heavy rock to clean the skimmer thats why they hired you!

    I'm working on another method by which you spray the lid with resin or glue and sprinkle mixed gravel on it. Prehaps I'll use mulch?

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