Thank you for your interest in PuraVida Aquatic and for helping the Environment. We provide non-chemical solutions for water quality issues in ponds, fountains, and pools. We stress non-chemical methods particularly in outdoor environments. Please make sure that your information above is correct.

My background is in microbiology and 20+ years of maintaining non-chemical ponds. Many animals such as beneficial insects, hummingbirds, and larger animals drink from outside sources of water. Very little is known about the health effects of man-made chemicals such as algaecides and other "water conditioners" on animals (even on a pond owner's own dogs or cats). Our service is particularly biased toward the health of animals living in the systems. We do things the way we do to maintain water chemistry for them first.

PuraVida Aquatic does a quality job for a very reasonable price. Our clients do not pay us hourly for our time. They pay us for what we know, and how we can help them own a beautiful pond. PuraVida Aquatic's current pricing can be found at


PuraVida Aquatic's success is primarily due to the micro-ecology we establish in an aquatic system. This ecology has both plant and animal components. The animals rely on our ability to keep the water chemistry appropriate. The pond plants rely on many factors, and often have special needs with respect to trimming.

Here are some guidelines for us to work well together;

  1. Plants with their roots in the water are solely ours to trim and maintain.

  2. Plants with their roots outside the water are the pond owners responsibility to prune and maintain.

  3. We of course need access to all parts of the pond, and its infrastructure as well! Plants that block access need to be trimmed so that we can maneuver around them effectively.

  4. Plant trimmings, grass clippings, mulch, or other organic debris _ no matter how little_ getting into the pond is a big no no. This material can contain a variety of landscaping chemicals and compounds that are bad news for the pond. Some plants are toxic themselves in aquatic systems.

  5. Virtually all pesticides even organic pesticides are terrible for ponds. But in addition _any_ chemicals that get into the pond can supply nutrients to algae and green water. In general, there should be a border around the pond that slopes away from the pond and has minimal (if any) irrigation. Any gardening activity immediately around the pond should be done only after a protective cover is placed between the activity and the pond.

  6. We do not charge for the minor light trimming of the pond plants that we do on a weekly basis. We do not charge for removing wind blown material. But if we have to clean up after others; gardeners (leaf blowers!!!), tree trimmers, owners, etc. and do their job for them by removing their material from the pond, then we will charge for it. In other words PuraVida Aquatic is far more likely to charge for removing anything from a pond if it is cleaning up after someone else who should know better anyway.

  7. As stated several times above, we are concerned about toxic chemicals in ponds (such as neem oil, algaecides, and other carcinogens) and we must protect ourselves as well. There are many kinds of these chemicals.  I have had clients add toxins to their ponds because in their opinion it wont hurt anything.  I am very sorry, but I feel that I am the only one who gets to decide if I want to be exposed to it.  So the best course of action would be to talk with me about anything you want to add to the pond.  But, if the water becomes toxic and it kills off any of my three way biological water quality test organisms for any reason other than high nitrogen levels (nitrite, ammonium, nitrate) we will add a 20$ monthly toxicity surcharge.  Hopefully I will never need to do this!

I would personally like to thank you again for your interest in PuraVida Aquatic, and non-chemical solutions to water quality issues.

Many, many thanks to Kate McDonald, Joe Van De Veere, and Tad Daley for a lot of help, support, advice and friendship. And to Ed Lubin and the Los Angeles Sierra Club Los Liones Friday night hikes.