October 21, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- OVERWINTERING IN MISSOURI - I DON'T WANT FISHCICLES!

- BLUE WATER - THOUGHT HE'D LIKE IT, BUT DIDN'T WORK OUT
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Question>

Hello,

I have a couple questions. We live in Lees Summit, Missouri. This
is our first complete season with our pond and have gotten
conflicting information from every pet store in town!

Our pond is 17" deep and approx. 6' x 3'. We have 2 black moors,
2 shebunkins (they just had babies), 2 fantail goldfish & 2
butterfly koi.

As long as we have a good heater in the pond and keep an eye on
it (in case of power outage) do you think they have a good chance
of survival for the winter?

Soon we will be getting the pond & plants ready for winter. Is it
safe to leave the pump in the pond and just turn it off for the
winter? I love our pond and have grown attached to the fish. I
couldn't bear to turn them into fishcicles! I have a friend who
has a pond about the same depth as ours and her fish have been
fine throughout the winter.

Seems like a gamble either way!

Any information is appreciated.

Thanks

- Hollie

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Answer>

Hi, Hollie,

I think you summed it up in your last sentence- "it's a gamble
either way." But with the heater, and no power outages, they
should do fine. If they were my fish, I might bring in the fancy
goldfish to overwinter in an aquarium. It can be done, but it's
still your choice.

As long as the pump doesn't freeze, it too should be fine. In
fact, it is best not to let a pump dry out, so even if you took
it out of the pond it should be kept in a pail of water. The
gaskets can dry rot otherwise.

I have to say though that the two koi are going to be pretty
demanding shortly. In reality, those fancy goldfish don't really
have the same requirements as the koi, but the fact that the koi
will readily (and quickly!) outgrow its environment will be
something I hope you are preparing for now. So when you get to
digging a second pond, a bigger one for the koi (and the
prolific shubunkins), maybe it would be good to keep the smaller
one for the fancy goldfish. I'll bet you'll be happier too.

- Carolyn

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Question>

I put some blue tablets in my pond to change the color. They are
not harmful to my fish or my plants, or so the package says. I
have had them in there for about two weks and I was wondering,
how do I turn my water back clear? I thought that it would look
really godd, guess I was wrong. Help.

- Steven

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Answer>

Hi, Steven,

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Try water changes. Eventually
the water should lighten up, but nothing works like water
changes!

- Carolyn

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Happy Pondkeeping!

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www.macarthurwatergardens.com

MacArthur Water Gardens
PO Box 3628
Alpharetta, GA 30023-3628

Posted by bfogle at October 21, 2005 12:50 AM
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