November 10, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

Today's Pond Q&A

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Hi, Carolyn,

I built my pond last summer and for the most part made it
through our Canadian winter (Toronto to be exact). I had a pond
heater which kept a nice hole in the pond until I used it to tap
the ice around it and I believe I broke the element inside. I
bought an air bubbler and it for the most part worked too.

Since then all of my gold fish have died except for 1. His name
is now Lucky. I have no idea how it happened, but there are now
15 babies in the pond. I did not expect babies after the first
year. The problem I have is the water temp is already 55F so
I've stopped
feeding them.

Can the small fish that are still growing survive the winter with
no food? How will they be able to grow? I really don't have a
place to put them if I had to take the out of the pond.

Sorry for such a long e-mail.

- Mark Horgan

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Hi, Mark,

As you don't have a place to put them indoors, I suggest you
replace the floating de-icer outside for this winter and leave
them to themselves. They are quite resilient and will find
algae, insects and snails to carry them over.

Plus, their metabolism slows down, being "cold-blooded" their
body temperatures are always the same as the environment in
which they exist, so they won't be using any energy in the cold.
It is a semi-hibernation. The less fuel they use, the less
they need.

Just provide them with the cleanest environment you can, okay?
You don't want parasites feeding ON THEM over the winter while
they sleep.




I have a 10,000 gallon pond. I have oxyginating plants that do
very well. I have anchored them with a small twisty of lead,
however the ppalnts become so large the buoyancy of the plant
becomes greater than the weight. The plants float to the top. Do
you have any suggestions.

- James



Yes,James, why not plant them in pots? I wouldn't like to keep
the lead in my pond anyway. As long as the fish aren't eating
them I would think that planting them would be the best solution.
You do realize that oxygenating plants are only giving off
oxygen during the daylight, don't you? The rest of the time,
during the night and sunless days, they will use it up and give
off carbon dioxide.

- Carolyn

Happy Pondkeeping!

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Posted by bfogle at November 10, 2005 02:00 PM