November 15, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:




I have a question as this is my first year with a larger outside
pond. I have already took my goldfish to my 32gal tank and have
done this for two years with them but my question now is I had a
bunch of baby water skippers which are big now but I'm planning
on draining the pond. What will happen to them? Is there anything
I could do for them as I know nothing about their habits over
winter here in Idaho.


- Leola

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Hi, Leola,

As long as you have taken in the goldfish, why do you need to
drain the pond? Can you not leave water in there for the
skippers? Is the pond not deep enough? Perhaps they will freeze
anyway, but I wish I could tell you more. I'm not even familiar
with water skippers.




Hi Carolyn,

I live in Connecticut, but have a pond about the same size and
depth. Every year for the past 5 years that we have had the
pond, we have had completely different winter weather
conditions. Our problem is constant freezing and thawing. So
far so good, we used a heater the first year, and took the pump
but the heater died half way through the season so we were out
there chipping the ice and pouring boiling water to melt a hole.

Since then, we have left the pump in, which is attached to a
waterfall, it has kept just enough water flowing to keep the
water cirrculating. That may not work for your area. The one
hint I do want to pass along is we put 2" diameter/1 foot
lengths of PVC in the bottom of the pond in the winter. It
gives the fish a place to hide, especially when the plants
aren't there to protect them from preditors.

Thank you,

- Liza Feyk



Thanks, Liza.

I like the idea about putting the PVC in the bottom for
protection. I use floated styrofoam on my quarantine tank, but
I'll bet yours looks better from a distance. I had a similar
situation with a de-icer that went kaput in the middle of an ice
storm. I went from store to store and came up empty-handed. All
the nurseries had put away the de-icers and were bringing out
spring stock. I persisted and eventually found one place that
still had a few. I bought them out! I was not going to let that
happen to me again! Thanks for sharing with us.

- Carolyn

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Posted by bfogle at November 15, 2005 02:04 PM