August 30, 2015

Today's Pond Q&A of the Day

Question #1:

Carolyn, my husband and I rebuilt, for the third time, a 6'x10'x30" deep fountain area, and this time used a vinyl liner.

The others were built using a small tin barrel and then a plastic one, but we wanted our fountain to spout higher and wider where we built this pond. This liner is made by Beckett, made of 20mil UV protected PVC with a 15 year warranty. This area gets very little sunlight and has fieldstone covering all of the liner above the pond and pump, right up to the water's edge.

Our question is: Other than removing the water, how do we prepare the liner for our freezing winters here in Luzerne County, PA? My husband's tentative plan is to cover the liner and surrounding rocks with a tarp and blankets. Is this good enough, and/or what suggestions do you have?

With much appreciation, Valerie

Answer #1:

Most people simply use a floating deicer for small ponds and water features. It is easier and probably will allow less freeze/thaw damage to the pond itself. The water will help the liner stay in place. Birds and other wildlife love an unfrozen water source in the middle of winter.

You can order these from our website here: http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Heaters/deicers.htm

Carolyn

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Question #2:

Hi Carol,

Been a while since I emailed you a question, and I hope you don't mind
another... Are UV lights unnecessary in the winter when the water drops
below 40? I've recently read that I should put my UV lights away to avoid
damage in cold weather, and to date I've always run them all winter long.

If they're unnecessary, I'd love to comply with this to save electricity
costs!

Please let me know your thoughts, thanks
Brent

Answer #2:

Algae will usually die off naturally in the colder winter months, so it's usually fine to remove the unit depending on where you live. If the water is getting below 40 degrees, than you can certainly remove the unit or bulb, which is also recommended to prevent it from freezing and breaking. The quartz bulb in UV sterilizers are very fragile.

And the other advantage, as you mention, is to save the electricity.

Note that UV bulbs should also be replaced every year, or every 12 months of use as a general rule, so I always recommend having a spare 'on hand'.

Hope this helps!

Carolyn

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Posted by bfogle at 09:14 AM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2015

Today's Pond Q&A of the Day...

Today's Pond Q&A of the Day

Question #1:

Hello Carolyn,

I just visited to your site to get some outdoor pond ideas. I
really like your great idea. I want to make similar style pond in
my backyard but I have couple Qs. such as;

1. How to take care for pond fish during winter time?

2. Beyond my backyard fence, there are plenty of Ducks flying
sometimes inside my backyard, How do I protect my pond fish?

I will be very appreciated if you will reply my two questions...I
will keep visiting to your site for the best result.

Thanks.

Answer #1:

Hi,

If the pond is deep enough, the fish should be okay for the winter
outside. You need to know what the frost line is in your area, how
deep it would freeze, so you can dig your pond at least one foot
deeper. If you are keeping koi, you may want to double that
amount.

Some people choose to bring their fish indoors and others simply
erect a covering to create a greenhouse effect conserving heat
inside for the pond. Then it doesn't actually freeze. Still
others install heating systems for their ponds out of gas or very warm
water circulating heating systems. My own pond is nearly 7 ft.
deep and the frost line is 18".

As for the ducks, a good hunting dog might be a deterrent. Are you
in the United States? If so, they are protected by migratory bird
laws so you can't harm them if they come to call on your pond.
They are dirty and will even try to eat your fish. Again. a deep
pond and good filtration is the best defense for the fish. Two
ducks tried to land in my pond but when the two dogs ran out
barking they took off, never to return. Wish I could say the same
for the heron!

- Carolyn Weise

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Question #2:  

Hi Carolyn,

Wonderful site! I solved a very bad algae problem in my 800 gal.
pond, but the resulting green sludge left over has apparently
overwhelmed my filter capacity, and I can't seem to figure out how
to get rid of it. Is there a vacuum for such a problem? thanx., I
have baby Goldfish, and don't necessarily want to suck them up
either.

Answer #2:

Hi,

My suggestion is to get a bigger filter to handle the gunk. In
order for your present filter to remove it you will have to do a
lot of maintenance, if you so decide. It isn't going to harm the
fish, but is unsightly.

You may use AlgaeFix and then add beneficial bacteria to restore
the balance to the pond. Shade the pond and do weekly water
changes - 25 % minimum - and you will probably have a nicer pond.

- Carolyn Weise

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