Welcome to the second issue of our monthly water gardening
With an early cold front blanketing much of the northern states, it's
time to start thinking about winterizing your pond already.
In this issue, we'll cover all of our favorite winterizing tips and
techniques - - to help you get a jump on old man winter!
Your fish are probably feeling the chill by now, so it's also time to
start cutting back on your feeding. -- See article at right -->
Winterizing Your Pond
For many parts of the country, it's getting to be that time of year
again. Time to start thinking about getting your fish and plants
ready for winter...
Every year, as the weather gets colder and we start heading into
winter, many of our customers ask us how to prepare their ponds for
winter. Pond owners should be aware of several simple things to do
in preparing their ponds for colder months.
Fish and plants need very different things in the winter, but can
be kept in top condition for the following season if the appropriate
steps are taken (see related articles).
Fish should be fed less, floating annuals should be thrown out,
potted hardy plants should be cut down and moved to the bottom of
the pond, filters should be cleaned & drained, and pumps shut off.
Another good practice that we recommend is to do a partial pond
cleaning and water change. It's not necessary to drain the pond
completely, but we recommend draining 25% - 50% of the water and net
out or remove as much organic debris as possible (IE: leaves,
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Covering Your Pond
If you live in area with lots of tree coverage, or if you have a
tree that loses its leaves during the fall - then you should
consider covering your pond with a pond net.
A pond net is easy to install, and can be an effective way to
keep your pond from filling up with leaves that just have to be
cleaned out in the Spring.
Just spread the pond net over the pond surface, and weight it
down with spare stones or bricks on each edge, then pull it tight so
that the net doesnt actually touch the surface of the water.
This way, the leaves won't sit in the pond water, where they can
decay and become organic waste. If you don't have many leaves near
your pond however, you may want to just net them out by hand so you
don't have to bother with an unsightly net.
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Frogs and Other Critters...
When we all think of our own ponds, we usualy are thinking of our
beautiful plants, or exotic fish, our gigantic waterfall, or the
quiet serene calm of your backyard water garden.
Another very interesting and rewarding aspect of owning a pond,
is observing the wildlife that is naturally attracted to your
I recently built a new pond in my backyard (see next article) and
have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to bring my fish down
from my previous pond.
To ease my impatience, the pond has attracted a whole variety of
fascinating critters, like tree frogs, toads, dragonflies, and
To see some close-up pictures, I've put some photos up for you all
to see. Just click on the link below.
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My Dream Pond
The first unwritten law of pondkeeping is that no matter how big
your pond is, you will always want a BIGGER one. My first pond was a
small corner pond I built over ten years ago on my outdoor patio. It
was probably only 70 gallons or so, but it had some plants, fish,
and a nice little waterfall - it was a start...
Fast forward 10 years later to a new house (and my first real
backyard), and you will see that I finally implemented my childhood
dream of building a pond big enough to fill the entire backyard
It started as a garden hose outline, then a monstrous hole -- add
some concrete, steel, a liner and water, and now it's starting to
look like Waterworld back there.
(To see some pictures of the childhood dream pond that recently came
to be, please click on the link below.)
There's something about ponds - big or small - that instantly
take us away from our daily stresses, give us a hint of how peaceful
nature really is, and why we should try to enjoy it more. It's like
a little mental vacation right in your own backyard!
<< Have a Pond? We'd Love to See It! -- You Can Send in Pictures of
Your Backyard Paradise to Us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybe we'll post is in the upcoming 'Pond of the Week' section of
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To Feed or not to Feed...
With air and water temperatures dropping in most parts of the
country, now is the time to greatly reduce the amount of food you
are feeding your fish.
When your water temperature starts falling below 65 degrees, you
should consider switching your fish food to a more digestable wheat
germ food. At lower temperatures, the good bacteria in your fish's
digestive tract become less active, and have harder time digesting
their normal high-protein diet.
In colder water temperatures, below say 50 - 55 degrees, then you
should stop feeding your fish altogether. Even though they may eat,
and seem hungry, you can actually harm them by feeding them their
In some cases, undigested food can cause health problems in fish
and trouble with their digestive tract. So don't feel bad that they
are going hungry! Pond fish and KOI can be like little underwater
pigs with fins - they will continue to eat because they dont know