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 PondStuff!- MacArthur Water Gardens Monthly Newsletter . Great Stuff For Your Pond! 
October 2003 
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Hello Brett,

Welcome to the second issue of our monthly water gardening newsletter.

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 -->

in this issue
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  • To Feed or not to Feed...
  • Winterizing Your Pond
  • Covering Your Pond
  • Frogs and Other Critters...
  • My Dream Pond

     
  • Winterizing Your Pond
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    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, plants, etc.)

    Read on...

    Covering Your Pond
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    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...
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    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 backyard paradise.

    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 butterflies!

    To see some close-up pictures, I've put some photos up for you all to see. Just click on the link below.

    Click Here to See the Photos

    My Dream Pond
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    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 (well almost...)

    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: pondpictures@macarthurwatergardens.com. Maybe we'll post is in the upcoming 'Pond of the Week' section of our newsletter >>

    Click Here To See the Pond Photos

     

    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 regular diet.

    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 any better...

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