issue of PondStuff was prepared especially for Brett Fogle,
Welcome to the October issue of PondStuff! This month, our Editor
Carolyn Weise invites us into her backyard to give us a sneak peak
at her pond. Then we'll take a look at some seasonal topics:
winterizing your pond and keeping your fish safe from trick or
And finally, we've invited a special guest author to speak to us
about Surviving The Storm. Can't wait to read his advice. Happy
|WINTERIZING THE POND|
| Some tips for winterizing your pond:
Clean up - Clean up any debris in the bottom, in the
filter, or around the pond which could be blown into the pond.
This debris is fertile ground for the bad-guy bacteria and
parasites over-wintering in the pond. And remember, they
"spring to life" before your koi and goldfish will. Remover
all dead or dying vegetation in and around the pond, as well
as any annual flowers.
Protect - Use wind protection and/or leaf netting to
safeguard your fish. Stray objects can be tossed into the pond
in high winds and not noticed until the spring. A fish can be
speared or a liner torn. Leaf netting can be removed after the
trees are bare. Some pond owners construct PVC frames and
strong nets to protect their ponds throughout the winter. Some
use plastic covering and PVC frames to create a greenhouse and
conserve heat which can be very effective.
| Certain considerations will pay off handsomely. Here is
a list of suggestions in planning the landscape to accompany
NOT FLAT-use berms, graduating levels, retaining walls,
rocks to plan a natural looking pond. A pond does not look
natural no matter how lovely it is, if it doesn't look like it
belongs in the yard.
Japanese gardens are planted on many levels to "keep the
spirits" away from the house. It is believed that spirits
can't climb and will only use flat ground.
|SURVIVING THE STORM|
| Unlike ponders on the West Coast (who have to deal with
earthquakes) or in the Midwest (who have to deal with
tornados), we're usually lucky enough to have notice that a
storm is coming. The preparations that we make depend on
whether it's a "storm" or a STORM. Many of our casual
afternoon thunderstorms can cause as much damage as a tropical
depression. That being said, let's suppose that we've been
advised that a storm is on its way.
How do I prepare?
a. Stop feeding the fish: they won't starve (they still
have all that algae on the sides), but continued ammonia
production could kill them if your water quality takes a hit
due to filtration problems.
b. Do a water change, as large as you can handle. That way,
if things really turn bad, your fish will be starting off with
water as clean as possible. Even if it's only a moderate
storm, you may be without water for a few days. With a fresh
water change, the fish will have the best chance.
| 1. What type pond?
Some people want to see water lilies in their yard, others
want to see fish. Still others want to raise koi. All three
ponds have different requirements. The water garden pond
specializes in plants. The goldfish pond is for goldfish. The
koi pond is for koi.
A. Garden Pond: includes plants, does not require
filtration or fish, very little care. Insect control will
establish over time (dragonfly larva will consume mosquito
larva and other pests).
B. Goldfish Pond: requires some maintenance, can be
planted, filter to keep water clear enough to appreciate fish.
Balance of nature will establish over time. Plants will
provide shelter for fish and recycle of fish waste.
which pond is right for you... »
|MY POND PROFILE|
|In 1996 I was a happily divorced woman embarking on a
life of my own, something I never dreamed of before. I own the
family home (the one I grew up in) in Uniondale, NY, and work
my butt off to keep myself in the style I was never accustomed
That said, I have a number of hobbies, one being koi.
At this time, I have approximately 60 rapidly-growing koi
in my backyard. I embarked on the pond and koi hobby in 1990
with a small preformed pond 4'x 6' about 13" deep. I added one
koi and several goldfish.