Spring Into Spring
Info For Your Pond!
Q & A
to help you get Clean
water, Healthy Fish, Beautiful Ponds!
When to start up the pond after winter
10% Off Coupon - see below
Is it OK to run my large waterfall during the winter? I read an
article where it is nice to have the waterfall run all winter
because it looks so good. I also read an article from you saying
to leave everything off and only run a heater to keep a hole open
through the ice so the fish are not bothered by the running water
as they are almost dormant.
Also, when do you think I should start up my 12,000 gallon pond and turn on all the underwater pumps? I know not to feed my fish
until the water temperature is over 50 degrees. So should I wait
to do everything at the same time?
Yes, you can run your waterfall during winter, but your fish
would prefer it to be nice and quiet while they're hibernating.
We have a general rule that anything that causes *less* stress on
the fish is the better way to go. The other reason it's best to
leave the waterfall off is because during winter, you will still
have 'thermal layers' in the pond water, where the water closer
to the surface will be coldest, and the water toward the bottom
will be several degrees warmer.
By running your waterfall pumps, you are re-circulating all this
water and actually making the water *colder* where the fish are
sleeping at the bottom. Again, less cold equals less stress
equals happier fish..
BUT, if you really want to see the waterfall running in winter,
and that is a primary reason for having the pond in the first
place - it's your call. As far as when to turn everything back
on, we usually recommend waiting until the weather is back into
the 50's consistently, and you're ready to start feeding the fish again. A
partial water change is also a good idea at this time, and will really
'refresh' your fish and help get the pond ready for spring.
Remember to de-chlorinate your water with a good product like
Last week we purchased a
1500 watt pond deicer for rubber
lined ponds and floated it over the weekend.
Since the pond water temp is still in the 40s, the unit probably
has not even turned itself on yet…..but my fish are VERY
interested in the unit. They are constantly milling around and
bumping, or "kissing", all areas of the unit.
It seems to me that my babies could easily fry (pun intended) themselves on the
heater element. Is there any sort of safeguard we can put in place to protect
our fry from frying?
We wouldn't worry too much about that, fish are a little smarter then we give
them credit for (at least sometimes.) Once the
heating element kicks in
(water temp below 35 degrees) the fish's instincts should kick in once the fish
approaches the hot part.
But in the worst case, we can pretty much guarantee each fish will only kiss the
heating element ONCE then never again!
Alternatively, we do sell an underwater sign that reads 'Danger - Dangerous When
Hot' that you can hang over the side to alert your fish of any potential danger.
Only joking of course, just a little fish humor.
it was bitterly cold here in the nations middle section!
We are afraid of our fish which we left outside to weather the
typically mild winter. Now with much regret, we are
worried about how they will make it through the rest of the
season. Should we be concerned about having frozen fish?
We wouldn't worry too much about
"frozen fish" if a section of the pond is at least 18 inches
deep. Pond fish will seek the deepest part of the pond and
over-winter there until the water warms in the spring. If
your pond is less than 18 inches deep, the fish may freeze
during a harsh winter. Some pond keepers attempt to keep
their koi and goldfish in a cool basement or garage. This
is not recommended because of the extra stress involved in
netting, transporting, and re-acclimating the fish to the new
environment. However, if you do not have a choice, and
need to bring your fish inside for the remainder of the winter,
be sure to have an aquarium
air pump, aerator or small fountain to provide oxygenation.
The fish should be fed infrequently, if at all, depending on
water temperature, ammonia, pH and nitrite levels, which should
monitored weekly especially if the fish are being fed.
Small water changes (20%) each month will keep the water in good
shape until spring. Koi are "jumpers", so be sure to cover
the pool with bird
netting or similar!
Use coupon code SPRING09 at checkout
for 10% off purchases. Offer excludes Aquabead filtration systems, and any
other items with free shipping. Offer not good on previous purchases.
Offer expires 2/16/09.
Gardens · PO Box 3628 · Weston · FL · 33331