Pond Q&A - Lillies, De-Icers, and Bees...
We're getting lots and lots of questions this time of year, so in
today's Pond Q&A we've got 3 questions to ponder:
I have a Water Lilly plant and I want to remove it for the
winter. I am trying to find info on what to do to keep it all
winter in basement. I know you had info on winter storage of
plants but I can't locate it. Please advise.
Thank you kindly
Yes, you can remove your water lillies and bring them indoors (or
into your garage) for the winter. Just cut back any lily stems
above the potted root, or rhiozyme, and place the pot in a trash
bag with wet newspaper over it, and tie it up to keep it moist.
As long as the rhiozyme doesn't freeze or dry out, it should
survive the winter just fine. Then just fertilize it in the
Spring when you put it back into the pond!
I've been debating about getting a de-icer and trying to keep the
fish in the pond, or bringing them inside. But I assumed I would
need to keep the pump running if I left them in the pond, and the
thought of trudging out in the snow to clean a filter was
So if there is a de-icer in the pond, the fish still stay
inactive and in hibernation mode, and there is no need to feed
them (and thus no need to run a pump to clean the water?) The
de-icer must not be heating the water much...just enough to keep
the top open?
Secondly, is the airstone critical with the de-icer?
Thanks for your guidance-
We always recommend de-icers for our Northern pond owners who
have their ponds freeze during winter.
It's generally always best to leave the fish in the pond, and not
subject them to the added stress of removing them from the pond,
and transporting them into a new environment. The biggest
problem with bringing fish indoors, is that the new aquarium/pond
usually has very different water temperature and/or pH as well as
a new or immature biological filter.
Most people who try this, experience fish losses due to Ammonia
or Nitrite poisoning (from inadequate filtration), and the added
stress of being moved from the pond.
So, it's really best just to use a de-icer (unless you expect
your pond to freeze solid). We recommend turning off and
removing your pump during winter. It's best not to circulate
your pond water, as the water at the bottom is slightly warmer
than the colder surface water.
An air pump is not essential, but can be important especially for
heavy fish loads or excess debris in the pond (helps the pond
with 'de-gassing' of toxins).
Hope this helps.
I have a question for you. Honey bees have decided to come and
drink from my waterfall. As far as we know we can not find a hive
anywhere around the house, but there is trees about 100 yards
away that the seem to fly to and from but lose them once the go
in the trees. My problem is how do you get rid of them without
hurting the fish that are in the pond. I need to do somework on
the pond but cant because everytime i go back there i stur up
about 25 bees.
(Works for all pests)
Not sure really, but good luck with that...