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Hi Brett!

Is the first week of March too early to drain a percentage of water from my pond? I live in Illinois and I don't want to disturb the bottom temp of the pond water too soon.

I just purchased pond zyme and want to get the smell out of the pond from the winter. My 8 fish survived the winter and I am pleased. I have a 220 gallon pond that is 19" deep.

Thanks-Barb

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Answer

Hi Barb,

Thanks for your question. It's getting close to that time again isn't it?

The first week in March CAN be a good time to do a partial water change or even a pond cleaning, but it really depends on the air and water temperature. If the water is still fairly cold, or below 60 degrees or so, then I wouldn't recommend doing a water change yet.

If the weather has been warm, and the water temperature is above 60 degrees, then it's probably safe to do a partial water change - especially a smaller one (10-20%). However, when doing a larger water change - it's sometimes a problem if the weather then gets cold again, which is fairly common. Fish are very sensitive to changes in water temperatures, so it's best to wait until you fairly sure that the warmer weather will last. But that's not always possible.

When you're clearly into Spring, then I definitely do recommend a 50% water change, and even a full pond cleaning if possible.

Regarding the Pond-Zyme, I'd wait until the water warms up a bit because the enzymes will be much less active in colder water (if at all). So, wait until after your water change / pond cleaning to add your Pond Zyme for maximum effectiveness.

Here is another product that we like very much, called Microbe-Lift:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/microbe-lift/microbe-lift-products.shtml

Hope this helps,

Brett

 
 
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