Survey results and major announcements!
In this issue of Pond Q&A:
- Final Survey Results
- Major Announcement
- Customers Comments
- Pond Q&A
Well first of all, let me just say WOW!
Almost 400 readers responded to our recent website survey, and
the feedback was overwhelmingly positive...
Click here to see for yourself:
Thank you to everybody who took the time to fill out our (short)
survey, and for sending us your feedback and suggestions. As you
can see from the survey results page above, most of you really
like the website and wouldn't change a thing!
However, I do have some good news...
We are making good use of this 'slow' season, finalizing plans
for adding hundreds of awesome new pond products, and lots of NEW
and helpful *free* resources. We'll be releasing our new
mega-pond-site sometime in the spring, so stay tuned.
If you have any other useful suggestions or feedback for how we
can make the site more user-friendly or helpful for you (and your
pond), please let us know.
Before we get on with today's Pond Q&A, here are a couple of
'readers comments' and acknowledgements that we thought we'd
I am sure you get tons of thank you's from all of us, you
continue to help with your tips, and now the archives. I do know
it is a lot of extra and hard work to supply this to us and this
is just a simple, thanks a million note from another appreciative
pond and fish lover. Have a great holiday season as it draws near
and thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
BF> Well thank YOU Jim... We love to hear from happy readers! It
makes all the extra work worthwhile. Sometimes we wonder if
anyone's actually reading my ramblings, so it's nice to know
you're out there.. We'll do out best to keep up the emails and
other useful hints this coming year, and we have several other
great ideas planned...
love all the info in your e-mails!!!! Can't wait to check them
and see what's new!!
I have an 800 gal. pond , and my water has been clear all summer,
I have a very good filter system, but I've shut all my pumps (3)
off for the season here in Southern Kentucky, and now my water is
yucky brown, what is causing it and is there anything to do that
I've already shut it down for the season?? And also can it harm
my fish? ( Koi and Goldfish). I have a net over it so there's no
"stuff" in it. Hope you can help and really enjoy all your info!"
Thank's so Much!! Etta
BF> Hi Etta, love to hear that enthusiasm from my fellow pond
enthusiasts.. Of course, in my case - that would be 'incurable
fanatic', but we're all like that when it comes to our ponds, to
some degree. Heck, whenever I'm out back fiddling and playing
around with my pond, even the squirells look at me like I'm a
cashew in need of a jar..
But on with your question - It's normal for your water to start
turning brown in Fall and Winter, when the pumps are off and the
water just tends to get dirty don't worry - the fish will be
fine. It's probably even LESS stressful for them as their
metabolism slows down, with dirty water they don't have to be as
concerned about predators seeing them and going 'fishing'. Fish
are very aware of their surroundings up and out of the water,
especially when the water is crystal clear. So, I wouldn't worry
about a thing.
Hope this helps.
I receive your e-mails every day on the questions that are
asked of you and your answers. I look forward to them every day.
One of todays question was when to turn off the pump. I have a
small pond with 11 gold fish. It is 6x8 but only 16 inches deep.
The water temperature is 48 degrees today and I stopped feeding
them last week when it got to be between 50 and 55 degrees. You
suggested removing the pump at 40 degrees. I will wait a little
while yet then and hope for the best.
When fish hibernate, are they totally stationary or do they still
swim around slowly in the water? They still come to me when I
approach but I am not feeding them as I said. Do they sleep or
are they still active even in very cold water?
I look forward to yours answers and hope to hear from you."
BF> Hi Rick,
I've edited down your question a bit, but here are the
essentials.. You can go ahead and remove the pump now if you
want or just leave it off really - at 48 degrees the fish are not
really eating much or producing much waste, so the pond water
should be fine. But if you'd like to keep it running until it
gets a little colder, that's fine also. The fish won't mind. I
just don't recommend circulating the water when it gets down
below freezing - it's best to let the fish lie dormant at the
bottom, at the warmest 'thermal layer'
When fish hibernate, they will remain semi-awake, in an altered
state on awareness. Their fins will still move slowly, but only
by instinct at just enough to keep them buoyant and balanced.
You are right not to feed them now, it's a bit too cold. If you
do, just make sure it's not much, and it's low protein or wheat
Send us some pictures from Canada when you get some snow.. Now
that I live in Florida, can any of your Northerners remind what
color snow is ;-)) Just kidding.