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In this issue:
- Winterizing Ponds
- Niagra Falls
- Otter appetites
- Reader Comments
Here is today's Pond Q&A, with two questions about winterizing
"I have a pondmaster magnetic drive utility pump. Do I need to
bring it inside in the winter or will it survive the winter in
its skimmer box, approximately 14" deep. I live in central PA.
Hi Jo Ann,
14" is a little shallow, so I suggest a de-icer to prevent
freezing. However, you don't need to necessarily bring it indoors
if you don't want to.
Hope this helps,
"Good afternoon, everyone.
Last week we purchased the 1500 watt pond de-icer for rubber
lined ponds, and floated it over the weekend (unlike some
un-named persons living in warmth, the cold's bumped up a notch
here in Baltimore, Maryland).
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/"kissing" all areas of the unit.
It seems to me that my babies could easily fry themselves on the
heater element. True? Is there any sort of guard I can
Thanks a lot from a worried "mother"!"
I 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 (below 35 degrees) the fish's instincts
should kick in once the fish approaches the hot part..
But in the *worst* case, I can pretty much guarantee each fish
will only kiss the heating element ONCE ;-)
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..
I intend to build a backyard pond with waterfall in the spring. I
know some of the joys of water gardening, but this effort will
have a specific purpose: to mask the sound of my neighbor's noisy
and long-running pool filter.
The Amazon Falls model looks right to me because part of my noise
masking plan is to create a dirt berm about 5' high and 4' deep
and have the water fall sitting on top of the berm with a
straight drop into the pond. My concern with WF202 is that you
recommend a 300 GPH pump, and I want to make as much water sound
What would happen if I used a much more powerful pump, say over
Your advice on this will be greatly appreciated."
Sure, you can always go larger with your pump - you just may lost
some water due to splashing out of the pond but if that's ok,
then go for it. 1000 GPH would be fine I think.
I prefer a Niagra Falls type waterfall on my pond also, but
that's just me. It's really personal preference and every pond
and pond owner is different. If you're so inclined, try it.
Hope this helps,
"I just had an otter visit my pond on Wednesday and ate up all my
koi. Is there any solution to a problem like this?
Is there some type of receptacle or cage that the fish could
retreat too when the animal attacks them?
I had a chimney flu covered with stone for a hiding place from
the herons, but this animal slithered under my net and was
chasing the fish in my 18 X 12 foot pond.
Frustrated, angry and sad,
Rodney B. Taylor
Well, I've never heard of an Otter getting into a pond and eating
fisn, but I guess that's understandable. Sorry to hear of your
loss. As far as a solution, here are a couple of solutions:
a. Don't buy any more Koi
b. Get some Otter repellant
c. Brush up on your Otter recipes and have a cookout
d. Install an electric fence around the pond.
These are not very good options, but it's the best I could come
Answer 'd' is actually a viable solution. There is a product
called 'Fido Shock' that is used on ponds for keeping four-legged
predators away from ponds. You should be able to find it on the
"I don't know how much flak you're catching over the $37 ebook
issue the other day, but it is UNdeserved!! If read completely,
you message was completely clear. Some people do fly off the
Plus, THANKS FOR THE EBOOK! We just put a pond in this past
spring and Watergarden Secrets looks to be a wealth of FREE
info!!!!! That and your other email notes have been so enjoyable
We're (my family and my goldfish) are so glad we found you,
P.S., loved the dragonfly story and pictures.
Thanks for your comments and compliments. Yes, a few people
didn't see that, and were somewhat confused...