Winter Pond Tips
Keeping Your Feature Flowing
Here are a few tips to help keep your pond running this winter. For more tips, head over to our Blog.
Cold Water Bacteria:
Add a cold water bacteria solution to help keep your pond water clean and clear. This beneficial bacteria solution is adapted to work in temperatures lower than 50° F to help reduce organic material and reduce ammonia, nitrite and other excess nutrients. Regular use of this bacteria solution throughout the cold months will help maintain water quality and reduce spring maintenance.
Your fish will have a more difficult time digesting their usual food in the winter months. Switching to a wheat germ based fish food will keep them happy and full of the nutrients they need while being easily digestible. Be careful not to overfeed. You can feed 2-3 times a day what they'll eat in 5 minutes or less, then remove any excess food. When the water temperatures fall below 50°F, it is time to stop feeding.
If you shut off your pond during the winter, oxygenating the water is important. Place a small re-circulating aeration pump on the top shelf of your pond. This will help keep a hole in your iced over pond to allow harmful gasses to escape and oxygen to get into the water.
In areas where the aeration pump will not be enough to keep a hole in the forming ice, consider adding a pond heater. This product will prevent a portion of your pond from freezing over and allow for the necessary gasses
to transfer in and out of the water.
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