Ways to Prepare Your Koi Pond for Fall and Winter

Every koi pond owner should make prepping their pond for fall and winter a priority. Dipping temperature can affect koi health and pond water quality. If you fail to winterize your pond, your koi may fall sick or even die.

Here are some tips to protect your koi pond in winter.

Do Not Overfeed Your Koi

Fish metabolism slows down in winter. As a result, they eat less in winter. When temperatures plummet, reduce feeding frequency. In spring and winter, when your water temperature falls below 50 degrees, stop feeding your fish.

If you continue feeding your fish as frequently as you do in summer, they will excrete more, affecting pond water quality. As the uneaten food decomposes, it will produce gases that are required for algae growth. Algae in your pond is a recipe for disaster. It looks unsightly and can compete with aquatic plants and animals for sunlight, food and nutrients.

In winter, replace summer food with wheat germ. Wheat germ is specially formulated to help fish build fat reserves that they need to survive in cold winter weather.

Clean Your Pond

Before winter hits in full force, thoroughly clean your pond. Remove leaves, twigs, plants and other debris. Use a sludge treatment and pond vacuum to remove the sludge and organic debris from the bottom of your pond.

Protect Your Plants

Lower temperatures affect fish as well as your plants. To prevent your plants from decaying, prune dead stems and leaves. Bring any non-hardy plants such as Water Hyacinths inside your home or they may perish when temperatures plummet. If your pond is deep enough (=/<a meter deep), move hardy plants to the deeper parts of your pond to prevent their roots from freezing.

Cover Your Pond

Install a pond net to prevent leaves from falling in it. Animals such as racoons, wild dogs, owls, herons and egrets prey on fish. During winter, lack of vegetation makes ponds more exposed attracting these and other predators. A durable and strong net will also discourage predators.

When installing a pond cover, make sure it is securely fastened around the edges slightly above the pond. This will prevent the net from sagging into the pond (if your net sags into your pond, it can cause leaves and debris to rot).

Add Cold Water Bacteria

There are several benefits of cold water bacteria. It contains strains of concentrated bacteria that can work even when temperatures plummet to as low as 32 degrees F. Cold water bacteria will help maintain water quality and clarity by breaking down and digesting debris that accumulate on the surface of pond water.

Atlantis Water Gardens is committed to helping homeowners make informed decisions when choosing a water feature for their garden. We are your go-to team for koi pond installation near you in Morristown. To learn more, call 973-627-0515.

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3 Things to Consider When Installing an Outdoor Fountain

An outdoor fountain is a worthy addition to your backyard. Not only will an outdoor fountain enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property, but it can also help create a more serene, relaxing backyard where you can spend a few minutes every day after work to de-stress your mind and body.

Consider hiring a fountain installer in Morristown for your project. A professional has the skills and expertise required to manage complex fountain installation projects from start to finish. They know what can go wrong during an installation and take precautions and preventive measures to avoid errors.

You need to plan your installation. Think about the potential challenges you can face and how to overcome them.

To help you get started, we have compiled a list of some things to consider when installing your outdoor fountain. Take a look.

Source of Power

When selecting an outdoor fountain, it’s important to consider the source of power. Different types of fountains have different power options. A most common option is it being hardwired.

A hardwired fountain needs an electric power source to function. Because a hardwired fountain will connect to your home’s electrical grid, hire a licensed electrician to install it.

Placement

One of the most important factors that will affect your outdoor fountain’s functionality and how often you will need to maintain it is its location. When determining the ideal location for your outdoor fountain remember these rules

➢ Larger marble garden fountains shouldn’t be placed against anything as anyone who wants to clean and maintain a marble fountain will need full access to the entire fountain

➢ Smaller fountains shouldn’t be placed in areas with lots of plants, flowers and grass or in areas where there are too many objects that can block them

➢ If your fountain needs a hardwired energy source or continuous water supply, take into consideration the location of electrical connections and water lines

Lighting Options

Some of the most popular lighting options for outdoor fountains are submersible lights and external lights.

Submersible lights can be submerged in water. If you have a large outdoor fountain, submersible lights can help create a dramatic effect.

External lights can be installed in the area surrounding a fountain. Some common types of external lights are spotlights, hanging lights and path lights.

We at Atlantis Water Gardens have years of experience bringing our clients’ visions to life. Whether you want to install a new water feature or maintain an existing one, we can help. To learn more, call 973-627-0515.

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