4 Things You Should Never Do To Your Pond in Winter

Cold temperatures can impact your pond and the plants and organisms in it. A thick layer of ice can prevent sunlight (from entering) and gases (from escaping your pond), affecting water quality.

When temperatures plummet, you have to be extra cautious. Take good care of your pond. Periodically inspect it and check fish and plant health.

Care for your pond the right way. Steer clear of these mistakes to ensure a healthy pond.

Do Not Overfeeding Fish

Fish metabolism dips in winter. They are unable to process most foods they eat during winter. When temperatures plummet, reduce feeding frequency or your fish may develop digestive issues.

Overfed fish will excrete more, affecting water quality. Any uneaten fish food in your pond will promote and support algae growth.

Once the water temperature dips below 70 degrees, feed your fish their staple food mixed with a wheat germ base. When the water temperature drops below 55 degrees, stop feeding your fish.

Failing to Use Water Treatments

Billions of beneficial bacteria thrive in a healthy pond. They are responsible for reducing odors as well as breaking down organic sludge such as fish food, leaves, and dead plants. Cold temperatures can kill beneficial bacteria.

To maintain water quality, add beneficial cold water bacteria to your pond every week. Look for a product that contains concentrated strains of cold-loving beneficial bacteria that can work in water temperatures as low as 32 degrees. Adding beneficial bacteria is a great way to prevent a buildup of debris that occurs in winter.

Using a Cheap De-icer

A de-icer is designed to melt or prevent ice from forming on the surface of the pond, helping maintain water quality. Many pond owners commit the cardinal sin of using a cheap de-icer. By the time they realize their mistake, it’s too late and their pond freezes over.

Look for quality de-icers with at least 1,200 watts. Consider using both a submersible de-icer and floating pond de-icer (a submersible de-icer will heat a small area, whereas a floating pond de-icer will create a hole in the ice, allowing toxic gases to escape).

Leaving Your De-icer On Or Off For an Extended Period of Time

Do not run your de-icer 24/7 as it can use a lot of energy, causing your energy bill to skyrocket. Keep an eye on the hole created by the de-icer. When it starts to close up, switch your de-icer on and run it for a day or two.

There is an exception to this rule. Remember to turn your de-icer on before going on a holiday (even if there’s no one you can rely on to switch it off after a few days) to ensure a healthy pond.

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Winter Pond and Fish Care Tips

Winter is a challenging time for your pond and fish. In the winter months, fish metabolism slows down, making them susceptible to infections and diseases. Cold temperatures can cause a significant decline in oxygen levels affecting water quality.

Another year is coming to an end. Winter is already here. As you prepare to ring in the new year, do not forget to winterize your pond.

Here are some tips to care for your pond and fish in winter.

Do Not Overfeed Your Fish

Overfeeding fish in winter is a cardinal sin. In cold weather, fish metabolic rates slow down. As your fish prepare to go into hibernation, they do not need to eat as often as in summer. If you overfeed your fish, they will excrete more, negatively impacting water quality.

Extra fish food will decompose releasing ammonia and phosphate in your pond. Both ammonia and phosphate fuel algae growth. Not only does algae look unsightly, it competes with plants and animals for nutrients and sunlight.

When your water temperatures fall to 50-60 degrees, feed your fish once every 1-2 days. If your water temperatures fall below 50 degrees, stop feeding your fish. Feed your fish a wheat germ-based food designed to aid digestion during the winter months.

Keep Your Pond Clean

Periodically clean your pond to get rid of debris such as twigs, leaves and branches before they decay. Remove any dead foliage and floating debris from your pond’s surface. Install a net to catch debris to prevent them from getting into your pond. Apply a bacteria blend to your pond. Beneficial bacteria break down waste, helping improve water quality.

Take Good Care of Your Plants

Your plants do not just enhance the aesthetic appeal of your pond, they play an important role in maintaining a balance in your pond’s ecosystem.

Unlike hardy naive plants, tropical plants cannot survive in a cold pond. To protect your plants from the winter chill, move them inside when temperatures plummet. Trim the plants in your pond. Prune plants such as water lilies so they can grow back in spring. Add evergreen plants that provide oxygen all year round to your pond.

Should You Keep Your Pond Pump Running in Winter?

Your biological filter is home to billions of beneficial bacteria that help break down toxic gases. Beneficial bacteria become dormant in winter. The oxygen produced when your pump agitates the water should be enough to keep them alive. If you shut down your pond pump and filter for winter they might die.

If your pond pump or any other pond component is in disrepair, hire a professional for fish pond repair near you in Randolph.

Whether you want to transform an ordinary pond into something extraordinary or plan to build a new pond from scratch, Atlantis Water Gardens can help. We have years of experience bringing design ideas to life. To talk to one of our pros, call 973-627-0515.

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