day's are shorter, it's getting a little nippy, this can only mean one thing:
Time to winterize the ponds!
A well winterized pond.
Pond netting is covering the entire pond keeping the falling
leaves out. In this application life was easy. Being
the pond is near a fence the netting forms a tent and all the
leaves roll right off it. The aquatic plants have been cut
back and wheat germ based food is being used.
The UV-sterilizer has been removed and the filters were cleaned
one last time. A floating heater is installed and will be
plugged in when needed. This Fall maintenance will keep
the pond happy, healthy, and clean all winter long.
Get your ponds cleaned and
netted now! A dirty pond over the winter will ensure
you problems in the spring. A well designed pond easily runs all winter
while poorly designed ponds just run into major problems during winter
Pond-kit waterfalls leaking from ice-damning, super-cooling, pumps
burning out, and fish deaths are just a few of the problems I get calls
for on a weekly basis. Trust me, it's no fun fixing a pond
when it's 28°F outside and snowing.
Preparing the pond now will make your (and my) life easier!
All pond fish
should be eating spring & fall or a wheat germ based food.
This low protein based food is a necessity at this time of year.
Once the water temperature drops to 50°F
feeding must stop all together. All my clients are on a
care list and receive a
"stop feeding" phone call when the time is right.