Top Winter Pond Tips

Keeping a healthy winter pond will give you a head start come Spring. There’s not much to do in the winter, but a few useful tips will make life easier when Spring has finally sprung.

1. Stop feeding fish when temperatures drop below 50 degrees. Use a cold weather food above 50 degrees until mid or end of spring. Err on the side of less rather than more in ANY season: Excess food creates waste and impedes water clarity and fish health.

2. Get a thermometer to know when to stop feeding your fish.

3. In freezing climates stop running your waterfall because it causes the temperature to drop: Any water falling on ice drives temperatures down. In non freezing climates, keep the waterfall on because added aeration is always a good thing.

4. Check and change your air stones and diffusers if needed. Air stones tend to lose their effectiveness over time due to debris build-up and wear and tear. If you suspect build-up, remove them and soak in distilled white vinegar and baking soda for a couple of hours. Scrub clean, and reinstall in pond.

5. Keep using your cold weather bacteria. It helps keep ammonia down, which accumulates due to decreased oxygen levels.

6. Consider investing in a generator. A back-up power supply is a good investment for any season, however, freezing temperatures lead to more power outages.

7. Start introducing barley extract, bales, or pellets. Barley needs time to activate, especially the bales and pellets. This will give you a jump start on water clarity and algae prevention come Spring.

Wintertime is a relatively quiet time for your pond. Aeration, winter bacteria, and fish feeding methods are the main requirements for this time of year.

If you have any questions and/or are lucky enough to live in a tropical climate call us at 1-877-766-3249

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