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Winterizing pondsWinterizing ponds can seem like an unpleasant task, almost as bad as taking down the Christmas lights. But with a little preparation, winterizing ponds can be a simple job done mainly in one day. Winterizing ponds can also get expensive, but there are economical ways to keep your plants and fish healthy during the winter season.

If money is not an issue when winterizing ponds, then you will first want to purchase a pond heater and deicer. These are very important to keep the water in your pond from falling below a freezing temperature, thus killing off your fish and plants. The deicer will help to melt the ice allowing oxygen to get into the water. If ice completely forms over the top of the pond, then oxygen will not be allowed to circulate.

You might look into getting a deicer that has an aerator attached to it. It will be more difficult for oxygen to make its way to the bottom of the pond during winter. An aerator will help circulate the water so that the oxygen at the top gets to the bottom of the pond. This will also help keep the water at warmer temperatures.

If money is an issue, then there are less expensive ways of doing something similar. If you leave a large plastic ball on the surface of the water, the motion of the ball will aide in keeping a part of the water from freezing. This will allow oxygen to get to your plants and fish. You can also go out every day and break up the ice. If you live in a very cold place and are expecting below freezing temperatures for long periods of time, then it would probably be wise to purchase a pond heater.

Besides heaters and deicers, there are other winterizing issues you should consider. First, you will want to cover your pond with netting, preventing leaves and other debris from falling into the pond during autumn and winter. You will also want to consider feeding your fish a different kind of food. A lighter diet will help prevent the fish from leaving too much waste. This will help keep your water at safer ammonia levels until spring. If your water falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, then you should stop feeding your fish as they will be in a state similar to hibernation. The fish will be able to live off of what they have eaten over the summer.

Some other preparations for winterizing ponds that you will want to do are cleaning the pond thoroughly, cutting back or discarding plants that will not winter over, and adding special salts or bacteria that will work during the winter. If you have a filter and will be running the pump all winter long, then you will want to take the filter liners out. Ice can form on the liners keeping the pump from working. Check the hoses occasionally to make sure they haven’t frozen over.

As the winter progresses, you will want to periodically check your equipment to make sure it’s working properly. You will also want to check on your fish and make sure the surface of the water isn’t completely iced over. By following the above suggestions for preparation and regular check-ups of your pond, winterizing your pond will be a much easier task.


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