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Q : What do I do in the winter months ?

A : Much depends on if you have fish or not and if you have a waterfall or 
other instance where water is pumped out of the pond and returned. 
The severity of your winter is also a
major consideration If you keep fish then 
your pond should be at least 36" deep and it will be necessary to keep a hole 
open in the ice throughout the winter by means of a
floating pond heater or other
 devise that deters ice formation. This allows toxic gasses to escape. Although they 
will eat out of
habit; fish will go into dormancy during winter and will not 
require food soon as the
water temperature drops to 50F or lower ...

  DO NOT FEED IN COLD WEATHER MONTHS; YOUR FISH DO NOT HAVE 
THE ABILITY TO DIGEST...

If you have a waterfall and you get winters in-which natural water sources freeze 
then the system will have to be converted to one that circulates the water with-
in the pond only. This can be done a couple different ways. If you use a submersible 
in-the-pond style
pump & filter to supply the waterfall then install a diverter in 
the tubing just after it leaves the pump going to the falls. In late autumn simply 
turn the knob and the water is diverted upwards to
create a gushing bubbler  
effect. . If you have a
skimmer with a large waterfall pump then a second 
winterizing pump with filter will be necessary. This same system can be used
during the summer months to feed spitting statuary or other water features.
The pump inside the
skimmer-box should be removed for winter so as to avoid
cracking the housing or corrosion.
As for plants ; We recommend that
 
marginal or bog plants be built into the rockery on the top shelf. Aquatic plants  
in pots can be moved down to a deep shelf. Most of the
floating plants available 
are not winter hardy and must be replaced annually.

For more information on these and other water garden topics go to our
'tips & tricks'  page. Or  contact Us.


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