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Q : What do I do in the winter months ?
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.
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 heateror other
deters ice formation. This allows toxic gasses to escape. Although they
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
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
the tubing just after it leaves the pump going to the falls. In late
turn the knob and the water is diverted upwards to
create a gushing
effect. . If you have a skimmer
with a large waterfall
pump then a second
winterizing pump with filter will be
same system can be used
during the summer months to feed spitting
statuary or other water features.
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
in pots can be moved down to a
deep shelf. Most of the floating
are not winter hardy and must be replaced annually.