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Do I need to winterize if it doesn't get really cold here?
Even in warmer areas were temperatures get close to freezing, you should consider some preparation steps for cold weather.
How do you winterize an above ground pond?
There are several ways to prepare to winterize your pond -- it's best to start these in the fall, so that you have time to prepare before the first freeze.Read More
What should I do with pond equipment during winter?
Most equipment should be removed and stored somewhere safe during the winter months, so that they aren't damaged by snow or freezing water.Read More
Should I drain my garden pond for winter?
It's very rarely a good idea to completely drain your pond for the winter.Read More
If my pond freezes, should I quickly break a hole so they can breathe?
A hole in the ice is essential so that your fish can breathe and gasses have a chance to escape, but breaking the ice by hitting it is never the answer.Read More
If my pond doesn't have fish, do I need to winterize?
There will still be some steps needed to winterize your pond even if you don't have any fish in order to protect your equipment and keep your plants healthy.Read More
What are the imporatant steps for winterizing my pond?
There are several steps you should take in the fall and beginning of winter to prepare your pond for the cold months.Read More
What do I do with my pond pump during winter?
Freezing water is destructive to a pond pump, so be sure to remove your pump from the pond before the first freeze.Read More
When should I winterize my pond?
The first step to winterizing your pond actually occurs in fall, where you begin to clean and prepare your pond for the months of cold to come.Read More
should I remove ice and snow from my fish pond?
Leaving some ice and snow atop your pond helps insulate your pond and protect your fish from predators.Read More
If my winters are mild, do I still need to shut down the pond?
As long as water temperatures remain above 50 degrees, it's alright to keep your pond running for cold-hardy fish.Read More
What do pond fish do in winter?
In the winter, fish metabolisms slow significantly and they enter a semi-hibernation state called torpor.Read More
Which fish can survive winter in an outdoor pond?
There are lots of fish that are suited for surviving in cold temperatures, including goldfish, koi, carp, shubunkins, roach, and other kinds of fish.Read More
Are leaves in a winter pond a problem?
Fallen leaves can cause serious damage to a pond as they decay and add to amount of ammonia and other chemicals in the pond.Read More
Can fish survive freezing?
Surprisingly, there really are some species of fish in polar regions that can survive sub-freezing water temperatures.Read More
Do I need to run the de-icer all the time?
Using the de-icer constantly can use a lot of energy, so it's better to only use it when needed.Read More
What should I feed my fish in winter?
In deep winter, as fish enter torpor, you'll need to stop feeding them altogether.Read More
What do I do if my fish pond freezes over?
Fish need access to oxygen in order to survive, make sure there's a hole in the ice that allows the air to make contact with the water.Read More
What kind of de-icer should I use on my pond?
Invest in a high-qualty de-icer that utilizes at least 1200 watts to ensure there is an ice-free hole in your pond all winter.Read More
How deep does a pond need to be for winter?
Ponds deeper than 3 feet are less likely to freeze completely, but various conditions can affect this.Read More
What happens to pond life in winter?
Cold-blooded aquatic animals like fish typically enter a kind of hibernation in the winter in order to preserve their energy.Read More
Do I need to change pond water in the wintertime?
It's a good idea to replace a 50% water change in the fall, before the water temperature falls below 60 degrees.Read More
Can goldfish survive outdoors in winter?
Goldfish survive happily in lakes and ponds in the winter -- as long as the water doesn't completely freeze all the way through.Read More
Should I cover my pond in winter
It's often worthwhile to place netting over your pond to keep out leaves and detritus in winter.Read More