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We winterize our homes and cars, what about your pond?

Here in Northeast PA, it can get COLD!
Make sure you pond is prepared for it.

 

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Clean all debris, leaves, acorns, etc, from the pond bottom. When these things decay, the water quality will decline and this is detrimental to your fishes health.

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Cut all plants back. Remove the stems and pads from your lilies. Don't let them decay in the pond all winter. Any other plants cut back to the top of your pots.

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Put your plants in the deepest area of your pond and group them together. This will protect the plans from freezing, and give your fish some shelter in the winter to huddle together.

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Run your filters until it gets consistently cold. I run until days highs are in the low 40's. Clean your filters and put them away until the spring. Running fountains & waterfalls when the air temperature is very cold supercools the pond, so warm water is cooled quickly.

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NEVER put a pump on the bottom of the pond for circulation with it just running. This will pull warmer water form the bottom of the pond and move it to the surface where it will cool. Put a bubbler in if you need circulation.

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Put netting over the pond to keep leaves & debris out. Not fun getting leaves out of the water in 30 degree weather!

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Get a pond de-icer. This will heat an area of the pond's surface so it does not freeze. There must be an unfrozen area of your pond all winter. This will allow toxic gasses formed to dissipated into the air. You pond needs to 'breathe'

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Check our Pond Temperature page to see when to stop feeding your fish. DO NOT feed you fish when it gets too cold.

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Enjoy your winter scene. The views of you pond can be beautiful after a snowfall..