prepare your pond now! for Winter
A guide to looking after your fish and ponds.
This is the time to prepare your pond and fish for the Winter ahead.Prepare now and avoid having problems with your pond and fish during winter.
* This is very important, as each year your fish are getting bigger and the bio load on the pond grows with them, if you don't ready your pond and fish for winter each year and change your feeding routine, you could lose all your fish to ammonia burns or other harmful substances that can flourish in your pond as the water gets colder.
* Feeding high quality foods in winter is important as you will be feeding much less and don't want the fish to lose shape and condition through lack of vital nutrients. Feeding the correct foods will allow you to keep the koi in good shape for the best start to the next season. Low protien foods
* Deep water aquatic plants should be trimmed back, (underwater plants).
* Spent blooms and browning leaves on lilies or any plants at water level should be pinched or cut off.
* As the first frosts attack the plants trim the damaged plants back .
* Falling leaves and debris from trees should be netted off the top, so the water doesn't become polluted. A net spread over the pond will prevent a lot of the debris from falling in, the net will also stop birds and other predators from entering the pond and eating the fish.
This shag could wipe out a pond full of fish in a few hours, or he will keep coming back, till he has eaten all of your fish, once he gets in the pond he does a lot of damage to all the fish in trying to catch them. This picture was taken on the side of an empty pond at our hatchery.
There are many different types of water birds that will take your fish, from the tiny king fisher & kookaburras to ducks, shags & herons. A net is still the best way to keep them out.
Food for birds is not as abundant in winter as it is in summer, so your pond needs to be covered by a net, or you are likely to loose your small fish to them, birds can take fish as big as 15cms.We sell the pond nets with plastic pegs to secure them to the ground, this quality UV stabilized black net can be left on year round,its strong, and durable.
with 6 different sizes you should be able to find one to suit your pond buy a pond net
Early winter is a great time to give your pond its annul clean out and to make sure it is in good condition for the winter. Remove any debris that have accumulated on the bottom of the pond and change at least 50% of the water.
Remember to use our water ager to condition the tap water before adding it to the pond.
The addition of a pond block will release bacteria into the pond,keeping the pond stable through out winter.
Much of the good bacteria dies in the pond during the colder months, and the cycling process can break down and your pond can experience ammonia.
This is very harmful to the koi or any fish, to the extent that ammonia in the water will burn the fishes gills, resulting in fish deaths.
The pond blocks release good bacteria for up to 6 months when the detect that there are harmful substances in the water. Pond blocks float, and should be attached to the area of the pond which has the most water flow.
We attach ours by drilling a hole in the block and using a cable tie to the in flow hosing from the filter, the hose outlet for the water fall or water feature.
Your water will be crystal clear and you pH stable whilst keeping any harmful substances in check, so your fish thrive in winter.
Continue feeding the fish as long as they appear willing to eat.
As the water cools in the autumn, the fish start slowing down in preparation for a period of semi-dormancy.
Their digestive and immune systems slow down, and they are not capable of digesting the same types of foods that they can during the warmer months.
Once the water temperature drops below 14C stop feeding on a regular basis.
Feed small amounts of food or wheat a few times a week. This food is easy to digest and does not pollute the water as much as medium to high protein will.
Only start to feed the koi and goldfish a higher protein pellet again when the weather turns warmer again, add a little of the protein to the wheatgerm as the water temperature goes up.