Caring for your pond during the winter months. The people that are fortunate enough to reside in a mild climate, simply removing your pond’s excess debris and adding Aquascape Activated Pond Carbon should set you up for the winter.
But those of us that live in the North East, get to see ice formation instead. This is what most of us in North America will see, and we’ll spend the next few months longingly viewing our ponds from indoors.
During these frosty months, you can either keep your pond running for the winter, or shut it down. To shut your pond down, first unplug the pump, pull it out of the pond, and store it in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying out.
Pond Shutdown for the Fish
If you have fish and live in a climate cold enough to cause your pond to freeze over, you’ll need to be concerned with two things. First, is oxygenating the water. To do this, place a small pump on the second shelf of your pond so it bubbles right at the surface of the water. This will replace the oxygenation that your waterfalls were taking care of during the pond season.
Beautiful Ice Sculptures
Leaving your pond up and running is an option many people prefer. Not only does the waterfall and/or stream provide the beautiful sound of running water, but also the freezing water creates outstanding ice sculptures along the stream and waterfall area. The water movement created by running the pond during the winter also eliminates the need for additional oxygenation of the water.
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