Winter Backyard Pond Care

By Courtney Rhoads
3/13/2013 11:01:12 AM

Ever wonder what fish do below the surface of your backyard pond in the winter?

"They just stand almost perfectly still for months on end," says pond owner Bob Baukus.

When the temperature drops below fifty degrees one must stop feeding their fish. It becomes challenging for them to digest, which can result in their death.

During the cold winter months, it is important to take good care of your pond. A big question to most owners is whether or not to keep their pond open or closed. Either way works fine, however, if you chose to keep your pond open, it is important to be proactive so your pond is preserved throughout the winter.

Baukus recommends trimming the plants back and removing the debris. "Then I would make sure that you change the filter, or clean the filters, and make sure you get rid of all the remaining algae that may be in the bottom, keep it nice and clean."

Having a small floating heater at the surface of the pond is a must in order to keep a hole open. This allows a gas exchange to occur prevents ice formations that could direct water out of your pond. Baukus also mentioned that it is important to keep the heater running at all times throughout the winter so the gas exchange is consistent.

If you have decided to take the other path and closed your pond for winter, that is fine as well. As with keeping your pond open, keep your pond clean and debris-free. It is also important that you have removed the pump and have stored it in a location where it will not freeze.

When following these steps your pond will be ready when the warm months return.