Thankfully, for the most part, our Northern California climate is pretty forgiving when it comes to freezes and the effects a freeze has on water features. Most often the damage is limited to poor water quality caused by environmental issues such as leaf debrisor decaying plants in the frigid pond.
When a pond freezes over completely, the noxious gases released by decaying plants and fish waste under the surface get trapped in the pond. These gases can harm your fish and other organisms, while also affecting the pond water quality.
Not all ponds freeze in winter. Whether your pond will freeze over will primarily depend on a couple of factors – the local climate and the depth of your pond.
Follow these tips from a pond contractor near you to prevent your pond from freezing over in winter.
Periodically Check Your Filter to Make Sure It Is Working Correctly
You need to make sure that your filter keeps running and working properly throughout winter. A functioning filter will help prevent excess gas buildup and maintain the pH level of the water. It will help prevent the pond from freezing over by agitating the water.
Prepare Your Pond for Winter
The best results for overwintering your pond come in the form of preparation. Before Winter hits we do see a pretty drastic change in the seasons about mid Fall when temperatures start to fall, wind picks up and leaf debris begin falling from the trees. It is very important to address the water temperature changes by cutting back the amount you feed your fish and when water temperatures hit 50*F stop feeding all together. Also, with water temperatures dropping it is a good time to remove any tropical type plants that are in your pond. About the time the water temperatures really start to fall is when the leaves start falling from the trees. Removing leaf debris before heading into Winter is very critical for the health of your pond. Any other dying plant debris should be removed periodically through winter as well.
Remember, fish reduce their metabolism to preserve energy in winter, avoid feeding your fish frequently. Once the water temperatures dip below 50 degrees F, stop feeding your fish. If you have too much on your plate or have little inclination for pond maintenance, hire a pond contractor near you.
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