Fall Maintenance

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Fall is a season of change, and nowhere is that more evident than in a pond environment. Here are a few basics below to help you enter the season. Don’t forget, the store closes November 15th, so make sure to stock up on all your winter supplies!

Cold Water Bacteria:
Adding cold water bacteria, such as Aquascape Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria, helps keep pond water clean and clear. Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria contains concentrated strains of beneficial bacteria designed to work in temperatures lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Regular use of Aquascape Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria will help maintain water quality and clarity, as well as dramatically reduce spring maintenance by digesting debris that may accumulate over the winter months.

Heater/ De-Icer:

This is a decision every fish keeper must make, to either winter your pond pets in their habitat, or bring them indoors for the winter. Aquascape offers several different de-icers to keep a hole open in the ice all winter long, allowing for proper gas exchange ensuring the health of your pond fish. The Pond Clinic recommends keeping your Koi in their pond.

Operating your pond and waterfalls during the winter will provide beautiful ice formations for you to enjoy throughout the frosty season. Keep in mind, there will be a bit of maintenance required this time of year, such as topping off the pond due to evaporation. Also, you’ll need to make sure ice formations don’t create dams that can cause unnecessary water loss over the edge of the stream.

Netting:

About this time, the leave starts falling off the trees and can accumulate in the pond. This is one time of year when your pond may require daily maintenance. If you have a skimmer, you’ll probably have to empty the debris net every day to keep up with the influx of leaves. Some of the leaves will undoubtedly sink to the bottom. Although you can net these pretty easily before they start to break down, don’t knock yourself out snagging every single leaf. Some left in little areas here and there will give insects and frogs a place to overwinter. However, an abundance of dead leaves, flowers and other plant debris left in your pond can quickly decompose, resulting in toxins, which foul the water, and can be very harmful to your fish. The Pond Clinic carries Aquascape multi-purpose pond netting, which comes conveniently rolled, making it easier to install. Don’t be fooled by the small package – this is quality, full-sized pond netting! Aquascape multi-purpose pond netting comes complete with U-shaped stakes; keeping the net secure and in place.

Aquatic Plants:

There may be increasing numbers of yellow leaves this time of year, so prune them off all of your plants. Your lilies – tropical and hardy – should still be going strong, at least until the first heavy frost. Stop fertilizing your aquatic plants when the weather starts getting cooler. This lets them know the season is coming to an end. In preparation for winter, pond perennials (just like the perennials in your garden) should be cut back with their leaves and stems removed. Any other tropical aquatics that you intend to over-winter indoors, should be removed from your pond, potted, and brought indoors. Trimming dead foliage helps remove excessive organic debris that would otherwise decompose in the water. Cut back hardy waterlilies just above the base of the plant and cut back marginal plants that could droop over into the water.

 

 

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