What do I do for my pond now that it’s spring?
- At a water temperature of 40°F, test it for high ammonia and nitrites. If you notice higher levels, perform a 25%-50% water change to help correct it. When refilling the pond with tap water, consider using a Chlorine Remover to remove any harsh chemicals. Begin adding other necessary water treatments, such as beneficial bacteria. Place the pump back in your pond; run for a few hours while checking on performance, ensuring there are no leaks.
- If using an Aerator during the winter, leave it in the pond to continue oxygenating the water all season.
- At a water temperature of 50°F, begin feeding fish low-protein food.
- At a water temperature of 60°F, begin feeding fish regular food and add tropical plants. If necessary, perform a 50% water change. Always use Chlorine Remover when introducing tap water to your pond.
- Inspect and re-establish plants. Plants that have been sitting on the bottom can now be cleaned up and placed accordingly throughout the pond. At a water temperature of 72°F, begin fertilizing plants.
What should I do for my pond in the summer?
- Any time you clean your pond, disturb the filter, or clean a filter pad, give it a shot of Sludge Remover to jump-start the growth of beneficial bacteria.
- Keep the water moving with an aerator, a nozzle kit, or a waterfall.
What should I do for my pond this fall?
- At a water temperature of 72°F, clear out as much debris as possible, divide and repot plants. Replace 50% of the water in your pond and use a Chlorine Remover to remove harmful toxins from the tap water.
- At a water temperature of 60°F, dispose of or bring in tropical plants, install pond netting, and start feeding fish food a lower protein diet.
What should I do with my fish and plants in the wintertime?
In the northern U.S. and Canada when the temperature dips down into the freezing range, fish and plants can be left outdoors to hibernate naturally. The pond should have a recommended depth of at least 2 feet. You should try to clean out as much debris as possible before the pond ices over and install either an aerator, a de-icer, or a heater to keep a hole in the ice. Even the smallest of holes will suffice. This allows oxygen in for the fish and plants and also allows any toxins to escape.
By allowing your pond to completely freeze over during the winter months, the harmful gases produced by fish waste and plant decay cannot escape the ice, becoming deadly to your costly fish and plants.
What should I do for my pond in the winter?
- At a water temperature of 50°F, stop feeding your fish. Also, trim and move hardy lilies to deeper water.
- At a water temperature of 40°F or below, remove your pump and install an aerator and/or de-icer. Leaving the pump running in that temperature will lower deepwater temperatures, causing potentially fatal stress to fish.
- When temperatures have begun to cool, be sure to add a Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria to your pond for additional beneficial bacteria.
- Drain, remove and store anything that has glass or plastic inside, such as your ultraviolet clarifier, pressurized filter, and all-in-one filter. Keep them in a bucket of water in your garage, basement, or other indoor areas that won’t allow the water to freeze.
What should I do for my pond throughout the year?
- Be sure to check the water levels in your pond regularly. Keep water levels consistent, adding fresh water when levels get too low. And always be sure to use a Chlorine Remover when doing so.
- If you have an excess buildup of leaves or debris, do your best to get some of this out of the pond. You can do this by using our Skimmer Fish Net. Getting the excess debris out will help keep the water balanced.
- Use a Sludge Remover to improve water clarity in your pond while also eating the organic waste and debris left behind by fallen leaves.
- At least once a year, you should change the filter pads and UV bulbs in your filtration products.
- To get rid of string algae quickly, use a Pond or Pool Vacuum with multi-purpose nozzles.