Winterizing Your Koi Pond

Winterizing your​ Koi Pond
Winter is​ coming, and​ this​ will be the first Winter that you​ go through with your​ Koi pond. Think of​ Winter as​ a​ down period for​ your​ pond, as​ less events happen during Winter then any other time. However, there are special precautions that you​ need to​ take before Winter arrives, to​ ensure that your​ pond and​ fish survive.
Clean Up Take about a​ weekend to​ completely go over your​ pond. Clean up and​ unwanted bulk material in​ and​ around your​ pond. Inside your​ pond, clean up all leaves, slit, and​ other material from the bottom. Also, remove any plants or​ flowers that will not make it​ through the winter. Around the pond, clean up anything that can blow into your​ pond, as​ you​ are not likely to​ notice this​ debris until the end of​ winter. Taking the time to​ make sure that as​ much debris is​ removed as​ possible will prevent potentially harmful bacteria and​ parasites in​ the future.
Stop Feeding you​ must remember to​ stop feeding your​ Koi during the winter. When fall begins and​ the temperatures hover around 55 to​ 60 degrees, only feed once a​ day. Once the temperatures drop below 50 degree for​ the first time, stop feeding completely. Even if​ the temperature goes above 50 degrees, still reframe from feeding your​ fish. The majority of​ Koi, when healthy and​ the temperature is​ above 50 degrees, take at​ least four days to​ completely digest food. if​ you​ mistakenly feed your​ fish to​ late the food will not digest and​ will end up killing your​ fish. Do not mistake you​ Koi as​ hungry when they open to​ their mouths to​ you. this​ is​ more of​ a​ learned reflex then hunger. if​ you​ are concerned about not feeding them, remember that fish eat other things besides the food you​ provide them, especially if​ your​ pond contains a​ large amount of​ natural plant life. if​ they are at​ all hungry and​ you​ are not feeding them, they will fill up on​ this.
Check Up Do you​ seasonal check up on​ all your​ equipment. this​ includes everything from your​ filtration​ system to​ your​ store of​ preventable medications. Since the majority of​ ponds in​ the world lie dormant during the Winter, you​ are less likely to​ be able to​ find the products you​ need. Make sure your​ emergency kit is​ ready and​ up to​ date, which should include medications, bags, nets, and​ your​ water testing kits.
Prepare for​ Cold Weather Prepare for​ cold weather by investing in​ the items you​ will need during the summer. Koi have been known to​ withstand​ constant temperatures as​ low 39 degrees, and​ temperatures slightly lower then 39 degrees, for​ short periods of​ time. When buying a​ heater, remember to​ research what size you​ will need to​ adequately heat your​ pond during the winter, otherwise ice will still form, causing potentially dangerous amounts of​ gas in​ the water, due to​ it​ being trapped under the ice. in​ extreme events, it​ may be a​ good idea to​ have an emergency tank inside available.
Turn Off All Water Sources in​ colder temperatures, your​ heater will be working hard to​ maintain​ a​ water temperature suitable enough to​ keep your​ fish alive. if​ you​ have water features such as​ waterfalls, streams, or​ constant moving fountains, make sure to​ turn them off during Winter. These features will circulate water, and​ constantly bring new, and​ cold water into your​ pond. With these switched off, the only water that your​ heater will be responsible for​ is​ the standing water in​ your​ pond.

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