As the days and nights stay to get chilly, you may want to start thinking about getting your pond in shape for the winter months. The longer you wait, the colder it will be to remove pumps, UV lights and pressure filters. Here are some simple steps to follow for shutting down your pond:
- 1. Start with a basic cleanup. Vacuum out debris from the bottom of your pond and skim out any leaves or twigs. We recommend refraining from a full cleanout because it can cause too much stress on your fish before the winter months.
- 2. Remove the following products from the pond and do not forget to blow out and cap your tubing:
- All-In-One Filtration Units
- UV Clarifiers (Remove the entire unit, not just the bulb.)
- Pressurized Filters
- Pumps (Keep in a bucket of water to keep seals lubricated. Store in an area that will not freeze.)
- Ion Clarifiers
- 3. Raise your aeration stones or plates. This keeps the water moving at the top of the pond but calm at the bottom for your fish’s winter hibernation. Bring your deicer out to the pond. Don’t turn it on yet but you will be ready for the first cold spell.
- 4. Put a net over your pond when the leaves begin to fall. Remember to net out any leaves that may have fallen in.
- 5. After the first frost, remove all tropical plants from your pond and cut dead vegetation off from any hardy plants.
- 6. If your pump usually resides in your skimmer box, pump the water down just below the skimmer door or weir. This ensures water stays in your pond and not filling the skimmer box.
- 7. As your water temperatures dip below 50°, begin to use Seasonal Defense®. Begin to feed your fish Spring & Fall Fish food at this time. When water temperatures drop below 40°, stop feeding your fish and discontinue using Seasonal Defense®.
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