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What should I do with my filter media during the winter? | Decorative Ponds & Water Gardens Q & A


Q: What should I do with my filter media during the winter?

Q: What should I do with my filter media during the winter?

Barb – Sterling, CO

A: Your pond’s filter media—the Matala Filter Media Pads, Pond Logic® BioBalls™ or Bio-Ribbon that house your beneficial bacteria—will need a little attention going into the winter. You won’t need your filter media during the cold months, but you should inspect it, clean it and purchase replacements parts before you start your water feature up again in the spring. Here’s a rundown of what to do:

Filter Media Pads: Pull out your filter media pads from your pond’s filtration system, waterfall box and skimmer, thoroughly rinse off the debris with your garden hose, and look for frayed edges, holes, large deposits of solid debris or other signs of damage. Plan to replace worn pads as necessary in the spring. You can choose from specially coated Matala Filter Media Pads, which come in four different densities for your unique filtration needs, or cost-effective rolls of filter media that can be cut to fit and are ideal for waterfall boxes and skimmers.

BioBalls and Other Loose Filter Media: If you use secondary filtration, like Pond Logic® BioBalls™, Bio-Ribbon, blocks or other loose filtration media that’s kept in a mesh bag, remove it all from your filter or waterfall box after you shut down your waterfall, rinse the bag and its contents thoroughly, and check the bag for holes or worn areas. Replace the bag if necessary in the spring.

After your filter media is rinsed and inspected, you can store them for winter in the filter, waterfall box or skimmer. The filter pads, BioBalls and other media will survive just fine outside, even in freezing temperatures. If desired, you can also remove them and stow them inside a garage or basement.

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8 Responses

  1. I live in alabama. ‘the pond is around 4 years old. I have run the skimmer/filter/waterfall all year up to now. Are you saying I should shut everything off? The fish stay outside all year too. The pond is 2000 gal with a deapth of 4 feet. We don’t freeze over usuallly. If it does it’s only for a couple of days–if that

  2. I suggest bringing your filter media indoors for the winter, last year a family of mice decided that my filter falls box would be a good place to live. they chewed several holes in the mesh bag, needless to say it was a mess!!!

  3. I live in the San Francisco area where we let our ponds and waterfalls run all year. Does this apply to us as well?

  4. What about those of us who want to run our ponds year round? I live in NW Arkansas and our periods of below freezing temperatures are usually short. Pulling the filter media from my skimmer is easy enough but unhooking my pump would require professional help which equals $25/hr.

    • Hi Sharon – For you, I would recommend doing what you usually do during the warmer months. Your filter media should be inspected but you can leave it in your pond. As for the pump, if you are running the pond year-round, you can leave it in the pond. If you do shut down the pump, just make sure it is fully submerged in your pond.

  5. BARB, WHAT I DO MAY NOT BE THE CORRECT WAY , BUT WORKS FOR ME IN ILLINOIS,IS LEAVE FILTERS IN THE POND. CLEAN THEM IN THE SUMMER. I TAKE OUT THE SKIMMER CAGE OR BOX. THE FILTER UNDER IT LAYS ON CROSS BARS. BY LEAVING IT THERE IN THE WINTER THE FISH CAN NOT GET CAUGHT UNDER THE BARS !! THEN I CLEAN IT OUT WITH A HOSE OR REPLACE IT IN THE SPRING. THE BACTERIA THAT IS IN IT FROM ALL YEAR,HELPS TO CONTROL THE WINTER BACTERIA FROM THE DEAD LEAVES & PINE NEEDLES. I HAVE ( 7 ) PUMPS THAT STAY IN THE WATER ALL THE TIME TO KEEP THE O-RINGS WET,SO THEY WILL NOT DRY OUT AND CRACK , CAUSING ME TO BY A NEW PUMP. I HAVE FRIENDS THAT BRING THEIR’S OVER TO STORE FOR THE WINTER.

    AGAIN, WHAT EVER WORKS FOR YOU , DO IT !!! THE BEST POND IS A BALANCED ONE !!!

    YOUR ILLINOIS, PONDERING FRIEND –GREG JOHNSON

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