Maintenance january

Maintenance January

winter

Advice on maintenance

If it is freezing all filters should be protected optimally against cold, so that, among other things, ducts can not  freeze to pieces. However, this protection is also very important for the bacteria.

Plants

During this winter month a pond doesn’t need much attention. If the water surface threatens to freeze, it is wise to install an aeration pump still. Doing this you will prevent the water from freezing whereas it will continue to be high oxygen. To prevent acidification of the soil material you can still spread a certain amount of Bio-Oxydator.

Water

A mistake which is sometimes made by people is that they carry out activities near the pond or in the surrounding area. Remember that your fish are a kind of hibernators and consequently have to be left in peace. Things disturbing them will not do them good. During the winter period you should leave your pond and garden alone. Water is a good conductor, also of sound. Working near a pond will cause vibrations.

Fish

If the pond water is colder, fish will become slower. They stay in the deepest parts of the pond and their life cycle will function on a lower level. If your fish stay on a higher level in the water, you should be on the alert for lack of oxygen. Then you should better install an aeration pump or switch on the pond pump. At high water temperatures (5 °C or higher) you may supplementary feed just sparingly with Winter Fish Food