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Old 12-16-2005, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I live in california, so I don't have to worry about this issue, but I was curious how your ponds do when it snows and gets colder. Don't they freeze over? What happens to the fish?

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Old 12-17-2005, 04:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It doesn't get cold enough where I live for my ponds to freeze, but from reading English pond books and surfing the net, I gather that most pond fish can survive under ice as long as there is a layer of air between the water surface and the ice. Most pond books advise removing as much decaying organic matter form the pond as possible before winter arrives, lowering the water level once the pond has frozen over and making a hole in the ice to allow the air to circulate.

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We have our pond freeze each winter. The fish just go to the bottom. We put an aquarium air pump and large air stone in when fall comes to keep it airated when the ice forms. This year the water bell formed a cap of ice, but, you could still see the water flowing from the bell under the ice cap and the water fall just keep flowing with ice all around and over the outlet. Very pretty.

The fish quite eating when the water temperature goes down to around 10C. They move very slow too, so, that is the time to catch them if you need to do any major maintance. Just fill a 19 liter bucket with pond water and put the fish in the bucket till you finish.

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