Pond winterization is a process that should begin in fall. It is not the air temperature that pond owners must concern themselves with, rather, it is the temperature of the water. Monitoring the water temperature will allow you to determine when it is time to begin preparing the pond for winter, which will ensure the survival of your fish and plants.
Why You Need Pond Winterization Services
When the water temperature within your pond falls to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit or less, we can switch the type of food that your fish are consuming. The reason for this is because lower temperatures make it more difficult for the fish to properly digest nutrients. A lower protein, higher fat food is good to bulk them up a little before the winter. At the same time, you don’t want to overfeed your fish. You can feed the fish up to 3 times a day, but it is important that they finish all of the food within the first few minutes. When the temperature within your pond falls to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the bacteria which reside in the digestive system of the fish won’t be able to absorb food in an efficient manner. While it really isn’t necessary to feed your fish after this point, many pond owners still like to. During this time you can begin feeding your fish wheat germ base. Once temperature falls to 40 degrees Fahrenheit feeding should be discontinued.
To prepare plants for winter, it will be necessary to trim decaying plant material so it doesn’t contribute to a buildup of debris. Fall is the best time to trim plants because the milder temperatures allow them to heal their root systems, and will provide superior blooms during the following spring and summer. Those that live in areas with cold winters that have tropical plants in their ponds will need to bring these plants inside or dispose of them whenever temperatures fall beneath 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
The pond water will also need to be changed in preparation for winter. This should be done before the temperature within the water falls to 60 degrees Fahrenheit or less. The amount of water you should change depends on the condition of the water. We also recommend adding a cold water bacteria as it promotes greater biological filtration and breakdown of debris. Fitz’s Fish Ponds also offers fall cleaning services to ensure your pond, and fish are 100% ready for the winter ahead.
What We Do for Pond Winterization
- De-icer and aerator installation
- Pump and filtration system removal and winterization
- Draining/Blowing out plumbing lines to prevent damage
- Plant trimming and removal
- Debris control and removal
- Water draining, changing, and cleaning
- Fish feeding and care
- … and more!
Why Choose Fitz’s Fish Ponds for Pond Winterization?
Fitz’s Fish Ponds is based in New Jersey, where winters are cold and we have more than 7 years of experience building and maintaining ponds. We can monitor the temperatures within your pond effectively to determine when it is time to begin making preparations for winter. We have the crew and equipment to winterize your pond effectively and at a moments notice. Fitz’s Fish Ponds works closely with our customers and listen to your concerns, needs and desires. We are passionate about what we do, recognize that no two ponds are exactly alike, and will put forth the time and dedication which is needed to ensure you get the results you want. Contact Fitz’s Fish Ponds today or complete the Winterization Form to inquire about our pond winterization services!