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    No doubt your finned friends will enjoy the cozy indoors during the chilly winter season. Do you have a pole barn? A garage? A basement? An unused outbuilding? These places make perfect indoor places to overwinter your fish. Koi and goldfish begin their wintertime dormancy at about 45 degrees…
    …guys can actually go more than 10 days without food during the warmer months - and fast even longer when temperatures drop and they go into their winter torpor or hibernation when they pass on meals for months at a time. Of course if you feed your fish regularly don't suddenly stop as doing so can…
    …During the winter we recommend moving the diffuser sticks to half your maximum depth. This will help to reduce ice formation and keep a pocket of warm water for your fish at the bottom of the pond. Have questions on how to know which kit is right for your pond? Check out our article How to Choose…
    …beside your flowing waterfall can help take the edge off the frosty winter chill but it may cause more stress for you – and your fish – in the long run. Before you decide to run or shut down your water garden for winter here are a few points to consider. * Ice Dams: In northern climates…
    …environment for your web-footed pals. Here are three things you can do to help them hibernate comfortably this winter. * Mind the Liquid Gas: For aquatic frogs to survive a freezing winter ponds should be 18 to 24 inches deep and have an open hole in the ice for gas exchange. The depth ensures the…
    Unless you plan on partaking in winter activities on your pond like figure skating ice fishing or playing ice hockey we highly recommend running yourAirmax Aeration System all year long. The water movement created by the aerator forms a hole in frozen winter ice allowing for gas exchange and keeping…
    A long cold winter could mean trouble for your fish. When the ice on your pond finally melts this spring you might discover that your fish and other aquatic life haven't survived the season. These winter fish kills occur when the ice prevents gas exchange and reduces the amount of dissolved oxygen…
    It's important to know how to winterize a pond and prepare fish to withstand the harsh winter. Over the course of a year your pond will accumulate debris and organics such as leaves twigs grass clippings and fish waste. Left unchecked decaying debris can release toxic gas and reduce oxygen levels.…
    …Moors need to be moved indoors for the winter months when water temperatures start dropping into the 60's. If these situations apply to your pond check out our article for overwintering your fish indoors. Prep Before the ice forms So you've decided to winter your fish over in your pond following…
    …below are a few pointers to help you prepare your plants for the winter ahead. Know your Zone: Like terrestrial plants aquatic plants are sensitive to varying temperatures. The Hardiness Zone Map is based on the average minimum winter temperature and is the basis for determining which plants will…
    …frog species and sport a dorsal fin that begins behind its arrowhead-shaped body. Winter Hiding As frogs are cold blooded when winter approaches they will begin to slow down as their body temperatures drop. When winter arrives they will go into a state of dormancy and wait out the cold weather. The…
    …of debris at the bottom of the pond during winter can be detrimental to fish and the overall pond. Debris left in the water to decay over the winter adds ammonia to the water causing stress to your fish. * Winter - Pond netting should not be used in winter. Remove your pond nets when the last of the…
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