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Hibernation

    As the cool weather comes your fish go into hibernation and you shut your filter down for the season. Though things slow down not all the natural processes in your pond come to a complete halt. The organic debris that accumulated during the summer and fall will continue to decompose and as it does…
    …fish tend to eat less aggressively as they can slowly munch on natural foods such as algae and bugs. New fish or fish going into or out of hibernation will eat less too. Only feed your fish what they can consume in 5 minutes; if they cannot eat it all skim it out so it does not become muck.Pellet…
    …up. Only feed your game fish when water temperatures is above 50°F (10°C). When temperatures get colder fish are almost in a state of hibernation and will live off their stored body fat until spring. Once water temperatures are above 50°F start your feedings again. Treats Along with the…
    …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 affect their health…
    …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 hibernation strategy varies between species of frogs. Toads tend to bury themselves in leaves or mud while frogs can pass the winter at the bottom of your…
    …them a place to hibernate. The hole in the ice kept clear with a bubbler or aerator allows harmful gases to escape.* Provide Oxygen-Rich Water: Aquatic frogs will spend a good portion of the winter just lying on top of the mud or only partially buried but they typically hibernate underwater. They…
    …were placed at the deepest parts of your pond move the plates from the deepest areas of your pond to shallower areas. This will give your hibernating fish a warmer place to hunker down when the water temperatures get especially chilly. Supercooling could become an issue if you are vigorously…
    …water. Most pond fish including koi and goldfish will overwinter in your pond as long as the depth is at least 18. Koi & goldfish go into a torpor or hibernation: their metabolism slows they stop eating and they are able to tolerate cooler water—even water that's frigid enough to freeze.