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Winter Fish Kill

    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…
    …pond cannot reach the water either and so begins the process of the winter fish kill. So you may ask what is a pond owner to do so the bad gases are released and your fish stay healthy throughout the winter? Here are some winter pond care tips that will help you prepare. Bubblers and de-icers both…
    …bottom. As winter approaches those different pools of water will flip. The cool water and all the gasses rise to the top while the warm water sinks. The pools of water mix and in extreme cases this stratification seasonal shift and toxic gas distribution can cause a winter fish kill. Here are five…
    …top. As the seasons change the water in the pond will turnover causing the less oxygenated water to mix oxygenated water that can lead to winter fish kills and poor water quality. Proactive Approach An Airmax Ecosystem is great for both new and older ponds because it treats the root of the problem…
    …risk of a fish kill Fish perish from time to time but when many die at one time it is often linked to low oxygen conditions. In the winter the gases released when organic debris is decomposing can become trapped when the pond freezes over and reduce the oxygen available for your fish; if enough…
    …rocks. Chemicals will kill the algae and give you a quick fix but they will not prevent regrowth. Once the algae is treated use proactive products to reduce future growth. This allows you to keep your pond looking good while creating a healthy environment for your fish. Chemical Treatments Selecting…
    Keeping a hole open on the surface of your pond during winter is imperative to your fish's safety. A de-icer maintains an open hole in the ice to allow toxic gases to escape. Finding the correct size de-icer to overwinter your pond is not as difficult as it sounds but every de-icer is different so…
    …your fish any uneaten fish food will end up decaying at the bottom of the pond. Remember feeding fish too much or using a low quality food will increase the amount of fish waste adding to that muck layer. Other animals such as ducks and geese add their waste to the muck as well. Even without fish or…
    …pond Japanese Trapdoor Snails get oxygen from the water using their gills. Therefore during winter they can stay in the warmer water at the bottom rather than coming up to the frigid surface. As with fish and plants snails cannot survive if the pond freezes solid; usually a depth of 20-30 will…
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