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As the nights get cooler and the days shorter here in Central Kentucky the questions about what to do with our ponds start to come in. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to have a detailed discussion on what water treatments we recommend you use on your pond as Old Man Winter starts to move into town.
Before we dive into the individual water treatments I would like to point out that I always recommend that our customers suspend all water treatment applications when the pond surface freezes. Also, it is important to make sure you keep a hole in your pond ice by either leaving your waterfall running or adding a Pond Heater or Aerating Pump to your pond.
As the nights become cooler the days stay mild here in Kentucky your pond water temperatures will begin to fall. We always recommend having a Pond Thermometer on hand so you can accurately know your pond water temperature. When your water temperature starts dropping into the 50-60 degree mark you will want to switch to a fish food specifically formulated for colder temperatures. You will want to look for foods that contain Spirulina and Wheat Germ that help make the food easier to digest at colder temperatures. Aquascape Premium Cold Water Fish food is the food we recommend to our customers.
Important Note: You need to STOP feeding your fish when water temperatures drop below 50 Degrees.
When Do I stop adding Bacteria?
This is a common question we get every Fall. Similar to your fish normal beneficial bacteria starts to go dormant in cooler waters. Again you will want to monitor your water with a Pond Thermometer. We recommend switching to a bacteria that is specifically formulated to function in lower temperatures. We recommend Aquascape's Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria which stays active in water temperatures as low as 35 Degrees...
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