Should I break the ice on my fish pond?

In order to de-ice your pond, we recommend that you DO NOT break the ice by smashing it. This method is extremely harmful to your koi or goldfish. By breaking the ice by force, you send sound waves through the water.
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What happens to fish when a pond freezes over?

In shallow lakes that freeze almost to the bottom, fish kills can happen when there is not enough oxygen left in the water. When ice forms, it seals the water off from exchanging oxygen with the air and also blocks out light that helps plants and phytoplankton grow to produce oxygen in the water.
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When should I turn off my pond waterfall?

The freezing point for water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have no aquatic life in your pond, it is safer to have the pump off when temperatures fall below freezing so you can avoid damage to the pump. You may even want to empty your pond of water as this can prevent damage from ice buildup.
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Can a pond freeze overnight?

You'll have a much easier time freezing your pond than a large lake, but it still won't be an overnight process.
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When should I stop feeding my pond fish for the winter?

In wintertime you should stop feeding fish daily if water temperature is below 10°C is. Start feeding fish daily again at a water temperature of 10 °C or higher. At lower temperatures metabolism of (cold-blooded) fish is so slow, that they hardly need any feed. In this period you should restrict the amount of feed.
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Should pond pumps run all time?

Your pond pump in a fish pond should be running 24/7 that's why it's so important to select an energy efficient pond pump. Running an inefficient pond pump could cost you hundred of dollars extra each year.
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Should I leave my pond pump running in winter?

Should I Leave My Pond Pump Running In Winter? Many guides will recommend that you completely shut down your pond pump over the winter to prevent the water from becoming super chilled; however, this isn't necessary for our climate.
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How deep should a pond be for a fish to survive winter?

During the coldest parts of winter, your pond must not freeze all of the way through. There should be enough unfrozen water at the bottom of the pond for your fish to ride out the winter. As a rule of thumb, ponds need to be at least 18 inches deep, ideally 24 inches or more, to overwinter fish.
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How do you melt ice on a koi pond?

Melting The Ice

The best option for creating a hole in ice that has already formed is to heat a pot of water, but rather than pouring it on the ice, set the pot of boiled water on top of the ice and let it slowly melt through. Then remove it without spilling the hot water in the pond.
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Can Koi survive winter in a pond?

Can Koi Fish Survive Winter In An Outdoor Pond? Koi fish can survive winter in an outdoor pond as long as it's at least 2 feet deep, clean, an aerator is put in the shallow end, a de-icer keeps a hole in the ice, and you don't feed them.
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Will goldfish survive in a frozen pond?

A goldfish exposed to freezing temperatures can survive for a few hours till its body completely freezes over. Once they are stiff and covered in specs of ice they have passed away. Reviving them by warming them up will cause them to decompose rapidly and produce a horrid smell.
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Can a fish freeze and come back to life?

The surprising answer is yes, sometimes. It is true that some fish can spend the winter frozen in ice and come out swimming once the ice melts.
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How deep will a pond freeze?

Your water garden should have a depth of at least 18″ to overwinter hardy fish. This is very important as water can easily freeze 18″ to 24″ deep depending on weather conditions. If your pond is not quite deep enough to beat out the ice then an indoor home for the winter is the better bet.
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Should you put gravel in pond?

' and the answer is yes! There are lots of benefits of using pebbles in your pond, and this handy little blog will help to explain these advantages… Not only do pond pebbles keep your water clean, they create a natural looking bottom layer and help to provide a safe habitat for your fish.
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Do pond pumps use a lot of electricity?

Pond pumps have become much more efficient over the past twenty years, but a fair amount of power will always be required to move substantial volumes of water. As a guide, electric costs for: A small spouting frog ornament (9w) --- 4p per day. The very smallest in-pond filter/UV system (18w) --- 8p per day.
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How do you stop pond freezing?

  1. At this time of year we are often asked about how to stop a pond freezing over in the winter months when the weather gets colder. ...
  2. If you don't fancy that each morning the simplest solution is a pond heater. ...
  3. The other alternative is an air pump and polystyrene ice preventer.
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How often do you feed fish in pond?

Fish should be fed no more than three times per day. In cooler water (65-70 degrees F) they should only be fed once per day if that. In much warmer water (76-82 degrees F), three times per day is not crazy.
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Can you over oxygenate a pond?

The very simple answer to this is NO... Oxygen forms only about 20% of the air that we breath from our atmosphere... The fish will not benefit from us trying to pump excessive amounts of Air into the pond because water can only dissolve a certain amount before saturation point is achieved at particular temperatures...
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Should I turn off my waterfall at night?

Shutting off the waterfall will make the water quiet and still, which means there won't be as many water molecules circulating and connecting with air that is rich in oxygen near the surface.
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Should I cover my fish pond in winter?

It is recommended that you cover your Koi pond in the winter to keep the water warm and keep leaves/debris off the pond.
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How do I prepare my pond for winter?

9 Tips for Winterizing Your Pond
  1. Install pond netting. ...
  2. Remove leaves and debris. ...
  3. Clean the skimmer basket. ...
  4. Trim dead or dying foliage. ...
  5. Prepare waterlilies for winter. ...
  6. Add cold water bacteria. ...
  7. If you leave your pond running. ...
  8. If you shut down the pond.
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Will my pond freeze in the winter?

Garden ponds, as well as all-natural bodies of water, will always freeze from top to bottom because the water exposed to the air loses its heat much faster in comparison to the water at the bottom. As the surface water loses its heat it begins to freeze, which creates a layer of ice on the top of the pond.
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Can goldfish survive in a pond without being fed?

Goldfish can go without food for 8 to 14 days. During this time, they scavenge their aquarium and feed off algae. In ponds, depending on the size and available algae (sometimes goldfish also eat plants, check out this list here) and insects, goldfish can go without feeding indefinitely.
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