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POND

As leaves begin to fall, fruit tree netting will prevent leaves and other debris from falling into the pond.
Heavy leaf fall can clog pumps and skimmers and may require cleaning several times a day. Watch them carefully.
As ice forms on the pond it is vital that a hole is kept opened in the surface with a floating pond deicer to prevent toxic gasses from killing the fish.
NEVER bang or tap on the ice to break it, you can kill your fish by doing this.
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FISH

When the temperature drops your fish will require less food as their metabolism slows down.
At this time a Cheerio type cereal will bulk them up for their dormant period.
September 1st is a good time to start this program.
When the pond water stays at a constant 50 degrees all feeding should stop.
Fish may still act hungry and will eat, but the food would lay in the gut and rot, resulting in death.
With a slower metabolism and no plant coverage, fish are more susceptible to predators.
Covering the pond with leaf netting will help prevent predators from invading.
 

PLANTS

Remove all annual and tropical plants from the pond.
Stop feeding the rest of the plants and trim them back.
Now is a good time to re-pot the plants if over crowding is evident.
Lower them to a deeper level, below the ice zone.
 

PUMPS & FILTERS

In colder climates you may want to shut off pumps, filters and skimmers.
The warmest water in the pond is in the bottom and this is where the fish will winter over.
Be sure to empty filters to avoid freezing.
If you choose to run a submersible pump through the winter, place it closer to the surface so you don't pull the warmer water at the bottom of the pond out over the cold water fall, creating a chill factor that can cause hypothermia in the
fish and leading to death.
One problem with leaving your pump and filter running during the winter is major damage if the power goes off and you are away... everything freezes.
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