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Care Calendar

Winter Pond Maintenance:



Make sure you have a pond de-icer, at bare minimum, if
you are keeping fish in the pond over the winter. Methane gas can build-up and
get into the water supply and kill the fish.



Decrease feed gradually from September and do not feed fish once water temperatures drop below 8deg c



Monitor the weather conditions and if we experience
severe weather , you might consider emptying pressure filters, moving
your pump to mid pond level and disconnecting water falls etc. 



Get rid of any dead plants, leaves or debris from the
pond.



Throw a couple of tennis balls in the pond to alleviate
pressure on the structure of your pond when the ice hits, or ensure your de-icer is switched on.



Check water level regularly in case of leaks or
evaporation.



Remove the surface snow off the pond as much as possible
to allow the light to get in otherwise your oxygenators may die from the lack
of light, besides even the fish won't like being in the dark all the time .



Spring Pond Maintenance:



Take out the de-icer or heater. Put the filter and pump
back in or turn them on, which is ever is applicable but most importantly make
sure they are serviced and fully functional.

Add filter bacteria to kick start the  biological filtration process.



Make sure your UV unit is working and replace
bulb now for full season algae control.

Treat pond for  String algae if its an issue.



Start feeding the fish again once the temperature reaches
10+degrees Celsius.

Test the water chemistry and implement appropriate action as indicated by test result.

(Or call to Pond Hobby For free water test analysis)



Check the water level. If your fish were in the pond for
the winter, add water in intervals to prevent the temperature or the balance of
the water from changing at once. If you had your fish indoors, add water and
balance the water PH before putting them back in. Make sure you add
de-chlorinator for any water top ups or changes.



Keep an eye on the algae, especially blanket algae which
will not be controlled by the UVC unit.



If the water is murky or black, remove at least 1/3 of
the water and replace,( adding de-chlorinator) after getting rid of leaves and
any other decomposed organic material. Add sludge remover to the pond to speed up the process .



Fix up the border area, including pruning shrubs and
plants.

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