December 22, 2015 News No Comments

Just like with outdoor plants and landscaping, you must make some adjustments to the way you care for your “fine-finned” friends when the cold weather hits.  Having an outdoor fish pond is great fun and a relaxing and beautiful addition to your yard, but those fish need your care all year round.

Make sure you are properly feeding your fish.  As the water temperature drops, so does their metabolism.  Therefore, you do not need to feed your fish nearly as much as you did during the summer months.  Hopefully the fish have been building up a good level of fat to survive the winter months.  As the air gets crisper, feed them about once a day.  Later in the season as the water temperature drops below 60 degrees, you can cut back to feeding them just once or twice a week.

Invest in a floating pond de-icer.  As raw organics decompose in the water, they emit a toxic gas that can poison the fish if the pond is covered in ice.  It’s important never to break the ice in the pond on your own as it can send shock waves that can hurt or kill your fish.  The de-icer can keep the pond from freezing over completely.  Truthfully having just one area of the pond without ice is enough to allow the gases to escape and not harm the fish.

With their slower metabolism and less plants to feed upon and swim around during the colder months, your fish are in danger of being eaten by outdoor pests such as birds, squirrels and raccoons.  You can purchase a hideaway for your pond for the fish to swim into and feel more secure.  There are also devices that are motion censored that will squirt water at a predator to keep it away.

Here in South Texas, winter doesn’t last very long, but it can leave its mark while it’s here.  Keep your fish protected so that you can enjoy them in the many seasons to come.  Milberger’s Nursery and Landscaping has everything you need to winterize your pond and protect your fish.  To learn more and get what you need, stop by and see us.

(source: watergarden.org)

Written by milbergers