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Opening up your pond after Winter
Pond Spring Cleaning
Now that it's spring time again and the water is watering up it's time to re-open your pond or get it ready for this year. Hopefully you did all you could for winterizing your pod that was a very important step. You can read me other hub for winterizing the pond here.
Starting your pond up is fun but the first step is waiting for it to thaw enough to take the ice out or have it melt away completely. This way you don't have to worry about ice chunks floating around. The next part removing any dead vegetation from the pond it's usually leaves that have fallen before it freezes over. Doing this will save you a lot of aggravation. Remember rotting vegetation can lead to a spike in nutrition's. Remember that will lead to green algae which is the last thing that you want to deal with.
Things to remember when opening pond
The next week is a key time for opening the pond. You want ot make sure their are no holes in the liner so keep a eye out for bubbles coming from the bottom or the liner and also keep a eye on the water level.I take a marker and mark where the water level is and check it in a couple of days, remember that evaporation does take some of the water so don't let fool you.
Check the filter for any broken seal, and definitely change the filter pads and media it's best to start off fresh. Also take that heater out if you have it. If you still run the chance of your pond freezing over then you'll want to keep the heater in the pond just to be safe. Also take a look at all your fish to make sure they are doing good with no fungal or fin infections.
Remember not to feed the koi or goldfish until the water goes above 50 degrees. Since fish have no stomachs the food sits inside them and rots and can kill them from poisoning. So if it's going to freeze over night skip the feeding they will be fine.
Cleaning Pond Waterfalls
Cleaning the waterfalls and ornaments is easily you can take a power washer and spray them off with some of the fake Lilly pads you will sometimes need to use bleach in order to get them looking the best but make sure to rinse many times and let air dry.
Draining Your Pond For Cleaning
The easiest way to check the koi and clean the pond is to drain 75% of the pond the 25% is so you don't lose the beneficial bacteria used to break down their waste. When you are taking the koi out, wait til they have just enough water to swim in and that usually makes it easiest. You can scrub the algae but you dot have to because it's actually beneficial to the pond and gives them something to eat off of. You can fill the pond with water but make sure you dechlorinate it and match up the temperature with what they are use to.
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