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Michael 10-05-2006 01:15 PM

Pond Life During the Winter
 
Hi, I am curious, what happens to pond life during the winter?

SimplySplendid 10-05-2006 01:22 PM

Most of the plants die (and come back in the spring) or you can take some of them inside for the winter. Of course if you have fish then the pond should be heated, and some of the water plants (like water lillies) might survive, although there are no guarantees.

It also greatly depends on where you live; some plants might be able to make it through a mild winter. If the fish are acclimated to the water, they might make it through without a heater, if the water temperature doesn't get too low.

tigerbarb 10-18-2006 08:28 PM

we bring our fish and plants in for the winter. we put them in a fish tank.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Brie
Most of the plants die (and come back in the spring) or you can take some of them inside for the winter. Of course if you have fish then the pond should be heated, and some of the water plants (like water lillies) might survive, although there are no guarantees.

It also greatly depends on where you live; some plants might be able to make it through a mild winter. If the fish are acclimated to the water, they might make it through without a heater, if the water temperature doesn't get too low.


mygatt 12-01-2006 02:15 AM

depth matters
 
I have a 900,000 gallon pond about 25 feet deep - my koi live through the winter. I believe anything with 5 - 7 feet or more deep water, the earth heats it up enough for the fish to survive. no need to bring them in. I live in upstate NY and the winters are pretty bad.

Lauri 12-01-2006 10:14 AM

Re: depth matters
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mygatt
I have a 900,000 gallon pond about 25 feet deep - my koi live through the winter. I believe anything with 5 - 7 feet or more deep water, the earth heats it up enough for the fish to survive. no need to bring them in. I live in upstate NY and the winters bet beut

Now thats a pond.. Would love to see some photos of it. :)

mygatt 12-01-2006 11:32 AM

pond
 
Its funny, when I bought the land I was very dissapointed because nothing perc'd at all - it is almost 100% clay - so I had to spend the extra money for an above ground sewer. On the other hand I thought to myself, If its 100% clay, lets build a monster pond. I'll send some pics, It is still in rough shape - next summer I am going to complete it and the pics I have are from last year - I am going to get some waterfalls, and maybe a bridge going to to the island I built in the middle. When I go home for lunch I'll get the pics and put them up.

Lauri 12-01-2006 11:55 AM

Re: pond
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mygatt
Its funny, when I bought the land I was very dissapointed because nothing perc'd at all - it is almost 100% clay - so I had to spend the extra money for an above ground sewer. On the other hand I thought to myself, If its 100% clay, lets build a monster pond. I'll send some pics, It is still in rough shape - next summer I am going to complete it and the pics I have are from last year - I am going to get some waterfalls, and maybe a bridge going to to the island I built in the middle. When I go home for lunch I'll get the pics and put them up.

Great look forward to seeing them. :)

mygatt 12-01-2006 01:07 PM

pond pics
 
These are pics from fall '05, The pond is sabout 1/2 way filled up when this picture was taken. I will take some pics next year and post them once everything is done.

mygatt 12-01-2006 01:23 PM

let me try again
 
I figured it out this time, here they are:


http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/484_pond_1_1.gif
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/484_pond_2_1.gif

Lauri 12-01-2006 02:01 PM

wow, the potential that has. dont forget the diving board..lol look forward to next years pics. :)


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