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is the water movable when frozen? I mean, can they swim in it? What do the fish do? Mostly stay at the bottom all huddled up?
 

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mine stick at the bottom of the pond when the weathers like that,at the moment
the babies from last season are at the top.
 

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is the water movable when frozen? I mean, can they swim in it? What do the fish do? Mostly stay at the bottom all huddled up?
MY understanding is that pond fish need minimum 3' deep of water to winter over so they don't die. The water will not completely freeze solid unless it is too shallow. If the water is less than 3' you have to bring them in for the winter to a tank. This pond I think is 5' (+) deep if I recall. I'm not sure about what happens when it freezes over completely on the top surface. Usually there is a bubbler or waterfall for oxygen.
Izzy did I get that right?
 

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is the water movable when frozen? I mean, can they swim in it? What do the fish do? Mostly stay at the bottom all huddled up?
Oh yes. The water was still moving. That was the first thing I checked. You really couldn't see it in these pictures, but it was still coming down the waterfall and out the return. It was only about the top inch that was frozen. They were all down at the bottom, chilllin'. They have an odd tendency to orient themselves in the same direction and just stay put.

MY understanding is that pond fish need minimum 3' deep of water to winter over so they don't die. The water will not completely freeze solid unless it is too shallow. If the water is less than 3' you have to bring them in for the winter to a tank. This pond I think is 5' (+) deep if I recall. I'm not sure about what happens when it freezes over completely on the top surface. Usually there is a bubbler or waterfall for oxygen.
Izzy did I get that right?
Close, Sharon. Ponds need to be at least a foot below the average depth the ground freezes in the winter. Here that's just like 2 feet deep, but up in the great white north, it can be as deep as 5 feet. My pond is 3 feet deep. I wanted to add that extra foot in there for added measure. And for things like this. If I lived in a place where freezing over the pond was common I would add a bubbler or a water trough heater in the middle to keep the ice open, but for now, the waterfall still moving was enough.

All snow is gone now, tho. Such is the ephemeral fate of snow in the south.
 

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Izzy....how's the pond :)
 

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I was just thinking about her pond! The thought came to me when I took Emma into her annual vet visit. My vet set up a pond and I remembered back with the koi were itty bitty. Now they're HUGE!
 

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is Emma ok ?
 
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