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1 Fish Surviving the Winter on Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:19 am

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How are your pond fish doing during this frigid winter? We are getting a few days of above freezing temps so I will be happy to get a good look at them when the ice on top of the pond melts. So far I don't see anything floating under the ice so I think they're OK. I heard on the news that temperatures are expected to plunge again in Feb.


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2 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:33 pm

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It's 48* here right now and we've had no freezing weather for quite awhile now. The rains are here and coming down steady. We had a wind storm last night and lost power this morning at 4:30am but it was only out for 3 hours or so. I thought it was 7:30am when I got outta bed and then I saw another clock that said 10 something so I slept in way too long and now I'm way behind in my daily duties. The fish love this weather and they think it's spring as they are swimming around like crazy to and fro wondering where the food is. Sorry I'm not feeding them til Spring. Don't want them to rot their little guts out if we get a big freeze again. They have worms and bugs that fall in and I'm sure they grab them up. So if they do eat that stuff that falls in won't that hurt them if it gets cold while they are eating or do they know enough to not eat then?


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3 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:12 pm

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I don't know, JW. I always wonder what to do in the fall when it gets cold then warms up a little again. Do I feed them knowing it will get cold again? I usually don't and once it gets cold here it stays cold until spring. I keep a thermometer in the pond and wait until the temps are pretty constant.

Well the ice finally melted off the top of the pond and I can see that everyone is well and swimming around although the pond is surprisingly green even with these cold temps. We went into fall and winter crystal clear. Oh well, it greens up for a while every spring anyway plus this spring I really need to drain it and do a re-build due to the edges failing because of erosion my yard is on a slope.


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4 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:21 pm

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We've had some warmer sunny days here and my water is starting to green up just like it was spring already. I hope the fish don't mind the green water as I don't have the filter running.


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5 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:11 pm

The filter basket was filled with algea this morning. The waterfall stopped, had to bring the basket into the house and cleaned it in the tub. (yuck) got it clean and got the falls working again. gotta clean the tub now though. maybe it's a good day to wash the dogs if i have to clean the tub anyway....

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6 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:50 pm

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Mrs. Peepers wrote:The filter basket was filled with algea this morning. The waterfall stopped, had to bring the basket into the house and cleaned it in the tub. (yuck) got it clean and got the falls working again. gotta clean the tub now though. maybe it's a good day to wash the dogs if i have to clean the tub anyway....

So you're not freezing there w/ snow all on the ground anymore I'm guessing? Does it feel like spring there also? I just can't believe our warm weather we are having here


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7 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:11 pm

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Feel like Spring? I'm moving by you JW.

It is 19 degrees here, but at least it's sunny. Supposed to be in the high 30's by the end of the week. Can't wait. It had been another cold winter like last, but we are not getting big snowfalls like we did last year.

Fish seem fine from what I can see through the ice. Pond thawed a couple of weeks ago and no casualities and it should thaw again by next weekend so I can check them again.

Did you waterfall freeze Mrs. Peepers? Is that why it stopped? I don't have falls. Your's sure are nice.


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8 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:51 pm

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fishlipsmcgee wrote:Feel like Spring? I'm moving by you JW.

It is 19 degrees here, but at least it's sunny. Supposed to be in the high 30's by the end of the week. Can't wait. It had been another cold winter like last, but we are not getting big snowfalls like we did last year.

Fish seem fine from what I can see through the ice. Pond thawed a couple of weeks ago and no casualities and it should thaw again by next weekend so I can check them again.

Did you waterfall freeze Mrs. Peepers? Is that why it stopped? I don't have falls. Your's sure are nice.

Actually it's 48* right now at noon but that is high for our usual January's and it's raining. It will get into the 50's today and the rain is supposed to stop. If the sun would come out it would be heavenly :[IMG]/sunburn5


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9 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:16 pm

It has been in the teens here most of the week. Warmed up to 24 today and we have snow on the ground again. Spring feels a long ways off.
I did find some daffodils had broke through the ground last week during our
"heat wave" when temps got above freezing. The waterfall has a low water switch in the skimmer, so if the level drops too low the pump shuts down like when leaves or algae clog it up.
We have been hearing the cardinals singing and the feed store has got their seed starting supplies out and on display. The fish appear to have survived so far this winter and hopefully the anacharis has made it through too.
I see quite a bit of leaves at the bottom of the pond but it's still WAY too cold and frozen to get in there and remove them.

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10 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:16 pm

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It's still pretty frozen here. But we built tanks in our basement a few years ago and bring all our fish in for the winter. We don't have a deep enough koi pond yet for keeping large koi outside for the winter. We did "rehome" several of our koi last fall, and hopefully the people that have them aren't having trouble. So far they haven't said anything, but it's been fairly "mild" when it comes to snow here this year. Temps have been cold, but steady cold not extremes. The ponds they went to live in are both over 4' deep, so they should be fine. The koi we have left are in a tank in the basement.

Then we have several other tanks and aquariums with a LOT of fancy goldies. We've had a couple of huge spawns this winter and have about 100 ryukin juveniles and about 300 Oranda fry at present. affraid They aren't generally as winter hardy as common goldfish, so I suppose we'll always be bring them inside, even if we do get a pond upgrade where the koi we have can stay out.

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11 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:45 pm

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That must be a lot of work bringing them in every winter and oh boy little babies.............that's cool but now you have sooooooooooo many more to bring in and out. I think I would get busy and build a deeper pond at least for the koi and maybe have the others in the old pond so it's easier to collect them all for winter


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12 Re: Fish Surviving the Winter on Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:33 pm

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Lari wrote:It's still pretty frozen here. But we built tanks in our basement a few years ago and bring all our fish in for the winter. We don't have a deep enough koi pond yet for keeping large koi outside for the winter. We did "rehome" several of our koi last fall, and hopefully the people that have them aren't having trouble. So far they haven't said anything, but it's been fairly "mild" when it comes to snow here this year. Temps have been cold, but steady cold not extremes. The ponds they went to live in are both over 4' deep, so they should be fine. The koi we have left are in a tank in the basement.

Then we have several other tanks and aquariums with a LOT of fancy goldies. We've had a couple of huge spawns this winter and have about 100 ryukin juveniles and about 300 Oranda fry at present. affraid They aren't generally as winter hardy as common goldfish, so I suppose we'll always be bring them inside, even if we do get a pond upgrade where the koi we have can stay out.

Oh my gosh! What do you do with all the goldies when they spawn? When I had a spawn I refused to give them to a pet store because they would only sell them as feeders and I always feel sorry for the feeder fish.

I gave my koi away last spring too because she was too large for my puddle. She was over a foot, I think. I found the lady on AP and she lived locally. They seemed very glad to get her and suprised to get such a beautiful, large koi. I too don't hear from her anymore so I hope my Opal is well. I hope they didn't sell her. I saw one about here size in a pond store for almost $300.00. I wanted to make sure that she was with someone who had a large pond with proper filtration, knew about keeping fish and maintaining water quality.


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