When do you start up your pond after winter

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    sissy sissy

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    It looks similar to a shower head in those pics at best nest and yuk on the filter
     
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    Mine froze over solid, goldies not koi, 8 inches of ice and the few fish I had in it did fine.
     
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    I keep mine running but in the bubble pipe I made .but not in my filters as 2 years ago 2 pipes froze and cracked and I have that foam pipe wrap around mine .Here I live on the southern side of Va 15 minutes from the NC border and if pipes freeze and break here and are well protected not sure what would happen if you live in a state that is really cold .And 2 years ago we had 70 degrees on christmas day so that was the normal milder years for here .The last 2 years with the weather changes I would not keep my filters running .The bubbles in the pipe keep the water from freezing completely and since this past winter was so bad I am considering now getting a heater for my pond .
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Thanks Keith, I went back and read that thread and it does make sense. I think I will give it a try again and also hook everything back up now instead of waiting til Spring. Next winter I will leave the pump and filter all hooked up to provide a much cleaner pond for the fish :LOL:
     
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    though thinking about it I do keep lava rock in the crates where the pumps are and I guess that is filtering the water too .So I guess I was wrong about not filtering my water .I just don't run up to the outside filters as I did that as I said and everything froze up and even filter tank broke and pond emptied out to where 1 pump burned out before I noticed as other was higher up .They where both up but one was lower than the other
     
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    Hi j.w. I just hooked up my pump last week and so far my pond is so much better than last year. I waited until April 1st last year and by then my pond really stunk from all the leaves that fell in over the winter. At that point I felt I needed a big water change and cleaned the whole pond and had other problems. This year I am not doing any serious cleaning until I have my biofilter up and running and the pond has fully cycled. From what I read the bacteria in the biofilter does not live under for 50 degrees so I am not in a rush to hook it up yet. Boy what a difference a year makes and learning from all the knowledgeable people on this forum.
     
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    sissy sissy

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    you can do like they said here put a laundry basket by your waterfall and put filter media in it and run your hose into that .I am keeping that idea on my list for next year to help clean the pond before I turn on filters .I figure if I put 100% all natural quilt batting in it that will help pick up all that fine stuff and I found the batting at walmart for 8 dollars
     
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    Sissy, I think that is probably a good idea. The problem is my wife already thinks I'm nuts because of the time I spend on my pond. I wonder what she will think if I am outside holding a laundry basket?
     
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    :bowdown::LOL::biggrinangelA::LOL::LOL:could be funny though .I would pay to see her face and drcase is the one who had that info .She may run out and put laundry in it ,just make sure you buy your own laundry basket and not steal hers
     
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    I just got new floating led lights for my pond as my fish love to push them around in the pond and it is fun to go out there at night and see the lights be pushed from one end of the pond to the other and it looks pretty too .Got a great price on them too 2.99each
     
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    I didn't know there were such lights. Have to look into that.
     
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    yes and they make the pond look pretty ,hint if you don't want to spend lots of money on them get solar lights that are sealed well and have no holes where they connect to the stake ( find some other use for the stake because you don't need it)where they come apart to turn them on seal it with a good silicon and let them dry a day or to and then just float them in the pond ,make sure you turn them on before you seal them .I got mine at Ollies here this year where staked lights and now are floaters .
     
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    I run my pond filter and pump all year round. Of course, I have it advantage with a 365 gallon pond. I have a aquarium heater hooked up in line to the inport to my filter pump. Even when the temps get down into the teens at night during the winter months, the pond water stays well above feezing. I can see where that may not be a workable solution for those of you that extremely large ponds.
     
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    interesting idea and do you have to protect the heater from bad weather .
     
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    I like the pics of your pond with the irish moss and wooly time that looks soft enough to lay down on oldmarine .I guess the frog agrees with me too .
     
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    have to ask you you said you have the trap door snails how are they working out for you because I am going to get some too .Do the fish bother them sorry to oldmarine
     
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    Good to see you so active here at the forum. My heater is a 200 watt, submersible aquarium heater that I jury rigged in to a plastic cylinder that attaches to the inlet tub that allows water to flow directly into the water pump. I feel that it allows the use of the heat more effectively.

    The trap door snails do well because they are large enough to keep from being eaten by the fish. The racoons will eat them like apples. They love the fresh meat. These trap door will have live babies a couple times a year. The only problem with the baby snails is that if the fish are big enough, the baby snails will be eaten quickly. If you want to bread the snails, you need to have a separate tank, pond, or aqaurium set up just for them to grow and bread. The more algae you have in that set up the faster they grow.

    Even though my pond doesn't look like it was ment to be there I wanted the landscape around it to look somewhat natural as possible for the frogs to lounge around in. The Wooly Thyme and Irish moss is easy to take care of and grow. Of the two the Wooley Thyme is more drought resistant and the cut worms in the soil here don't seem to like the taste of the Wooley Thyme. The cut worms and slugs really enjoy eating the Irish moss. If I had to do it all over again, I would have only planted the Wooley Thyme.
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    geeze will have to protect these then for awhile as aggie my biggest koi eats anything that moves frogs baby fish no difference to her .Well I don't have coons so guess it's just aggie .I will have to check out getting some wooly thyme .I wonder how it would grow in a filter on top of the plant ring or would the salt bother it .I put one of the rings on top of my new filter .I was surprised just came in again and when I was outside before I noticed my magnolias are blooming .I first smelled them ,And thank you oldmarine
     
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    We have an Ollies near here is I'll go there. I was watching my fish from my bedroom window just above the pond. They are so neat! Can't wate till it gets warmer. All my bulbs are pushing up now!
     
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