Discussion in 'Winterizing Your Pond' started by Suzie 50, Jan 7, 2018.
My water level is getting very low ..can I add water. I have fish in the pond.
You can and should add water if your pond is low. Where are you located?
I am in central Illinois
Welcome to the GPF! I'm in northern Illinois - a bit of a warm up heading our way, thankfully!
A few more details about your pond - how big, how old, what kind of fish, how many? And PICTURES! We love pictures!
I have gold fish.. about 20 of different sizes and age..my pond is about ten years old..it's only been in ground for five.. it's a small kidney shape.. doesn't hold many gallons ..this is the first time it's gotten low in winter.
Hi, don't forget to add dechlorinator if you have chlorine in your tap water. I use powdered SAFE. Many kinds available.
Thank you, if I add the dechlorinator to the tap water..it Should be alright? What about the temp of water that I am adding?
You can just run the hose water right into the pond. Add your dechlor. right into the pond as the hose water is going in. It will be fine.
Yup. Just add like you normally would! Hopefully you have a hose somewhere that isn't frozen!
Thank you very much.
you may have a big temperature swing also .I keep a tank of water in the basement so i can pump from it if needed
Thank you Sissy, I was a little worried about the temperature of the water, I do have a heater in the pond. I have some water jugs in the house,they are room temperature, so maybe it be too much of a shock.
Just take them outside and let them sit and if your pond has ice it should not matter about the temps of the water since the fish will be near the bottom .You can add it slowly also as the water hits the air temperature it will cool down any way .
Thanks Sissy, I put in one gallon today but it's going to take a lot more. I never had this problem before. Hopefully I won't again.
I used water from my shower head Just took the head off and hooked my hose to it 1 winter when I had a leak but I have well water so it was cold and does not need treated .I have a tap in the basement but my basement door was frozen closed and added water from the shower until I could get the basement door open
I'm surprised you've never had water loss before @Suzie 50 - it's a pretty common winter time issue, especially when it's really cold and dry. It's not the worst problem you can have in the cold weather, that's for sure!
Humidity level has been 2 percent here .This is my handy go to tool in the winter to get a hole in the ice
I have been adding water once a week thanks to the cold snap we had since Christmas. The water seems to evaporate faster in the winter than it ever does in the summer! We brought the hose cart into the basement at the end of fall. I just hook the hose up to the utility sink faucet, run the other end out the side door to the pond, and let the water run into the path of the waterfall for about 15 minutes. It's much easier than hauling buckets up and down the stairs, especially if it's cold outside.
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