what do i need to do to my pond in winter

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    Hello I am new to having a pond and I would like to know if anyone can tell me what I have to do at winter please thank you
     
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    Welcome to the forum :) What you do with your pond, depends largely on your climate, your pond design and if you have fish. Can you give us a little more information?
     
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    hi welcome , what type of fish do u have and how deep is ur pond , whats the lowest temp .
     
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    My pond is about 4 ft long 3ft wide and 2ft deep the temp is 6 I have ghost koi thank you
     
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    Welcome, there are a few UK members here. Generally, we don't need to do much to our ponds. The climate is nowhere as severe as that experienced in some pars of the States and Canada.

    I have goldfish, and I stop feeding once the temp drops below 10. You'll find the fish become less active as the temp drops. The main job at this time of year is to remove all dead vegetation, fallen leaves, etc.

    Chris
     
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    Thank you Chris I do that everyday my net dose not scene to stop them going in lol
     
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    Welcome to the forum :)
     
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    Thank you Becky
     
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    Pond is too small for the koi. They grow to be 2' to 3'.

    Until you make it deeper, I suggest putting a de-icer or tank heater. If you get a tank heater then make sure you get one that can stop working when the temp gets 4 or higher, or you can buy a small circuit check that shuts off electricity when temp gets to 4. All this is on amazon and is not expensive.

    If you got leaves fall, net cover your pond before they all fall in. The leaves will consume oxygen and that's not good if the surface freezes in a tight area.

    Putting an aerator is advisable to keep gas exchange going cause if the top freezes and the koi are in a tight area under the ice they will suffocate. Your big fish will die first...
     
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    I am putting a bigger pond in next year my koi are only 3 to 4 inch long
     
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    Faebinder is this it
     

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    Hello I'm putting a 3000 gallon pond in next year and is this what I need to get
     
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    I've never seen this brand... Must be a UK brand.

    I would make sure you attach this to a tank heater, otherwise if it is a deicer like you have in the picture then you wont need this thermo cube. The key is to keep a gas exchange opening in the ice to let all the ammonia out and the oxygen in.

    I used this last year with the thermo cube and plan to use this this year.
     
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    I'm guessing that what djm90 posted is not a heater at all. Laguna also makes something that looks like his post. It's just a float with a venturi valve under it so it's just an aerator with something to keep it floating. But if his lowest temperature is 6 C, there's no need to worry about ice at all.
     
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    Ok thank you but do I need to turn my pumps and water fall off?
     
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    I think you need advice from other Britons about that one. Sounds like no. I think the real reason to turn that stuff off is that people in the northern USA can build up ice dams and such that will actually drain a pond by causing water to escape the pond.
     
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    Ok I will do thank you all for your help :)
     
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    why do you think he needs heater ? he said 6C ,unless its F , nothing will happen to koi in this temp
     
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