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Keeping Your Pond Thriving in The Winter

  • October 17, 2022
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It’s hard to believe but we’re already at the time of year when the leaves fall off the trees and the sweaters come out of hibernation. As the cool weather blows in, the natural process in your pond also begins to come to a halt. In order to keep our ponds healthy and our fish thriving, it’s important that we prepare them for winter to ensure we assist mother nature when it needs it most.

But how do we winterize a pond? It may sound silly but winterizing a pond is something that should actually be performed every year. There are ways to keep your pond in pristine condition until we’re back in Spring, and a couple of those include aeration products and pond care products such as a de-icer. If you’re a pond owner that lives in an area of the country that is prone to harsh winters, this blog post is for you.

The Effects of a Freezing Winter

Keeping your pond oxygenated and keeping a hole open in the frozen water can mean the difference between life and death for your fish. You see, when the surface of the pond freezes over, it eliminates any transfer of air to or from your pond. Without a de-icer or a pond aeration system, the decomposing debris and the oxygen that your fish consumes produces gasses that are toxic to your pond’s aquatic life.

Because these gasses become trapped under the ice, outside fresh air cannot reach the water which then fatally affects the fish. The good news is, no matter how cold it gets, this is 100% preventable. Here are some winter pond care tips to keep your pond and aquatic life alive and well in the cold.

If you live in an area that is prone to freezing temperatures every winter, a de-icer is a necessary tool to keep a hole open in the layer of ice. Our Ice-Away De-icer is not a heater but it is designed to maintain an open hole in that it will allow for gas exchange. Fortunately, fish will do fine without a heater so it’s not a necessity. There are a variety of options with our de-icer to choose from and our specialists here at Outdoor Water Solutions are always available to help you find the right one.

While a de-icer is important to maintain a hole in the ice, aeration products such as pond aeration systems are a must to keep oxygen circulating properly when mother nature cannot assist. When you combine both a de-icer and a pond aeration system, you have a combination that will ensure a hole is kept open, water circulates properly, and the dissolved oxygen levels remain high. Further, if you have a solar pond aeration system, it’s important that you consider a solar aeration battery backup for your solar aerator to ensure it keeps running regardless of the circumstances.

At Outdoor Water Solutions, we specialize in pond aeration products that are designed to maintain your pond and keep it beautiful, healthy, and thriving. For more information on our winterization products, contact our professionals today at 866.471.1614!


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