Springtime Conditioning for Your Pond

To promote the well-being of your pond fish, it is a good idea to follow a couple of steps to prepare the pond for the spring and condition the water. If you are adding more water or filling up the pond for the first time, you will want to use a product like Stress Coat, Complete Water Conditioner, or Vanish Dechlorinator to eliminate any chlorine or chloramines in the water.

Spring Pond Revival Tips

The warmer weather in most parts of the country has resulted in an earlier than normal start to the spring pond season, in those areas where there is a pond season. Hobbyists are tired of being cooped up inside all the time and want to get out in their yards and work on their ponds and the landscaping.

Winterize Your Pond

During the fall season, it is important to prepare your pond and fish for the winter ahead. During the summer, even with the use of skimmer filters, it is possible for a fair amount of debris to accumulate on the bottom of the pond. It is important to try to remove as much of this material as possible before winter to avoid the development of organic waste products that can rob the water of its oxygen.

Pond Fever

Most of the US has suffered through a brutal and long winter (it is snowing outside my window today!), and, as soon as we got a few nice sunny days in the mid 50-60’s, everyone started to get spring fever. For those of us with ponds, we get the more specialized pond fever. You really have to be careful with pond fever, because if you start treating the symptoms too soon, the pond will only suffer. You have to wait until the fever has broken and the temperatures are staying in the 60’s to 70’s.

Start Your Pond Plant Planning Early

Although we are still in winter’s grip, spring will be here sooner than you think. Late January through February is a great time to start planning what pond plants you will add this year and where/how you will plant them. You need to keep in mind having plants that cover the surface, submerged plants, and bog (or marginal) plants. All three of these plant types have specific purpose.