Now that winter is over and spring is here there are a few things you need to do in order to enjoy your open pond.
1. Inspect The Pond
Before starting up your pond you will want to inspect it to see if any damage has occurred over the winter months. If necessary make repairs or replacements.
2. Clean The Pond
Even if you took the time in the fall to prepare your pond for the winter, it most likely has still be affected by the cold winter months and is in less than perfect condition. Between leaf litter and organic matter left over from pond plants, there is most likely a layer of sediment on the bottom of your pond. Scoop out as much of this as possible or use a pond vacuum if you have one. You can also use our Natural Bacteria & Enzyme products such as Microbe Lift Sludge Away, or Pond-Zyme with Barley. Use these products on a regular schedule throughout the year for a healthier pond.
3. Start Up the Pump
If your pump has been off all winter, you will want to start it back up when the water temperature increases to around 50 degrees. It is best to start the pump up when you will be home for a few hours so that you can monitor it and make sure the water is going where you want it to go, back into the pond.
4. Start the Filter
Give your filter a thorough cleaning before starting it back up in the spring. Replace filter pads to set your pond up for a successful season. Don’t forget to give it a boost with Microbe Lift!
5. Replace Your UV Bulb
Now is the time to replace your UV Sterilizer Bulb or make sure you have a back up bulb.
6. Test Your Water
Begin testing the open pond water again. Of particular importance are ammonia and nitrite levels. Both of these should be zero. Perform partial water changes if either test gives a reading other than zero. Test your PH level to make sure it is between 6.8 and 7.5. Use Ph Up or Ph Down as needed. We also carry testing kits.
7. Condition Fish
Fish are especially susceptible to developing health problems in the spring, but there are a few things you can do to protect them. Add Pond Salt to ward off disease and pathogens. MelaFix and PimaFix are safe natural treatments that will help to make sure your fish get a healthy start on spring.
Warm weather means your fish are now or soon will be ready to start eating again. Until the water temperature is consistently above 50 degrees, continue to not feed the fish. Once the water temperature is into the 50s you will want to feed a food designed for spring and fall like TetraPond Spring & Fall Diet. As the water temperature reaches into the 60s it will be time to feed your fish with Koi Vibrance or Pond Sticks.
9. Get Plants Ready
As the water temperature reaches into the 50s it will be time to begin fertilizing the plants. It also may be necessary to divide some of these plants. If the plants are too crowded in their pots, they will suffer and their growth and flowering potential limited. Simply thinning these out will result in more prolific plants.
And that’s all their is to it! Now you’re ready to enjoy your open pond.