Much of fall pond maintenance revolves around keeping falling leaves out of the water. If these leaves fall into the pond, they will begin to decay and negatively impact the natural ecosystem. It's important to do what you can to minimize the amount of sludge or decaying plant debris which enters your pond. Modern Design Aquascaping is here to help you with tips to get through the fall season with a healthy pond.
Most owners will keep debris at bay with a net, through siphon, or a pond vacuum. Pond owners may certainly skim leaves from the surface of the pond as they fall throughout the autumn season, but this will often become a daily chore. Another option is to use a skimmer filter, but too many leaves can easily clog a skimmer multiple times throughout the day. That's why most pond experts will recommend you install leaf netting over your pond instead. You can learn more about pond being here.
As the water temperature begins to drop, it's important to give your fish less food to match their slowing metabolisms. Ideally, your fish will have enjoyed a high-protein diet during the summer months to help them build up a bit of fat for the cooler months. Once the pond water temperatures drop below 60 degrees, you will only need to feed your fish two to three times a week, since it can take fish up to three days to digest their food in such temperatures.
Because your fish will have slower metabolisms and fewer plants for shelter, they will become far more susceptible to predators such as raccoons and birds. Leaf netting will not only keep the leaves out of your pond, but it will also help keep your fish safe from predators. You might also consider a hiding place, like a koi castle. Learn about cold weather care of goldfish.
This fall season, Modern Design Aquascaping is here to assist with all of your questions about proper pond maintenance. Whether you have questions regarding your DIY steps or want to hire a professional to manage your pond through the change of seasons, we can help. Visit our website today to learn more or Call us Today at 865-995-1234!
Did you know that Modern Design Aquascaping is a proud supporter of The Aquascape Foundation? The Aquascape Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of sustainable solutions for the global water crisis. Through environmental, educational and philanthropic efforts, The Foundation promotes awareness of the fact that water is our most precious resource.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 884 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service. In fact, 1 in 10 people across the globe lack access to safe and clean water.
Why is clean water so important?
Safe and clean water is a fundamental to life. Everyone on this planet needs at least 5 to 13 liters of water daily for drinking, cooking, and maintaining healthy hygiene.
Polluted water is a global and deadly epidemic. Nearly 2 million people die each year from diarrhea-related diseases such as cholera. Millions more become seriously ill from other water-related ailments which are mostly preventable.
When we say that a community is “water-poor”, we mean that the people lack adequate access to safe water, but these communities suffer in numerous other ways. They tend to be economically poor, their children cannot benefit from education due to frequent illness, and adults routinely miss opportunities to improve their financial circumstances as well. Treating rampant illness and attempting to acquire water when it is not readily available is a time-consuming process in which women and children often bear the the burden.
When you think of clean water, you might only think about that water which is safe to be used for hydration and the production of food. But sanitation and hygiene is just as important, and clean water is most certainly necessary to both prevent disease and preserve basic human dignity.
If you would like to learn more about the ways in which Modern Design Aquascaping and The Aquascape Foundation are using Aquascape's RainXchange Rainwater Harvest System to bring clean, safe drinking water to water-poor regions across the globe, visit our website today. You can even learn how to get involved right along with us!
John Adams is a professional pond artist and builder.