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!
John Adams is a professional pond artist and builder.