Below you’ll find an email that I recently received from our friend and customer, Hilde B.
Hilde, had asked me to share this information with you as we get into fall as a reminder to folks that there are a few things you can do to help your fish over winter safely. Unfortunately this winter, Hilde lost all of her fish.
I decided instead to post this now, just in case, since many of our friends from up north are still in cold weather. I’ll repost this again in the fall as Hilde suggested as well.
I particularly found her statement, “It’s a matter of what you don’t know that will hurt you”. How true this is. If you have a pond, you must continue to learn, study, and apply things that will make it a cleaner, healthier, and balanced place for fish and wildlife. I’m convinced we’ll be amply rewarded for our persistence.
And we can continue to learn because people like Hilde are willing to share their experiences…both good, and not so good.
Thank you for that Hilde!
There was a time when all I could think about was, clear water. We ran into a very different problem, all fish dead. Was sad to see this a couple of weeks ago. It’s a matter of what you don’t know that will hurt you.
We have had our fish pond for only 3 yrs. It came with the house when we moved to Ansonia, CT. The fish did fine the past 2 winters. This time, we have had a very severe winter. Ice on the pond for too long. I’m pretty sure that this was the problem, hypoxia, the fish ran out of oxygen. Most likely, a pond heater/de-icer would have kept them alive.
Very distressing thing when your fish die and you could most likely have prevented it. I was very fond of them, had even manged to train most of them to be hand fed (they loved honey nut cheerios). You could do a real service by mentioning pond heaters/de-icers when fall rolls around again. Not very expensive either, worth investing in, just in case…
With my regards,