While many pond owners have found ways to overwinter fish in a pond all season long, others due to many factors may choose to bring their fish indoors during the winter.
As to which one is best for you will depend on a lot of factors. The type and depth of the pond you have is a major one, while your indoor digs may also be a factor. However the good news is that keeping fish indoors is neither hard or complicated to do.
In the video below we’ll talk about some important things to remember if you choose to bring your fish inside during the winter months.
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As noted, it’s important to keep good aeration and good filtration going in your indoor pond. It’s more or less a big indoor aquarium. A small pond aerator and / or a submersible pump and filter of adequate size will do the trick. If you have Koi keep in mind that they can release a lot of waste and filtration will be essential. Get more than you need in terms of capacity keeping the pond size and the fish load in mind.
As always it’s a good idea to keep an eye on ammonia levels throughout the winter just to be safe. You can do that with test strips or other measuring devices.
And finally here’s the primary thing to keep in mind while wintering fish indoors. Place them where you will not find major fluctuations in temperature. For instance I could not winter my fish in my garage since it is unheated. It may be quite warm one day and below freezing the next. A relatively stable temperature and conditions are the best way to avoid stress on the fish.
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