In this Issue: Nov 22, 2003
|| New: Pond Stuff Auction
|| Reminder: Pond Supply Catalogs at no cost
|| Baby Fish and Winter
|| Winter Pitfalls
|| Fun (Pond) Fact
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>>> NEW: POND STUFF AUCTION
We have added an auction page to our site!
What a fun (and cheap) way to aquire Pond Supplies!
The auction page will carry items that need to leave our
warehouse for some reason or other (overstock, discontinued
items,usable returned items,dinged and dented,
damaged packaging, etc...).
Each item will have a note that explains why it is being
auctioned, so you know exactly what you are getting.
The first items have been posted. Check often, items are
going to be added continously!
Just click on the "Pond Stuff Auction" link at
>>> REMINDER: Pond Supply CATALOGS AT NO COST
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>>> BABY FISH IN WINTER
We are asked many times: "Will my baby fish survive the
There is no definite answer, but steps can be taken to
give the little critters are better chance:
Cover: They need a place to hide, from predators as well
as bigger fish. Put some white PVC pipe on its side or
new (or at least very clean and uncontaminated) clay pots
on their side. Put a net over the pond.
Air: They need oxygen. Do net let the pond freeze shut
for any length of time (DO NOT open the ice by banging
on it, the sound waves can injure or kill fish).
Use a de-icer or small pump to keep a hole in the ice.
Cold: The pond should be deep enough so that they can
go into the lower levels where the water temperature is
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>>> WINTER PITFALLS
We lost a whole pond full of pretty large Koi one year
because of rapid temperature changes. The water was very,
very cold after a prolonged and severe winter. Then, one
day, the temperature suddenly spiked at 72 degrees
This causes the upper layers of water to warm rapidly and
because of the different density of the warmer water and the
colder water, the pond "flipped" rapidly (the warmer water
went down, the cold water rose).
Koi are very sensitive to sudden temperature changes and did
not survive this upheaval.
It was awful. I don't mind admitting that I cried for weeks
every time I looked out of the window and was reminded of
It is best to avoid this kind of disaster by letting a small
pump bubble at the side of the pond, about a foot or so
down to keep the water circulating just a little bit.
Another cause of fish loss is a pond covered in ice and
snow. The snow darkens the pond and plants that may be
left at bottom (oxygenators and even algae) will start
taking already depleted oxygen from the water.
Always sweep snow of the pond to avoid this common pitfall!
(NEVER step on the ice, use a long handled broom to avoid
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>>> FUN (POND) FACT
Goldfish have an acute sense of smell and hearing.
They also have teeth, which are located far back in
their throat and are used to crush food.