As reports come in from Ponders, several people lost some of their larger fish during this long, harsh winter. Many fish died because the ponds froze over and they suffocated to death. With hopes that spring is finally here and the memories of snow behind us, it is time to open our ponds and prepare them for warmer weather.
As the days get longer and the sun warms the air we begin to see activity in our ponds. The fish become more active and our plants emerge from their dormancy. We should begin to see new growth on plants such as marsh marigolds. I have also seen little leaves forming on my hardy water lilies and water irises rising up above the water reaching for the sun.
It’s time to return your pumps to the water after careful inspection of them and your hoses. You can give your biological filters a spring boost by inoculating them with beneficial bacteria available from garden suppliers. Many people have asked me what I use. Even those I do not like to endorse any business or product, this is a product that is highly used by many Ponders. I use a product called Microbe-Lift. This is not a chemical. It is harmless to humans, animals, fish and plants. Microbe-Lift helps to jump-start your pond and maintains a healthy immune system for your fish.
Make sure you are using the correct Microbe-lift for your water temperature. More information can be found on their website at: www.microbelift.com. You can test the water to ensure that ammonia has not built up over the winter months. If you have high levels of ammonia, a 25% water exchange at this time should reduce the risk to your fish. If you have chlorine in the water, you will need to treat it. Be patient if you notice string algae or green water. Once your pond hasRead more on backyardgardener.com