It's spring time, you know your pond needs to be dumped and cleaned because it's a mess! You've decided to do it yourself or maybe you even found the perfect pond professional to get this dirty job done for you. Then that thought, that one thought of : "What am I going to do with these fish while the pond is drained and I'm cleaning it?" Or it could even be: " I just hired this pond professional to clean my pond, but I love my fish and what are they going to do with my fish while they have my pond drained?"
In New Jersey and many northern climates winter poses some challenges for our fish ponds and water features. Our ponds and fish are subject to extreme cold temperatures at time, snow, and debris flying around and landing in our ponds and water features. Spring arrives and all we want to do is get those features running to enjoy them throughout the spring, summer and fall. It's a daunting and disgusting task, is a pond/water feature cleaning really necessary?
On the east coast we frequently get these storms call Nor'easters. They even give them cool names such as Bert or Ernie, why? I have no clue, now I'm getting completely off topic. Let's come back around to why you're here, to find out what you can do for your pond fish if you lose power in New Jersey.
Every spring, and throughout the year, we are contacted 100's of times to help New Jersey pond owners and water feature owners awaken their fish pond or water feature from it's winter hibernation. One question we are asked frequently is: How much does it cost to have my pond cleaned or water feature serviced for the spring?
We all love to venture outside to our ponds to see our fish and koi friends swimming around and begging for food. They greet us at the edge of the pond mouths wide open waiting for the delicious food we so love to give them. We all know they will essentially do this every time we stroll by the pond or stand next to it to admire our fish friends. The brings up a valid question: Can your koi and pond fish be overfed?
Kohaku, some weird letters put together that is tough to even pronounce, especially with a New Jersey accent... wait what is a New Jersey accent? I don't even know... The name Kohaku is pronounced (KO-HA-KOO ).
To Build or Not to Build?
This is the first question you have to tackle once you’ve decided to grace your Northern New Jersey outdoor living space with a beautiful, low maintenance fish pond or water garden.
Should you do it yourself, or is it better to hire a professional?
Each year, we at A Frog's Dream meet with many soon to be fish pond and water feature hobbyists in the Morris County/ Northern New Jersey to help begin the process of creating their new waterfall or fish pond. And because share tons of information on all things "pond construction and pond maintenance," they often ask us who are some of the other pond builders and competitors we have in the area.
It’s December in Northern NJ, your fish pond has been winterized, and the weather has been brutally cold for a few days. You’ve caught glimpses of your pond aerator doing its job, because all you can see is a frozen pond with bubbles in the opening created by your aerator. Then boom, Mother Nature plays a sick joke on us Jersey pond hobbyists and decides to throw a warm front into the December weather mix of cold and snowy weather.
It's important to first determine what kind of filtration system your fish pond is currently using.
The type of filtration system your fish pond currently has will determine the steps that need to be taken to prepare your fish and koi pond for the winter months.
Over the last 18 years, Clay has been involved in landscaping and aquascaping, which led him to his passion, POND BUILDING and opening A Frog’s Dream in 2006. His true passion is to create works of art for others to enjoy and marvel at in the privacy of their own backyards.