A fish cave….c’mon… I bet you thought thought caves were only for cavemen or women and of course the Yeti…. They live in caves too…. I think?
Ok seriously now, As fish owners we are in a constant battle to save our fish from predators, because we love our fish and don’t want them to become food! Sometimes it’s inevitable and every fish hobbyist is unfortunately going to lose this battle from time to time. But…. There are things we can do to help protect our fish and a fish cave is one of them.
“When can I start feeding my koi or pond fish again?” is a question we are asked almost daily this time of year. We understand why, too! Your pond has either been cleaned or turned on for the spring, the fish are becoming more and more active almost begging for food. You can’t wait to interact with your friends who have been hibernating all year.
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.
The question that a viewer had that was answered in number 32 of TheWeeklyRibbit was: can I put smaller fish in my pond with larger fish? That was a great inquiry. With any creature there is always a fear of the possibility that the larger creature will eat the smaller one, similarly to survival of the fittest.
We all love our pond fish and koi! They swim about together, greet you at the surface for some food, and swim gracefully creating a calm respite for us to relax. You may have experienced going out to your pond and seeing one of your pond fish or koi not hanging out with the others and just sitting by itself in a corner with its fins clamped to it's side. It almost seems as though it's in TIME OUT. If you have or do experience this, it's a time to be a bit concerned for your fish friend.
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.
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.