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My Goldfish and Koi Pond - 1st WINTER

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Published on Aug 31, 2010

This is my pond towards the end of Winter. The Koi & Goldfish have grown during summer and coming into autumn. The fish are still active even through to the end of Winter. I fed the fish a generous handful only once a week as to keep them in shape during this cold sluggish period. And, as you can see, my 1st year lilies have gone dormant but are still keeping their shoots.

We've had quite a bit of raining which worked well to add some clean water to the pond. I never built a skimmer box as I didn't want to add more power usage to the pond (keeping the pump running 24/7 was expensive enough, not to mention the UV clarifiers). Plus, I used the pump which i connected to an external hose to flush out the excess water to my garden - so all worked out fine.

Overall no regrets. I was happy to do some upkeeping of the pond. The way I see it is that if you're going to built a pond, you can't be lazy and expect the pond to automatically clean itself (unless you spend a lot of money in equipment - but I only spent $1,500 in total for everything related to this pond), so scooping leaves during autumn is a must and removing unwanted moss or algae from your waterfall etc. was generally the upkeep of the pond experience. You are always going to find algae on the sides of your pond even if you don;t have sun shining directly on it. My UV clarifiers worked well to zap the algae and I have never had problems of algae water. My water was always clear and clean. My shading cloth also worked well to keep the sun from boiling the water.

So, spring is around the corner so I am going to do a 50% water change just after Spring to clean out some sludge from the bottom. I cleaned out my filter once every 8 weeks when I noticed the water flow decreasing from the waterfall - so to me, my filtration is working good.

As the seasons change, I am also expecting a bit more colour from my fish, as well as from my lilies. 3 out of 6 of my non-coloured goldfish changed colour from black to brown to orange and then 1 of these turned into a beautiful white with orange markings. I'm assuming it's happened because of the elements in the water and the eco-system in general. Also, I should get some mating action as the temperature starts warming up. Hopefully I find some fry during this period too.

Anyway, I'll upload another video when it starts warming up!

Feel free to comment and ask questions but please be positive. I am happy and the fish are, so I am happy to receive recommendations and feedback.

Cheers, enjoy.

P.S: For the more experienced pond keepers, I'm located in Southern Victoria in Australia, and I wanted to add some floating water plants to the pond where they can be sectioned off (if you at the video I have a section of the pond surface sectioned off with a piece of wood). Last summer I had water lettuces in this area which were excellent as they float and I could keep them sectioned off from covering the whole pond and basically trim excess shoots. I have this section as to make extra shade for the fish during warm weather and longer sun hours. Just wondering for those out there of any other floating plants that work well with ponds without having to plant them into pots and submerge them? If so, where could I purchase them or get a hold of? Cheers

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