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Winter water changes in ponds

Discussion in 'Water Maintainence' started by Cincy Ranchu, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. Cincy Ranchu

    Cincy Ranchu Professional Breeder

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    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I have several ponds outside, wondering if anybody else does occasional water changes with dechlor?
     
  2. ranchumatt

    ranchumatt Hobbyist Breeder

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    I had fish in troughs until about 2 weeks ago..............I was changing water straight from the hose. No dechlor since I am on a well.
     
  3. *Ci*

    *Ci* Goldie Guru

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    BC, Canada
    I change the same amount of water year round, but I'm sure my temps here on the West Coast are milder than yours. 5% daily flow through and about 20% once a week with the filter flush. No dechlor since it's well water. All filters running, but no feeding under 50F
     
  4. Cincy Ranchu

    Cincy Ranchu Professional Breeder

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    I tend to use a hose overflow when a warm spell comes around. I do use dechor as I am on city water
     
  5. Faebinder

    Faebinder Well-Known Member

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    It's my first year with my pond and winter is pretty much here. I am interested in what others have done successfully so far and whether or not they are using a deicer/heater.
     
  6. wakinsan

    wakinsan Active Member

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    make sure you do your winter prep for the pond. if your pond is deep enough your fish should be fine. i have never used a de-icer/heater over 2 winters even if my pond froze over. i did keep a water hole open by having my waterfall run. my pond is above ground the walls of which are just wooden slats and the rubber lining. so my pond was really exposed to the cold! but my goldfishes are thriving! even had fries this year! sadly all were grey, non took on colors.
     
  7. Faebinder

    Faebinder Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know that not all goldfish turn a color. Mmm. I thought grey was a transitional color.
     
  8. Bluegoldfishdream

    Bluegoldfishdream Member

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    Netherlands
    I do water changes in winter, especially when it has been raining(acid rain) alot.
    In summer I change about 25 percent weekly(1000 US gallon pond, 40 gallon per fish)
    In winter every two weeks 10-20 percent

    I don't use dechlorinator because our tap water is perfect like mineral water :)
     

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