Fish are perfectly happy in water; however, so are many predators. Cranes, herons, raccoons, snakes, and even foxes, wolves, and bears will all attempt to snack on your fishy friends given the opportunity. Your fish must have adequate shelter to hide from these predators. Plants such as lilies work great to hide koi from view, and rock houses provide a hiding space in the event of a passing predator looking for a quick bite. If you don’t have one for your fish, call us! We can build a fish house that will keep out even the most persistent hungry animals.
If you’re worried about your fish during the winter, don’t fret. Fish go dormant when the water temperature drops, so they are far less active than typical. You don’t need to feed them during the winter. However, you need to ensure that enough oxygen stays in the pond and that a hole in the ice remains if the pond freezes over. The best way to ensure this is to install an aerator for your pond if the pump shuts off. If you don’t have one, we can help. Our pond service crew can install an aerator easily in your pond.
Water Treatments for Fish Health
Fish only require minimal water treatment, except for two essential ones: de-chlorinator and ammonia neutralizer. Since almost all city water districts treat with chlorine or chloramines, adding water to your pond can be a toxic experience for your fish. Dechlorinator removes chlorine treatments, while ammonia neutralizer eliminates ammonia leftover from chloramine breakdown. Add both treatments whenever you add water to your pond. If you don’t have any, let us know. Our pond service technicians can bring you some and teach you how to use it, so your fish are happy and healthy all year long.