Future Pets' Pond Manual
Springtime Check List
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As you check your pond for the effect that winter has had, be mindful that a lot
of debris that has blown into the pond over the winter months is lying
dormant on the bottom of the pool.
Given warm temperatures, the debris
will start to decay and can cause high ammonia and toxin releases.
It's time to clean the pond and clean and re-start the filtration equipment.
Use bacteria enhancers to start the biological filtration process and
speed the ecosystem development.
Stress Zyme is a highly concentrated solution of specifically selected bacteria
which will help re-start and maintain the biological filter and keep
your pond naturally balanced.
Over a period of several days, make a 15-25% water change to eliminate
accumulated plutants. (Remember that tap water contains
chlorines, cholramines, and other toxic chemicals. Use Ammo-Lock2 to remove
As the temperature reaches 45 degrees F, the fish will start to search
for food. They are less active now than they will be in the warmer summer months.
Start by feeding them small amounts of a low protein diet, gradually increasing
both volume and protein content as summer and 70 degrees F approaches.
After a long winter's rest, fish also need essential electrolytes - potassium, sodium,
magnesium, chloride, and calcium to reduce stress, improve gill function,
and help protect against nitrite toxicity. Pond Salt will provide all of these electrolytes.
Re-establish your plants. Give them essential nutrients to get started
quickly and take hold strongly.
Working with plants and cleaning tools will inevitably stir up sediment, causing
cloudy water conditions. Wash your pre-filter frequently and use Accu-Clear to
gather the suspended particles or dirt and debris so that they will fall to the
bottom where you can siphon them out or where they can be sucked into the filter.
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