Rising Spring Pond Water Temperature, What To Know
Spring is around the corner, the sun will get stronger and the spring pond water temperature will rise.
What happens to your fish?
Feeding becomes more evident as the spring pond water temperature increases. Carp and similar species have no stomach just a long intestine, when the water goes over 55 Degrees Fahrenheit, they begin to absorb more, eat more and finally come out of winter hibernation. Increase your feeding and use a higher protein food as the fish can now utilize it. The fishes respiration increases as the water becomes less dense and the temperature increases, so look at the oxygen levels, turn the fountain or waterfall back on to increase O2 levels.
Add an aerator, if needed, to increase saturated oxygen levels as warmer water will not hold as much oxygen, particularly when the temperature hits 85 degrees Fahrenheit pond fish generally need a minimum of 7 ppm (parts per million) of dissolved oxygen. An average pond will drop down to 8 ppm of dissolved oxygen at 77 degrees Fahrenheit. At 86 degrees Fahrenheit, the amount of oxygen can drop to below 5ppm of dissolved oxygen.
What happens to the plants?
Plants wake back up again as the temperatures climb. Always trim back dead winter leaves to start and look at repotting if needed to allow the plant to flourish.
Pond Tips for Rising Pond Water Temperature
- As the water temperature increases, add a spring bacteria to turbo boost the ecosystem
- Check for Winter damage to the liner and filtration systems
- Think about frogs and other amphibians who will want to use the pond, can they get out?
- Read our other Pond Article on Spring Cleaning your Backyard Koi Fish Pond on this link!