Fish can also “over-winter” in your pond in a state called dormancy underneath all of the ice and snow produced by Mother Nature here in Central, Pennsylvania (PA). Caring for these guys during these months involves just a maintained hole in the ice, allowing any toxic gases from the production of fish waste to escape, as well as, supplemental aeration for koi fish larger than 10” in length. You also stop feeding these fun creatures once the water temperature dips below 55 degrees, which makes caring for them even easier. For more information on fish during the winter, read our blog:
If your fish are part of a balanced ecosystem, as is the case with the Aquascape system, your best bet is to feed them as much as they will eat in two minutes, being careful not to leave too much food floating at the surface. It is also important to mention that the more you feed them, the more they will poop--leaving you more work to clean up after in terms of maintenance and water treatment applications. We recommend once a day or once every other day to cut down on poor water quality conditions.
More than just Koi
Goldfish and Shubunkin are two great fish species that live harmoniously with Koi, are cheaper than koi and are available at Dreamscapes Watergarden’s Aquatic Center. Goldfish are incredibly resilient and can be a great starter fish for a new pond owner. Best of all, they come in all, shapes, sizes, and colors! Dreamscapes carries strinkingly beautiful orange, white and black goldfish, making it easier to spot them through your pond water. While Koi fish continue growing and have been known to grow as large as 3’ in length, Goldfish will only grow as big as their environment, making them a perfect fit for a preformed pond, patio pond or container pond.
Another fish that is sure to find its way into your heart resembles the Koi, but is much smaller. With a flow-y tail a "SHUBUNKIN" differs from the Koi in the fact that it doesn’t have “barbells,” which are a sort of whiskers that are used to root through gravel.
The 2016 Retail Season at Dreamscapes brought some of the newest (and coolest) additions to ponds that we have ever carried: the Golden Orfe and the Hi-fin Pond Shark. Not only do both of these fish can reach 2-4 feet in length and bring some really awesome contrast to your pond, they also have very different personalities than that of koi and goldfish.
Orfe's eating habits look like that of torpedos, zipping across the water to grab the food and zip away again. They are very quick with their swimming and have been known to travel in sets of 3 or more. For that reason, Dreamscapes sells Orfes in sets of 3!
Pond Sharks, though complete with an awesome name, ONLY eat algae or sunken food, as they are very much scavengers in that respect (they won't eat your other fish--we promise). Sharks have a hi dorso fin that splices the surface when he does come up but they generally stay on the bottom of the pond.
So.... when to buy them?
To get your pond up and running for the season, stop by Dreamscapes for a full line of Aquascape Inc. products.
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