Overwintering lily with pond fish in garage?

adriennemb2(z3/4)October 4, 2011

The water temp in the pond is dropping now with all the cool nights lately, down to 50-55F. This year, after a near total fish loss due to disease, I am planning on wintering the remaining 2 shubunkins, 4 baby comet fry, 5 minnows and trapdoor snails in a 50 gallon stock tank in my insulated but not usually heated garage. I will be putting in a bubbler for sure and also a heater if needed to prevent thick ice.

This is my first year trying this method of over-wintering - seems almost too easy...

Can I also put the cut-back water lily (Perry's Almost Black) as well into the same tank?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Sorry, wrong forum. Bumped to ponds :)

    Bookmark   October 4, 2011 at 11:40AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
karinl(BC Z8)

Not a bad a primer, though, for anyone who romantically envisions a fishpond in the summer garden... good luck!

Karin L

    Bookmark   October 4, 2011 at 1:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks Karin. Ponding certainly has it's challenges but I love the life it brings into the garden :)

    Bookmark   October 5, 2011 at 12:46AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Mike Larkin

Do you have a heater for the pond?
If that remains on all winter, your fish should live.

Otherwise this idea should work - I would keep a small heater in tank in garage - just in case you get a hard long freeze.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2011 at 12:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thank you plantman. The deepest part of my pond is just 28" so I think that I'll be going along with the heated tank in the garage. The weather forecast for the winter in this part of the world is supposed to be especially long and bitterly cold - so what else is new in Canada? Like saying that it's dark at night followed by lighter in the morning...

    Bookmark   October 13, 2011 at 4:11PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
quick screen
I'm zone 7 and the spot is full sun. I had a 12' photinia...
Mary Bright
Landscaping ideas - Need help with suggestions of plants please
We would like to seek help in filling our concrete...
Landscape design assistance
Hello, Our home is in Connecticut (Zone 6A) and we've...
Feedback on my design/plans?
In a previous thread I asked for general suggestions...
Front yard design help
Looking to finally put some plants in the front yard....
Matt Johnston
Sponsored Products
Garage Storage Systems & Accessories: NewAge Products Garage Cabinets
Home Depot
Fanimation DR1 Downrod 1 Inch - DR1-12AB
$20.00 | Hayneedle
Espresso Cobblestone Cumulus Mat
$49.99 | zulily
Hampton Bay Wall Mounted Wall-Mount Outdoor Mystic Bronze Lantern HD798792
$29.97 | Home Depot
Progress Lighting Ceiling Mounted Lighting 2-Light 48 in. White Fluorescent
$43.20 | Home Depot
RST Flow Wall 7-Piece Cabinet Set - FCS-9612-6S-7S
Free Standing Cabinets Racks & Shelves: Edsal Garage Shelving 8-Shelf 48 in. W
Home Depot
NewAge Bold Series 6 ft.- 10 in. System - 6 Piece Set - Grey - 37406
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™