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Maintenance and time required to keep your water feature clean depends on the type of feature. Decorative fountains only need to have sufficient water and be kept clean. An autofill relieves you of checking the water level as often because it fills automatically from a sprinkler line. Sometimes hard water or algae can collect on a fountain so a good spring cleaning or algae killer helps this too. Pondless waterfalls need the same considerations, just on a slightly larger scale. Cleaning may include removing leaves and other debris from the rocks and boulders of the waterfall.
Accessories like an ion-gen for controlling algae and auto dosing system for water health are great ways to reduce maintenance on ponds with fish or aquatic plants. Yard debris collects in the skimmer which is easy to empty.
Yes! Whether its a decorative fountain, or a pond with a waterfall, just make sure to keep an eye on water levels. Over winter, beautiful ice structures will form that make a water feature one of the feature pieces of your landscaping you can still enjoy. Make sure to fill continue to add more water to compensate for ice structures, and clear any ice structures that divert water out of the system.
If you don’t want to run your water feature over winter, just remove the pump to avoid it freezing and breaking.
Do not feed fish over winter. As fall comes, and water temperatures drop, they naturally fall into a state of hibernation. Fish will eat the food and could cause them to die as their bodies can’t digest it over winter.
Make an opening in the pond for the free exchange of air and gases. This can be done by small surface heater, bubbler, or something else to keep water flowing and open.