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Robyn's Pond Blog for February 2022

Last Updated: 3/7/22

1. On 2/6/22, at 2:53 pm, it was 36 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 43 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 44 degrees F. This was hardly a great time to do pond work but, since I had not been in the pond in over a month, and it would be equally cold the following Sunday, I decided to get in. It is supposed to go in to the 40's and 50's all week, and early spring has begun. Sundays, however, seem to always be horribly cold! I got in to pull out the filter floss/material, and I replaced it with new. I squirted off the bioballs. There were 2 pickerel and 1 green frogs in there. I put them in a bucket of pond water until I was done and then put them back in the biofilter. They always seem to do better in the biofilter than the pond proper. There was a large green frog in the pond near the pump that was alive but barely so. I moved him while I was working and then put him back near the air stone with its higher oxygen. I have seen some glimpses of the orfe and goldfish on the warmer days but they still stay hidden. I put additives and water in the two largest ponds. The three small ponds were still frozen over. I pulled the extra airline from the big pond which I had left a few weeks back when the air in the line froze.

2. At 1 pm on 2/13/22, it was 32 degrees F! It had been close to 60 degrees F the day before but the weather always seems to go bad when I have work to do outside! The 1800 gallon pond was at 48 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 45 degrees F. We had gotten a few inches of snow in the morning. All I did was check temperatures, put a few additives in the big pond, remove a few leaves from the two largest ponds, and add water to the big pond.

3. It was 40 degrees F outside on 2/20/22 at 1:54 pm. There were slight winds after two previous days of hell winds that filled the ponds with leaves. I started by collecting leaves out of the two largest ponds. I can't even bother with the small ponds; they're 100% leaves. The 1800 gallon pond was at 45 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 46 degrees F. I did get in the big pond to pull the filter floss which I squirted off and put back. I collected more leaves while in there. I added water and additives to the ponds.

4. On 2/27/22 at 2:30 pm, the temperature was 48 degrees F but there were high winds. I call these hell winds because they prevent you from doing anything productive or enjoying anything. They literally make it hard to breathe. As such, I did not spend much time on the ponds. The 1800 gallon pond was at 50 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 48 degrees F. I removed some leaves, put in additives, and added water to the big pond. Unbelievably, the water hawthorne was blooming! I know it's an early bloomer but there was ice on the pond not long ago.

Continue to the March 2022 pond blog.

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