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Preparing the pond for winter

You have built a pond, planted it with plants and settled there living inhabitants. All summer did observe a small world, with interest to discover something new… autumn has Come. Now we need to think about how to save water world in winter. Well, if the weather isn’t frosty, but if not? All you need to provide.

Prepare ponds for winter starts in the fall, in October. First of all, you need to thoroughly clean the ponds from organic debris (tree leaves, remains of plants, fish excrement, etc.). In winter because of low temperatures reduce the activity of bacteria that decompose these residues. The result is the siltation of the bottom, reduces the oxygen content in the water and increases the content of nitrites and ammonia. Naturally, such changes can adversely affect the inhabitants of the lake, if not to destroy them. After cleaning of organic residues, it is necessary to trim the leaves and shoots to the very root. This applies primarily to plants – oxygenators. These include the water Crowfoot, hornwort, bolotnitsa, twrch, canadian Urrutia, lagarosiphon, tilea, rest and others. The leaves of these plants die off for the winter and if they advance not removed, they will rot and pollute the water. Not only cut the cane, through the hollow stems in winter will be given carbon dioxide to enter and oxygen to simulsays and plants.

Many aquatic plants “invented” a way to survive the winter cold. In autumn they formed buds that sink to the bottom and “sleep” there in the spring. If the pond is artificial, it is desirable to cut the plants these buds and transfer them to winter indoors. This stored the buds in the spring will sprout and turn into new plants. And do it faster than if left to overwinter in the pond. Continue reading

Recipes of preparation of dishes from catfish

Fish baked in Russian

800 g catfish, 4 potatoes, 30 g cheese, 30 g butter, 2 tbsp. tablespoons vegetable oil, 50 g of mayonnaise, salt, pepper.

Pieces of raw fish with skin but without bones, salt and pepper and put in a oiled pan. Put the sliced potatoes, pour the mayonnaise and sprinkle with grated cheese. Add butter, a little water and put in hot oven.

1 kg catfish, cilantro (green) – 10 sprigs, Bay leaf – 2 PCs. sour pita bread – 50 g, ground black pepper, salt – to taste

Peeled, cut into chunks, washed the fish lay on the bottom of the pan, cover with cold water to cover the fish and put to boil on medium heat, periodically removing the foam with a slotted spoon. While cooking add salt, Bay leaf, sour pita bread, black pepper, chopped coriander. Instead of sour lavash, you can add 2 tablespoons of tomato puree.

Som in the nuts

1 medium size catfish, wheat flour, vegetable oil, 2 eggs, juice of 1 lemon, parsley, ground black pepper, salt to taste.

For the sauce: 1 Cup ground walnuts,1/2 slice stale white bread (without crust),4-5 cloves of garlic, 3 tbsp sunflower oil 2-3 tbsp vinegar

Cleaned and rinsed catfish. Cut into slices thickness of about 1 1/2-2 see Salt and pepper and let stand 15-30 minutes, setenabledat in flour and fry in well hot oil. Ready fish to lay on the edges of the dish, sprinkle with finely chopped parsley and sprinkle with lemon juice. Cooking sauce: pound shelled nuts, add the soaked and squeezed bread slice, crushed garlic, oil and vinegar. Stir well the mixture and dissolve it in tepid water to make a sauce of moderate thickness. Whisk the sauce and place it in the middle of a meal with fish. Cook hard-boiled eggs, cut each into 4 pieces, season with salt and spread between slices of fish. Continue reading

Sleep pond

It’s cold and frosty, and, of course, the owners of HOMESTEAD ponds are concerned, is properly prepared their ponds for the winter. However, if certain recommendations of your fish and other pond inhabitants can easily move even the most severe winter.

If the pond is large enough and its depth is more than 1.5 meters, then all its citizens can be safely left in place, through some measures to ensure their safety. Before freezing the water in the pond is saturated with oxygen, and the fish it would be enough for a long time. But the dead leaves of aquatic plants and the waste products of the fish will decompose in cold water and allocate detrimental to the inhabitants of the marsh gas pond.

For saturation of water with oxygen and removal of marsh gas must be cut in the ice hole and to ensure that they did not freeze. In no event it is impossible to break the ice with a hammer or other object. From the strong sound waves can hurt the fish.

To make the hole carefully and all the rules, you can use a simple way, taking a small metal container and adding hot water to gradually melt the ice. You can use the screws – a special device for ice fishing. Keep in mind that the thickness of the ice in the cold if your pond does not covered and will be 40-60 cm

During the winter as little as possible disturb the fish. At low temperatures water pond inhabitants fall into sostoianiia rest (hibernation) and are located at the bottom of the pond. The fish stops feeding and consumes less oxygen. Continue reading

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