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Happy springtime everyone! 
This weekend on the east coast we just had what will hopefully be our last snow storm of the year so it is hard to believe it is spring already. Nevertheless, I would imagine in a few weeks we will move on to the exciting activities of newly remembered warm weather. Seeding new grass, laying down mulch and of course opening your pond. 

Early spring is one of the highest risk points for your fish. Organic debris breaks down and robs your water of oxygen at a time when your fish are weak and vulnerable recovering from a long winter. If you were not able to prevent excessive debris from collecting in the bottom of your pond, now is the time to remove as much of it as you can using a debris net or pond vacuum. Keep aeration going in your pond and begin to moderately feed your fish a wheat germ food as soon as the water is consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is also time to open your pond by re-installing the pumps and filtration system and flipping the switch! If your UV bulbs are a year old it is time to replace them along with any filter pads in your skimmer or filtration system. I strongly recommend starting the spring by adding beneficial bacteria to your pond. Beneficial pond bacteria breaks down organic waste and helps in maintaining clear and healthy water. 
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