I was given ceramic Koi art from Hawaii and thought it looked good guarding the pond. Plants growing out of the pond and into it (Creepy Jenny) adds roots when it hits water, cool plant. Canna lily bloomed very nice blooms.
Decided to winterize today to avoid standing in freezing water. I also used new tip on suspending netting from the vines near by and leaves using beach balls. Works very well and easy to install netting with beach balls.
Still need to remove UV, and pressurized filter but I can do that easily without getting wet and pool house has switch to kill power the pumps that I will leave at the bottom of the pond.
I am using pond aerator to keep the ice open and after a huge snow dump, I found the snow insulated the water and the bubbler kept a 12" hole open. In the past i used powerhead pointed at the surface to keep the hole open.
The aerator is very low power and so far so good. Was trying to keep the hydro costs down and avoid a de-icer which are 300 watts cycled on and off in -35c is likely going to cost a lot of money.
Will see how this bubbler solution works when it gets colder.
Thanks for the comments. It was hard to fit on the space I had so I dug down 4 almost 5 feet to get the gallons I wanted for fish. I also had no easy way to remove earth so it's all behind the trellis you see at the back but it all fit back there.
I find its very deep (bought hip waders to do work in the pond)for lilys so I sit them on egg crate to get them closer to the surface. Hoping for a lot more growth this year as the pond matures in year 2 first year never goes as planned.
Plan on adding more koi (over winter I had pond de-icer fail due to breaker flip and ice blocked me from getting at the breaker in the pool pump room so I had No hole in the ice and lost all he fish over winter.
I need to restock this year and fix breaker issue for this winter.