October 21, 2006
The meeting was called to order on a rainy Saturday after noon by president Monica Morley. Hosts Larry & Erma Thompson were gracious enough to invite the 12 members in attendance into their family room which overlooks the ponds. We all took a premeeting tour of the Fish & Bird room, admiring the indoor ponds where some beautiful goldfish and floating islands of plants were being wintered.
Larry was very organized and lead a discussion on winterizing our ponds. The group created a list of items we felt were the minimum that needed to be done to keep fish in the pond over the winter in Iowa:
* Heater and aerator to keep a hole in the ice. The heater did not need to be on at all times but available when the weather gets really cold to keep the hole open. An air stone will keep a hole open most of the winter.
* We discussed the super cooling controversy briefly.
* Remove dead leaves/debris prior to the freeze
* Inspect fish for disease prior to reaching 50*
* If necessary (if you or your neighbors have trees, “leaf net” to keep leaves out
* Good water quality to start the winter season. Do a water change in late fall.
* Noodles can bee used as floatation to float the leaf net, etc.
* A truck tire makes a good light holder for the deicer.
* Driftwood (an noodles) can be added to cushion the affects of ice expansion on the pond liner.
* Building a greenhouse over the pond can keep water temps above 40° most winters.
* How deep is deep enough for fish in Iowa— 2 1/2 feet minimum. 48 inches is the contractor's frost line. The deeper the better.
* The group discussed how long members felt fish will survived if the pond freezes over? A day, maybe two. Not long. Be repaired with a heater that can be plugged in.
Then the members shared how they wintered their ponds.
Click for chart of members' wintering methods.
Brucemore event registration & supplies $22.86
September & October newsletters 153.81
Ending balance $4426.08
Erma had plenty of yummy snacks and as we enjoyed her hospitality Monica shared some announcements:
* No door prizes today. Not available
* Passed clipboard to sign up for 2007 meetings
* November meeting will be at Cooper’s Mill in CR. Dutch treat. Election of officers, recognition of members, and the year end door prize drawing. Reminder, you must be present to win. So if you were at any of the meetings this year your name will be in the drawing.
* If members are attending craft sales this fall and come across people who should be invited to exhibit at our expo, get their contact information to Monica or Jackie.
* Please watch for county extension service bus trips to garden shows so we can share the information in the newsletter next year.
* Monica is looking for winter pond pictures to show how they look frozen and how the opening looks..
* Monica shared some of the input received from an idea handout from the last meeting. A copy is included in this issue and the club would appreciate your input. Is EIPS meeting your ponding information and support needs?
Meeting adjourned and the Hawkeye’s game was turned on. Go Hawks!