Originally Posted by CA_BroncoFan
Totally forgot about that, if you have an inground pond (which is nice btw) and it is atleast and i mean atleast 1.5-2 feet deeper than ground level you shouldnt have ANYTHING to worry about as my father in-law has an above ground and our weather gets to freezing and he has not had a fish die through winter....ever.
Actually that should have said "1.5-2 feet below FROST level"!
Our frost level is 4 feet down, so you need a 6 foot deep pond to over winter fish at our area. <Our neighbor made fish Popsicle last year as his 3' pond froze solid.>
It does sound like the OP should have no problem with overwintering, if he is just getting ice in Feb .... If you need to overwinter 4 goldfish & 1 koi, a 5 gal
won't cut it. I say minimum 20-30 gal
, even if the fish is small .... they need room to swim. You don't need to have an aquarium, a rubber maid tub/feed trough or some other water container will do just fine. Up here, lots of people use DIY plywood box & pond liner & basically make an indoor pond for the fish.