PUMP & WINTER
Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:56 PM
My pump is at the far end, away from the "waterfall-to-be," about 2 feet from the bottom. If I temporarily (cold months) relocated the pump closer to the other end (waterfall end), would that make any difference as far as the overall temperature (ie--less mixing)?
Or do I see another experiment in the making, here?? Hmmm...
Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:24 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:39 PM
Yeah, we get short-changed in the "seasons" department. Our only constant is hot, humid summers!
Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:47 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:12 PM
Live and let live and let nature be your teacher, respect the life of your fellow creatures
Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:22 PM
It also does not hurt to lower water drops and shut off spitters as they can cool the water more. I run less pumps in the winter to simulate a natural reduced winter flow. Then in the early spring I set the extra pumps back up to simulate a natural increased spring flood flow to sweep the upper ponds clean of excess leaf litter, down threw the big yellow flag and out to the bottom pond.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:08 PM
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:44 PM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:06 PM
I'm in Oklahoma and our winters are just messed up. One day this week we had snow and freezing temps to 70 degrees within three days. My pond is shallow only 2.5 ft at the deepest part. I pulled my pump that circulated water through my stream because I too worried about the lowered water temps. Fish have done well. Got alot of debris in pond and the water is not clear. I am wondering about putting pump back in now? I thought in March I would empty the pond and give it a good cleaning or make it bigger and deeper. But worried cause the water is just not very pretty.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:12 PM
I can understand your concern and since you will be going bigger it could be either way .You can put the pump in and filter the water .I so far have run my filters all winter with no problems .A pool net will help you get the big stuff out .If you go to big it is harder to clean it .I would go deeper as my pond is over 4 ft deep
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:32 PM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:58 PM
Our pump is running 24/7 here... nothing is changed from warm to cold weather. In the last week, we've had what I'll call two mini blizzards (Nemo & Plato) and our pond(s) havent had a single issue.
Two ponds connected. Only have one filter. Pumping water from the bigger pond (about 6400-6500 gallons) to a Laguna Filterfalls 5000, which feeds back into a smaller pond (about 2500 gallons), and returns to the bigger pond via a gravity waterfall...
Pump is an 8000 gph, external spa pump. A bit too powerful for the Filterfalls 5000, so hubby put a T in that directs water to a small (oramental) water fall... Between the Filterfalls, return waterfall, and oramental waterfall, not an issue with ice either... They all freeze, and water continues to flow through/under the ice.
All the fish look fine. In the main pond, the max depth is 5' but the smaller pond averages closer to 2' (there is a deeper area, but cant remember if it is 2.5 or 3' deep, and is only a 1/3rd of the pond). I have to hunt for the fish in the smaller pond (they hide between the 5 gallon lily pots LOL)...
Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:06 PM
today I got the air compressor out and blew out all the leaves and acorns that were embedded in the stream, cleaned my pump and new filters and turned her on full speed! So nice to hear the water again. Expecting chance of snow tomorrow night. Today its in the high 50's and sunny. Thanks for the advice and encouragement!!