A Poll -- what are your winters like - ice or not?

Discussion in 'Garden Pond Talk' started by Mmathis, Apr 7, 2014.

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What are winters like for your pond? ICE!

  1. There WILL be ice on the pond!

    64.3%
  2. Sometimes ice, but not usually enough to be a problem.

    21.4%
  3. Ice is rare, but it does happen.

    7.1%
  4. Have seen ice, but just on the edges or where water splashes.

    3.6%
  5. What is ice?

    3.6%
  6. I routinely take ice-precautions.

    35.7%
  7. I don't worry about ice unless I KNOW it's coming.

    7.1%
  8. No precautions used/needed.

    7.1%
  9. I have had bad experiences where I've lost fish.

    21.4%
  10. Have NOT lost fish due to ice-issues.

    21.4%
  11. I use a thermometer to keep track of my deeper water temps.

    10.7%
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Another poll...

    You can make multiple answer choices.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    What? Nobody gonna check the box "What is ice?" :woot:
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    I would have, except there actually WAS a thin layer where the water splashed -- just enough to call it ICE-on-the-pond, LOL!
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Where is Priscilla from the Cayman Islands.............we need a What is ice person here :rolleyes:
     
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    I have lost 1 feeder fish in 2 years. Didn't want to count that as a bad experience but still wanted to put it out there. My pond is covered with ice for 3 solid months. Would be 4 but my pump helps melt it faster.
     
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    VanDiesil

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    No ice at all this winter in the UK. Can only think of a couple of days where there was frost on the ground.
     
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    HARO Pondcrastinator

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    I couldn't find the line that says "Ice thick enough to drive a truck over".
    John
     
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    Priscilla

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    I just checked it!!!! Lol! I use ice to cool my rum punch, that's about as much as I know about it.
     
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    Sunshine

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    In Ohio, there will be ice. Some years more than others. But, I have never lost a fish ----( insert knock on wood.)
     
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    I was able to stand on my pond but I didn't want to risk the truck!
     
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    koiguy1969 GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!

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    doesnt matter how bad winter is...theyre inside.
     
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    MitchM

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    I wonder if I could hook up my truck to the ice cube presently sitting on my pond and pull it off?...:brb:
     
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    mmmmmm........rum punch!
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Wow, so it seems like most of you who responded do have to deal with ice to some degree. That's just a whole new concept for me [and Priscilla, LOL!]! And I do enjoy reading your stories as they reinforce to me that there IS a world out there!
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    A few years before we decided to build a pond, my son & I [and a few other scouts from our troop] were doing some good-deed stuff. It was in the winter and late enough in the day that it was dark out. This property had a fountain-pond that was thick with ice. We were all shining our lights at the ice when we saw movement down there and realized there were goldfish swimming around under the ice! How awesome was that!
     
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    I get ice every year. After 3 winters I have noted ice lasts anywhere from 2 weeks from ice to completely thawed to 6 weeks at the longest from ice to completely thawed. In 3 years I haven't had it last longer than 6 weeks.
     
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