Garden Ponds item created by cas, Apr 20, 2015
Sounds like a good idea @Tula . Do you have any pictures? I would love to see them.
I'll take some pics tomorrow....but I warn you, it's not a thing of beauty - Ha ha!
This picture shows the slant / angle of the cover. I'm using a pool solar cover we were finished with, so I folded it in half, so it's double thickness. When the PVC failed and we changed to 2 x6 untreated lumber, I raised the height, which meant I needed to add an old tarp over the back.
I warned you, it's not a thing of beauty ! I'll post a couple other pictures, couldn't get them to all load in one post.
2 x 6 untreated lumber, in 16 foot runs.
Attractive view from my kitchen window - LOL !
hey whatever works and it works
I really did this as an experiment and because I had a used solar cover, but I have to say, I'm amazed at the difference of the pond being ice free and the fish, more active.
I may have to keep my eye out for one .
You are all nicer than me, I leave my pond uncovered and let it freeze.
I wonder if my sister still has hers after they had there pool removed .
Thanks so much for posting the pictures @Tula ! How large is your pond? Have you had any problem with heavy wet snow pulling the cover down? How many pieces of wood did you use? Are you using just the stones to anchor the edges down? Looks very tempting to try.
We haven't had a heavy snow this winter. When we had the 2 inches of rain, the old set up collapsed, but prior to that, I was constantly having to bail water from where it pooled. We've had heavy rains with this cover and it doesn't pool. So far, we've only had a few inches of snow at one time and it didn't gather, think it kind of blew off the high points.
I'll have to count how many pieces of wood we used, can't remember. I do know my focus was really on the center and getting height, so put the wood closer together there. Yes, I only use stones around the edges, it isn't air tight. My pond isn't large, it's 1700 gallons and 3 1/2 feet deep in the center.
The reason I tried this is I read if a pond is covered, it greatly reduces evaporation which causes cooling, much like how we feel when we get out of a shower. It also cuts down on wind chill. I'd also read that many koi come out of winter with ulcers on their bellies from resting on the bottom of the pond all winter, so thought if they're more active it would help.
I've never covered my pond before and it was always fine, but I worry more about my koi as they've grown older and larger.
I've been more concerned too since some of my fish are going on 12 years old. I've gotten a little attached to them.
Exactly! I only have 4 and they're each named I really love them and miss interacting with them in the winter. This experiment is just a simple "lean to ", if I learn that wintering under a cover, benefits them, I'll try for something better next winter.....maybe like @callingcolleen1 has
feel the same they are pets no matter what you get really attached to them .Those cattle panels are great .They are sturdy but not to heavy .I saw the first one on you tube as a green house by a guy and loved it .
Yes, I have been watching Colleen's experiment with covering her pond with interest too. I think my pond is too wide to actually build what she did, but your pond looks similar to mine. I can't wait to see how your experiment goes and then you can instruct me on how to build the cover!
I also think Colleen's theory about keeping the water moving under the ice is interesting. Just adding the pond breather to the pond last winter helped circulate the deeper water enough that I noticed the pond was much clearer in the spring. I could see to the bottom (34"), where in past years I could only see half as far. I would have never thought about it if Colleen hadn't mentioned it. But I am still using my aerator too because I like the assurance in case the pond breather goes out. I can tell when the aerator isn't working from inside the house. I have to go outside to make sure the pond breather is still working!
They have the security cameras on ebay now down to 59 dollars and bought a set for my son up in NJ for his house and he said they are great .
Where do you watch your security camera? On a lap top? Currently I have to go outside and peek under my cover, but I can also just check inside my pond shack to make sure things are running.
I can see it from ny where but I have a dedicated tv in my kitchen for it .The tv hangs on the wall between the living room and kichen and I can turn it to view it any where .I can access it from any where when I am out also on m tablet or even my cell phone and on my puter from home
A little dark but this is how I can see mine on my lappy or one, four, etc views. Also dedicated tv that rotates through the views. Can see the same on my phone. The dark cameras are PTZ's I can move them around, they don't have as good night vision as the stationary ones.
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