Fall / Winter Pond Cover

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    Marshall Aquatic Turtle Rescue & Adoption

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    Do they make one that will cover a 15' by 22' pond ?
     
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    Have you thought about attempting to stop the water freezing @barryian we use policarobonate sheeting over our pond keeps the water ice free all winter and keeps a temperature of around 7c
    If your pond has flat edges is the only requirement to fit them. either as just sheets or you can make a framewirk to stand it around and over the pond like some people do .

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    I need something to catch all the leaves, sticks & pine needles from going into mine. I have a radiant heat system that keeps the water from freezing and won't let the temp drop below 42 F or 5.5 C
     
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    you could get a six mm hex net design like this one :-

    http://www.norfinenets.co.uk/view-product.php?index=1943229684

    I believe they do export , they will make the net to your design like we had one with a supporting cross pond bungee cord as well as full circumferance bungee strap nothing got through it , the net lasted 6 years before it was retired

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    I use window screening that i had already .It is fine and stuff just blows off it .
     

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    Cool. (y) I think I have a full roll of aluminum window screen in my workshop. I will give this idea a try especially since I may already have the material meaning it is free or if I have to buy it I know it will be cheaper than a custom made cover :D Thanks for the idea ;) The Koi & :turtle:'s will appreciate it.
     
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    aluminum may not work .i use only fiberglass screen .The other kind may rust
     
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    Aluminum does not rust... It may oxidize a little (turn a bit white) but will not decay away.
     
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    I did not really mean rust as I meant degrade plus it will not be as flexable .I used fishing line to sew mine to make a pocket for the pipe
     
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    I just got back from the workshop and I found a huge shade netting that I forgot I had that came from the Army surplus. It is weather proof, somewhat camouflaged ( od green & tan mix) and the holes in it are small enough to block nearly and debris that would fall into the pond and it is also big enough to cover my pond in one piece (50' x 50'). I am gonna try out the net but if there is a problem then I am gonna go with your idea and get the FG screen. Also what size of pipe did you use and as far as the thread goes, what type of that would I need ? When I say "what type" of thread I literally mean every detail you can give me LOL because I don't think I have ever bought a roll of thread in my entire life :ROFLMAO: Thanks!
     
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    I used electrical conduit that was left here by builder and it is a 1 1/2 inch pipe .I used some of it as a support for the center of my pergola also to support the 2x4's
     

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    Is that pvc conduit or galvanized steel ? It's hard to be sure from the image.
     
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    It is galvinized steel that I coated with a clear finish for the ones over the pond .I gave the pipe 3 coatings of it .But you can also slip the galvinized pipe inside a pvc pipe so no worry .I thought of that after;) DAH dummy me
     
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    Okay. If the netting does not work I will probably use CPVC conduit because it is much lighter (and cheaper) that galvanized steel and it is also easy to work because you can bend it and shape it without it breaking.
     
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    What I've been doing which keeps my pond literally ice free is keeping my savio skimmer running directly through the waterfall. I have a 1000 watt deicer directly in front of the skimmer, temperature controlled and with a 2nd temp control at the outlet incase the floating deicer fails to shut down. Unfortunately, unlike your's which is not mechanical, I have no failsafe so if away for a week, I throw a 2nd deicer in for the week or so. My 2000 gallons have never frozen yet, especially last winter, a nightmare of constant of cold. I used to use a 1000 watt and 1500 watt and temps stayed at 50 degrees but the electric bill was insane. Now with the 1000 watt switching on and off, the electric is acceptable and the water temp is 40 - 45 degrees. I pay a bit but it's saves me work. The polycarbonate sounds like a great idea. My pvc and netting takes a couple hours to setup and is a life saver. I shut down my AlphaBead Filter along with everything else, naturally. I also change the Savio filter to a blue matala which won't clog but still filters. No super cold temp exchange as everything is running along the surface since the main drain is shut down.
    Is there a pic of the sheeting you use already setup? Any thoughts ... Appreciate the suggestion :) ...
     
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    Sorry - I never saw this section, being new. I was looking at alerts.
    They don't make this as a kit. I actually made it myself out of pvc piping and bought the netting online. Each year, I put up the same thing reusing everything. The netting can go a few years. I used a 3/4 inch pvc for the frame and cross bar. One screw in each end of the cross bar. In the ground are 18" pieces of the next size pvc and the 3/4 slips right in. I use tons of tie wraps around the perimeter. When the snow hits, it's quite resilient as it might at times look partially collapsed but bouncing back into shape when it melts a bit from the 45 degree water temps ....
     
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    Dave - I'm not finding my way around too well yet. I responded to this but in alerts. Does that work too as I just saw this. Yikes !!!
     
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    My pond is situated above ground and is insulated against the cold the policarbonate roofing sheets that cover my pond do indeed keep it ice free but may not work in one dug into the ground but you can but try

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    This is what I plan on doing before next fall. I found a role of window screen on amazon that is 8' x 100'. I figure If I cut it into three strips 33' long and sew them together, I will have a 24' x 33' screen to cover the 17' x 21' pond. Should give me enough slack to sew pockets for the pipe. But it will be a lot of hand sewing with fishing line!!! If anyone needs me from August - October, Ill be busy sewing LOL
     
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