First time winterizing.

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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    With the fish in a 50 gallon tote, you would be doing daily water changes, and I speak from experience.
     
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    Yes, I was thinking the same thing. They are probably better off staying outside in the bigger tub. Honestly if you get a heater and an airpump they will be fine.
     
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    Okay...so any recommendations for a heater? Trying to figure out how many watts I need.
     
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    We're about to hit our first freezing night. I haven't had to do much with the pond at this point, aside from keeping it netted to keep the leaves out. I've stopped feeding the fish, to the extent that I ever did feed them, and most of my marginal plants have died off (except for the irises, for some reason).

    At this point, I have a pressurized bio filter (which is outside of the pond), as well as a DIY filter submerged that I made out of an old bucket and some sponges I got at the dollar store (the filtration didn't work very well, but I left it in there, just because I figured more filtration and circulation couldn't hurt). I also have a small submerged box filter with a little fountain attachment.

    I haven't yet put the heater or the pond breather in the tank, but I'm planning to do that, soon, too.

    I'm assuming that I need to stop running my pressurized filter, clean it out and put it away until spring, since it's outside of the tank. But as for my DIY filter and the box filter--could I keep those running, or should I just dispense with filtration entirely and use a small pump to circulate the heated water?

    Also, just wanted to say that I'm very, very grateful for all of the advice, here. Building my stock tank pond was one of the best things I've ever done, and I wouldn't have made it this far without your help.
     
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    I use a bucket with lava rock with a small pump in it come winter ,it is heavy but it works .
     
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    Your pressurized filter will freeze and crack, if it gets too cold outside. Ask me how I know?! LOL
     
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