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I have a small pond with Koi. Can I put a fairly heavy tree limb in the pond to give the fish air?
 
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So many questions! A tree branch is not going to supply air. Are you referring to keeping the pond from freezing over?
SO- how big is your small pond?
How many koi and what size? Do you have any filtration or water movement?
 

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I have a small pond with Koi. Can I put a fairly heavy tree limb in the pond to give the fish air?
if you're intending on creating a hole in the ice, DON'T pound on it trying. The shock can kill your fish. Use a pot of hot water; set it on the ice, when cold, go in make some more, place it back. Rinse wash repeat until you have a hole.

You can keep a hole open with an aerator; hang it 12" below the surface. Cover the pump to keep the weather out and realize, the tube might ice up. I had to go to a larger 3/8 rubber hose and a better pump, but it works.

If you can find a pond breather, that will keep a hole in the ice.

You can aim a small aquarium pump up toward the surface and this can keep a hole open.

If you have a waterfall, if kept running during the winter, can keep a hole open. Realize, you need to have a secure waterfall area so any splashing which freezes (and it will) won't lower the pond water level.

A cattle trough heater will open a hole and keep it open. They tend to only come on when the water is within the range of 32F, so it doesn't suck up your heating $$. Get the kind that float and attach a cord/rope as you'll need some way of keeping it away from your liner.

Realize, cold water holds a lot more O2 than warm and since your fish are hibernating, they dont need/use as much either. Any algae on the sides/UW surfaces of your pond will give off O2 all year long.
 

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Hello and welcome, but I’m afraid that your “topic title,” and what you have posted seem a little bit disjointed. So, is your pond frozen? Why do you think that a large tree branch is going to provide air for your fish? Hmmmm, is this even a real post? If so, it might be helpful, if uh, you gave us a little more information about yourself….and your pond…..
 
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NO............. poster joined today ....................
 

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Hmmmmmmmmm? Jane Branch and a tree limb, very interesting :cool:
 
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That will soon change I AM DONE TRAVELING . the landscaping will look quite different this year. I have already set up a small 3000 gallon submersible that is now dumping over the stream upper pond , main falls and the hobbit falls.
 
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