How to close my pond

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    Lisak1

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    Then you know that we have wild temperature swings here. And unpredictable winters. Last winter our pond froze and thawed completely at least 5 times That's the first time in six years that has happened. Every other winter, once the pond froze it stayed frozen until spring.

    When I mentioned turning the "pond" on and off, of course I meant the pump. The idea of having to watch the weather to decide if the pump should stay on or be turned off all winter long is exhausting to think about. And that's not being lazy - just practical.
     
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    The beauty of the internet... you never know. Keep reading. And as @MitchM suggested, trust your own experience. You will become the expert on your own pond!
     
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    I've been reading non stop haha. I just want to ensure if there is something I need for winter I rather buy now when on sale at my local pond store.

    So I spoke to my neighbors and they advised that the guy who owned the house before me built a hut for his pond. Low and behold I saw all the wood in my loft that was used to build the tent. So I know he covered it. I don't know if he used a heater or a deicer as well as that was not left behind.

    I don't see the point of running the filter and pump in winter because the fish go dormant for the most part. I'm pretty confident now that a deicer should work and rebuild the hut.

    Addressing the over stock issue, I don't know what to do with my fish that I do not want. Where to give them or do I just put them in the pond near the park? I can't have fish die his year. My daughter loves her fish. And last year bringing in fish killed my 2 Koi. Hence why I'm not doing that this year.
     
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    DutchMuch Lord Of The Aquascapes!

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    Putting them in a near park is HIGHLY illegal in most states.

    Give them to your LFS, petsmart, Petco, pond stores, will take them.
     
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    Yeah it is illegal. I should know better as I'm in the the legal profession. I just don't want to give to a pet store and have them kill them. I have a huge problem with that.

    Going to keep maybe 5-8 of them guys. Do the deicer. And a hut over the pond. Bring in the pond pump and hopefully winter is fine and the white walkers don't come.
     
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    DutchMuch Lord Of The Aquascapes!

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    Well I hope it works out for you as it did me! (but I didn't have a hut)


    As for relocation: try neighbors and such.

    I know my local Petco, (I know the aquatic specialist manager and employees) has actual knowledge on fish themselves, but that varies by store.
     
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    Last winter I covered my pond, with a basic lean to and a pool solar cover. Keeping it covered greatly reduces evaporation, which is a big contributor to water cooling.....think about steam off a hot cup of coffee, or getting out of warm shower.

    I think your hut idea is excellent. There are no guarantees of fish health over the winter, but your hut, lower stocking and a de-icer, or small air stone, will go a long way to a better outcome next Spring.

    You could consider Craig List for some of your extra fish :) There is an app called Next Door, where people in proximity to one another post things.
     
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    Air stones eh? If I can get a few for cheap I may grab one and run that in addition to my deicer. Then I should have no issues with my babies I hope.
     
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    Over a year ago my pond was this size and I used a 1500 W trough heater. I have the following comments:

    1- it was not expensive in my area to use it. When my pond was that small size it did not keep the pond 100% not frozen at the top. This is not true for my 1000 gallons now. It keeps it unfrozen even in near zero F.

    2- I don't think my trough heater will keep the pond not frozen if I was in michigan.

    3- that size of a pond is too small for koi and they will suffer from some sort of disease eventually causing early death. They grow fast.
     
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    All I do for my pond is a small pump about 1200gph and a floating heater both keep 2 different holes open in 2 different spots. Worse cause for me I have 1 hole open for a power failure. My small pump needs a air prim.
     
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    Been doing some research lately. Instead of bringing them in like I did last year really thinking about the de icer.

    I saw a de icer at my local pond store for $89.99CDN. It's a tetra de icer. 300 watt. Works for -20C. Thermostat turns it off when it doesn't need to be on reducing hydro costs. I'm not sure how good of quality this product is. If it's over priced. If I even need a 300watt de icer for the size of my pond or the reviews on this product.

    Looking for some guidance or advise on this product cause I have seen cheaper de icer but also lower wattage as well.
     
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