I built my winter pond cover this morning...

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    I wish I had seen this earlier!! I was looking for something like that but couldn't think of anything.
     
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    has anyone tried using corrugated polycarb?
    we get a few feet each year and it tends to linger till March so plastics sheet would not work for me

    I do like the wood structure idea, but will likely look for treated wood which are safe for fish
     
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    Only thing with those polycarb panels is that they can crack an they can become cloudy .Reason most greenhouses use plastic sheeting is it is cheap and easy to replace
     
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    Thanks. Nah, I've been planting, building, and rearranging for years.
     
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    just like ponds you are never done with landscaping .I cut down 2 dead pine trees at the back of my property this morning and 2 more have to go also .
     
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    What a cool idea. I can't wait to hear how it works.
     
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    The cover works pretty well so far but of course it's not winter yet! But the air temps under the cover are toasty and my water temps have gone up by nearly 5 degrees (from 55 to 60) in a few days. My goal is just to keep the water in the high 40s so we will see what happens when the weather stays in the 30s for a couple of weeks in a row.

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    It's super easy to just fold the front of the plastic cover back to feed the fish and they have already learned that folding back the cover means feeding time.

     
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    i would do something to cross support the plastic so it doesn't cave with snow. other then that good job.
     
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    Since the plastic solar cover is really heavy duty and I'll have the edges held down with cinder blocks I'm hoping I don't need cross beams. The reason I don't want them is because there is no screwing or unscrewing required to put up or take down this structure. One person (me!) can just set stuff in place and it takes 10 minutes. Adding cross beams would require me to screw things down and due to the width of the pond each year I'd have to screw together the frame on the lawn and then get a couple people to help me set it on top of the pond.

    I guess I'll find out if my plan works!
     
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    possible screw in cross supports to 1 side to rest in the the saddles joist supports the metal brackets. or lay over cattle panels with a few small screws slightly raised to hold from sliding. Again a good ideal
     
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    Thing is that plastic sheeting can get brittle when cold and heat from the sun hits it .I use pvc for mine ,but we don't get much heavy wet snow that stays for a long time .Usually only a day r 2 and all melted .
     
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    Doesn't seem like that is needed. Even if it caves a bit, when it melts, it should run right off.
     
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    Depends on the type of sheeting used whether it will get brittle or not.

    Unless this is some cheap junk bought at Home Depot or Lowes, there is plastic film out there now that is cold and UV resistant.
     
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    It's a 16mil solar pool cover rather than just a random sheet of plastic. In other words, it's a sheet designed specifically for this purpose. I'm hoping this will prevent it from being damaged by heat or cold.

    I'm also *hoping* that the combination of the slant and also the heated air under the cover will prevent excessive build up of snow. I'm going to find out for sure here in a couple of months!! hahaha
     
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    I looked them up and most of those covers come with a guarantee ,so guessing that it is more stable than just plastic sheeting .Says also hat will hold up better under snow load also .
     
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    Lots of different kinds also and thickness
     
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    going to steal some of your design/engineering elements. But we get enough snow that I will build a cross beam. But will likely notch it so that screws are not needed. If a need to pull out a tool to remove, it's a good chance that it stays there all year...

    nice job again
     
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    Please post up photos of the finished product!
     
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    Here's a graph from the last week showing the water temperature of the pond. The peaks represent the high temperature as the water warms up during the heat of the day and the valleys are the low temperature as the water cools during the night. You can see a marked difference in how much the temperature drops during the night with the cover on. I added the slope lines to accentuate the difference.

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    Only thing I would worry about is fish starting to breed and getting egg bound when temps drop .I know people that made you tube video's about it after the winters they had and were loosing fish because of it .I saw several videos on there
     
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