Leaving pump in pond over the winter

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    Lisak1

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    I know! I love to go stand quietly by the pond and listen to the water move. This is when I wish I had an underwater camera set up so I could see what my fish are doing under the ice and snow.
     
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    Here in Canada I've been burned too many times with leaving the pump running (cracked pvc and nearly empty pond) I have always just used and aquarium bubbler and air stone with a silicone hose which leaves a nice opening in all but the coldest days of winter. But last year I added the pond breather as well because my Koi are getting bigger and i wanted more peace of mind. I always take my pump out because those suckers are pricey and mine is pretty easy to take out.
     
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    They're in hover mode. LOL When I look in the water by the de-icer hole, I can see the koi's tails--they are hiding under the flagstone slab. They really don't move much when it gets this cold.
     
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    I think another factor to consider when deciding to turn off / on, water falls, is the height of the water fall. Ours is pretty high, for our pond size, running over a single granite slab, so I think it's crashing into the pond, would cause a lot of surface disruption and make the water cold. This in only my opinion, not science ;)

    Our pond is covered, with aerator running 4 stones about 10 inches into the water......going to plug in the Pondbreather today, as it's going down to zero in a couple days!
     
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    I plugged in my 100 watt heaters today and ran the wiring for underwater cameras and lights thru the center. Plugged in both pond breathers and neither one worked! Brought them in, cleaned pumps and tubing and now back in service! Had a line come off a pump while I was rearranging things and when I went to repair it, I dropped the pump! Noticed the wiring going in to the pump was exposed so shut it down. Drains on stock tanks are frozen so I can't drain them. hoping they don't crack . /going to shut other pond down tomorrow.
     
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    I filmed them for years, the problem is the lens gets covered by algae unless you can clean it the view is real murky. The fish just hang out barely moving. Every now and then one will move and eat a bit. And it is dark.
     
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    a very nice display ,, love that running water..
     
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    So far second winter with my floating insulated box with a 25w lightbulb is doing great. This morning it was -3 and under the lid is still liquid. Probably 4-6" of ice everywhere else.
     
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    I have a Laguna pump and filter system for over seven years and left it in the skimmer w/ power off every winter season and had no problems. The pump is about 2' below grade. I live in St Louis.
     
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    I don't see any reason why a pump couldn't be left submerged in the pond. They used to recommend that pumps be stored in a bucket of water, but we were told that is not such a big deal anymore. Don't ask me why - no mechanical skills here!
     
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    so seals etc don't dry out.
     
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    I leave my pumps in all year. using them or not. only lost 1 pump in 8 years but it was cheap and got 4 years out of it.
     
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    That's it! We were told seals drying out isn't a problem anymore by the manufacturer of our pump.
     
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    i rather be safe then sorry. leave it in or bucket.
     
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    I hear you - there's certainly no harm in storing it in water. We just happened to ask and were told it's not a requirement.
     
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