My goldfish pond

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    Hi Tula. I'll need to look into one. It's been consistently very cold this year and the pond has frozen over several times even with the new aerator I bought.
     
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    @addy1 , @MitchM and others use a Pond Breather, with good results. I run one, along with my airstones....but my pond is covered. It's been a harsh winter for many of us.
     
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    They work great, the pond is melting I currently see no bodies floating, but still have a good ice cover.
     
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    Thanks Addy and Tula. I ordered one from Amazon today. I don't quite know how it works but I guess I'll figure it out when it arrives. I was able to get a small hole open in the ice today where the aerator is located, but I'm sure it will freeze up again if we get very cold temps again so it's probably good to get the breather going asap.
     
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    Put the small pump in the water (off the bottom) the red ring floats, plug it in, done! You do need to put it together but that is real easy, just install the tube. Twist done. With all the stuff you do you will be fine.

    I have to tie up the pump in the 1000 gallon pond ow the pump sits on the bottom, 2.5 feet deep. I do that so it does not suck up a lot of whatever from the bottom.
     
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    @MitchM zip ties part of his PB, maybe he'll pop in and explain why? I looked under my pond cover yesterday and the PB is working perfectly.

    I may order another off season, to have as a back up :)
     
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    I need to do get a pond breather myself!
    My bubblier kept the hole open, but my deicer didn't work at all
     
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    I just checked Dr Foster and Smith has it cheaper than Amazon, but I'll wait to see what Amazon sells it in Spring.

    Today my pond is 90% ice/snow free and I can start to see my fish moving around at the bottom..I'm happy! :)
     
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    Thanks all for the advice! I installed it yesterday. I think it was $72 on Amazon. It was super easy to install. Naturally it has warmed up the last few days and isn't needed right now, but I'm sure it will get cold again. I put it within a few feet of the aerator because they are both plugged into the outlet. I hope that is okay.
     
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    Can't see that being a problem. We have another ice layer, but thin this time in the big ponds, thick in the small ponds. They are not melting as fast and staying melted.

    The breather uses such a small amount of power, once plugged in they stay plugged in until the cold goes away. One in each pond with fish.
     
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    Once the cold weather hits and I plug in my Pond Breather, it's stays running till later Winter / early Spring.
     
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    I zip tie mine to help keep the heating strip tight to the upper chamber and keep it ice free instead of having the heat strip loose and away from the unit.
     
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    I have pumps unhooked from the skimmers, tied to milk crates so they are not on the bottom of the ponds, and shooting the water towards the surface. When we had REALLY cold temps, like didn't get above 0F for several days, both of my ponds were frozen over, but the pumps were still running under a mound of ice above them. They have kept my ponds open all winter, except for maybe a total of 7-10 days. I also have the bog pump running in the koi pond, so that has water circulating. I had to shut off the goldfish pond bog, and now it doesn't seem to want to start back up, pretty sure it has something on the impeller. Boo ... Anyhow, using the pumps costs far less than the floating heater which I used several winters ago, and circulates the water at the same time. This is my second winter using them, and it works really well for me!
     
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    my 25w lightbulb in the floating insulated box has worked for two winters now. recently i had 8 inches of ice and when I lifted the lid it was all liquid inside. I could see down to the bottom of the pond. The soft light shining down is is nice to see all winter, if the light is on I can assume there is a hole in the ice.
     
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    Can you explain how you set this up please. Picture? Thank you.
     
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    Well I'll be darn! Now that's totally ingenious, Patfish! You are the first to put a light bulb in a box to keep your pond open. Wondering, since the idea of a hole in the ice is to let the gases disburse, is there a way for the gases to get out of the box? Even so, doesn't matter .... it's a neat idea. Well done!
     
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    Very clever! Thanks for the pics of it. a 25 W bulb is cheap to use too!
     
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    The tub i used has handle holes on the ends i put a scrap piece from the bottom over them so wind doesnt blow straight through but it lets plenty of air circulation.
     
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