my pond runs all winter, zone 2/3

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    I actually worry about all the fish. But I have wintered them all outside since 1991 and the goldfish will be fine in the bottom pond. The bottom pond is not froze solid, just appears to be froze solid cause it has the ice shell. Maybe tomorrow I will do a underwater video of the bottom pond so nobody worried...
     
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    Going down to minus 18 Fahrenheit for Friday night. Cold just keeps coming with no real end in sight. What happened to the warm Chinooks?
     
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    They took some time off!;)
     
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    The cold and wind is headed our way but not as bad as hat some are getting .I have to take stuff to goodwill so doing it today since the next 2 days only in the 30's and 20 MPH winds .Did I say I hate cold .Sun will be out so hoping for the best .Pickles has to see the mail lady so have to wait for her to come .He just loves her .
     
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    Wow, Colleen....so much of r the milder winters! Stay warm :)
     
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    callingcolleen1 mad hatter

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    good question! lets take a peek under the ice!
     
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    So cool, what a great jar to shoot videos with! The goldfish look great and are more active than I thought they'd be :)
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, Colleen! Fish look bright and lively down under :)
     
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    Everybody's happy, and the fish don't know they are cold, they just feel sleepy... Zzzzz
     
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    Last night was the coldest night yet, and still no ice on the water under the cattle panel cold frames. All four connecting ponds running on one 1500 watt cattle trough heater from Peavy Mart {farmer stock store}
    In this video you can catch a look at one of the big barrel filters that I am using. I actually have four EZBio filters, all connected together, 2 barrel filters per side, connected with a T to the filter, all under water....
     
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    Fascinating. I really need to start covering my pond with something like that. I was thinking of using one of these.
     
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    Every little bit of protection helps, and I could switch heaters to 1300 watt, will find the smaller heater as now with added protection from cold frames, I could get away with the smaller heater.
     
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    Looking good Colleen ! How's the greenhouse holding up? My dream would be to have a real green house, with a pond in it ...wouldn't that be cool !

    I just came inside from bailing some pockets of water off my solar blanket cover, as it's been raining.
     
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    A greenhouse is really only nice in winter, cause in summer everything grows much better outside... I shut my greenhouse down in summer, kick plants out and turn mine into coffee/tea room with cover from rain.

    Will do a indoor video of greenhouse .
     
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    Last night from my greenhouse... Spring is just around the corner and before you know it, it will be ground Hog day!
    Can't hardly wait, cause I am dreaming about having a banana plantation around my pond next year!
     
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    One of my favorite videos from my ponds last summer. I put the camera in a secure tight pocket that I made and attached it to a really long stick, that way I was able to get a view from way up high. Things always look different from way up high...
     
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    Green house is surviving well even in your way cold temps. It is so pretty in there. Wonder what kind of fishy's you will add to your new aquarium?

    I remember that neat idea of camera on a stick from last Summer. Works well!

    Stay warm in your Canadian green house. A fun place to have your coffee or vino :D
     
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    Green house looks good! I think the plastic, windows and heavy curtains are working :)

    I have an old ugly solar cover over my pond. I peeked under it today to check on my koi and was surprised to see water celery still growing!
     
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    Had to work yesterday. Only got three days off for Christmas... The story of my life Ha ha ha.

    Fish are all swimiming around as weather has been nice for this time of the year, hovering just around freezing. Unplugged the big red heater as it is not needed right now. Got to find where I put the green smaller 1200 watt heater and use that instead.
    The greenhouse is cosy now that I have second heater for when temperature drops below -20 Celsius. My tropical trees have dropped lots of leaves but hoping they leaf back out once strong spring Sun comes back. Never kept those trees over winter before so we shall see.

    Red bananas are doing well But green bananas look half dead. Last year the red bananas looked terrible but transplanted them and now they look good considering it is winter. This is my first winter with the green bananas so we shall see...
     
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    Think I'd like to try some banana trees next summer :)
     
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