My pond runs all winter, zone 2/3

Discussion in 'Winterizing Your Pond' started by callingcolleen1, Oct 22, 2012.

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    sissy sissy

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    I am worried about my fruit trees .This morning it was in the 30's and now in the 60's
     
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    callingcolleen1 mad hatter

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    Tomorrow I plan to do new video and try to explain to everybody how and why my ponds work so well during the winter. I know it may have been a long hard winter for lots of people with KOI, but it can be down as this is now actually my 27th year wintering my ponds so I think I should share my knowledge so others can benefit.
     
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    I know your balls help aerate .That does not really sound right does it ,geeze ;):)The grasses work wonders also
     
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    your a lot like me, we do things our own way. I do love my big balls, ha ha ha!!!
     
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    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:I have tried to find them here and on ebay with no luck
     
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    Me too :(
     
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    Hopefully maybe spring will bring them back
     
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    Are these metal balls sold as gazing balls for the garden? I saw them at Target a couple years ago.
    Barb
     
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    no the gazing balls have openings in them .I have 3 gazing balls .This is my green one .My blue ones they have a base in them to sit on or in a holder and are made of glass 101_1616.JPG 100_9776.JPG
     
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    I was lucky and found all my beautiful stainless steel balls from garden centers and pet stores. I have been collecting them since the early 1990s and they are still outside looking fabulous with no rust at all!
    Today by the ponds...
     
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    @callingcolleen1 I can't seem to view your video :( I've tried five times and it stops.
     
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    Interesting because I have no problems .Just wish I had better luck with those balls ,darn it
     
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    I can view it fine also and all looks nice and cozy as usual in those wonderful ponds of yours. Greenhouse so pretty to look at!
     
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    I had some trouble viewing from my cell phone too. Played fine late last night on my Smart TV. I think its cause too many people viewing this video at once?. Seems to have lots of views for the short time its been out. I am starting to get popular on UTube....
     
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    Still can't view it :( On the "red line" that shows the progression of the video, there is a yellow block a few seconds into it and that's where it stops. I'm viewing from my laptop, as I usually do. Perhaps I'll hop over to YouTube late and see if I can see it there :)
     
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    its working on my smart TV right now. Try later maybe your server or something is busy. I am not a computer expert and sometimes I wonder how I managed get my videos uploaded. Ha ha ha
     
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    You might check and see if you have the latest version of flash player but then I don't get why it would play for a little bit and then stop at some kind of yellow block.
     
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    Yeh there was an update to flash player this week
     
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    U tube is just a wealth of information, and people from around the world are now starting to leave their ponds run all winter, as it is really just the best way to keep big koi alive and well in harsh winter conditions. Its funny, because back a few short years ago, pumps were commonly shut down for the winter and most experts were just recommending a heater and aerator (bubblier/air pump} or many just moved the koi indoors for the winter.
    Back then it was hard to just convince many that koi could winter in ponds just fine, and on some koi sites just mentioning that koi do well in "ice cold running water" was considered "outrageous" and "unsafe" .

    Advice is changing and now lots of people are leaving their pumps run, if possible


    Running a pump is really the best way to get oxygen to your koi during extreme winter. The trouble with a aerator is that they usually are frozen off after the temps drop below -25 Celsius (-13 Fahrenheit) (subject to variables in pump PSI pressure and outside temps) so some aerator's (air pumps) may freeze off sooner or later but they all seem to freeze off during extremely cold winters when temps fall below -30 Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) Many people I know in this town were shocked that I could leave my big koi outside and have them do so well in our very extreme winters. Everybody used a pond heater and a aerator and many now gave up here as most of their koi are now dead. While some people do not get long cold winters are fine with just an aerator or air pump, beware if you are already getting winters close to -20 Celsius now, it could get even colder even if your area is not likely, check old weather records to be sure, as sometimes a historic weather event could happen and catch one off guard.

    Now this poor guy unplugged his pump and that waterfall looks like the water overflowed the fall and pond. With no moving water and a frozen solid pond, fish may all be dead as entire pond appears to be frozen solid and there won't be much alive under that ice... Not what you want to see. A heater would have helped this guy run his pump and prevent the pond from freezing solid. That waterfall is not the best for running in winter that is for sure.
     
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