Pond Breather

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    I'm going to try it this winter, since others have mentioned it. I bought mine this evening, with the 10 % off Dr. Foster's and Smith site.
     
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    Way to go, mine are sitting in the pond, ready to go. Once our house sitter sees ice on the ponds they will plug them in. The ponds are all turned off.
    Since it will 77 tomorrow see no need for them yet.
     
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    I'm in FL right now, but fly home Sat....just in time for some cold weather:) I"m going to use the pond breather and my small aerator, pulling my big one for winter.
     
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    We head down to south Florida, friday for a few months. I had to shut down the pond, did not want to have a non pond person do it for me. Our house sitters get to do one thing, baby sit the house and house plants. Oh and fill the bird feeders.
     
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    @addy1 have you used the pond breathers in the past or is this your first year?

    I'm not exactly sure how they work
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I bought them in the spring, this year, after someone here lost all of their fish using a aerator. Well all except two fish. Mitch in canada uses them with a ice covering of 3 feet on his pond, his fish do fine.

    My understanding is the small pump circulates the water up the tube where it contacts air letting gases find a way out of the pond from under the ice. The small heater keeps the tubing open. Other than that, only what I have read.

    I have them in the pond ready to go if we get any ice starting on the water. My house sitters will plug them in for me.

    per the net:

    he Pond Breather works by moving water from the bottom of the pond to above the ice where toxic gasses can escape and oxygenation can occur. Its split-chambered gas exchange chamber generates air flow past the water stream to sustain gas exchange at its highest efficiency. The water then returns to the same level of the pond with just enough heat added to replace that lost to the air.

    What Pond Breather does:



    • Daily exposes more than 4000 times the water surface area to the atmosphere than the competition.


    • Adds only enough heat to keep the water flow open.


    • Creates a gentle current to move oxygen throughout the pond.


    • Extends above the ice to prevent "doming:'


    • Protects at ice depths up to 15 Inches.


    • Safe from power interruption-thaws itself and restarts in a very short time after a power outage.


    • Can be operated year-round to increase oxygenation.


    • Operates at an energy-efficient 40 watts.
     
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    It protects in much thicker ice than that. I wonder where they came up with that number.
    Funny how ice forms on a pond - you would think that the ice layer forms on the surface of the pond then just freezes deeper into the pond.
    The ice actually freezes up and down, on both sides of the original ice layer.
     
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    I am interested to see how these work for those using them. Please keep us updated :)
     
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    Dp, did you see my documenting of them in my pond thread last winter?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    The way I look at it if they kept Mitch's fish healthy in that cold snowy world he lives in, it will keep my fish healthy.
     
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    No I didnt I will check it out thanks!
     
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    Seems reasonable! Im not going to lie... Im very cheap with some things and dont mind spending money on others. Electricity is one thing I am very cheap on. If I can get away with just running my 300 gallon per hour pump, that's what I'll do. It's worked the last 2 Winters. Hey, wait a minute, I have no idea how many watts my pump uses.... hmmmmm

    Hmm well the Home Depot website says 1 amp, 1 volt, and 1 horsepower. I know that all cant be true!
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Total-Po...h-Filter-Kit-MF13015/202278961#specifications
     
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    The box says 40 watts, i.e. a 40 watt light bulb on 24/7 when you need it for ice.
     
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    thanks for the info, I am seriously considering getting one of these
     
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    After last winter when a aerator killed all the fish here in Maryland, a decent size pond, I bought two, one for the 1000 gallon stock tank one for the big pond. The other ponds are on their own, they are usually fish less or a surprise fish or two in them. After the last hard winter, I found one to two fish in each small preform. No water flow, no air, no heat, no cleaning. No floaters either, i.e. dead fish.

    They will get turned on once ice starts to form.
     
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    I bought 2 of the pond breathers this year and hope that they work out. Last year with the bitter cold winter weather the fish didn't do very well. I had an aerator and a small pump bubbling on the plant shelf. I do have a question for those who have used them in the past. The ball containing the pump is just about touching the bottom of my pond. Should I raise this up off the bottom? if so, what would be the easiest way to do this? I so hope this winter isn't as bad as last year was.
     
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    I have not used them yet, but did install two for this winter. In the 1000 gallon stock tank the ball touched the bottom. I just tightened up the electrical cord which pulled the ball up off the bottom. Doing that caused the breather to rest near the side of the stock tank which should not be an issue.

    I have a lot of hornwort in that pond, which could potentially be drawn into the pump. So I wanted it to be off the bottom of the tank.
     
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    As long as the ball containing the pump won't get clogged with leaves or mud, it's ok hitting the bottom. You could maybe shorten the tube that the pump's connected to, but I would call or email the manufacturer before doing that.

    So far, our fall has been mild weather here.
     
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    addy, be sure that you are not causing a possible kink in the tube coming from the pump.
     
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