Pond Breather

Discussion in 'Winterizing Your Pond' started by Tula, Oct 28, 2014.

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    Tula

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    For those who want Pond Breathers f or next winter......order now !! LOL
     
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    Goldfish can survive for extended periods completely encased in ice. They don't freeze because they have the ability to generate ethanol in their blood and tissues.
     
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    By the way. Im going to saturate my pond breather pumps in food grade silicone spray like I did to my other pumps prior storing them for the winter. I soaked them so all moving parts and rubber washers would stay good. The food grade silicone will not harm the fish when they are put in the water
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    My real pumps are all external, I have not had to try and keep a submersible in good shape when stored. My external ones, I just clean and put in the basement.
    I will do the same Jersey to the pond breathers.
     
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    I just run some clean water through them and store them away.
    The top piece of the breather tube twists off if you need to perform any maintenance. I find that there can be a build-up of gunk inside the water tube so I clean that out with a piece of straw.
    One of my breathers had the water tube come loose and the heater element needed to be straightened out last year before I used it for this past winter.
     
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    That's not quite right. They did keep a hole open in the ice.
    The hole that the breathers create is from the breather tube itself.
    People need to get away from the idea that you have to have open water on your pond.
     
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    I have ice cover for 6 months of the year and do not add bacteria. It's the pond breathers.;)
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    They worked for me, I had a few dead fish, mainly in the small, supposed to be fishless ponds. The water froze to the bottom. Three dead in the big pond, found in the shallow end that also froze to the bottom, frozen in the ice. None dead in the 1000 gallon tank that had a breather in it, last ice check was 12 inches.

    Thanks mitch, I have them off, going to clean and store for the summer. I have an aerator running right now, need to take out the pump and hook it up, about 15 minutes of time. Raining today, snow tonight and tomorrow so waiting for decent muck around outside weather.
     
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    Sorry about your dead fish Addy...
     
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    I'm sorry too Addy. We bought a Pondmaster AP-20 today and the fish hatchery price matched Pet Mountain's online price. It works well enough that I'm thinking I was crazy to buy the Haku 80 last summer!

    I guess I'm going to buy a small livestock tank, so I can drain the pond to catch the koi fy...mist wait for a little warm weather...as flurries are flying today!
     
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    i was told by a few pond keepers that it isn't the cold that killed fish (in my case koi) but the build up of poor water,
    but every year i cant help but feel a bit worried when the temp falls,
    so that just goes to show you, you dont need a 10 foot deep pond water heaters etc keep the water as clean as you can get the fish into prime condition in the summer and just let mother nature take her course i am so pleased to hear the frozen fish are still alive. would have been my worst nightmare sorry but i do worry through the winter but bloody ace (thats a Yorkshire thing it means well done)
     
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    Good idea to buy the stock tank Tula (y)

    It will most likely come in handy for you in the future and they last a long time.
     
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    bettasngoldfish Maria

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    Bloody ace? I'm glad you clarified that phrase, I would have had no idea what you were trying to say o_O :LOL:

    I'm willing to bet that poor or incorrect water quality kills more fish (pond or aquarium) than anything else.
     
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    It happens, things live things die, life goes on. I did check the water all tests were just fine. I have low ph issues it to was in the, normal for me, range of 7.6.
     
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    Hubby really didn't want me to buy one, as he doesn't want to store it. I finally said today, I'll just store it outside beside the garage, upside down......at least I'll be able to do my own pond maintenance.
     
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    addy, did your neighbour that lost all those fish 2 years ago try a pond breather this past winter?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Yes and only lost 4 fish out of around 25 or so. Soft count, was not sure how many fish they went into winter with. All the fish were small at the beginning of the summer, around 2.5 to 3 inches in length.

    Did not get a lot of fry, probably because all the fish were kids themselves, or they ate the caviar! ;)
     
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    Good to hear, he's probably happy with it then.
    Does he have a lot of detritus on the bottom of the pond maybe? He still lost 4 fish.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    No his is cleaner than mine.
     
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    Home made pond heater looks interesting to me....
     
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