Pond Breather

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

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    MitchM

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    We've had a warm stretch of weather here and that gave me a chance to check out how the breathers were working.
    One breather was pumping very little water, so I brought it up out of the water, opened the cage and saw that the intake was clogged with baby minnows and a bit of algae.
    Sad about the minnows, but the problem had to be fixed before the breather got iced in again and would be unserviceable until spring.
    I cut the zip ties, opened the cage and tried to open the pump screen. Apparently the screen is not removable, so the best I could do is clear the screen with a screwdriver and shake it out as much as I could in the pond water. I also used a long piece of grass to clear out the water hose of some gunk that had built up.
    I then reattached the cage, used another zip tie to close the cage, put the breather back in the water and it was working as good as new again.

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    Glad you got it fixed, thanks for the pic tutorial.
     
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    Got mine several weeks ago and it's still in the box. Is it possible that I may not see ice this year?? yippeeee!
     
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    Thank you for motivating me @MitchM . Temps were up to 60 today, so I made myself check my pond breather. Holy cow. The cage was totally covered with green slimy algae and when I opened it up, the pump was also totally covered. I am not sure how any water was getting through any of the openings.
     
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    I think I will stick with a pond heater and forego a disaster if something like that can fail and kill my fish .I wonder if you could put it inside one of those gerbil balls to help it out
     
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    If I remember correctly cas, your pond is 2-1/2 feet deep.
    Perhaps the pump cage is sitting on the bottom.
    Maybe next year you could modify the breather to shorten the distance the cage hangs down.

    Sissy, there's been no disaster.

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    MitchM, Jan 22, 2017
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    Not on the bottom, but the cage does rest on the side of the pond, I don't know why it wont stay in the middle of the pond. It is going to be another nice day today, maybe I can play with the pump cord to some how get the pump away from the sides.
     
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    I think that the weight of the electrical cord will tend to pull the breather towards where the cord enters the water.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I have my breather tied to a piece of pvc that comes to the edge of the pond. That keeps it where I want it to stay, ow it would hit the pond wall and suck up stuff.
     
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    I have mine attached to a big piece of PVC resting across my pond, so it's in the deepest area. I'm going to check my pump cage today though, as we've had unseasonably warm weather recently.
     
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    Is this piece supposed to be in the cage with the pump?
    Is there any danger of the breather coming in contact with the liner?
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    No and no.
    :)
     
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    Ty
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Agree! :)
     
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