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David Demarest

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I've got a K&H De-Icer and I live in New Jersey. We estimate our pond at about 2,000-3,000 gallons and we've got three good size (18-24") koi, one baby who is going through it's first fall & winter (6"), a catfish (24-28") and a sunny that pretty much never leaves his cave. We just took the net off our pond and it's just starting to freeze on the sides of the waterfall, so I wanted to ask you guys, when should I throw in the de-icer? In the past, we've just plugged it in and dropped it in near the middle of the pond and left it all winter. I kinda want to wait until it's all frozen, then just place it right in the middle of the pond so a circular hole forms right in the middle of the pond, but that would be selfish and neglectful. Thoughts? Let me know if you need pictures of the pond, the de-icer, or the 1972 AMC Gremlin filled with empty bees nests and covered in rust. Please don't ask for pictures of the car though, it scares me.
 
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Pictures of all please! Including said Gremlin!

It won't hurt to let the pond ice over completely before you plop in the de-icer. Neither selfish nor neglectful. My question though is can you safely deposit it in the middle without walking on the ice? You don't want to risk your safety.

When we use a de-icer we just put it in the pond and wait to plug it in when things start to get icy. Don't use one much anymore, but we have it just in case plan A, B & C fail.
 
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I think ( my opinion only :) ) that koi of that size would benefit from either some moving water close to the surface or aeration. There are various ways to do both of those things :)
 

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That poor Gremlin could have its own horror movie. We had a Lancia when we moved in in '76 and it sat in the driveway and became a bee hotel for a few years before we had it towed away and I felt horrible for the tow truck driver. I think they need to nuke that car from space instead of trying to go inside and release the parking brake to tow it out. ANYWAY, here are pictures of the pond and de-icer. There's not much to the de-icer, but here's a picture from the side


As for the other suggestions, the waterfall should create enough aeration, right? Either way, I'm putting it in now and I'll follow your instructions and plug it in when the pond starts to freeze.
 

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Put your deicer in the pond before it freezes. You can then plug it in when the ice forms.
If you have a sec, please take a look at the picture of my pond that I've posted here. You'll see that I've is already forming on the sides of the waterfall, is that the kind of ice you're talking about, or do you mean more like "when the actual body of water starts to freeze"? I feel like I'm way over complicating this, sorry. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the pond has become my responsibility so much of this is new to me. I live in the northeastern US where the air gets 100°+ in the summer, so I gotta figure that if I throw in the de-icer now and plug it in, it won't hurt the fish, right? I'm most worried about the little guy, he's a baby of two of our other koi, and I really don't want to boil him.
 

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Very nice pond, thanks for sharing your pictures! If you're leaving the falls running, I wouldn't worry about aeration. Have you left it running before over the winter? Sometimes ice dams form and can divert water out of the pond, so keep an eye on that.

Since you plan on running the falls, I'd just put the deicer in the pond and only plug it in, if you have very cold temps for a sustained amount of time.
 

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