What type of deicer do I need for a 75 gallon preformed pond in centralPA?

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    don53mar

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    We have a preformed 75 gallon pond with two goldfish. We are located in central PA. What is the best type and most economical deicer to buy?
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    Honestly, I doubt any deicer is really going to keep a 75 gallon container from freezing, That size how hard would it be to build a cover over it? If you do try a de-icer, a 150-200 watt would be fine for the size but then you'll have to be very carful that the deicer doesn't come in contact with the plastic of the liner.
     
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    Easier, safer, cheaper to bring 2 goldfish indoors. That would be the most economical deicer.
     
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    lol tend to agree with that!
     
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    Thanks to everyone for your help. We are new at this pond thing and really enjoy it. We may give our fish to a friend who has a very large pond and is very experienced and knowledgeable. We live in central PA, so it may not be long before some thin ice begins to form. Our goal is to put in a larger pond when we better know what we are doing.
    Another question?? Will our submerged lily winter over OK? We trimmed it back and sank it to the bottom which is 18 in. deep. We also have water hyacinth? Thanks again for any help you can provide.
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    Water hycinth will die and not come back ,I bring some of mine in and put them in the basement in a tank and tub and your water lily may not make it either .Being from Berwick PA and knowing how cold the winters get I doubt it would make it .The tubers would freeze .If you can get hold of a large bowl or fish tank you could put it in there .A old fish tank you can get really cheap at garage sales or even the salvation army stores,just make sure it does not leak .I got a large one for 5 dollars this past summer
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Just bring those water lilies indoors or in your garage where they can't freeze and keep in some water like sissy said and they'll come back nicely in the Spring. Stick them back out in your pond when the weather is beyond freezing. It would be easy to keep your fish in the house and then return them to the pond too.
     
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    I guess if you have a spare bathtub .We are got the claw foot tub I want across the field now we have to get extra people to help load it on the trailer .
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Beer and pizza outta get the job done sissy [​IMG]
     
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    The lilie can't handle the tuber being frozen, if your garage freezes (stuff in ours does) don't leave it in the garage over winter, stick the groomed tuber in some water in your basement, a closet anywhere it won't freeze. The hyacinth is a tropical, either try to keep it alive in the house or replace it next spring. I just replace mine.
     
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    jw I live in redneck country hooch will do the job and some chittlins lol
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Well there then sissy you got it covered!
     
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