Winter is Coming

Discussion in 'Newbies to Garden Ponds' started by Larry Haley, Sep 3, 2017.

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    sissy sissy

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    As long as hole in the ice .you could make a hoop house to help warm the pond .Colleen did it last winter for the first time and was impressed and she lives in Canada
     
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    I'm lucky here in 8a I guess but was thinking about this situation. I think Brokensword's suggestion is good but what about the thick pink panels they sell at the home improvement stores, next wrap that in a "blanket" of something else, then wrapped in black plastic to keep out moisture. I suppose the biggest concern is the external water lines but everything is in the pond I think, right?
     
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    brokensword Not all those who wander are lost

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    something more permanent can always be employed; I suggested the hay because it's cheap and dense, plus easily portable/moveable. Then having a 'hoop house' built from curved conduit and plastic wrapped would keep enough heat in that I doubt the pond would ever freeze solid. And IF there's any piping near/under the structure, both should be protected. That said, I'd make sure no water was in them, especially any 'trap' points.
     
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    Thing is you need light to also to get into the pond to warm it up .I know I don't like total darkness .
     
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    brokensword Not all those who wander are lost

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    hence the clear plastic sheeting...
     
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    I actually really like the hay because in spring you can use it to cover any bare spots or in the garden as mulch.
     
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    I don't want to use hay because it is a rodent winter home. Hard board (pink) insulation would be difficult to seal because of the "Lincoln log" corners of my hexagonal pond. What I am actually thinking about, if I don't put them in a stock tank in my cellar, is to use Reflectix Insulation and clear plastic over the top.
     
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    Sorry guys for the lack of response. Usually my phone notifies me of new posts. For some reason it has stopped. I thank you very much for all your input. I had not considered bringing the fish inside but had considered a fish tank. So I guess I can kill two birds with one stone. I think that is a great idea until I get a new deeper pond. I am thinking of a pond around 1500 gallons and around 4 feet deep.
     
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    Well be sure to post pictures of the build!
     
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    A pond that size will be much more suited to overwintering!
     
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    Where in maryland are you located Larry?
     
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    Im on the Eastern Shore
     
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