Winterizing 300g Stock Tank

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I am just getting all of my ducks in a row before I commit to anything. I am considering getting a 300g stock tank (Rubbermaid, 69 in. x 63-1/4 in. x 25 in.). However, being in Michigan, the winters can be quite bad. This winter, not so much, but a few winters ago we reached far into the negatives. Since this tank would be too shallow to stay unfrozen, what would be the best way to keep it warm? Would aquarium heaters work?
 
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Hello and welcome!

Maybe wrap it in insulation. Not sure you’re going to be able to “keep it warm,” so your goal might be to keep it from freezing, and/or keeping a hole in the ice for gas exchange. They make a “pond breather” that seems to work well for that. No, I personally don’t think an aquarium heater will help you.

Do you have anything in the stock tank: fish, plants?
 

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Okay! I'm gonna look into that. I just don't want my fish to become an ice cube. I do not have the tank yet as I am still in the planning phase, but I am doing this all for my feeder rescues, a common and a comet goldfish. When I set it up, sometime in the spring, they will be all that are in there. Although, I have been thinking about mosquito fish, but I need to do more research on them.

As far as plants, I have no clue. I have decided that when I set it up in the spring that I will go to my local pond supplies store and get their recommendations.
 
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I am just getting all of my ducks in a row before I commit to anything. I am considering getting a 300g stock tank (Rubbermaid, 69 in. x 63-1/4 in. x 25 in.). However, being in Michigan, the winters can be quite bad. This winter, not so much, but a few winters ago we reached far into the negatives. Since this tank would be too shallow to stay unfrozen, what would be the best way to keep it warm? Would aquarium heaters work?
Will the pond be above ground or dug in?
 
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I have exactly that pond, it is buried in the ground. Never freezes, I keep it well aerated, water never gets close to freezing. Leave smaller fish all winter
Pull 7 fish that have gotten large in those years and keep them in tanks in garage.
In spring I set up a 70gal bog filter/water fall and put the big fish back in for about 7 month.
 
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I have a 300 gallon stock tank, buried, no fish unless they get there by accident, but full of lotus. They have survived many winters. Off and on we do get a cold one and the surface freezes solid.
 

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I would get the stuff tuff one instead .It has straight sides and is a heavy rubber .I have 4 of them and have had them for about 6 or 7 years now
 

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@MDJ they do make stock tank heaters and you could have one for just in case.
Don't think they are very expensive.
 
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