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    ZackThePondMaster

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    so, as we all know, the summer days are long and hot, but winter will hit soon, any advice for keeping the fish alive? keep the falls running or just put an air stone in and hope for spring?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Has your fish been out in the winter before? Goldies are pretty tough. an airstone will keep a hole open for it.

    The falls will probably freeze up, mine will be turned off.
     
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    taherrmann4 Tmann

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    I have an aerator that I keep going. You also need to be sure your pond is deep enough. How deep is yours?
     
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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    I'll let those of you from the great white north help him out on this one. LOL we did get snow last year, We got to see some white on the ground for almost 24 hours. LOL I have lived here over ten years and only seen my pond freeze over once and then not completely because I do run a airstone. I can leave my pumps and filters running year round. although they are only mechanical filters at that point they still provide oxygen and keep the muck from settling on the bottom.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    We only get freezing cold for a few days at a time and then back to 40's in winter usually. Sometimes the pond freezes but not very thick and I always leave my fountain pumps bubbling up and I have just a small aquarium pump also on the covered porch running air bubbles to the pond. In winter I turn the main waterfall pump off so cold water isn't circulated down to the bottom of the pond where the fish like to stay warmer.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Ice 8 inches thick last winter, waiting to see what happens this winter now that I have babies to protect.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Wow how ya gonna keep a hole open addy? Will and air stone work there or a bubble fountain. They work where I am but I'm not that cold :cool:
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Going to try the air stone, make the bottom clean, and wait out the winter.

    and it is tooooo early to talk about freezing.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Ok no talking about winter...............we are still waiting for summer.....feels like fall here today :cool:
     
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    Here in the G.W.N. we use stock tank de-icers to open a hole in the ice. I only get 6-8 inches of it on my pond, but large farm ponds will freeze to a depth of 2 or 3 feet. I only run the de-icer for about 6 hours maybe twice a week. Lets the bad gasses escape, and most of the fish survive! John
     
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    Move to the midwest and you can have all the summer you want. Real feal is 112 degrees. I go outside to walk to the garden and pick some tomatoes and I am soaking wet from sweat in 5 minutes.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    We hit 131 heat index here today, it was unreal hot
     
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    it was %#*$&en hot today addy! my poor goldie! i put some frozen water bottlesinto my pon, and i filled it with water from th hose and he looked happy, it was so hot today.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    No thanks tmann, lived in Michigan for 2 yrs and too hot and too cold for me. I will stick around the N.W and if I ever did move it would prolly be down to SanDiego where it gets hot but the Santa Anna winds blow across the ocean and keep you cool...........that is if you live near the ocean :lol:
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Start saving those pennies jw! it cost a few down there.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I know and the state is kinda going down the tubes........running out of money so they said awhile back anyways. Sure would be nice to live on the beach tho
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    Heard they were trying to make it the 51st state down there in them parts of California?
     
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    I bought a deicer after last winter it was clearanced out for 30 dollars at pet mountain and is 750 watts .I turn everything off except for the one pump I keep in the bottom of the pond in a crate with lava rock and the pvc bubbler I made .
     
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    Isn;t every state going through the same thing no money but higher taxes and higher utility rates .
     
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    beach isn't all it is cracked up to be after you live through a few storms you run inland .I have friends that pay hurricane insurance in NC of 12 thousand a year because they live near the ocean .They were forced by there insurance company to put in hurricane proof windows and then still made them put up hurricane shutters.That alone killed there retirement savings
     
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