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Old 08-09-2012, 12:35 PM
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Pond help needed

Our subdivision has a pond like most subdivisions do now. We are putting in a pump/fountain for aeration and looks. My question is can we leave the pump in year round or will it freeze and break. Or can we let it run a couple hours through the winter and be okay also. This is my first time diving into this type of situation so any help or insight is appreciated. We are in Northwest Ohio near the Michigan line. Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:33 PM
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I'd pull the pump. I'm in Ky, most of our ponds including our neighbor drainage ponds, freeze over.

I remove my pumps, shut down my waterfalls, put a solar cover on for the fish and and an air stone at half depth so I don't disturb the layers.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:05 PM
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Admittedly, I have absolutely no experience with winter ice-over considering where I am located geographically but, I would think that the wise thing to do would be to remove the fountain for the winter. Better to be safe than sorry.
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I pull the pump and put a 12" dome heater in so there is a hole for the fish gas to leave and oxygen to get in.

I'm in Ontario, Canada
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Hey Niagara! I thought that you had abandoned us.
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