Need pond winterizing advice

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by JDiepstra, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hi guys. I have one of those preshaped ponds from Home Depot at my house. Maybe 100 gallons. I have a lilypad plant in there and 11 goldfish (out of 20 that i bought for 29 cents each). I dont really want to just let the fish freeze because well that's mean and then Ill have to start with real small fish in the Spring again. I assume this will freeze solid over the winter so what is my best option?

    1. take out plant and filter and let fish probably die
    2. take everything out and keep fish inside in crappy aquarium
    3. get a water heater
    4. other

    Anyone know what it would cost to keep the water warm enough to not freeze?
  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    if you have moving water it won't freeze solid. Can you add a fountain to your pump so water splashes on the surface? depending on how bad your winters are, if the electric goes out for extended amount of time you will still be SOL. The Lillie is going to die anyway so you might as well cut it off when it starts to go.
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  3. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I do have a pump that sucks the water through a filter and then squirts it out a fountain. All stuff from Home Cheapo
  4. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    We only have sub freezing weather for a couple two three weeks at a time and I have not had any ice form on my pond .
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  5. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for the advice. Im in Southwest Michigan and it's not uncommon to be very cold here for long periods of time. Im not a weatherman but when the Great Lakes are freezing over it makes me think my 2 foot deep pond would probably freeze solid. But you do have me wondering about leaving the pump going and see what happens.
  6. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I guess I could pour a bucket of hot water into it daily.........
  7. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A 100 gallon pond in your geographical location will most likely freeze solid before the Winter is over. The pump is also likely to freeze as I doubt that it is over 500-750 gph. There are small pond heaters that are available that may work perfectly for a small pond like yours, but it will need to be functioning continuously during periods where icing over is possible. If the Lily is a hardy variety it should survive as long as the tuber does not freeze.

    Another option is to relocate the entire pond to your garage where it will be more protected. The ambient heat from your house plus the use of a space heater may be enough to make it through the winter.

    Pouring hot water into the pond is a sure way to kill the Goldfish. They can not handle abrupt changes in temperatures
  8. stebs

    stebs LawnSite Senior Member
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    You might also try a floating stock tank de-icer. The one I used to have only came on when the water temp got below a certain point.
  9. Muthscapes

    Muthscapes LawnSite Member
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    I live on the other side of the state. There are two ways that I would suggest that you could winterize the pond. First I would purchase a pond heater, you can purchase one for about $50.00. Second an aerator can be used to prevent freezing, again you can purchase one for about $50.00. In a smaller pond it may be a good idea to use both. The lily should be ok as long as the tuber doesn't freeze.
  10. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would relocate the pond to your basement if that's an option or to an aquarium if you have on as you mentioned. Than as time permits build a real pond so you don't have to deal with this every year.:)

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