Pond is frozen

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by Niagara Falls, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I have 2 different pond heaters and still my pond is frozen over completely.

    I'm concerned about breaking the ice and disturbing the fish. The only pond store around is closed until Mar for their winter vacation, so I'm looking for some direction.

    Can I smash the ice and hopefully reset the heaters, that is if they're not history.
  2. stebs

    stebs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    I have a floating fountain in mine that I just removed the nozzle from and let it run... I think its a 550gph pump. It usually stays thawed around that fountain for me.
  3. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    The ice is insulating the rest of the water, I would leave it be and let the heaters do there thing underneath that layer of ice. How big is this pond?
  4. neighborguy

    neighborguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    I will admit that I a fairly new to the pond world but from what I understand, if you don't have a hole in the ice, there will be no oxygen exchange. Gases will build up under the ice and fish could die from lack of oxygen.
  5. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I broke a hole at one edge and put in a small bubbler.
    I'll see how that works over the next week.
  6. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221

    Must be getting awfully cold for your water to freeze with both heaters working. If I remember correctly, one of the heaters was fairly large. Are you sure that you didn't lose power to the heaters?
    Yes, breaking a hole in the ice is dangerous. The shock wave that is created in the water when you are breaking the ice can be deadly to the fish.
    Do you have any idea how thick the ice is?
    Sorry that I didn't catch this when it was first posted.
  7. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I was in Brockville yesterday and it was cold, not like here but cold. Problem is you don't have any insulation over the pond, you guys have no snow down there so the ice is real thick!

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