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post #76 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 05:21 PM
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Hi i thought I would add a pond picture with snow. This winter in NJ has been colder for longer duration and the snow we received stayed. I am suspect that a cheap low volume air pump will keep an opening in the ice. I use a Medo 45 and the hole in the picture is only 8-10 inches wide. During a particular cold spell the opening was maybe 3 inches.
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post #77 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 05:44 PM
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The air pump might keep a hole in the ice depending on how cold it gets. It can certainly reduce the amount you need to use a heater.
I've been using a stock tank heater to keep a hole in the ice for a couple of decades. Maybe 5 or so years ago I added an air pump and it keeps a hole in the ice most of the time now. I only had to plug in the stock tank heater when the temperatures got to -14 F and didn't get above 0 F for a week. The air pump uses a lot less power than the stock tank heater so I'm happy.

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Wow, thanks KenP and Mark Allred for showing your ponds full of snow. The cat seems like seeing something that aroused her curiosity.
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I have not seen my koi for about a month. The snow has been around that long. I could use that cat this spring if he is available. I have a chipmunk problem and my dogs just do not care.
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Well I guess spring has finally decided to show up so its that time of year that I dread every year. The spring cleaning of the pond will begin in the next few weeks. I have my nephews graduation next weekend and my wife is having surgery the following week so hopefully it will get done in three weeks. The plants have started poking up all over including several that I found in local ponds and lakes last summer. I put quite a bit of a some type of larger hairgrass and its coming up all over including places far from where I planted it so apparently it seeded itself last year. I will be taking pictures along the way and try to show some of the process of getting it ready for the summer.

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So I actually got some free time yesterday and spent 10 hours cleaning the pond. It was a ton of work but I'm glad it's done. I also had to replace some of the underwater lights as they quit working on me. It looks really nice and I had a nice surprise and found a lone baby koi that was from a spawn last year. I really didn't think any made it after only seeing a few last summer swimming around. It is around 3 1/2" and not the best coloring on it but it's a baby nonetheless. I will be taking some pictures in the next few days and try to get them posted by the first of next week.

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Really envious of your setup. Just amazing! I actually dug out a 12" x 7" pond last fall deciding on whether I'm going to start it up this spring/summer. It's probably about 1300 Gal.
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Today while at home over my lunch I went out to look at the pond and saw some little birds walking around by the pond. After getting closer I noticed they were baby ducks. Wood ducks I think.

While this may not be that big of a deal to see ducks by a pond, it's the fact that I live inside the city limits and not even close to a lake. As I got closer the ducks scattered in all directions and most of them ran under the privacy fence and into my neighbors yard. One however went into the pond and swam to the other side, then jumped out and ran into the sunroom because I forgot to shut it after the shock of seeing ducks in my yard. I couldn't find where the other babies went and there is no mother duck to be found. They don't look to be more than a few days old. I couldn't find where the other babies ran off to and after catching the one that ran into the sunroom I wasn't sure what to do with it. I didn't want to let it go without being with its siblings and since no mama duck to be found I put it into a tub until I figure out what to do. I will probably end up calling games and park if I don't see the others by tomorrow. I was afraid it would end up cat food if left to fend for itself. Here's a quick cell picture and I hoping to get some new pics of the pond this weekend but don't hold me to it.
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Let it back out. The momma duck will take off and come back later. You can watch for her
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Ducks like oatmeal with a lot of water, just until the mom comes back ect.

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It's that time of year again.. I don't know when I will have time to clean the pond yet after selling my business of 17 years and changing carrer paths but I will find time in the next month or so. I lost three of my oldest, most loved fish after a cold and harsh winter. The white butterfly that is in a lot of pictures didn't make it through the winter as did a couple of the other older fish. I'm not sure what caused their demise but I was a little disappointed to say the least. I will find some replacements as soon as I find some that I like and will try to post some pictures in the months to come.

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I finally got a weekend off and the weather was nice today so decided to do some spring cleaning.

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It's the best part of the snow melt when you get to say hi to your fish! So bummed... went to start up my pump, and water started coming out of the ground next to the skimmer. Big ol hole. Got a bunch of pvc, hose clamps, and silicone. Going to be our project for today. Then in a few weeks spring cleaning time (always a fun experience haha). I always end up giving up and bringing out bleach in spray bottles for the hair algae that attacks every spring.

Do you have any issues with all the rock covering the bottom of your pond? I've always wanted to do that, but I worry about nitrate issues.
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