If you decided to take your pump out this winter or just want an extra source of oxygen for your fish, this article is the right one for you. Here we are going to talk about aerators and heaters and the benefits they have for your pond so you can have a hassle-free winter and an easy set up for spring.
First off, if you decide to take your pump out for the winter, the circulation added to the water from the waterfalls is no longer there and you need something in its place to add oxygen to the water and keep an opening in the ice. Aeration is very important during winter as it helps to keep a small hole open in the surface of the pond to aid in degassing. Some things we have here at Action Water Gardens are pond de-icers and a solids handling pump. Our Aquascape De-Icer acts as a heater and is made to float on top of the water to keep a hole in the ice during the winter months. The Pond De-Icer helps to ensure there is sufficient oxygen levels and proper gas exchange in the pond helping to prevent fish loss even during extreme weather conditions. The De-Icer is also energy efficient requiring only 300-watts of electricity. It comes with a built-in LED light at the top of the De-Icer to allow you to look out the window of your warm home and see that the De-Icer is still operating.
If you don’t like the De-Icer option, we have a solids handling pump that you place directly into the water. The solids handling pump will keep a hole in the ice by producing water movement, automatically preventing ice from forming where the pump sits. If the hole does freeze over in very severe conditions, do not attempt to crack the ice; the concussion could possibly kill the fish. Instead, fill a metal pan with hot water and place it on the ice until it melts through.
Another option we recommend along with a de-icer or bubbler is an aerator. Pond aerators oxygenate your pond, helping all biological processes and create a more stable environment, resulting in healthier fish and plants. Your finned friends can never get too much oxygen during the cold climates so come on in to Action and have us help you get ready for the winter!