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The Benefits of Aerators and De-Icers

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!

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A Message from Mark Sousa (A.K.A. Doctor Pond), owner of Action Water Gardens in Tolland, CT

You may ask yourself, "Why choose Action Water Gardens?". The answer is simple. Customer service. As the owner, I am the business. I've been in the landscape and water gardens business for over 15 years. I strive to be knowledgeable about the products and services that we offer and I provide one-on-one consultation on the issues you are facing, whether you are installing for the first time or simply maintaining your current garden or waterfall. See what our customers have to say.

We take pride in our installations. View our photo galleries of the many installations that we've done and judge for yourself. We focus solely on water gardens, ponds, fountainscapes and waterfalls. It's not a sideline of another business, this IS our business.

We service all of Connecticut - including Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, Windham County - as well as Western Massachusetts - including Worcester County, Hampden County and Berkshire County.

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