Wow so far so good only one winter storm this season with significant snow fall that dropped close to 3 feet of snow. Now that we have the deck on the pond my concern was ice building up and maybe lifting the deck then being all twisted up in the spring. To prevent this from happening I moved the aerator from 10 feet of water under the deck in three feet of water and have left it run 24-7.
This will keep a hole in the ice around the deck and being in 3 feet of water we don’t run the risk of super cooling the entire pond and endangering the health of the fish. Having the aerator at the different depths, heating or cooling the pond will be a whole different post in more a lot more detail.
Since winter is here the ice and snow has covered the pond, No I am not one to be out on the ice! When I was a lot younger I went through and it was not very much fun at all, scary to say the least. Anyways with the cover of snow and ice the sun can’t enter the pond. Kind of a plus and minus, the plus is algae won’t be growing but the plants you want to grow or stay alive can’t grow do to the lack of sunlight.
Let’s say you have an area where you want to keep the vegetation alive. You could do two things,
1) Keep the snow off the ice so that the sun’s rays can penetrate through the ice.
2) Move your aerator to that location to keep a hole in the ice.
As you will see in the video there is still life happening in the pond and always a jolt of inspiration that spring will come and the pond will be back to its liquid state which also mean’s warmer weather.
Take a few minutes and watch the video below. Comments are always welcome.
PS. The previous post video has had some major technical problems and working to resolve it. I’ll shoot you an email when the glitch is solved.