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I have a de-icer but my pond totally froze over. Help! What do I do? | Decorative Ponds & Water Gardens Q & A


Q: I have a de-icer but my pond totally froze over. Help! What do I do?

Q: I have a de-icer but my pond totally froze over. Help! What do I do?

Maggie – Carlisle, PA

A:  When frigid weather persists for days on end – like those way-below-zero temperatures – a pond can completely freeze over, even if a higher-watt de-icer and aerator are used. The ice-melting combination works great in most scenarios, but it just can’t keep up in extreme conditions.

If your pond has been totally frozen over for a day or so, your fish will be fine. But if it has been more than a few days or weeks, your pond pals could be at risk of oxygen deprivation or overexposure to dangerous gases trapped beneath the ice.

So what do you do?

Let’s start with what not to do – and that’s to try to smash the ice with a chisel or blunt object. The sound and vibration of that pounding on the ice amplify underwater, which can stress out your fish. They’re already unhappy, and so you certainly don’t want to make them endure more trauma!

Instead, use a pot of hot water to melt away the ice. If it’s particularly thick, you might need to repeat the process several times to open a complete hole in the frozen stuff. While the temperatures remain frigid, check on the pond every few days to make sure the hole is still open; if it freezes over again, use hot water to open the hole back up.

With several more months of winter ahead of us, it’s not too late to add a de-icer to your pond if you don’t already have one. Simply place a unit, like the K&H Thermo-Pond De-Icer, on the ice and turn it on. It will heat up and melt through the ice – as long as temperatures aren’t too extreme!

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One Response

  1. MAGGIE, I AM IN ROCKFORD,IL. ADD AN AIR STONE TO THE POND NEXT TO WHERE YOU PLACE THE DEICER, NEXT SPRING!!
    MY DEICER IS FROZEN ALSO & IT IS 1750 WATTS,I HAVE A BIG
    LINER POND ALSO. IT WAS -21 THIS MORNING!! THE AIR STONE WILL KEEP THE WATER OPEN,& THE HEAT FROM THE DEICER WILL HEAT THE WATER THAT FLOWS UNDER IT!! OTHER WISE
    GET A NEW DEICER,,,PUSH IT WITH A BROOM ON THE ICE NEXT TO THE OTHER ONE & IT WILL MELT THROUGH THE ICE,, MAKING
    THEM WORK TOGETHER, WHEN IT WARMS UP!! DON’T FOR GET THE AIR STONE IN THE SUMMER,COVER THE PUMP WITH AN ARTIFICIAL ROCK!! GOOD LUCK,IT HAS HAPPENED TO ME ALSO!!

    GREG JOHNSON – ROCKFORD,IL

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