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Are any of you deicing the entire pond, or just a hole?

15 years ago

It has been suggested by some people on this forum that a hole in a iced covered pond is not sufficient to allow trapped pond gases to escape. Thus, anyone using a ThermoPond heater, stock tank heater, or bubbler to maintain a small hole is wasting their time and placing their fish at extreme risk.

I have experienced a number of Winters in which my pond was completely iced over and have never attempted to create a large opening or completely thaw all of the ice. It is my belief that a small opening created by a bubbler or heater is completely adaquate to allow trapped gases to escape. I've never lost a fish during the Winter months.

Has anyone else had the same experience? or do you use large amounts of energy to maintain an ice free pond?

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