Carter’s Garden Blog

Ice, Ice, Baby!
December 28, 2017, 2:43 pm
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It’s getting cold and we are starting to see ICE on our ponds and round our waterfalls. Looking at the extended forecast its going to get worse! Next week the HIGHS are all below freezing! So, let’s be ready! Here’s a little info that will help!

This is my stream after a 6″ snow. BEAUTIFUL!! Just plain ice will form when it gets VERY cold! AND, if your prepared, NOT a problem 🙂 Get a floating heater, and have a dry hose handy!

ICE SAFETY: #1 NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it! It can cause your fish to go into shock! To allow the escape of gas & exchange oxygen, keep a hole open in front of the skimmer, OR, on the ponds surface if you don’t have a skimmer. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and suffocating your fish. This will also allow the pump to get water if surface is frozen. You can also keep a hole open by use of a floating De-Icer or by adding warm water from a water hose, bucket or pan of water. (If you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or keep it in your garage)

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