De-icing, How do I keep my pond from freezing over?

Having a garden pond is relaxing and brings you joy as you watch the signs of life. Nothing is more relaxing than watching the bubbly water and the wildlife in it and around it just be. The one part that is not particularly enjoyable is the winter because that means your pond and the wildlife in it will be subjected to very cold temperatures. The surface of the pond may freeze over and this endangers life in the pond. There are steps that you can take for de-icing to ensure that the pond water does not freeze over.

It is important to note that not all ponds freeze over. If you are in an area that does not get very cold winters, the pond may freeze over for just about three days before it defrosts. This means that there will be no fish harmed. The frozen surface itself is not what puts your fish at risk, but rather the decaying plants and animals that get trapped under the icy surface. These produce toxic gases that will put your fish at risk.

Here are the steps to follow to prevent your pond from freezing over.

1. Use Inflatable Balls On The Surface

If you have inflatable balls, place them on the surface of the water. The movement will ensure that the water surface is not stagnant enough for ice to form. If the inflatable balls are moving, the water is also moving, so your pond will not freeze over. Alternatively, you can place stones in plastic bottles and place these on the surface. Make sure the battles are only part-filled with the stones so that they do not sink to the bottom of the pond.

2. Place A Container Of Hot Water

Placing the container filled with hot water o the surface of the pond will slow down the freezing process and will also let in fresh oxygen for your fish to breathe. Do this for every day you notice the pond starting to freeze. Note that you should never pour boiling water directly into the pond. A pan of hot water will also help, although if it is open, it will get cold fast because of the cold temperatures. As you do this, remove any plants and dead insects that you see floating on the surface to ensure that the water stays clean.

3. Remove Sensitive Plants

If you have sensitive plants that will be affected by the cold more than other plantations near the pond, consider removing them because once they die, they will decompose in the water and become harmful to your fish. Plants such as water lilies can be sensitive to cold temperatures.

4. Ensure The Filter Is Working

You should check that the filter is working properly because it is the way out for the waste that accumulates in the water. You needn’t worry about the fish food affecting the filter too much during winter since your fish do not need to eat much during winter. You can also adjust the filter and change the direction to give your fish more warm water. When the temperatures drop, the warm water moves to the bottom of the pond, and the fish can stay there. Adjusting the position will ensure more warm water for the fish.

5. Cover The Pond

Choose a good material to cover the surface of the pond such as bubble wrap stretched over a frame. The ice will fall on the cover and prevent the surface of the water from freezing. You can also invest in a polystyrene ice preventer which has a mechanism that prevents the pond surface from freezing over.