all I want for Christmas is a pond HEATER


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Old 02-12-10, 03:15 PM
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all I want for Christmas is a pond HEATER

I live in Florida and have a KOI/goldfish pond. I also had 3 Plecos. It took several days of freezing weather to kill 2 plecos who died because of cold. KOI/goldfish are fine.

I have looked everywhere and find that in the USA there are NO pond heaters - many de icers but NO real heaters. The heaters I found in USA were discontinued.

Please prove me wrong.

Sherrie
 
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Old 02-12-10, 04:08 PM
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Have you tried farm supply places for water trough heaters? Tractor Supply, maybe? I'll take a browse and see what they have.
 
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Okay, the stock tank stuff at Tractor Supply is referred to as de-icers, but I would think one like this would do the trick:

Ice Chaser Premium Cast Aluminum Submersible Stock Tank De-Icer - 2170843 | Tractor Supply Company

Of course, if price is no object there seems to be plenty of units like this:

http://www.pondepot.com/thermakoiheaters.aspx

and here's an article on the subject:

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/sel...-a-pond-heater
 
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i appreciate your help

The tow guy,

No, because I never thought of that.

I really want to thank you for trying to help.

Isn't it amazing that these heaters are sold all over the world but NONE I can find in USA (except discontinued). Beer 4U2


Sherrie
 
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Old 02-12-10, 04:20 PM
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forgot one little thing

The pond is 2500 gallons. The link said it handled up to
300 gallons. I tried at least 2 of these type of things and
they don't do much at all.

When I look at other countries I find my pond is really small and they handle hugh ponds. Still nothing in the good old USA.

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Sherrie
 
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Old 02-12-10, 04:25 PM
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I was too quick

I am now looking at the other choices you presented.


I'll be back.

Thank you very much,

Sherrie
 
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Might want to consider something having to do with pools and spas maybe? Perhaps even a small solar setup with a small circulator pump?
 
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Old 02-12-10, 05:41 PM
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I finally found IT

Thank you The Tow Guy,

You got me restarted after many, many days & failures.

Thank you so very much for helping. If anyone wants
a real heater for their pond they can click the link below

Elecro Heaters - Electrical and Heating needs for you Koi Pond


I saw this product in England, Canada, China and Japan but not in USA. Today I found it.

This is soooooo good,
Merry Christmas

Sherrie
 
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Given the size of your pond the guide suggests the 3KW but given the fact you will need a special circuit and the price is almost the same I suggest you get the 4KW 240v model. The 240v 4KW can be run on smaller wire and that alone may offset the price difference. For the electric service you will need I suggest you post over in Electrical - A/C & D/C - DoItYourself.com Community Forums
 
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You all are so nice and helpful

Ray,

I thank you for the information that I will present to my electrician. I only find what I want and then find someone qualified to install it or do it safely and correctly. I already have 240v for my tankless water heater. It is in a BIG almost empty electrical box next to my "normal" electric box.

What a wonderful service being provided by people like you.
I will try to help someone else.


Sherrie
 
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I am quite surprised that you are having so much difficulty finding a heater. I just did a search for "koi pond heater" and many retailers were listed. I clicked on four and all had multiple heater options from cheap 1'000 watt temporary ones you just drop in the pond all the way up to hard plumbed gas and heat pump systems. The lower wattage electric units can be plugged into a normal household outlet (GFCI protected of course) and do not require dedicated wiring.

I have ordered various items from Aquatic Eco-Systems and am quite happy. Many of their products tend to be a bit more on the commercial end so I'm not sure if they carry some of the inexpensive brands.
Aquatic Eco-Systems: Koi Supplies - Heaters
 
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You don't need a heater for Koi and goldfish.
Plecos are almost tropical, they belong in an aquarium!!!

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electro heaters

Pilot Dane,

I found Electro heaters after looking & looking and looking for such a thing for my outdoor pond. I am very pleased and YES it took me forever to find this company - one of the few still selling 2-3 kw systems. Most had discontinued models.

Fewalt - my Pleco was indoors for quite awile until he outgrew the indoor pond (small). When I had the 2500 gallon pond installed 6 years ago my Pleceo SPIKE moved in. We had very cold days but they only lasted a day and Spike was OK. I do live in Florida - used to the the Sunshine State.

This is the first year in about 20 years that the temp was so low for such a long period. SPIKE was moved into my Jacuzzi and I bought a small heater to warm him. I don't want him to live in the Jacuzzi so I am planning ahead.
 
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Spike in the hot tub. That was good thinking and what an opportunity for a funny photo.
 
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spike in Jacuzzi

Spike was almost frozen and wasn't moving when we brought him in the house. If he hadn't been frozen we never could have caught him. He is BIG but very fast and has tunnels in the pond to hide in.

He couldn't be on funniest video because he wasn't moving.
The little heater I bought for the Jacuzzi warmed him up.

Trying to catch him after he thawed very well could have been on funniest videos.

I love all my creatures.
 
 

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