Pond cover

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Pond cover

Postby mercury » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:17 pm

I saw a picture somewhere of a pond cover made out of
a rectangular wooden frame with plastic sheeting fixed
to it, held in place by tent pegs.

The pond had a pond heater in it & the idea was to prevent
the snow & ice covering the pond.

Are there any problems with something
like this?
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Re: Pond cover

Postby miskin » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:51 am

Well, light issues might be a problem if you have plants, you can use clear sheeting to get round that. A secondary issue might be aesthetics, it wouldn't look quite right in my garden for sure! As long as it wasnt completely air tight ( tbh you'd have a harder time getting it to BE airtight than not ) you shouldnt get any detrimental effects to fish.
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Re: Pond cover

Postby saph.st24 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:11 am

hi
you can make a simple cover with large sheets of bubble wrap it will work better then just plain plastic (i buy mine from B&Q) its the stuff used for insultating greenhouses with,
i am not heated but did have a pond return freeze in a way that it was returning the water on top of the ice rather then under so now i lower the returns into the water in winter and i cover both ponds and wrap all the pipe work in a couple of layers also it works stops them freezing, i put the bubble wrap onto my frame that it have my summer net on, on the goldies i just use 5-6 long lengths of wood crossed to either side of the pond and the bubble wrap placed over these and held in place by tent pegs, i make sure its not going to sag into the water when the snow is on either of them i also make sure there is a vent to circulate the air slightly and vent off the ammonia gases , if the vent gets blocked then i clear them daily if needed,
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