Taterhead wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 25, 2022 11:43 am
Glad you’re feeling better. It’s been pretty cold here the last few days also. This was the temperature night before last right before I went to bed about 10 pm.
That looks like 17 degrees, 2 degrees colder than it got here.
I have things that need to be addressed when it goes below freezing, mostly I have to deal with the pond I have, my biological filter exit tubes are PVC and are right out in the open, the bottom half and the end of the tubes start freezing, sometimes the dripping on the end starts freezing making an icicle, and when it drips below it starts making a stalagmite when it is really cold, eventually they merge together which can happen overnight when really cold, but if it is cold enough the end of the tube freezes up and the water cannot get out anymore and the filter starts overflowing onto the ground, it can actually empty the pond, that is why my pond pump infeed is near the surface, so it can only get down so far before it starts sucking air, other times the water freezes on the infeed hose to the filters, that is not an issue as it does not empty the pond that does have fish in it.
I do not want the pond to freeze solid because that will likely kill the KOI I have so that is why I do not shut the motor off and remove it because the motor pump housing could break if frozen with water inside it, so I have to keep everything flowing in at least one of the filters so an open hole stays open in the surface of the water to let out all the bad gasses that get trapped if the surface completely freezes up.
So, I strap light bulbs to the exit tubes or a flood light pointed or touching the tubes, sometimes when really cold I put an aquarium heater in the tube, I do everything I can to keep the tubes above freezing so they keep flowing freely, if I have to, I will just take one of the infeed hoses to one of the filters and strap it to something that holds it in the air and let that keep the open hole in the surface of the pond, as long as the water is moving it will not freeze, around here it does not get really cold for an extended period of time, normally it raises above freezing during the day, but this time we had 2 nights/days it stayed below freezing, it was a fight to keep things flowing, I believe I had 10 old type bulbs that make heat strapped to tubes and pointed at my front faucet cover in the front, one in top of a box so the cats had a warm place to huddle up in, I cut a door in the side as an entrance into the box, I will only have one cat in the house and that one chose to be a house cat itself, it will not go out the door and runs back in if I throw it out the door, I do not want my house smelling like cats and that is what would happen if I let them all inside the house, I did forget to supply unfrozen water for to the cats to drink outside this time, but they all survived, maybe they licked the ice.
I had a fence area/section blow over also, I temporally fixed it by digging the wood out of the post hole in the cement, and then pounding the post back into the hole, and then putting the sections back in place, but I had to wait for everything to thaw out before doing that, the rotten wood in the post hole cement needs to be soft to dig it out, but the neighbors keep putting bark dust over the base which rots the wood at the surface.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and have a great and safe new year holiday.
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