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Heating A Container Pond


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I bought a 6 foot dia. stock tank, it's roughly 400 gallons. I'm using it as a patio pond for my goldfish. Ever since I started keeping goldfish I have been looking for a good way to keep the water heated over the winter. I finally found a heater for ponds. They are called Hot Rods. They come on when the water reaches 60 deg. F. I bought one and used it this last spring for awhile until the weather warmed up. Seemed to work well. It's a bit pricey but I think it is going to be worth it. It does not run the electric bill up either.

Here's the web site if anyone is interested.

Heating Your Pond

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That is very interesting. Something to look into for sure! :)

One thought came to mind for heating an above-ground tank vs. an in-ground tank/pond. If it's in-ground, the surrounding soil does provide some insulation, and if above-ground, it might be harder to keep at your desired temp. However, I believe you could actually insulate the above-ground tank, and get the same effect. I've only read it (was it someone here?), but I don't have any experience.

Anyway, it seems like a good idea for tanks and ponds, too. Thanks for sharing.

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