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    I need cheap heating ideas

    Here's my plan. (Yeah, I know, I need to stop thinking)

    I'm getting ready to pull the thrown together QT down to redo it the proper way.

    I'm thinking about building say 4x16x4' (about 1900 gallons) box out of plywood and 2x6's, above ground to keep a few fish in during the winter while I'm rebuilding the QT. I have plenty of filtration and pump power. It would take a weekend for me to build this so I can see my fish again.

    The problem is keeping the water temps around 50. I'm in southern Louisiana so our cold winters are usually about 3 weeks of daytime temps in the low 30's maybe dropping to low to mid 20's once. Night temps could drop into the high teens for a few nights but usually stay in the low to mid 30's. This lasts for about 2.5 months, January through the beginning of March. There's always that really cold winter every now and then.

    I need to figure out how to keep the "pond" warm. I've thought about putting that styro insulating board on the inside walls and bottom but I don't think that will be enough. I have a swimming pool insulating blanket (think really big bubble wrap) that raises the temp about 10-15. When I used this with the swimming pool, the pond temp still got in the low 40's but the thin pool liner was exposed to the air.
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    why dont you get one of your big toys and sink that puppy half burried? between that in the linning of insulate board youshould be just fine.
    for our area I think the styro insulating board will be enough but you are a bigger worry wart than I am.

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    I don't want to bury it. It's going to be temporary, off the back deck. I NEED to see my fish for a while. They're a stress reliever, sanity keeper for me.
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    Styrofoam boards between the liner and the wood, on all sides including the bottom would help. Making a cover for the top, either half always closed off or all of it removable.
    Maybe even a heater for the coldest nights.

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    Insulate the sides, make a cover, and enclose the whole pond in a green house.

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    Great ideas, ya'll but this is temporary. Just till March. I don't want to do anything expensive. The cover is a great idea. I can still use the pool solar cover and close the wooden cover at night. Maybe even have a styro board to go over the solar cover at night.
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    can i ask
    why not put the koi in the mud pond?
    Paul Korf

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    Louisville Koi club http://www.louisvillekoiclub.com/

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    I'm going to put most of them in the mud for the winter but I haven't seen my fish in 1 year and 8 months. I NEED to see them for a while. I'm really stressed right now and they give me peace.

    For almost 2 years, I've been feeding and doing maintenance with no enjoyment at all. This is all I've seen:



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    http://youtu.be/sUFM4xbyxcY

    Just build it inside the house. It will be warm all winter long ....he ..he...he...

    The pond in the video is Steve Bashi's from Michigan.
    Last edited by mtsklar; 09-18-2011 at 09:54 PM.
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    I think my house is a little too small.
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    Sandy, KHA

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