12-20-2007, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by fish_4_all
Build a building around it, run pipes under it and heat the pipes and the building. Once the temperature is where it belongs it should take very little to keep it there if the building is insulated.
I don't see any other way to keep the temperature regular enough without spending hundreds of dollars a day in electricity to keep it heated.
Should only cost between $800 and $1000 to build the building with the heating units. Maybe up tp $1500 unless costs are drastically different then they are here.
The problem though is that we already have a large building in the back yard, and we don't have room for another. I can build a building for the filters and pumps, but not for an entire 5,600-10,000g pond. I am considering building an insulated cover to put over it during winter. A chiller is going to be more of a concern in the summer time, but I think I have a way around that. I started thinking about those solar pool covers, they really help warm things up (about 30F). So if is can warm it to about 62F on the colder nights, then a heater would have far less work. Meaning that I could save money by using the sun's energy. I still have to cover the remaining 13F to get it to a good temp. I know with a system that big multiple aquarium heaters will be a waste of money. I think going in-line would be the best option. Any ideas? I can't really give anymore detail because I only have the basic plans right now.