01-10-2012, 05:43 PM
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Use my lesson to learn from....
Well, I've done it. I have totally screwed up our goldfish pond:( I allowed the weather to destroy it, pump and all. Here's the lesson.......Do not ever start up a thing without doing your homework first and that is what I did...I didn't do my homework. I did my homework years ago to keep water for fish in several aquariums in the house, but I guess I thought I knew enough to do an outdoor eco system and I was so sure the pump would do it's job and keep the water running so the pond wouldn't freeze. The pond didn't freeze........untill the water around the fountain started freezing and gradually built a sheet of ice over the pond. Not on the water,(that's the best I can explain it) there was room between the ice sheet and the water. The water ran out via water running on top of the ice and not going back into the pond. I went to check it out when I noticed this and the fountain was dribbling water instead of making the "umbrella" , I looked into the hole the fountain had around it and saw the pump didn't have enough water to work and the fish had just enough to stay alive for a short while. Our hoses are frozen
and could not put additional water in so I'm pretty sure my poor comets have suffered at my ignorance and I feel like a neglegent pet owner plus it's costly to loose all your equipment. I will replace and try it again. I know better now. I just hope anyone who reads this takes my advice and does homework before starting any project, especially when animals are involved.
Sad but true,