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      Quote Originally Posted by mjfromga View Post
      Really? Never heard that. And I haven't killed any fish doing it. Melting it is much more difficult. I had no choice but to melt it off my porch pond but in the back, I just put holes in it. In any case, the freeze should be about over now and so the need to do that should be gone hopefully.
      You mentioned that you have just loss two tiny fry sized fish. May have been the problem.
      I cover my pond with 6 mil greenhouse plastic that I buy at Home Depot or Lowes, so ice isn't on my pond.
      When I first started keeping pond fish in Ohio, I didn't cover the first year. I would heat a large saucepan of water to boiling. I would then sit the pan on the ice close to the edge. Once it melted the ice I would remove it. I then put a de-icer in the hole to keep it open. After the first year, I moved my fish inside of my garage to overwinter.
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      But those fish died overnight. One was found dead in water that hadn't even iced over, and one was found dead when the ice was allowed to thaw normally. Only two nights froze thick enough where I felt the need to break it. The two dead ones had already died so definitely that didn't kill them. I am enjoying learning about them this way, as well. I could cover the pond, but don't want to. I can't be pressed to spend any extra money right now and the strong fish will be absolutely fine, and those are the ones I want. I will let winter claim the weakest ones and keep it moving. Not a big deal whatsoever. Not moving them. Not heating the pond.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mjfromga View Post
      But those fish died overnight. One was found dead in water that hadn't even iced over, and one was found dead when the ice was allowed to thaw normally. Only two nights froze thick enough where I felt the need to break it. The two dead ones had already died so definitely that didn't kill them. I am enjoying learning about them this way, as well. I could cover the pond, but don't want to. I can't be pressed to spend any extra money right now and the strong fish will be absolutely fine, and those are the ones I want. I will let winter claim the weakest ones and keep it moving. Not a big deal whatsoever. Not moving them. Not heating the pond.
      I hope it all works out for you & your fish. You sure have some nice ones. This weather has been brutal this winter so far. Our area has been below our normal temps all week. I am ready for Spring.
      I think of my fish as my pets and try to make it as warm as I can for them. You are further south than I am so I hope they are doing well.
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      They're my pets but I admit I've made errors and I ended up overstocked. I couldn't find homes for the ones I didn't want. And so I decided the best thing to do was let winter claim a few if it happened. When spring comes, I will reassess. And I won't repeat my errors. No more fish for a LONG time. Fancies are not as weak as many people think. I see a user claiming her fish didn't do well at 60. This is pathetic for descendants of the Prussian Carp. Most of the fish will be absolutely okay. The ones I had last year and most of the ones I brought through the summer were well fed and cared for and are tough as single tails for sure and will pull through like champs. Only a few of the weakest and smallest ones who weren't ready will die, and I'm okay with that.

      And the further south, the worst they said. The other night it was 13 here. Colder than OREGON they said.
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      Well all ice has melted from it being above freezing the past couple days. Im very please with my heater and bubbler. Even with weeks of below zero and in the negative it never froze up to the heater and the bubbler kept the water open even more. We still have a solid two or more months of winter left, but I feel a lot more confident now. I fed the herd today and saw most come up to eat. Including the ryukins Everyone was active and healthy looking. That really brightened up this cloudy day for me

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      There's another freeze coming in tonight. Really nasty stuff. Will be 16 by morning and not warm up past 30 tomorrow. I saw your cute Ryukins in the show. I love Ryukins. They're my favorite. They're pretty hardy as far as fancies go, so hopefully mine will continue to truck. I've pulled a tiny one from my main pond and I've covered it for the freeze, so I shall see if that makes a difference.

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