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MAYBE a SUMP PUMP Will WORK

March 20th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP - (Comments Off on MAYBE a SUMP PUMP Will WORK)
DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

A Winter Wake is a Disturbance in the Surface of Water
that Inhibits Freezing.

DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

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During the Warm Weather a Spray Fountain was in this Country Pond.

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This is a Retention Pond. Guessing about FOUR Feet Deep in some Areas.

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We Learned a Lot from our Visits with these Swans.

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We Stopped Late on a Very Cold Afternoon to Drop-Off Bags of Lettuce.

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Rob Walked out on the Dock.. I Came Down to the Pond for a Few Minutes.

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It was not Long before Thick Clouds Covered the Sky.. Blocking the Sun.

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The Air Chilled Quickly.. My Tolerance for the Cold has its Limits.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

Discouraged by the Lack of Sun and my Cold Fingers, I went back to our Van.

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I Always Enjoy our Pond Visits.. and Photographing the Various Swans.

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The Following Series of Images were a Surprise.

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While Rob Continued to Feed the Swans..
I Snapped the Following Images Sitting in the Van out of the COLD.

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What I was Seeing in my View Finder.. were VERY Dark Images..

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I Figured I would be Deleting these Once on my Computer.. TOO Dark !

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I was Glad that I Captured these Almost Silhouette Images.

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By 4:30PM.. it was OverCast with Thick Clouds and getting Dark.

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When this Pair Saw our Van Pull-in.. they would Head Over for Treats.

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Depending on Rain and Snow Melt.. The Pond Water Level would Vary.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP
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Mid-March of 2014, a Fair Amount of their Pond was Still Ice Covered.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP
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This is the Start of the Winter of 2014 – 2015..

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I Tried to See what was Swirling the Water to Keep the Ice Free Area.

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I Asked the Wife.. She said, it was a Sump Pump Attached to the Dock Post.

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What I could See.. Reminded me of a Leaf Blower..
A Jet of Water near the Surface. * There is an Electric Cord in the Water.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP
DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

Do a SEARCH for: POND Aeration SUMP PUMP
>>> : POND DeIcing SUMP PUMP

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Sump Pumps Draw Water TOWARD the Unit and Discharge with Force..

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This Action also Pulls any nearby Debris toward the Unit.
Leaves, Pine Needles, Trash, etc. can QUICKLY STOP the Water Flow.
This may cause the Unit to OverHeat…. > > > > POOF !! Short Life..

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Do a Search for: Clean vs. Dirty Sump Pumps.
Not All Sump Pumps are Created Equal. Some are More Suited for this.

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We Visited this Swan Pond for Nine Years.
The Same DeIcing Pump was there each Winter.

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This was a Favorite Swan Pond we would Visit over the Years.

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We got to Observe the Young Pair Bond, Mature, Nest and Hatch Cygnets.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP
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These Swans knew us Well.. Enjoyed our Salad Greens and Treats.

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DeIcing with a SUMP PUMP

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“For Your Information.” ..FYI .. SwanLover Linda March 2021
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We Frequently Drove Home as the Sun was Setting over Adams County.

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This Country Colonial Farm was SOLD. All the Swans were ReHomed.

SubSurface Diffusers for Open Water

March 15th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Winter Wake by SubSurface Diffusers - (Comments Off on SubSurface Diffusers for Open Water)


SUBSURFACE CIRCULATING AERATOR SYSTEMS
Work by STREAMING AIR BUBBLEs.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

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The Air-Bubble Streams Circulate Water from the Lower Pond
and Improves the Oxygen to a Pond’s Lower & Upper Levels.

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During the Winter, Movement of Circulating Water Inhibits Surface Freezing on Pond and Lakes. Waterfowl-Swans NEED an Open Water Area.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

From July 2015 to May 2017, our Swans were Living
on a Lovely Country Pond with an Island.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

We tried using a Submersible Pump Set-up the First Winter – 2015-2016.
It Worked.. but, the Debris that Drains into this Pond meant the Pump Needed to be Cleaned Frequently. NO FUN when it is Very Cold.

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And there is an Electric Cord in the Water..
I have Never been Comfortable with Electric Cords being in the Water..
Due to the Risk of Electric Leakage. The Electric Box is a GFCI.

 GFCI Receptacles are Required where a Water Source is Present.
For All Locations that are Wet or Damp – Rain, Fog, Snow, Ice, etc.

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This was their First Winter on this Pond.. Lots to Learn..
Our Swans found the Inflow Drain Pipe Water was Warmer..
The Pipe Runs through the Earth and Warms the Water !! Smart Swans.

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By the Spring of 2016, I knew we wanted to Seek Another System.
The Submersible Pump kept a Large Open Area.. in One Place.
Our Swans were Confined to this One Open Water Location for Months.

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In Early Summer of 2016, I Researched Bubble Aerators-Diffusers.
I Read Every Website I could Find. (Several Times.)

POND & LAKE Aeration Explained.. Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQNQ6fefhFQ

Several of the Ponds we had Visited have Bubble Diffusers.
I asked Questions about their Experiences.. Gathered Info.

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The TWO Main Problems.. THE Compressors Vibrate – Hum..
Mounting them on any House Structure or Deck was Annoying.

If the Compressor was Mounted by the House..
Then the Weighted Air Hose had to be VERY LONG..and Buried.. Not Ideal.
Over Time 3-5 Years the Hose may need to be Replaced.

Having a Sturdy Structure Close to the Pond to House or Mount the Compressor seemed Better. .. if Possible.

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Second Common Complaint, the Hose Clamps that came with the Units did not Hold.
The Air Hoses would Pop Off due to the High Air Pressure..

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As I was Checking Various Things OnLine this Week.. (March 2021)
I Found MANY DIY YouTube Videos.. of Folks Sharing their Installations.
And Some of their Handy Tips.. LOTs of Helpful Ideas and Advise.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Air-Oxygen is Blown Through a Weighted Hose to a
Diffuser Unit Positioned on the Pond or Lake Bottom.

This is the WebPage – YouTube Video I Found Helpful.
Kasco Marine Robust Aire Instructional Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rQOBhraCHc

Everytime I Looked for a More Dependable System.
This KASCO Robust-Aire RA3 was the System I kept coming back to.
Since the Fall of 2016.. There are Many more Brands
and Styles of SubSurface Diffuser Systems.

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Air Bubble Diffusers Systems Require an Air Compressor
– Located on a Sturdy Structure. Or Housed InSide with Lots of Air Space.

Many Compressor have Cabinets Available to Protect the Units OutSide.
They have a Key/Lock to Help Prevent Tampering..

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I Liked the Idea of the Multiple Diffuser Systems.
This will Gently Circulation in Several Areas of the Pond.
We could Service Both Sides of the Island.

We Picked a THREE Diffuser Package with Compressor Cabinet.
KASCO Marine ..Robust-Aire RA3.

I did a Google Map OverView.. ( The Three White Ovals are our Swans. 🙂
Together We Planned where the Diffuser Units would be Most Effective..

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A Small Stable Pond Boat was Strongly Suggested.

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I could not Order the Equipment through KASCO. (Summer 2016)
I had to Work-Order through a Pond Service Company in Eastern PA.
They Placed the Order.. Everything was Delivered.

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In the Fall of 2016, we had the Robust-Aire RA3 System (DIY) Installed
in the Lovely Pond with an Island, where our Swans were Living.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

When I say “We”.. I was there. The Men who Love and Cared
for our Swans DID all the Hard Work.. a “DIY” Project.

I just Snapped these Images – a Record of the Project.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Diffuser Units and Weighted Hoses will be DOWN 4 to 8 Feet.
To Weight the Diffusers.. a BAG of Landscape Pea Gravel is Needed.

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The Only Thing I Changed were the Hose Clamps.. See Attached.
I Heard the Ones that Come with the Units are not Dependable.

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One Swan Pond had the Hoses Pop Off Repeated.. Disconnecting the Hose from a Diffuser. These had to be Located by Diving and Feeling..
( Yep, having a Simple Location Buoy will be Added ! )

I Supplied a Dozen Stronger Hoses Clamps for all Hose Attachments..
SUBSTITUE HOSE CLAMPs ..SKU 100589
#12 Stainless Steel 1/2 Inch Band – Fits 1/2″ to 1/ 1/4 Diameter Hose

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To Weight the Diffusers.. (For our Three Diffusers)
We Needed ONE Bag of Garden Landscape Pea Gravel.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

If you do a Search for: .>>> YouTube Pond Aeration..
You will FIND Lots of Folks who Share their Experiences and Ideas..
More Videos Every Year.

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Add the Sports Bottle Buoys just in case a Hose Comes OFF a Diffuser..
I Looked for Small Water Bouys. The Smaller Ones were 12 Inch Bright Red..
or 15 to 18 Inches – LONG White.

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I did not want to see Anything on the Surface of this Peaceful Country Pond..
Just the Swans and their Busy Waterfowl Community.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Bubble Diffusers are Weighted with Landscape Pea Gravel.
If you try to use the Hose to Pull a Diffuser UP ..
There is a BIG Risk it will Pull Apart…

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Trying to Locate the Diffuser in the Settled Silt-Muck COULD be a Challenge..

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Use the Rope Tied to a Bottle Buoy if you Need to Lift the Diffusers.
Over Time the Weighted Hose will Need to be Changed.. 3 to 5 Years. Maybe.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Protective Case on the Compressor has been Effective.
This System has Worked Flawlessly for 4+ Years.. 24/7 (As of March 2021)

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Everything is READY – TIME to Put the Diffusers into the POND !

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These Gentlemen Worked Well Together.. Almost a Fun Project.

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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
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YEAH ! ! The Diffuser C is About to be Placed.

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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Diffuser B is Loaded into the Boat.. 🙂

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No Need to Cut the Ropes to the Buoys Short.
An Extra Length will be Available for any Adjustments Needed in the Future IF the Water Level Changes.

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There was Very Little Rain in the Summer of 2016 to Fill this Pond…

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The Bottles should be Under Water. Just Visible to Located the Diffusers.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Keep the Sports Bottle Buoy Rope Taunt and NO Loose Ends..
Tuck the Excess Rope Ends UP inside the Bottles.

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So the Nosey Birds do not get Tangled with them. OR CHEW Them..

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And Diffuser A is Going into the Pond.. Successful Installation !

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Thanks to the Gentlemen at this Pond.. This was a “DIY Project.”
These Men Worked Well Together. They did a Great Job.

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The Deeper the Diffuser the Calmer the Surface will be. B is 8 Feet Deep.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The Diffuser C in about 4 Feet of Water.. More Bubbles on the Surface.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

Diffuser A – Not Sure of the Depth.. Maybe 4 Feet+.

DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

This Winter the Falling Leaves and Twigs will NOT Prevent Circulation !

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Our Swans will have Several Areas of Open Water.

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There is a Correlation between the Air Temperature,
the Depth of the Diffusers, the Pond Circulating Water and
the Size of the Opening the Bubble Duffusing Units will Keep Open..

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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

The COLDER the Air Temperature the Smaller the Liquid Opening..
A LONG Sustained Cold Spell will Test the Limit.

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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
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The Moving Current did not Flow to the Bridge.. That Area Froze.

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The One Side of the Pond, where Two Diffusers were Place.. GREAT Space !

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The Other Side of the Island had a Nice Size Open Area with One Diffuser.

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After the Winter of 2016-2017, I was Able to Estimate the Ice Free Areas
our Swans had for their Coldest Weather Safe Space.

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Pond & Lake Aeration Explained (4 seasons)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEc0BBia6gs

Our Bubble Diffuser System is:
>>>> KASCO Marine Robust-Aire Diffusers RA3 System

THERE is NO ELECTRIC CORDs in the Water.. Just Weighted Air Hose.

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Our SWANs WOULD NOT be Able to Chew on ANYTHING.

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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

KASCO® DE-ICERS To View these Links >>> Copy and Paste to Browser.
https://www.kasco-marine.com
https://www.canadianpond.ca/de-icer.html
https://www.kascomarine.com/products/aerators/

https://www.propondandlakes.com/kascomarineaerators.aspx
Nice Websites with Many Options.. and ***Info

I Believe KASCO has a Service to Assist you with Planning a System.
KASCO is a Very Good Product.. We have NO Complaints.

Kasco Marine is located in Prescott, Wisconsin.
Contact them by Phone or Email with any Questions
or Comments about Their Products. www.kascomarine.com
Address: 800 Deere Road, Prescott, WI 54021 USA
Phone: 1 (715) 262-4488 .. mail.sales@kascomarine.com

If you need to use Extension Cords – Run through PVC Conduit.
Be SURE your Cords are Safe for OutDoor Use.

DO NOT PLACE PLUG CONNECTIONS IN THE WATER ! !

NO Loops.. Swans LOVE to Pull at Cables and Ropes.
The Swans will Pick and Chew at Rope, Cords, Electric Cables, etc.

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Just Streams of Bubbles to Wash their Faces and Bellies in.

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The GI Pond does not have DuckWeed, WaterMeal, or Algae..
There are NO UnderWater Plants.. SAV – Submerged Aquatic Vegetation.

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NOT Sure Why.. Maybe it is the Colorful Swams of KOI..
The Turbidity is High.. only about 9-10 inches.. on Average.

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Even after Heavy Rains that Flush the Pond, the Turbidity is High.
High Turbidity Prevents SunLight Penetrating to Allow Plant Growth..

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We had the Pond Water Tested-Analysed.. Nothing Abnormal.

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The Quality was Acceptable for Swimming.. Which was a Surprise !
There are LOTs of Wild Waterfowl that Frequent this Pond.

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We were able to Visit the Swans about Once a Week.. (BIG Smile 🙂

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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

A High-Low Thermometer was Mounted by the Pond.

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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

To Date: We are into the March of 2021.
The Diffusers have Worked without Anyone Needing to Do ANY Cleaning.

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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser
DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

It was Funny to Watch the Swans Wash their Faces in the Bubble Streams.

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Everything Changed Again During the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2017.

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Now there are Young Cygnets on this Pond.. January 2018 was Bitter Cold.

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These Young Swans did Very Well in the Open Water.

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The Young Cygnets have Grown into Beautiful Swans.

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Our Swans… Too Long a Saga to Tell here. They were Moved to a New Pond.
They had Developed WanderLust. We did what was Best for them..

Our Wonderful World of Swans Continues to Expand.. 🙂

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THE POND GUY.. >>> A Profile of your Pond is a FREE Service..
They have the AirMax Products. >>> https://www.thepondguy.com

https://www.thepondguy.com/contact_us
TECH SUPPORT & CUSTOMER CARE: Phone: 866-POND-HELP (766-3435)

Street Address: 15425 Chets Way Street – Armada, MI 48005

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This Page is from our Experience with One Bubble Diffuser System.
It was Installed October 2016.. and has Worked Non-Stop Flawlessly Since.
Complied by SwanLover Linda M.Sweger …MARCH 2021
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DeIcing Pond Lake SubSurface Diffuser

KEEPING A WINTER WAKE in SHALLOW WATER

March 13th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Shallow Water Circulating Aerators - (Comments Off on KEEPING A WINTER WAKE in SHALLOW WATER)

Shallow Water Circulating Aerators

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

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Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Many Swans will Play in the Churning Water Current.. Silly Swans.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Do a Search for: >>> Shallow Pond Aeration System

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

There are SO Many Different Styles of Aerators..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

A BackYard Waterfowl Rescuer Purchased a KASCO Aerator for their Pond..
They seemed to be Happy with the Unit..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Their Pond is not very deep. Maybe Waist High or a bit more..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators
Shallow Pond Water Aerators

They needed to Find a Unit that the Silt would NOT Keep Clogging..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

It is like the one in this image from a Local Golf Course Pond.
IT MOVES Water. (-;

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

These are the only ones I am a little familiar with..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

No Aerator in Image Below.. Just LOVE the Fall Season Colors..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

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THE POND GUY.. thepondguy.com >> https://www.thepondguy.com
They have the AirMax Products.

Street Address: 15425 Chets Way Street – Armada, MI 48005
Mail To Address: P.O. Box 38 – Romeo, MI 48065

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

https://www.thepondguy.com/contact_us
TECH SUPPORT & CUSTOMER CARE: Phone: 866-POND-HELP (766-3435)

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

A Profile of your Pond is a FREE Service..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

The Swans below.. were in a Flowing Stream.. their Pond was FROZEN..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

These Folks will be able to Help you Design an Area in your
Pond or Lake to keep an OPEN Water Area.. – A Winter Wake.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Your Swans will be Safer and Happier in a Larger Area.. Winters are LONG.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

If you need to use Extension Cords – Run these through PVC Conduit.
Be SURE your Cords are Safe for OutDoor Use.
DO NOT PLACE PLUG CONNECTIONS IN THE WATER ! !

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

This Little Series of Cygnets Playing in the Aerator Current is JUST FUN !

Shallow Pond Water Aerators
Shallow Pond Water Aerators
Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Swan Cygnets are Silly.. They will Play Chase. Happy Little Swans.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

NO Loops.. Swans LOVE to Pull at Cables and Ropes.
The Swans will Pick and Chew at Rope, Cords, Electric Cables, etc.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Make Sure a Very Nosey Swan would NOT be Able to Get their Face
into a Propeller..?? Check there is a Grill to Prevent that.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

I hear Many Swan Folks Report their Swans Enjoy Playing in the Aerators.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Shallow Pond Aerators
Doing a Little OnLine Research for DeIcing with Aerators was Fun.
There are Many Companies.. You will LEARN Much about all the Benefits..

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

The Following Series is an Example of Swans TRYING to Keep the Water
from Freezing by Moving their Legs.. I hear this Too Often.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators
Shallow Pond Water Aerators

The Shallow Water is Becoming Super Cooled.. COLD !

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

Moving – Paddling their Feet is all that is Keeping the Surface from Freezing.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

The Swans went to the Feed Containers….

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

In just a Few Minutes the Water Froze Solid.. Firm Enough for the Swan to Stand on.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

After Eating a Dry Feed Mixture, this Swan wanted to Drink.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

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Information Compiled March 2021 … (c) PA SwanLover Linda M. Sweger
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We Always Enjoyed our Visiting with these Swans.
Grateful for the Friendships that Developed.

Shallow Pond Water Aerators

KEEPing an Area of Shallow Water Ice Free.

March 10th, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in DeICING a Shallow Water Area with Bubble Hose - (Comments Off on KEEPing an Area of Shallow Water Ice Free.)

Maybe Bubble Hose will do the Job for You.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

A Winter Water Wake for WaterFowl..
Keeping Water Moving and Mixing to Prevent Freezing.

As we Traveled about Visiting Swan Ponds, we had a Chance to Observe
what Other Swan Folks in our General Area were doing to Care for their Swans. (Good Memories)

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

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DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Year after Year… We Visited through All the Seasons.
Pastoral Summer Days Turned to Frosty Fall Mornings to Frigid Winter Nights.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

There was One Place that Kept the Shallow End of their Pond Open during the Winter with a Bubble Hose. ….It Worked Well.

The Images Range from 2009-2018.

When the Large Bird Bath Froze it was Time to Turn the Bubble Hose ON !

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A Compressor Unit with Various Hoses WORKED !
The Compressor Unit is Sheltered in the Gazebo – Up Under a Table.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

The Compressor MUST have GOOD Air Flow.. Do NOT ENCLOSE !

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DeIcing with Bubble Hose

This is a Garden Hose Connected to the Compressor.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Here there is a Length of Vinyl Tubing in Shallow Water.

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DeIcing with Bubble Hose

We were Impressed at HOW WELL this Works for this Pond.

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DeIcing with Bubble Hose

BUBBLE HOSE… for DeICING a Shallow Water Area..

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Do a Search for >>> Weighted Pond Bubble Hose

I was Surprised at the Number of Companies and Help that is Available.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Canadianpond.ca
Bubble Tubing®, Fine Bubble Linear Diffuser
https://canadianpond.ca/bubble-tubing-fine-bubble-linear-diffuser/

Bubble Hose Diffusers.. for Shallow Waters 2-4 Feet..
Compressor and Weighted Air Hose in the Water.
* NO Electric Cable in the Water.

I am NOT Crazy having the Compressors – They Hum..Vibrate.
But, I Decided this is Safer then having Electric Cords in the Water..

Try to keep any Compressor away from your Home.. Noisy – HUM..
The New Compressors are Quieter..

Having a Timer.. Allows for the Compressors to Run Only at Night.

If you need to use Extension Cords – Run these through PVC Conduit.

Protecting ANY Electric Cables in PVC Conduit…is Helpful..
Conduit is Cheap. Replacing Damaged Electric Cable is Expensive.

Be SURE your Cords are Safe for OutDoor Use.
DO NOT PLACE PLUG CONNECTIONS IN THE WATER ! !

Shallow Fresh Water Ponds and Lakes can Start to Freeze at 32 Degrees F.
They Do NOT have Much Lower Level Warm Water as a Deeper Body of Water.

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DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Healthy Swans will do Well in OPEN Water..
With Plenty of Healthy Foods.

They NEED to Keep their Feet in Liquid Water to Stay Warm.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

I had to Laugh when I Found this Pair Sitting in a Puddle of Melting Snow.
Water was Draining Toward their Pond. Their Feet were in Liquid Water.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

Consider how Small Ducks and Some Geese are doing..

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If Ducks and Geese are Doing OK during the Winter in your
Water Environment.. your Healthy Swans should do Well..

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Information Compiled March 2021 … (c) Linda M. Sweger

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We Want to Thank this Family for the Privilege of Visiting with their Swans.

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While Visiting this Pond ONE Cold Winter Day, I Noticed these Piles of Dirt.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

They are the Result of Frost Heaving.. Best Example I have Found.. Cool.

DeIcing with Bubble Hose

THE SWAN POND FROZE OVERNIGHT

March 3rd, 2021 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in OOPs MOTHER NATURE SURPRISED US. - (Comments Off on THE SWAN POND FROZE OVERNIGHT)

The SWANS were NOT in their Winter Wake.

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In Late April of 2008.. We Arranged a Private Property Sanctuary Home
for “Handsome Fellow.” We had Rescued him in July 2007.

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We had Care for him in Several Places during his LONG Months of Recovery.. “Handsome” had his Entire Left Wing Removed to Save his Life.

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Thank YOU to ALL… Who Helped us with this BIG Project..
…One Day at a Time.

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It was Time for a Real Pond. And No More Vet Visits.

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“Handsome” was Finally Swimming Freely on a Large Pond.. but Alone.

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We “Adopted” a Young Female at a LiveStock Auction.. Scared Little Thing.

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“Handsome” Immediately Took Care of Little “Hannah.”
We Learned SOOooo Much from this Introduction.

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Spring turned to Summer.. We were Thrilled with our Arrangement.

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This Private Pond was a Wonderful Place 10 Minutes from our Home.

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We Visited with the Swans almost Every Day. They were Thriving.

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Trust had Developed.

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The Summer Days passed TOO Quickly.

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The Lush Summer Green will Soon Turn to Gold.. and Leaves will Fall.

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The Swans would often Come to Greet us.
Of Course we were the Lunch Wagon. (With Treats)

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Various Trees were Turning Colors.. Warning of the Change of Season..

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We knew little about what to Expect in the Coming Winter Months

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In Early November we had an Air-O-Lator Aerator/DeIcing Unit Installed.

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We were Preparing for our First Winter with Swans on this Pond.

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Being a Data Nerd, I Placed a High-Low Thermometer in the Electric Panel Box.
I Hoped to Predict when we Needed to Turn the Air-O-Lator on.

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After Chilly November Nights Various Areas of the Pond would have some Ice.

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Watching “Hannah” – She was Very Annoyed with the Ice..

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Several Nights we Turned the Air-O-Lator ON – Just in Case..

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The Ice would Form in Different Places Depending on the Breezes.

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The Golf Course Grounds were a Beautiful Place to go on Snowy Days..

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We were So LUCKY to have the Privilege of Spending Time here.

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We were Learning More about the Tolerance Swans have for Cold Weather.

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Both Swans were OK.. No Shivering.. Well Fed they were at Home OutSide.

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It was Interesting to Observed the Freezing Process of the Pond.

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The Shallow End of the Pond had Surface Ice many Mornings.

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The Late Fall Sun was Getting Lower – Less SunLight to Warm the Water.

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During the Month of November the Pond was Always Partially Free of Ice.

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Dealing with Ice is not Instinctual for Swans.
In True Wild Swan Populations, the Parents will Teach
their Young or take them to Warmer Areas.. Migrate.

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The Local Forecast did not Suggest the Pond would Freeze OverNight..
A SURPRISE to us ALL.. ! !

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We did not have the Air-O-lator Unit Turned ON.. UGH !!!

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We Turned the Air-O-Lator on ASAP ! !
Within Minutes it was Thawing the Ice.

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There was a Thin Skim of Ice Covering the Entire Pond..

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NOW we NEEDED to FIND the SWANs..
I am Trying to Control a Feeling of Panic.

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It was the First Winter for Both Swans on this Large Irrigation Pond.

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They are OK !!! They were in a Small Channel of Open Water.

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“Handsome” (? 10 Years Old) was Staying with Little “Hannah”
( 17 Months Old) and Keeping her Safe.

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OH MY ! .. How will we get them back to the Open Water..

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In a Short Time the Sun Melted the Ice at the Upper End of the Pond. YEAH !

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We Decided to “Baiting” the Swans with Greens.. They are Hungry.

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Rob used a Large Branch shaped like a Hockey Stick to Break a Channel along the Opposite Bank.

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Little “Hannah” wanted the Lettuce and the Swans Swam over to me.

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I Sprinkled Lettuce in the Broken Channel.. They Started to Munch.

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“Hannah” was very Nervous with all the ICE Creeping over their Pond.

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A BIG Relief..

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BIG Learning Curve that Winter.. ONLY Happened that One Night.

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The Days of December were Mixed with Icy and Open Water Zones.

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Each Time we have Moved our Swans to a New Pond,
they Needed to Learn about the Icing on their New Home Pond.
The First Year is the Trickiest for Both the Swans and their CareTakers..

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Each Day the Changing Icy Patterns were Beautiful.. We Enjoy this Time.

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One Night they Braved Walking over the Thin Ice.. Successfully.

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December Days became Routine. Our Swans did Well.

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We were able to Worry Less.. We had ALL Learned.

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This Little Story of a “Freeze Out” was a Learning Experience for Us.
The Swans Quickly Learned.. After this Day they Stayed in the Open Water
and Spent Time on the Entire Pond on the Days the Ice would Thaw.
Compiled March 2021 ..(c) Linda M.Sweger

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In Late December the Swans Started to Court.. A Sweet Display of Affection.

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