|I will pose a hypothetical
question to you...
If you went to your pond in the middle of summer - and all
your Koi were huddled together in the deepest part of the pond
where they were laying still - some even laying on their sides
and not eating anything for weeks and weeks on end - what would
you do ? I'll tell you what you would do in a single word
'Panic'- well why don't you panic in the winter ?- you
should ! because you are causing your Koi unnecessary suffering
and may cause many of your Koi to die a terrible slow death ..
please do not do it ... So Please 'Heat your pond'
We are often asked - 'Is it a complicated or a hard job
Heating a Pond or Tank System'?
The simply answer is 'NO' .... but of course it depends
entirely on many factors ....
How big the Pond or Tank is ......?
Is there a Gas / Oil or Electricity supply to your
Have you already got either a Gas or Oil Fired Boiler
METHODS OF HEATING
HOW MUCH DOE'S IT COST TO RUN ?
That is another question that we are often asked ... Well of
course 'How long is a piece of string ?'
It is impossible to give any accurate running costs for any
heating system - there are many factors to be taken into
- How big is the pond.
- How exposed, or sheltered is the pond - is there a cover
over the pond.
- What part of the World are we talking about.
- How long is the natural winter
- What temperatures are required.
- How far away is the boiler, or electricity supply
As we have said - these factors, and there are many others,
all have to be taken into account
In England - in our own region - which is known as being a
'Top Coat' colder than the south of England - to give you some
idea..... One of our customers who has a 4,000 gallon outside
pond which is reasonably sheltered and he maintains an ambient
temperature of 56 degrees (12 c) ... He has constructed a
polythene cover for his pond using a wooden frame and therefore
prevents ice forming on the pond in any event ... and he
estimates that his heating costs for his pond is somewhere in
the region of £6.00 (sterling) per week .... This based on an
average of ...lets say 16 weeks (the coldest weeks covering the
Months of - Nov -Dec - Jan - Feb.... would mean that is heating
costs for the winter period would be £96.00 .... which is quite
reasonable when we consider what benefits our Koi have derived
throughout this period from the sustained temperatures ....
Another installation that we have done which has just gone
through its first winter is an outside pond, again covered, but
the actual pipework runs from the filtration house to the pond
are in excess of 40 meters, The Pond contains 6,000 gallons and
the form of heating system is by way of 'Bottled Gas' as there
is no supply of Natural Gas to the site, and its winter running
costs for this winter... and bearing in mind the additional
costs in the actual gas which is more expensive that natural gas
... has been £10.00 per week ... giving a total heating cost of
£160.00 for the 16 week period ... Almost twice the price of
the previous pond ... so as we can see no two ponds are alike
.... and fuel costs do fluctuate
So what have we gained by heating the system ?
Well for a start we have been able to feed our Koi for the
whole twelve months of the year so they are getting the full
nourishment they require to keep them in good condition - and
they are now growing twelve months a year - not just through the
summer months - The risk of losing our Koi has been dramatically
reduced because we have been able to maintain a temperature
acceptable to them ..... Lets face it with the cost of our Koi
increasing as it is doing ... it would only take the loss of
just a single good Koi to far outweigh the cost of heating the
pond ... in fact in many cases it would be considerably less to
heat rather than to suffer continued losses of good Koi through
the winter months due to the severe cold temperatures of the
water .... Because we have been able to continue feeding we
still have mature biological filtration - we don't have to go
through the process of 'Starting Up' our systems at the
beginning of each season ...
So there is no doubt in our minds that eventually we shall
all get round to heating our Koi Ponds and tanks .... it need
not cost the earth ...... and the overall costs are well worth
Should you require further information please email us.