Keep your lake or pond healthy over the winter season with a reliable pond deicer, sometimes called an ice eater. Deicing equipment is used to keep an open hole through the ice at the top of your pond, ensuring that trapped gases can escape and needed oxygen can enter. This is one of the best ways to winterize your pond, helping to reduce stress on your fish and keep them healthy throughout the year.
Over the course of the year, organic matter in your lake or pond sinks to the bottom and starts to break down, releasing carbon dioxide and other gases. During the spring, summer, and fall, those gases can easily escape from the water; if the pond is frozen over during winter, however, they get trapped inside. When a pond stays frozen over for more than a day or two, those trapped gases can build up and begin poisoning the fish, causing them to sicken and even die. In some cases, the ultimate impact of the toxic gases won't be noticeable until later in the season, and the fish may simply never be able to recover. An ice eater can help prevent this from happening.
Deicers work by melting a hole at the top of the pond, allowing for the exchange of gases. The heat generated by the ice eater is better for your fish than simply smashing a hole in the ice, which will create vibrations in the water that can cause your fish to become disoriented and stressed. At Pentair AES, we offer a range of ice eaters for sale, including those with thermostat control, which only turn on when the temperature falls; those with time and temperature control, which operated only for a set amount of time at specific temperatures; and a variety of mount and float kit options. Contact our knowledgeable team at 1-877-347-4788 with any questions that you have about pond winterization, deicing equipment, and ice eaters.