Pond Breather 23" x 8" float; 40 watt
This is all you'll need
After reading the reviews and spec's I decided to give it a try in our new 1500 gal pond in the Chicago area. Figured if folk’s way farther north are using it we'd be just fine. Once the pond had solidly iced over with the breather frozen in place it freaked the wife out as well as our pond friends who were all worried that the fish were not going to survive. Well here it is 3-4 years / seasons later and we've lost not one fish over the winter. As the fish have grown I increased the pumps flow rate, that’s it. If you want to see your fish over the winter and have the electrical costs for bubblers & or heaters don’t buy this product. If you want some maintenance free time from your pond with low electrical bills I highly recommend this product.
January 31, 2014
Works as advertised
I purchased the Allied Precision Pond Breather a few weeks ago. We installed in two inch thick ice to replace a failing traditional heater. A week after installation, we had four days of weather as low a -6 F ranging to 10 F. During this time, the pond breather continued to pump water and aerate the pond, never freezing up. This is amazing for such a small trickle of water.
The device makes a very soft bubbling sound - so you can hear that it is working, even in total darkness. Our fish have been congregating near the pump - seeming to enjoy the moving water and perhaps the slight additional warmth.
The device is very well constructed - it installed in minutes. I would recommend this to anyone concerned about maintaining oxygen levels over winter.
January 13, 2014
A good product . Easy to assemble and initiate use.
Price was a contributing factor. Shipping was fast. So far very satisfied with unit. Wound reccomend not placing pump on the bottom but rather hang into the deepest end of your pond. Nice that you can view water moving up through the viewing tube to see functionality. Tha added oxygenation feature is also a plus. Would also use a zip tie on the connecting tube to guarantee no separation during use.
December 10, 2013
Great product; superb customer service!
I'm very pleased with the ease of use and durable construction of the Pond Breather. My fish have no fears of it in their environment--in fact, they like to be near it, as the water must be slightly warmer than in their other pond space. Can't yet address how it endures a Minnesota winter, as I've just installed it this Fall. That said, it has worked without interruption for the last 2 months and my water quality is great. I really value the innovative concept of how the Pond Breather aerates, and the extremely low energy cost to utilize it (only 40 Watts).
I would also like to address is my experience of Dr's. Foster and Smith's excellent customer service. First, this item was available from them at the lowest price anywhere, with prompt and free shipping for my order. After receiving my order, I had a question and contacted customer service. I cannot stress enough how kind their representative was, and how willing to create a solution to answer my concerns! This aspect of my purchasing experience has guaranteed my being a repeat customer! Absolutely 5 STARS! Thank you!
November 10, 2013