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#505548 - 05/09/19 09:07 AM Re: 8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s [Re: wbuffetjr]
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Registered: 08/16/14
Posts: 966
Loc: in the mountains
Buddy got back up there last Wednesday and hooked up the big pump!! We had ~18" of new snow since he went up last!! Unbelievable amount of snow this year. Had more snow yesterday and more snow and/or rain in the forecast.

As soon as the big pump was connected we immediately started having large gains in the size of the hole daily. Sadly there was no DO data recorded. He said the conditions were really tough and he didn't feel like trying to get down there and dig through the snow to get down to ice and all that. I don't blame him.

Lots of lessons learned this year. Unfortunately those lessons cost money. I keep telling Highflyer I DON'T WANT TO GET ANY SMARTER!!!!

Crossing my fingers at least some fish were able to find a refuge and survive. In addition to windmills, there was the Thomas 2660 running all Winter just no holes open for a long stretch and low DO early on.


Here is the hole on 05.08.2019. One week of running the 1HP compressor 7.5 hours per day. The very small lone hole is from the Koenders windmill.


Here is a pic to illustrate snow depth on 05.01.2019.


Here you can see the results of the small pump in the snow on the lake. Clearly the small compressor just doesn't produce a plume with enough intensity to cut through that much ice and snow. The big pump immediately got to work.


Edited by wbuffetjr (05/09/19 09:08 AM)
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#506040 - 05/17/19 08:53 AM Re: 8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s [Re: wbuffetjr]
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Starting to get some light at the end of the tunnel!! I would LOVE to have some DO data!

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#506194 - 05/20/19 03:35 PM Re: 8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s [Re: wbuffetjr]
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It just wouldn't feel right up there if Mother Nature didn't give me one more kick to the teeth. Special weather statement called for up to 24" of snow at our elevation..... in mid-late May..... Got to love it. Might be mid June before a vehicle can even get to our cabin!

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#506195 - 05/20/19 04:21 PM Re: 8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s [Re: wbuffetjr]
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Registered: 11/04/17
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Loc: Wisconsin
At least it looks like your aerator is keeping the holes open. Remember...
You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
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#506252 - 05/21/19 02:07 PM Re: 8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s [Re: wbuffetjr]
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Joey
The positive is we needed the snow. Last year was the worst drought on record where we are. This years snow should go along way towards bringing us back.

This graph shows this year compared to average/normal. Staggering amount of snow this year. Almost 2,000% more snow on the ground today as there was on the same day last year.

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#506307 - 05/22/19 10:41 AM Re: 8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s [Re: wbuffetjr]
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Loc: southwest Colorado
Probably snowing up there right now, too. We went to bed last night, and awoke to snow this morning way down here at 6500 feet. Now it's just raining bison and elk. That means snow at your pond.

We're expecting a full McPhee reservoir, and a decent boating season on the Dolores river downstream.

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#506377 - 05/23/19 12:50 PM Re: 8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s [Re: wbuffetjr]
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Loc: in the mountains
4Corners

You were right. We have definitely gotten even more now! This will be the first year I have had the 1HP pump up and aerating when the run off happens. Especially with the amount of run off we are going to get. I am hoping this big of a flush substantially improves the water quality up there and makes it easier to over Winter the fish for 2019/2020.
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#506400 - 05/23/19 09:50 PM Re: 8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s [Re: wbuffetjr]
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Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 5852
Loc: Boone County Illinois
I have really enjoyed following along on your journey at 10K feet. I hope Bob L. picks up on it and has you do an article for PBM.
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#506485 - Yesterday at 09:35 AM Re: 8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s [Re: wbuffetjr]
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Thanks Bill D! I truly appreciate the interest. Things will get a little more interesting this Summer. I am replacing the American Eagle windmill compressor with an actual wind turbine capable of making ~2,500 watts. This should give me quite a bit more power with the winds we have up there especially in Winter. One of the really cool functions this allows me to do is divert power. Here is the plan: Once the turbine is installed, whenever the batteries are fully charged and the wind is still blowing the wind turbine charge controller will activate a relay that will turn on a second air pump. This second pump will be on a second timer set to only run outside the hours of the first pump. SO, if the 2nd pump timer is on (outside of solar hours) AND the relay is on (batteries fully charged) we will be getting additional aeration any time the wind is blowing instead of wasting that power. This should give me a staggering increase in aeration run time. I think this will be a game changer for keeping a hole open through Winter. It should help with the major issues I have faced. Hard for the hole to freeze closed with aeration running, hard for big snows to bridge over the hole with aeration running and hard for condensation to freeze up with aeration running. It also allows me to run the 1HP pump all Winter without having to be concerned about lack of power during the big snow storms.
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