Sad Pond Heater
I thought I was so clever, making my own floating pond heater. Two 25-watt
lightbulbs, and a fish-tank bubbler, in an upside-down RubberMaid tub, the idea
being to keep a hole in the ice for the fish to get oxygen. I used red lightbulbs
because the "night-time creatures" exhibits at the zoo use red bulbs. See how clever I am?
It worked last year. But after a week of cold weather, my general-fault-protection
circuit popped, and I traced it to the heater. So I melted the ice around the heater,
and got it flipped over.
This is what I saw:
There's frikken' ice on the light bulbs! What's with that? I'll let you
know in the spring if any fish are alive.
May 2003 - here's the aftermath, in which our hero goes from bad to worse.