Stock Tank heater with a rubber pond liner

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 18angovem, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. 18angovem

    18angovem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have pond for my ducks that is made with one of those rubber pond liners and it always freezes in the winter and wondered if anyone knew if you could use one of those stock tank heaters. Or would the heater melt the plastic. And would you buy a floating one or a sinking one?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I think you'd be better off with a floating one. The liner is EPDM rubber, not plastic. I believe it will take up to 300F but to be on the safe side I wouldn't put a tank heater directly on the liner.
    Anyway it's the surface that freezes, not the bottom where it's in contact with soil that will keep it from freezing.
     
  3. 18angovem

    18angovem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, Thanks! I meant rubber not plastic sorry.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

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    good luck
     
  5. mandabach

    mandabach Out Of The Brooder

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    Are stock tank heaters safe for ducks who like to nibble everything? [​IMG]
     
  6. 18angovem

    18angovem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think so. Horses and cows can bump them when they put there heads in the tank and they dont get burned, but then again a ducks beak is small and could get into a crack in the heater or something.
     

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