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  • Tennis balls in a water trough to prevent freezing

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    01-05-2010, 04:01 PM
Green Broke
I LOVE my tank heater. It's very small but it heats up a 100 gallon tank like a dream.

Mine looks exactly like this :
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    01-05-2010, 04:08 PM
I bought a heated bucket, but we don't know if the outlets in the barn have a ground interupter. If something happens with the bucket it will prevent the water from getting electrified. That's the biggest concern I have.

I like the floaters but I would never leave on in the tank unattended, a horse could very easily pull it out or eat at the wires.
    01-05-2010, 04:16 PM
Green Broke
I never leave it in the tank while the horses are in the pasture. They come in at night, so I put it in then and take it out when they go out. I was terrified that they would electricute themselves. My horses are extremely accident prone. Lol

I also have heated buckets for the stalls. I love them.
    01-05-2010, 04:19 PM
Not sure if it works, but my cousins claim putting a tennis ball in works - seems pretty cost effective to me!!
    01-05-2010, 10:36 PM
Haven't read the other posts, so not sure if this was mentioned - I've heard putting a tennis ball in the trough prevents it from freezing as its bobbing around all the time!
    01-05-2010, 10:37 PM
Whoops.. lol, didn't read the post above mine.
    01-05-2010, 11:01 PM
Put a stick in the bucket (a thick stick) and you can just move it around when you want to bust it. That's what I do.

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