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post #1 of 5 Old 11-01-2007, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Water heaters verses bubblers

ok, all of the rest of you who have to suffer
With winter like me :( Has anyone used the bubblers
For their water instead of the heaters and does it work?
I have heard the bubblers (along the order of fish
Tank air bubblers) keep the water from freezing
Because they keep the water flowing because of
The bubbles. I've also heard that the bubblers are
Cheaper on the electric bill v/s the electric used for
The heaters. Any opions?

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-02-2007, 02:40 AM
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I have never heard of those being used. I suppose that if you had milder cold climates, they might work - same concept of a flowing stream that doesn't freeze over. I would say that it your temperatures get cold enough to freeze up moving bodies of water, I wouldn't try it. I don't think they would work here for sure - getting down to 30 below. I know your pain about paying for the electric on those tank heaters.

Suggestions: use and old chest freezer as a water tank and cover 3/4 of it with a piece of foam for insulation - that will help your heater not have to turn on as much because the water will hold temp. Better. You can also build an insulated box and lid for your regular stock tank. Also, try to situate tanks so that multiple horses share - running less heaters, but having to fill more often in the cold (trade off). We build our barns so that the tanks could slip under the stall and half could be accessed by one horse in a stall, and the other half could be accessed by the horse in the other stall (this works good for horses who have to be penned alone. Our other horses share a large tank in the field.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-04-2007, 07:45 AM
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Wow what a great idea! I am going to look through my old coolers and see if I have one big enough to use as a stock tank. Thanks Akpaint. 8)


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post #4 of 5 Old 11-04-2007, 01:43 PM
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We used one. It worked ok until it got very very cold, but it did keep the top from freezing up so quickly. I much prefer the deicers tho. Oh, I'm in Kansas.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-04-2007, 02:19 PM
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you can put an apple in the water, but it is a bit mean cos they try to dip for it, fun 2 watch! but if you put a ball big enough thaat they wont eat it works for us and no elec needed
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