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Don't be sorry at all...I think you are making a smart move. Heating that much water when it gets so cold is really expensive. My concern with keeping him outside is if your heaters fail during a cold night (even just for a little while) Monte would be toast. Keeping him indoors is definitely the best idea. If you can build a large pond in your basement, that would be best.interesting. well sorry to tell you but i won't be heating the pond. i am bringing monte inside for the winter since it's cheaper. but mayb next yr because he is growing extremly fast
If you want to maintain 5,500 gallons at tropical temps when the ambient air temperature drops down into the 30s, be prepared to spend some serious money. Based on this calculator (http://www.heatingyourpond.com/submersible-heaters.html) you would need almost 29,000 watts (28.7Kw) to maintain 5,500 gallons at 78 degrees F. Basically multiply the numbers I ran for my fellow Cuban by 3 and that's what it would cost you to heat it in the winter (that's assuming you pay $0.09Kwh)Think we coud re-answer this question but for southern texas instead? Temps typically get to 36ish for a week or so, and are below 60 for 2-3 months. Any ideas on how to heat my 5,500g pond for tropical fish?