TetraPond Thermostatically Controlled Fish Pond Heater & De-Icer

Last updated date: November 17, 2020

DWYM Score

8.8

TetraPond Thermostatically Controlled Fish Pond Heater & De-Icer

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 27 expert reviews, the TetraPond TetraPond Fish Pond Heater & De-Icer placed 2nd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

For 50 years, fishkeeping enthusiasts have looked to the Tetra name for products and solutions that add ease and beauty to their home. Whether you're an experienced hobbyist or just starting out, Tetra has everything you need–-from a large variety of quality fish food and innovative equipment to test kits and decor. In cold weather, toxic gases caused by decaying matter and fish waste can become trapped under the ice by releasing harmful pond gases. The TetraPond De-Icer helps release harmful pond gases by keeping an area of the pond ice-free. It features include a natural stone finish that blends in with your ponds surroundings. This product is 300 watts. Energy-efficient thermostat control shuts off power when not needed. UL listed. Effective to - 20°F (-28.8°C). 15 foot cord. 3-year limited warranty. The TetraPond De-Icer helps fish stay healthy all winter long making it your winter survival solution for fish!

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.0
6 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.4
599 user reviews

What experts liked

Natural stone finish that blends in well. 300 watts. Works to -20F. Comes with an energy-efficient thermostat and a 15-foot cord. Affordable.
- BestReviews
Natural-looking faux stone finish. 15-foot cord. Energy-efficient and keeps pond de-iced down to -20°F.
- Chicago Tribune
Thermostatically controlled. Effective to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Has a natural finish stone. UL listed. 15-foot power cord included.
- Paint A Fish
Created a hole 12-15 inches wide. Long power cord 15 foot. 300 watt heater. Inexpensive. Effective to – 20°F.
- Fish Keeping Forever
It works well even with thick layers of ice (about 3″) over the surface of the pond. Not very bulky or unsightly. Powerful heating element and works well in freezing temperatures.
- BackYard Alpha
UL-listed. 3-year warranty. 15-foot power cord.
- Fish Tank Advisor

What experts didn't like

Some buyers note that many of these don't last beyond a seasone or two.
- BestReviews
May only last one or two seasons.
- Chicago Tribune
Lasts for 2 to 3 years.
- Paint A Fish
Reports of rusting after 12 months..
- Fish Keeping Forever
Large ponds can diffuse the heat its element produces, but for small ponds, it has to be removed or shut off when the pond isn’t frozen. Known to cause ground fault circuit breakers to trip.
- BackYard Alpha
Unattractive fake rock shape. Has some reliability issues.
- Fish Tank Advisor

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