I have dug out a 3ftx3ftx44ft (d/w/h) (0.9mx0.9mx13m) area for raising tilapia, and I will be adding a layer of 6mm plastic to hold the water. I want to know whether I will need to buy a heater for this and if a cover at night would help keep the fish warm. I am worried about this especially because this winter is supposed to be really bad, so I want to invest in a heater now if it will be needed. Tilapia need to be in temperatures 55°F (12°C) or higher, so that is what I am aiming for at the minimum.
I assume I will need a heater, but I would like to hear from others before I buy one. Thanks in advance!