Every lake needs good aeration to thrive, and good lake aeration systems mimic the natural ways oxygen appears in water. There are two ways that oxygen enters the water, either through diffusion from the atmosphere or photosynthesis by aquatic plants.
Diffusion is the process by which molecules spread from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration. Lake aeration systems use a diffuser that takes the oxygen from the compressor and pushes it out into and through the water using tubes.
It may sound ridiculous, but without proper oxygen levels in the lake water, fish can actually drown. The fish utilize the oxygen as they swim through the water, and the air molecules pass through their gills. Lake aeration benefits include, but aren’t limited to, fish survival.
Lake aeration systems also help to circulate the temperature of the water so that there aren’t separate layers of different temperatures, called stratification. Another benefit of using a small pond aerator is to prevent the plant life at the bottom of the lake from releasing different gases and metals as a result of being oxygen deprived.
Diffusing oxygen at various points across either the lake surface and/or bottom will ensure that the water quality will be enhanced. Diffusing adequate oxygen levels can help stabilize pH levels, remove carbon dioxide, and balance alkalinity within your lake or pond.
Lake aeration systems have grown in popularity as more and more people realize the benefits, and as such, there are a number of different types to choose from. There are solar aeration models, windmills, and surface agitation. Solar powered lake aeration systems are an all-around excellent choice due to their environmentally friendly design, economical price tag and since they don’t need an electrical power source, their flexibility of placement. Another environmentally friendly option, windmills use wind power to push oxygen through a diaphragm compressor located at the top of the mill. A compressor pushes air through a tube and out to the bottom of the pond, where the air is released through a diffuser, with a process similar to other aerators. Fountains and surface aerators are other great options. Not only do these make a beautiful, traditional centerpiece for your lake or pond, but they also introduce a study supply of oxygen bubbles into the water by agitating the surface.
After more than 50 years in the water management business, Harrietta Hills is confident that we have one of the most cost-effective, long-lasting, and flexible design of any of the solar-powered lake aeration systems on the market. We’ve used our years of experience and expertise to make sure that your aerator does what it sets out to do – contribute to the overall thriving health of your lake – and does it for years to come. We carry a number of Becker and Koenders Windmill models and are proud to feature Kasco fountains and surface aerators to cover any and all lake aeration needs.
Aeration is of year-round importance. In summer, proper care and attention to this process oxygenates and destratifies your water which helps prevent sudden “inversions” that can result in summer fish kills. In winter, proper aeration prevents oxygen depletion which is responsible for winter fish kills and can help maintain open water as a refuge and attractant for waterfowl. Believe it or not, aeration even helps eliminate foul odors that toxic weeds and muck overgrowth that can result from oxygen-poor water. Aeration also helps reduce nutrients and other minerals that fuel excessive plant growth by maintaining the right oxygen balance in the water.
Diffused aeration, whether it’s powered by a solar paneled system or by a windmill, also boasts a big advantage to other electrical devices because their compressors can be located up to 2000 feet away from the lake itself, making them a more flexible and cost-effective choice. Air tubing is simply trenched from the compressor to the diffusers on the lake or pond bottom, which is much less expensive than installing service to a body of water that doesn’t have an electrical power source nearby.
For specifications and features of all three types of lake aeration systems, including our windmills, solar powered models, and surface aerators, visit our aeration shop or contact us to request a free catalog.