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So you’ve got a lake or pond and you’re wondering what is pond aeration and is it something you definitely need. What does it do? Does it really matter? These are all common questions people have when maintaining a pond or lake of their own.
In this article we’ll cover what is pond aeration, benefits of pond aeration systems, and different types of pond aeration. Our hope is that we’ll answer many of the most commonly asked questions and demystify some of the science behind pond aeration.
Simply stated pond aeration is the process of adding air to a pond. That’s it. Obviously it is much more complex than this, but ultimately pond aeration is about adding air to water that might not normally get it. If you’d like to see how this works watch this video.
Why should it matter to give water oxygen? Next, let’s talk about the benefits of good pond aeration systems.
The benefits of pond aeration impact humans and animals alike. Adding air to your pond is important to help combat a number of potential problems from dead fish to putrid smells. Let’s talk about a few of the main benefits.
There are several different types of pond aeration ranging from surface to below the surface means. The kind of pond aeration systems you choose depends on the type and size of pond you have.
The four main types of aeration are Windmill, Solar, Electric Powered Diffuser, and Surface Aeration. There is no one solution for all ponds. Each pond is unique and needs to be considered when choosing the right system for you.
Windmill pond aerators add a mix of function and charm to your ponds. They provide aeration to your pond without ever using electricity to power the air pump compressor. This can be a huge cost savings. The downside is that if there is no wind, there is no power. We usually recommend having a backup system in place to offset any periods of no wind. However, as little as 5mph can power your windmill to keep water circulating.
Solar pond aerators similarly do not require any electricity as they are powered by sunlight. One additional benefit with solar aeration is its ability to work in the winter acting as a de-icer while keeping the pond aerator even in colder temperatures. Upfront costs may be slightly higher, but this may be offset by lower maintenance costs in the long run.
Circulation can either come from the bottom up or from the top (surface) down. Bottom up diffusers are placed at the bed of the pond or lake and pushes bubbles up to the surface. How many diffusers you need depends on the size of your pond. In general bottom up diffusers can be some of the most highly effective forms of aeration.
If your pond is not as deep you can easily use surface aeration systems like solar and windmill aeration. The benefit of surface aeration is that it’s easier to install and can add visual appeal to your pond as well. If you have trout or other cold loving fish, surface aeration is a good way to go because most movement happens near the surface, thus not disturbing the fish dwelling in the colder water.
There is no one size fits all solution as every pond is different and therefore has different needs. The best pond aerator for your pond is the one that meets those needs. Hopefully this article has outlined what is pond aeration, the benefits of the different kinds of pond aeration systems, and given you an idea of which route to go.
At the end of the day, pond aeration is essential for maintaining a happy and healthy pond ecosystem. If you’re still unsure what to do next, we would be happy to help. Schedule a pond-side consultation or if you have an idea in mind, hire us for a custom design and installation.