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Does My Pond Need an Aerator?

  • May 18, 2022
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Your New Pond 

Investing in a new pond is exciting. Whether you move to a new home with an existing pond or you decide to build a pond from scratch, you need to think about proper aeration for it. But you may be wondering, does my pond really need aeration? In short, yes, your pond will need an aerator to achieve a clean environment for your fish and overall landscape. Caring for a pond can involve many different steps. Luckily for you, Outdoor Water Solutions is the leader in pond and lake aeration and we offer a variety of aeration systems to meet all your needs. Let’s go over some reasons why you need an aerator for your pond. 

Aeration for Your Fish

If you have a large number of fish, you definitely need a pond aerator. The primary purpose of the aerator is to provide your pond with oxygen. Your fish need oxygen to thrive and survive the waters. When you install your aerator, it will keep your water flowing smoothly. 

The Aerobic Cycle and Your Pond

When you infuse oxygen into your pond with an aerator, this is called the aerobic cycle. The cycle is important to keep the water moving. As the water continually flows on the surface and deep in the pond, it prevents and breaks down any excess nutrients that can contribute to algae or pond muck. Unfortunately, without proper aeration, your pond can quickly turn into dirty water that emits foul odors.  

  • Eliminates stratification which helps prevent fish kills due to pond turnover 
  • Helps prevent muck build up on the bottom by adding oxygen 
  • Helps prevent algae on the surface by reducing the nutrient load 
  • Provides a larger area for fish to live since oxygen is found throughout the water column and not just in the top 1/3 of the pond 
  • Helps eliminate stagnant water where mosquitoes breed 

Two Types of Aeration

You will find two types of aeration available on the market: surface and bottom. Surface aeration will work great for small ponds that aren’t that deep, such as 6 or 10 feet deep. Bottom diffuser aerators will work for larger ponds or those of greater depth. Although they both work differently, they have the same purpose: to aerate your pond. 

Takeaway

If you’re not sure which type of aerator is right for your pond, it is ideal to consult a OWS professional. They’ll be able to inspect the layout and size of the pond to make a suitable recommendation. Your goal is to have an aerator that can find the right balance of oxygen levels.  On the other hand, a small aerator for a big pond can have the opposite effect. Remember to contact a professional so that you can find the perfect choice. 

At Outdoor Water Solutions, we offer a variety of pond aerators providing you with the options needed to pick the perfect pond aerator for your pond. We always enjoy working with clients on ways to improve the quality of their ponds’ health so, if you have any questions or would like more information on our pond aerators, contact us at 866.471.1614 today!


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