Summer is here and it is bringing the heat. The long days of summer expose your pond to the strong rays of the sun for longer periods of time. This causes the water temperatures to rise which can cause several problems like fish kills, algae blooms, and water stratification. In this article, we’ll go over potential problems that may arise during the summer and what you can do about them.
Warm water holds less oxygen making it harder for the fish in your pond to breathe. The stress of trying to find oxygen can lead to the development of diseases, while the lack of oxygen can cause the fish to suffocate, ultimately killing them.
During the long days of summer, you may also see a bloom in algae. While algae is essential to your pond’s health, an excess of algae can quickly cover the surface of the water making the pond look unappealing and further reducing the oxygen in the water.
Stratification happens when bodies of water have no natural movement in the water causing it to separate into layers because of changes in temperatures. This leads to the warmer oxygen-rich water to separate to the surface and the colder less oxygen-rich water to settle on the bottom. Stratification can cause fish to die and make it hard for beneficial bacteria to break down excess nutrients.
How to Beat the Heat
The summer can be a stressful time for ponds, but it shouldn’t be for you. The key to these issues is introducing movement and more oxygen with pond aeration. Outdoor Water Solutions offers a full line of products to keep your pond properly maintained and summer ready.
Fountains are not only an excellent way to aerate your pond, but will also make your pond look great at the same time! Pond fountains help mix the water in the pond causing the temperature to even out, and helps accelerate the decomposition of muck and nutrient buildup; helping control algae blooms and maintain the health of your pond.
The Elite Solar Pond Fountains will not only aerate your pond but may also save you money on energy costs. A solar pond fountain is a great alternative to wind or electric power aeration systems. Our floating solar powered fountains are available in three different sizes. They work in ponds as small as ¼ acre to ponds larger than 5 acres.
Our Classic™ line of floating pond fountains are made to outperform other manufacturer’s fountains and carry a 4 year warranty on the pumps and motors. These fountains are available in 5 different horsepower capacities including ¾ HP, 1½ HP, 2 HP, 3 HP, and 5 HP.
Outdoor Water Solutions offers high-quality products to keep your lakes or ponds summer ready, so you can relax and enjoy them. Please email or call us at 866.471.1614 and we can provide you with a detailed quote and can even help you choose the right products for your needs.