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Top 5 Reasons Pond Aeration Matters

  • December 21, 2020
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Pond aerators improve the health of your pond’s ecosystem and provide much-needed oxygen for the fish in your pond. Here are the top five reasons you need to have proper aeration in your pond.

Aeration improves oxygen levels in the pond

Fish require adequate dissolved oxygen levels to thrive in ponds, and anaerobic bacteria don’t thrive in oxygen-rich environments. Both windmill pond aeration and solar pond aeration improve dissolved oxygen levels, which allows your fish to thrive. Fish without enough oxygen struggle to survive. Anaerobic bacteria thrive in ponds without proper aeration. This is detrimental to your fish because anaerobic bacteria produce acids and release ammonia, carbon dioxide, methane, and hydrogen sulfide, which are toxic to fish. Aeration in fishponds is key to maintaining a healthy balance in the ecosystem.

Aeration boosts water quality

Water quality is something every pond owner worries about. No one enjoys a dirty, muck-filled pond. As a result of under aeration, you will see an increase in carbon dioxide levels. The sediments at the bottom of your pond will release an assortment of gasses and metals that decrease water quality. Muck builds up in environments that lack proper aeration. To have a clear, beautiful pond, you must have good pond aerators.

Aeration keeps ice open on your pond

If you live in an area where your pond freezes over in the winter, bottom diffused pond aeration is key to keeping the ice open. This is key to maintaining healthy fish populations over the winter. By keeping the ice open, you can help prevent a fish kill and fall pond turnover. It helps release toxic gasses released by anoxic sediment. Having the gasses trapped in your pond all winter can make for a nasty spring and require extra work to clean your pond when it thaws. Using aeration to keep ice from covering your pond also attracts wildlife during the winter months.

It also helps keep your fish alive as one of the major reasons for winter fish kills is pond freeze up which can prevent photosynthesis which produces much needed oxygen,.

Aeration reduces pond algae

You don’t want to deal with a pond full of algae, and there are a couple of ways aeration can help fight algae. First, solar pond aeration generates high oxygen levels, which can cause a shift in the algae in your pond from harmful blue-green algae to less toxic green algae. With the proper farm pond aerator, algae spores are mixed into deeper waters in your pond, where light is less plentiful. Algae needs sunlight to grow, and by incorporating it into deeper water, aeration can help slow down and prevent its growth.

Aeration reduces harmful phosphorus

Phosphorus is one of the key reasons you see algae blooms, and it can be challenging to get rid of. However, the right farm pond aerator can force existing phosphorus to bond with iron that naturally occurs in your pond’s ecosystem. As a result, precipitate turns into the sediment where it is useless to pond algae.

The Results

You don’t want muck and algae to take over your lovely pond, so make sure your pond has proper aeration. Outdoor Water Solutions offer a variety of solutions for all your aeration needs. If you are unsure what aeration system works best for your pond, contact us. We will help you identify the best aeration system for your needs.


Outdoor Water Solutions offers high-quality pond & lake aerators (solar, electric & wind) and aeration windmill systems, fish feeders, fountains, and all-natural pond care products. Please email or call us at 1-855.690.6012 and we can provide you with a detailed quote and can even help you design the best solar aeration system for your needs.


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