Get Your Aeration System Up and Running
As winter begins to wind down, this means that milder temperatures are just around the corner. The final days of winter can be the ideal time to prepare your pond for the spring months. Since the winter weather may bring harsh and freezing temperatures, you will need to take a few steps before you can get your pond aeration systems running at peak performance for the summer. Let’s go over some of these essential steps.
Cleaning the Pond Itself
The winter months can deliver unrelenting winds, snow, rain, and other weather elements that can leave your pond dirty. The first thing to do is to clean all the debris out of your pond. Leaving your pond dirty can become a vast breeding ground for pests and bacteria, which can be harmful to your fish. Even though algae formation is normal, an excessive amount is not. You can use a skimmer to clear out leaves that are on the surface of the water. Use a lake and beach rake to clear out dead plants or a heavy duty weed cutter to remove unwanted plants. Make sure to fertilize any living plants to encourage their growth as well.
Checking the Aerator and Pump Component
If you live in an area where you get extreme winter temperatures, you may have noticed your pond partially freeze over during the winter. The end of winter and the beginning of spring is when it’ll be the perfect time to check that your aeration system is prepared for the spring and summer. Before you begin to aerate your pond, you’ll have to inspect your solar aeration system or any other type of aeration component. The main thing is for your aeration mechanics to be in working order. Check the water flow by making sure nothing is stuck within the pump. If your pump needs maintenance, OWS offers a wide array of replacement parts to get your system back up and running.
Inspect the PH Levels Along With Your Fish
If you have a pond, you’ll likely have fish as an attraction and part of the pond’s ecosystem. The fish will also contribute to the pond’s overall health and layout. Make sure to inspect your fish for any ulcers, patches of white skin, or cloudy eyes. You can help your fish get back to a healthy condition by feeding them formulated food containing antibiotics. It would be good to choose food that won’t sink but rather stay afloat on the pond’s surface. When checking the PH levels, remember to keep them between 7.3 – 7.7, depending on the types of fish you have.
Complete the Pond Layout With Greenery
Once you’ve inspected and cleaned out the pond, you can complete it by adding tropical plants. It would also be a good idea to wait for the temperatures to reach a consistent 70 degrees if you’re going to add any plants. The plants for your pond will help to add oxygen to the surrounding environment. Rest assured that the addition of plants to your pond will help to enhance the peaceful atmosphere you want to achieve.
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.