What is Aeration?
Having proper aeration for your pond or a large water feature is one of the most essential aspects. Before we go over the importance of adequate aeration, it is important to understand what aeration is and what it does. Simply put, aerating your pond means having something in place where you can circulate and move water throughout the surface and below the water. In this article, we’ll go over the benefits that you’ll be able to get from aerating your pond.
Improving the Water Quality
Every pond has an ecosystem that needs to have a perfect balance. This is especially true if you plan on having fish in your pond. Proper aeration makes a big difference in the quality of water because it reduces excess nutrients. These nutrients can sink to the bottom of the pond if no aeration is being utilized. Moreover, with time, these nutrients can build up and start to form muck or pond scum. If left untreated, it will turn your water brown and green.
Boosting Your Oxygen Levels
How do you keep your water looking clean and clear? Well, if you want to prevent dirty water from forming in your pond, you need to aerate your pond to increase your oxygen levels. The oxygen levels will keep your bacteria and nutrients in the pond balanced. This is beneficial for plant life that you may have around your pond. High oxygen levels will also keep algae at bay, which can smell bad and make your pond look contaminated. Having stagnant water will produce anaerobic bacteria where you want to have aerobic bacteria that help break down the muck and debris, which you’ll get by having a constant flow of dissolved oxygen.
Stagnant Water Leads to Pests
Stagnant water will draw and create new pests that you don’t want to have around your pond. With time, a large body of water that doesn’t have proper aeration can develop mosquitoes, flies, harmful bacteria, and other unwanted problems. These mosquitoes combined with bacteria can be harmful to people and your fish as well. If you don’t introduce some sort of aeration system in your pond, the pests that form around your pond can make you sick.
Good for Fish Too
Fish tend to thrive in a natural habitat, and aeration is a part of the natural habitat that fish need to survive. Oxygen will break down the nutrients and bacteria to help fish thrive in your pond. It is also important to remember that some algae can be good for the fish. Just remember that excessive algae can be harmful. Moreover, larger and deeper ponds will need a bigger aeration system, like our 24’ Four-Legged Deluxe Windmill Aeration System, to aerate the entire area, including deep in the water. This is also essential to prevent the formation of algae deep in the pond.
You’ll Have Choices
One of the best things about working with Outdoor Water Solutions is that you have options! We can help you get an aeration system tailored to your pond and location. You’ll be able to choose from a windmill aeration system, a solar aeration system, or an electrical aeration. Each one has its benefits, but it will depend on the size of your pond. Electrical aerators can be useful for bigger ponds. However, those who live in rural areas will get a bigger benefit from a windmill aerator. This is because electricity can be difficult to connect if the pond is far from the power source. Solar aerators can also come in handy for anyone living in a wide-open space. Whatever the case may be, having all of these options will help keep your aeration at an optimal level.
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 866.471.1614 and we can provide you with a detailed quote and can even help you design the best solar aeration system for your needs.