Which pond aerator should I use?
The single most effective approach to managing and maintaining a pond or lake is to install an aerator. As your pond ages, it accumulates large amounts of organic matter which eventually depletes oxygen levels. The higher the organic matter level in your pond, the less dissolved oxygen there is in the water for fish, plants and good bacteria to thrive.
Oxygen is the fuel that drives all biological and biochemical processes in your water. Without enough oxygen, decomposition slows and organic matter such as fish waste, leaves, algae, run-off and other debris will continue to pile up on the pond floor. Eventually, there will be too little oxygen produced to keep good aerobic bacteria colonies alive. The pond's eco-system becomes unbalanced; water at the bottom of the pond then will become stagnant, can harbor harmful bacteria and can produce unpleasant hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide gas produces the disagreeable "rotten egg odor" we all know.
In addition, the buildup of decaying plant and animal material reduces the clarity of the water, increasing turbidity. Turbidity, or cloudiness, decreases the amount of light penetrating the water column, reducing photosynthesis and causing plants to grow slower.
Aeration helps promote the growth of beneficial microbes and plants that help break down waste and increases the natural biological balance of a pond. Aeration stops and even reverses the effects of lake aging. For the cleanest, clearest, healthiest pond or lake you should consider a sub-surface aerator today. Let us help you figure out which one is right for you using the tool below, just enter a bit of info and we'll present you with some options!