Solar Powered Pond Aeration Kit | Full Install and Demo

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This is Mike with RPS solar pumps and today we’re going to go over the AIR200 solar powered aeration kit. We’re going to show you how to install it, and we’re going to go over some of the best practices to make sure you’re maintaining a healthy pond without the use of harmful chemicals.

For the AIR200 comes with all of the items you’re going to need to aerate your pond with solar. Let’s go over those components. The kit comes with two 100 watt solar panels, which are easy to plug together into our solar wires. From there, it goes into our solar controller. That’s the brain of the system and operates the pump. There’s also 25 feet of wire to go from the controller over to the pump. From there, the power goes to the compressor providing compressed air down to the aeration stone. The system also comes with other parts you’re going to need to install, such as hose clamps and rubber feet to minimize vibrations. Let’s go over the major system components and how they all work together.

First of all, the sunlight hits the solar panels. That produces electricity, which goes down to our controller here. From the controller, it’s connected up to our compressor. The controller drives the brushless motor inside the compressor in order to produce compressed air, which flows through our weighted hose over to our air stone. The diffuser opens up and creates very small holes, which allows the air to escape and go up to the surface. While it’s traveling up to the surface, the oxygen’s able to diffuse into the water, creating a nice and healthy ecosystem for plants, animals and other wildlife in the area. So that’s the basis of the entire system.

Let’s go check out how to install this system over at Spike Ranch…

So we’ve made it out to the scenic Spike Ranch and for the first part of this AIR 200 install, we’re going to hook up our controller to our solar panels. We’re also going to hook up the power cable, which goes from the controller over to the air pump. We’ve come up the night before and mounted our concrete pipe, our two inch post, and that’s going along with our two panel, tilting, Top-of-pole Mount. I’m going to climb up, we’ll hook that up, and get our controller mounted on the pole. Then we’ll run our wire over to our air pump.

So we’ve hooked our solar panels up to our extension wire and we have the pump cable hooked up to our controller. I’m going to get the controller door back on and I’m gonna hook up the solar panels up to the controller. Then we’re gonna go run our wire and get the pump hooked up. So I made this nice gravel pad where we’re going to mount our air pump. We’ve run our power cable from our controller over here. You notice it’s sitting on the surface. We’re going to come back and trench that in about a foot.

It’s nice because it’s a direct barrier wire, so you can put it right in the trench or if you like, you can put it in conduit and pull it through. The next step we have is hooking up our airline to our air compressor and then our airline to our diffuser. We’ll go ahead and throw it in the pond over there. So our air diffuser is hooked up, but before we put that in the pond, we’re going to complete our final electrical connection to the pump. Then we’re going to hook up our inlet air muffler. So in order to do that, we need to take off the red cap and then just screw it on.

So at this time, I’m not going to install the rubber feet because we’re on this gravel pad. I might come back later because if it’s walking around, we’ll add some two by fours and get it mounted down and then get those bolted in place so it doesn’t walk through the vibrations. But for now, we’re going to cover it with this artificial rock. That’s going to keep it out of the elements. We don’t want this directly in the rain, in the snow, any of that. So we do want to get it covered. I’ve drilled a couple of holes at the bottom as vents. I’m going to see if it heats up too much. If it does, I’m going to drill a couple more just to make sure we have nice ventilation here so the pump doesn’t overheat. Great. So that’s all set.

Now let’s get our diffuser into the pond. So we have the airline in the trench, and now we’re going to get our diffuser out as far as we can into the pond there. Now the boat’s in the shop, so for this one, I’m just going to have to Frisbee it out there. I’ll probably fish it up once the boat’s out and get it set right in the center where I want it. But for now, I will get it out there a couple of feet to see how it all runs.

As you can see, it’s a very quick and simple install to significantly improve the water quality. Remember that you might not see instant change overnight. You’re going to notice gradual changes over time. We need to take a holistic view for management of your pond. This is one critical element, which is aeration. This system is great for people with ponds. It’s also great for aquaponics for fish farmers who need to aerate their tanks or their water source. If you need one of these aeration systems to help you maintain a healthy pond, visit this link!

If you’re not quite sure, feel free to give us a call at 888-637-4493. We can help walk you through all the various options and make sure this is the perfect system for you.

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