Healthy ponds need help circulating water to stay healthy and keep algae from growing, sustain healthy microbes, stop fish kill and, incorporate dissolved oxygen. We like to consider fountain Aeration as preventative maintenance when talking about organic material (weeds, muck, algae, etc). If pond health is really bad, chemicals may be needed on top of aeration. Having a solar pond fountain will help with the following.
Gets rid of Pond Muck: Aeration cuts the nutrient load in pond muck and other decomposing debris, in your pond. It does this by increasing oxygen and water movement which introduces more oxygen and helps to encourage the colonization of beneficial aerobic bacteria. These bacteria are responsible for digesting and preventing muck and nutrient accumulation.
Erases Thermocline: Aeration circulates the water and eliminates thermocline, which is a stratified layer of water between the warmer, surface zone and the colder, deep-water zone. Bottom diffuser aeration churns and mixes those temperature layers. The tiny air bubbles force the cooler oxygen-starved water to the pond’s surface where it becomes infused up with O2. The warmer, oxygen-rich water then drops down, fueling the beneficial bacteria.
Higher Water Quality: By reducing the pond muck, increasing oxygen and circulating the water column, your water quality will improve. You’ll see less organic debris, clearer water, and happier, fish.
Increases Oxygen Levels: Aeration with a solar pond fountain also increases the amount of oxygen in your lake’s water. Beneath the water surface, the diffuser plates release tiny bubbles of oxygen. They disperse and circulate throughout the water column, providing life-sustaining O2 to beneficial bacteria, fish and submerged plants.
Reduces Fishkill: Aeration also protects your game fish in the winter. As organic debris decomposes in your pond, gases are released into the water column. These gases become trapped when your pond freezes over, which reduces the amount of clean oxygen. If enough oxygen is displaced, your fish will suffocate. Running an aerator pumps fresh O2 in the water while maintaining a hole in the ice for gas exchange.
Ideally, an aeration system should be matched to your pond’s size and shape, and run all season. If you need some assistance with planning you solar pond fountain system that is properly sized for your pond, talk with one of our incredible pump specialists right now!
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