Pond aeration is the process of providing air or oxygen to the body of water within a pond. Basically this aeration does more than just add more good air. Because of this increase in oxygen, the natural elements that would normally help clean the pond will work better. aerobic bacteria whether it’s added to the pond as a treatment, or it’s simply established naturally, will help keep organic build up down to a minimum and not allow this toxic sludge to become problematic. This can be achieved by the methods below
A diffused aerator or air pump, as they’re usually called consists of an air pump that is connected to a piece of air tubing with an air diffuser or air stone attached at the end. The air pump sits on the shore and pushes air into the pond through the tubing. The air diffuser breaks down the pressure from the air pump into tiny air bubbles that are dispersed throughout the pond. The smaller the air bubbles are the better, as the water molecules absorb some of the air molecules into it. If you want to look further into these types of aeration systems then you can visit this site: http://aerationequip.com
It’s essential to aerate the entire body of water, from the very bottom of the pond to the surface, as living creatures such as fish, turtles, etc. require this air to survive.
Paddlewheel aerator is a water pump (not an air pump) that floats on top of the water and rapidly churns the water thereby providing a lot of water agitation. Through this agitation, the water near the surface of the pond is aerated. This may be ideal for very shallow ponds around 3 – 4′ deep. it is also best to use a surface aerator if you have problems with floating pond weeds such as duckweed or watermeal and want to divert these weeds closer to the shore where they can treated or be scooped up .
Benefits of an Aerator
A diffused aerator is the best aerator for ponds, lakes or tanks. It also neither uses any moving parts nor electricity in the water, and therefore is safe for visitors to the pond such as swimmers, children, fishers, and pets if the correct size of diffused aerator is correctly placed, it will provide aeration for the total volume of water within the pond, from the bottom, all the way up to the pond’s surface. They are also be cheaper to operate as it requires less pressure to push air via an air pump or compressor than it does to push water through a water pump. Nonetheless, a diffused aerator isn’t anything pretty to look at and the air pump or compressor needs to be protected from the rain, snow, dirt blowing into it, etc. This can easily be achieved by placing a bucket propped up over it or anything else to protect it from the elements. For more into on this subject it might help to go over to Living Water Aeration, they have a wealth of articles on the subject and a few videos to that are worth while.