With aeration, oxygen is introduced into pond water. Aeration is not just beneficial to fish, it can improve the pond ecosystem’s overall health. Below, pond owners can learn the top reasons to aerate.
Less Pond Muck
As ponds age, nutrients can build up and turn to muck. Not only is the muck unpleasant to feel or see, it can smell foul and provide a breeding ground for leeches. Aeration can fight muck and decomposition by circulating water and increasing dissolved oxygen. This encourages beneficial bacteria to grow and prevent muck buildup.
Improved Water Quality
Nutrients gather at the bottom of a pond, and they can be suspended in the water as well. By reducing nutrient levels, circulating water, and increasing oxygen, pond owners can improve water clarity and quality. With proper aeration, there will be a reduction in algae and weed growth.
A thermocline is a division between warm surface water and cold deep water. Aeration is vital because it mixes water to eliminate layering and increase the oxygen content of the pond’s lower levels. When water is mixed, the entire pond stays at a relatively constant temperature.
Less Chance of Fish Kills
While fish may die occasionally, many deaths at one time can indicate a low oxygen level in the pond. During winter, decomposition gases can become trapped when a pond freezes. Aeration can introduce oxygen into the pond and allow gas exchange while reducing hot and cold spots.
Aeration provides the physical benefits listed here, and it can offer aesthetic advantages as well. When a pond is properly aerated, there’s less chance of unsightly algae and weed growth, which can take nutrients away from fish and ornamental plants. With a properly sized aerator, a pond owner can regulate plant growth and ensure the continued health of the pond’s fish and other inhabitants.
A small pond can add beauty and value to any landscape but, like other features, it needs proper maintenance. Aeration is just one part of pond care, and it must be approached carefully for the greatest chance of success. Call or visit the website to learn more about pond aerators.