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Winter Aeration for a pond or lake!!


pond aerator in a half frozen pond during winter

During the winter months is the time to prepare your pond for spring and summer. That will allow you to control aquatic vegetation growth. Knowing what issues you had the previous year will help you to put a good plan in place for the upcoming season. Always make sure your ponds water inlet and outlet are cleared of debris. Also think ahead for mosquito control and stocking the pond with minnows. It is very important to Keep an aeration system in place thru the winter months. Bottom air diffuser aeration or sub-surface pond aeration helps to keep the water circulating eliminating fall turnover and fish kills. It can also help to prevent fish from dying under the ice in a frozen pond if you live in areas where your pond completely freezes over. Also, this type of aeration will give you a head start on algae control before spring by circulating water that is rich with oxygen thru the whole pond and increase the amount of beneficial bacteria present. If you do not have a sub-surface aeration system in place, fall would be a great time to install it, before the ground freezes up. There is still plenty of time to get a system with bottom diffused aeration, whether you choose electric or solar.

There are two types of air pumps commonly used for pond aeration. These systems go by different descriptions (pond bubbler, pond aeration pump, air diffuser pump, water aerator, sub-surface aerator) but are used as pond aerators and lake aerators. A piston air compressor is the best choice for ponds and lakes that are deeper than 10 feet. Piston air compressors, although much louder than the diaphram pump, are very durable, reliable, and cost-effective when pumping high volumes of air under pressure. This is the reason a rocking piston air compressor can be used for water depths over 10 feet. Diaphragm air pumps should only be used in shallower ponds and lakes less than 10 feet in depth because it is not strong enough to handle the pressure of pumping air that deep. This will eventually burn-up the motor. The diaphram air pump is much quieter but requires larger diameter air hose.  

 

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