Aeration introduces oxygen into pond water, which can improve the overall health of the ecosystem and give fish the oxygen they need to survive. Here, pond owners can learn why they should consider adding an aerator to the system they already have.
It Cuts Down on Pond Muck
As ponds age, nutrients gather at the bottom and gradually turn into muck. Not only is muck unpleasant to feel and see, it can give a pond a bad odor and provide a habitat for pests such as leeches. Today’s large pond aerators can combat muck and decomposing vegetation by increasing the presence of dissolved oxygen and stirring the water. Aeration encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria that consume nutrients, reduce muck and prevent future accumulation.
Aeration Improves the Quality of Water
Nutrients gather at the pond bottom and become muck, but they can also make water cloudy. By increasing oxygen, reducing muck and allowing the water to circulate, an aerator can improve water clarity and quality. Additionally, the user will see a reduction in weeds and algae because there won’t be an abundance of nutrients to fuel growth.
Increased Oxygen Levels
Oxygen from aeration can sustain fish and beneficial bacteria. Aeration is vital because without the right amount of oxygen, the pond will become anaerobic. Bacteria that don’t need oxygen are not as good at digesting organic material as their oxygen-breathing counterparts. Furthermore, anaerobic bacteria give off hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide, which can give the pond a foul odor. By aerating the pond, the user can increase the amount of oxygen in its water while keeping the system functioning aerobically.
Reduced Chance of a Fish Die-Off
While fish may occasionally perish, a large-scale die-off can often be linked to a lack of oxygen in the water. The gases released by decomposition can be trapped, displacing the oxygen available to the fish and causing suffocation. Aeration puts fresh oxygen into the water and allows for the exchange of these gases while eliminating the thermocline and preventing fish kills. By considering these advantages, pond owners can see why it is so important to have an aerator.