Improve Water Health with Pond Fountains & Aeration Systems

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Maintaining your lakes and ponds is important to keeping a healthy environment for fish and wildlife. Like with humans, oxygen is vital for the health of your waterways. Decreased levels of oxygen found in your lakes can cause your waterways to suffer from contaminated algae, mosquito problems, and overall poor appearance.  Our pond aerators and fountains help owners improve the overall health of their lakes. Our aquatic specialists will create you a custom solution that fits your biological needs and budget.

Our pond aerators and fountains feature superior submersible pumps that are designed to feature a constant spray height with fluctuating water levels. We also only utilize corrosion-resistant materials and pumps to ensure durability and reliability.

Our aeration bottom diffusion systems are a cost-effective method of enhancing the overall health of your lake. Bottom diffusion systems help break up the air in the pond into millions of small bubbles that then rise towards the surface. This system then adds oxygen to the water while bringing low-oxygen water to the surface, where it then creates a large moving circulation pattern in the waterway.

If you are interested in learning more about making your lakes and ponds healthy through our fountains and aerators, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

The Myth of the Cottonmouth Chase

lake and pond managementAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to serve our clients by offering custom aquatic solutions that fit your needs and budget. Our specialists have learned a lot over the years about our ecosystems and the animals that are found within these systems. We feel it is our duty as a company to offer our expertise and advice regarding your lakes and ponds.

Cottonmouths snakes, also known as water moccasins (Agkistrodon piscivorus), are notoriously mistaken by humans to be extremely vicious. The myth is when people come between the water and a cottonmouth; the snake may become startled and seem as though it is chasing the individual. The much-uncoordinated cottonmouth, once in motion, will move spastically to escape human contact and return to water because it perceives us to be a threatening predator. However, more often they will sit in their classic mouth agape pose, showing off their white mouth in a defensive posture.

We find ourselves in the presence of snakes more often than not in our line of work. Although they are not everyone’s favorite critter, they are a very important part of the ecological puzzle that makes up our waterways. Remember to respect their presence and check your local wildlife laws before handling any snake species. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our lake and pond management services.

Water Snakes (Nerodia) vs. Cottonmouths/Water Moccasins (Agkistrodon Piscivorus)

lake and pond managementlake and pond managementAt The Lake Doctors, we feel it is important to inform our clients about certain water snakes (Nerodia), a family of snakes that often get a bad reputation from a case of mistaken identity. Nerodia water snakes are often blamed for being a dangerous predator from the misunderstood species that gives them that persona, cottonmouths/water moccasins (Agkistrodon piscivorous).

Water snakes are commonly mistaken because they share the same habitats and do their best to imitate the cottonmouth. The difficulty in telling these two snakes apart is that both species of snakes come in a wide variety of colors ranging from dark browns, blacks, tans, and a wide variety of patterns. The water snake does its best to flatten out its head to look more threatening, so the head shape is also not a viable method of identification. When in doubt it’s always safer to leave them be instead of doing a closer inspection. Common water snakes are the Florida banded water snake which is non-venomous and the cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin, which is extremely venomous.

Our lake and pond management company strive to stress the importance of being aware of snakes. It is important to leave them alone to enhance your safety while out on the water. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our aquatic management services.

Aquatic Plant Identification: Algae

pond algae identificationWhen it comes to your waterways, the specialists at The Lake Doctors strive to educate our clients on harmful, invasive species to help protect their lakes and ponds. There are many species of aquatic plants that can inhabit your lakes, and not all plants are considered harmful or undesirable. It’s important to know the different types of plants in order to identify them so our specialists can control or remove them promptly.

Algae are a common plant that resides in lakes and ponds that can be considered single-celled or multi-celled. Planktonic algae are composed of single cells or small colonies and are often found free-floating in the water column. This type of algae is often green, brown, and sometimes red. Filamentous algae are multicellular algae that have end-to-end cells that form long threads. Macrophytic algae are often much larger and multi-branched.

There are many different types of algae that are important to know and identify. Below we list some common species of algae.

  • Planktonic
  • Chara
  • Nitella
  • Filamentous
  • Lyngbya
  • Euglena

If you believe you have algae in your lakes and ponds, we encourage you to reach out to our aquatic specialists for our comprehensive pond algae identification services. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to schedule your free aquatic survey.

Dangerous Animals Found in Florida Lakes

lake managementThe Lake Doctors is proud to be your trusted source for all your lake management needs. Our custom aquatic solutions and regular maintenance plans are designed to help enhance the overall health and aesthetic of your lakes and ponds. While we serve clients throughout Florida, Ohio, and South Carolina, we want to educate our clients on animals that commonly inhabit freshwater lakes found in Florida.

When it comes to nature, animals are always going to come with the territory. While many animals are vital to the survival of the ecosystem, it is also important to be aware of certain species that can be harmful to humans. Below we feature dangerous animals that are common in our line of work. 

  • Alligators

Although most alligators are docile creatures and stray away from boats and humans, it is important to be aware of their existence to increase your safety while in and around freshwater.

  • Cottonmouths/Water Moccasins

Similarly to alligators, cottonmouth snakes tend to avoid human contact, unless otherwise startled or bothered. Water moccasins are venomous and harmful to humans, so it is important to be cautious of their presence.

As a company, we strive to educate and inform our clients to ensure safety. If you are interested in learning more about our water management services, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Why Choose The Lake Doctors, Inc.

lake managementAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to offer custom aquatic solutions and lake management plans to ensure the health and safety of your lakes and ponds. When it comes to choosing a water management company, it is important to select a business that cares not only about the well-being of your waterways, but the overall well-being of your cares and needs. Below we list a few of the many reasons why you should choose to work with The Lake Doctors, Inc.

  • Superior Customer Service

Our aquatic specialists value the importance of business relationships, which is why we work hard to understand your needs to offer you a customized solution. We build sustainable relationships with our clients to ensure their needs are met and exceeded.

  • Value Employees and Customers

Our dedication to our craft and customers starts with our employees. We train our employees to respect every customer with equality and compassion. Our business understands we could not be successful if it weren’t for our dedicated customers, which is why we always put our clients first.

  • Promotions

As a way to demonstrate our appreciation for our valued customers, we provide special deals and promotions.

If you are interested in learning more about our lake management services, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Emergent Plants

pond algae identificationpond algae identificationAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to help our clients understand everything they need to know regarding their waterways and lakes. Our aquatic plant and pond algae identification services allow property owners to be aware of the plant species that are considered desirable and undesirable. While they are four broad general plant categories including submersed, floating, emergent, and algae, we want to focus on emergent plants.

Emergent plants are also known as shoreline and wetland plants. This species of plants receive most or all of their vegetation above water surface or on the shoreline. You will often see emergent plants in shallow areas and along the banks in your lakes, ponds, rivers, and ditches. Many emergent plants are not considered fully aquatic since they do not need water for survival. Emergent plants can live for long periods of time being submerged in water or water-logged soils.

Emergent Plant Examples:

  • Cattails
  • Elephant Ear
  • Lizard’s Tail
  • Tape Grass
  • Smartweed
  • Alligator weed
  • Parrot-feather
  • Water Primrose
  • Pickerelweed
  • Bulrushes
  • Bog Moss
  • Spikerushes

There are many more emergent plant species that are not listed above. If you are interested in learning what kind of plant species fill your waterways, we encourage you to pursue our pond algae identification services. Contact our company today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our services.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Navarre 2017 Case Study

aquatic weed managementLake Doctors is pleased to announce our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. Our very own, Mike Smith, was awarded third place for his Aquafix case study in Defuniak Springs, FL. Below we showcase our project overview and results of our aquatic weed management study.

In Navarra, Florida, we conducted a case study of a 38-acre lake that was polluted with milfoil, bladderwort, slender spikerush, and water shield and fragrant lilies. Our water specialist, Mike, created a custom aquatic management plan that combined the use of Aquasticker mixed with clipper, Diquat, Argos, and copper to help clear the harmful growth. Many parts of the lake were congested with heavy amounts of tree stumps, making it difficult to access. Our team was able to utilize heavy machinery to move around the stumps to treat an estimated amount of 60% to 70%.

After 40 days of treatment, Mike was pleased to notate that the lake was back to pristine condition. Although only a percentage of the lake was treated with Aquasticker, the results were healthy and successful.

If you are interested in learning more about our Navarre case study, contact the Lake Doctors today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Fort Myers 2017 Case Study Part 2

aquatic management servicesIn a previous blog post, Lake Doctors discussed our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. We featured our very own, Matt Lewis, as the first place winner using NaturaLake products at our Fort Meyers account in the Florida Panhandle. Below we showcase Matt’s results for his Fort Myers 2017 Case Study at the Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club.

Results: Six Weeks

After the design and implementation process, Matt began noticing results at six weeks. With major improvements in such a short time frame, Matt was optimistic that his aquatic management services would work. At six weeks, he noted that algae levels were beginning to diminish, water clarity had improved, and overall aesthetics were returned.

Results: Six Months

At six months, Matt was able to report that the two man-made lakes at Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club had improved vastly. His results were as follows: Microsystis and Anabeea were completely gone, Filamentous Algae was minimal, clarity in the lake was restored, muck or sedimentation buildup was minimal, nitrogen and phosphorus levels were decreased, noxious smells were eliminated, and property values improved.

Matt used Aquafix products and aeration to restore the health and beauty of the lakes. If you are interested in learning more about the case study or Aquafix products, contact Lake Doctors today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Fort Myers 2017 Case Study Part 1

lake and pond managementLake Doctors, your trusted source for lake and pond management services, is honored to announce our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. We are very proud of our team members, Matt Lewis and Mike Smith, for taking home first and third place for using NaturaLake products at our Fort Meyers and Navarre accounts in the Florida Panhandle. Below we showcase our Fort Myers 2017 Case Study, conducted by Matt Lewis.

Our 2017 Fort Myers, Florida Case Study takes place at Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club which has two man-made lakes. Matt’s objective was to create a custom lake management plan that would ultimately enhance homeowner property values while improving the lake’s overall health and aesthetic.

The design and implementation process included the following:

  • Removing Filamentous Algae, Coconuts, and Other Harmful Debris
  • Installing an Aeration System That Enhanced Overall Dissolved Oxygen Levels Throughout the Lake
  • Conducting a Six-Month Bacteria and Enzyme Application
  • Applying Aquafix Products Every Two-Weeks; We Used Aquafix M-D Pellet, Pondzilla, and Summer-Slam
  • Collecting Water Samples and Testing for Accurate Results

If you are interested in learning more about our 2017 Fort Myers case study, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.