FAQs About Lake Aeration
Lake management experts will often tell you that aeration is key to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. But why does it make such a big difference?
Does my property need aeration?
While not every lake or pond necessarily needs aeration, most can benefit significantly from it. The purpose of pond or lake aeration is to introduce more oxygen to the water, especially further below the surface. By increasing the circulation of oxygen throughout the pond or lake, your stocked plants and fish are more likely to flourish. Furthermore, the ecosystem’s healthy bacteria will break down waste more quickly, helping you avoid the rotten egg smell that’s all-too-common. Likewise, aeration will make your property look better by making it harder for algae to grow on the water’s surface.
Do fountains aerate the water?
Fountains and lake aeration devices are not the same thing. Although fountains and aerators may seem to both spray water, fountains only affect the water near the surface because the diffusers float on top of the lake or pond. Aerators, however, circulate oxygen from top to bottom because their diffusers sit on the floor of the pond or lake.
Will aeration improve my water’s quality and clarity?
When done right, lake aeration will make your water cleaner and clearer. Since every property is different, it’s best to speak with a lake management expert to determine what approach to aeration is right for your water. It’s important to keep in mind that you won’t see improvements immediately; visible results may take anywhere between 2 to 12 months to show up.
What kind of maintenance do aerators require?
Maintenance needs vary from model to model. In general, they should be serviced bi-yearly with a thorough cleaning and inspection. The oils and seals used for lake aeration devices will also likely need to be replaced every other year, if not annually. Talk to an expert for detailed advice tailored to your model.