Are you tired of dirty, green pond water?
You do not have to settle for cloudy, murky pond water anymore. With the right aeration system in place, you can enjoy clear, clean water for a nice view. Now you can see your fish as they swim in the pond! Are you not sure which pond aerator is good for your lake? Are you not certain how to install or maintain your aeration system?
We can answer any questions, and help you install the right aeration system for your pond.
Importance of Proper Aeration
Aerators diffuse oxygen into the water, which means these air pumps bring closer contact between oxygen and water. This produces two important results for reduced algae blooms:
• Faster breakdown of waste
• Water circulation and movement
The reason algae grow in large numbers is because of an abundance of food source. Fish waste, fallen leaves, leftover fish food, and natural organisms in the pond water increase the levels of methane, chlorine, carbon dioxide and other gasses in the water. These are all possible food sources for algae growth, and this makes their population increase rapidly.
With proper pond aeration, the gasses in the water will drop down to normal levels and the organic food sources for algae decompose before they can be consumed. This starves algae, and they will eventually die off, never reaching a point where it can regrow.
Water movement is also important. When the water is moving, it is disrupting the algae, so it doesn’t get a chance to settle, feed, and populate.
Installing an aerator is easy and once it’s installed it will keep your fish pond clean and clear for a long time. The best part is that aeration systems are simple to maintain and the cost is manageable over time.
Aeration is the main tool used to fight algae and weed growth, but it isn’t the only method you should use. You should support the work of your aerator by adding good bacteria.
What kind of bacteria should you be looking for? Koi clay, barley straw, and commercial beneficial bacteria products are all great options to start with. They all function similarly: they eat what algae feeds on.
This means the good bacteria will keep the water clear and clean. It cleans while also starving the algae microorganisms. This keeps the water clean, and it also helps regulate and stabilize the chemical makeup of the water.
It is important to note that good bacteria are a waste of time if they are the only method you rely on. No number of bacteria will get rid of all the algae if you do not have a decorative
pond aeration system in place.
Proper Fish Feeding
A major cause of green pond water and algae blooms is fish feeding. You must feed your fish but have to be careful not to overfeed them.
Leftover food can cause algae blooms, and fish that overeat can leave a lot of waste as well. Their feces can increase growth in algae pond populations as well.
If you want to have cleaner pond water and help the pond aeration process, it is safer to only feed your fish when they need it. Most fish breeds only have to be fed once a day. It is important not to exceed this and risk giving algae a possible food source.