- Pond Aeration
One of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy pond, is pond aeration. Pond aeration is the process by which the pond is circulated and oxygen is added to the water.
A pond without proper aeration will have a foul smell and produce algae. You’ll see the algae and other vegetation at the surface of the pond. The bottom of the pond will collect dead vegetation, and fish waste which will turn to a black sediment. This black muck sitting at the pond’s bottom will then feed the algae and pond vegetation growth.
Pond aeration also prevents stratification form happening in the winter time. Stratification is when a layer of cooler water stays on the bottom of the pond because it is heavier. The warmer and lighter water stays on top of the pond. In the winter months, the top layer cools, causing the layers to turnover and mix. The bottom layer which is black muck mixing with the top healthier layer increases the likelihood of fish dying due to stress.
One way to aerate your pond is by using a windmill pond aeration system. This is a very economical, safe, and low maintenance way to decompose the above organic materials in your pond and reduce the black muck from building up at the bottom of the pond. You’ll have an overall healthier pond environment by aerating your pond.
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