Every pond needs an aeration system of some kind. It serves a dual purpose of making sure that the water stays healthy in the pond and that you have an eye-catching piece that draws attention to the pond. You might have an idea of what you want until you see the wide variety that exists in this product for ponds of all sizes.
Main factors to consider when buying the right aeration system for your needs
In order to have some idea of the right type of aeration system for you pond you must consider the following factors:
- The depth of the pond. If you pond is 15 feet deep or less then you should purchase a surface spray model. For ponds that are deeper than 15 feet the best choice is a diffused aeration system. It is important to note, though, that the deeper the pond, the less effect you will achieve.
- Availability of electricity. You will need to have electricity connected to the system in order for it to operate. If the nearest electrical connection is quite some distance away you must have some way of bringing the source closer to the pond. You also have to be aware of any other electricity needs that you have for the pond, such as an external pump, lighting or irrigation.
- The method of installation. Since you can install the system either in the pond or outside on the edge, you need to think about how much work you want to put into installing it. If you intend to install the system in the middle of the pond then you will need to have some type of watercraft in order to reach this point. Installation on the edge of the pond means that you will have to dig a trench and you have a choice of having it submerged in the water if you want.
- The landscaping. The type of landscaping you have or intend to have around the pool should also be factored into the selection of aeration system. This is because you don’t want to have to move it at a later date and you do need to have access to it. This should be part of the planning process.
Other considerations to keep in mind
All of the water in the pond requires aeration. In this way you can be sure that air and oxygen reaches the top of the water from the bottom. This enables you to have the perfect environment for life within the pond – fish and plants. If you regularly have problems with weeds floating on the surface, then you should take a look at a surface aerator that will direct these weeds to the edge where you can easily remove them. This is best suited for a small, rather than a large pond, though.
Even though your friend may have a specific aeration system in his/her pond, it may not be right for you. It is best to get all the facts about your pond before you make the final decision. No two ponds are alike.