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What Aeration System Should You Buy For Your Pond?

What Aeration System Should You Buy For Your Pond?

Choosing an aeration system for your pond can be tricky if you’re a first-time buyer. And if you also happen to have a pond with a peculiar shape, you might not be able to find the right aerator until you talk to a representative from a company that sells such systems. The questions and answers below should help you make the right choice.

How can I figure out what aeration system my pond needs?

You have to consider three characteristics of your pond: shape, size, and depth. Why does the pond shape matter? A round pond is easy to aerate, as any standard aeration system can cover it effectively. Aeration problems can occur when the pond is narrow or irregular, has many coves, or is much shallower in some areas than in others. In that case, you will want to talk to an aeration systems provider and ask for his advice. How does the pond size affect my choice? Every aeration system can cover a maximum surface of water. If you choose a system that’s not powerful enough it won’t be effective. However, you can not "over aerate" a pond, it is always better to select a size up if you are not sure. Discover what surface area your pond has, then note that down. Pond depth matters too? It does. While ponds with a shallow depth of up to 6 feet are best aerated by a shallow water system, deeper ponds might need more diffusers. Other things you need to consider when deciding how many diffusers you need are the power of the water system and the size of the pond. Can I use a small garden aerator with a pond? Sometimes that is tempting because garden aerators are smaller, easier to install, and usually much cheaper than a complete water system. But they do not have enough power or volume to cover a pond, and using them with one often proves completely inefficient. What you want to look at is the volume of air in cubic feet per minute (CFM) and the PSI. Most garden aerators have high volume but low PSI and therefore after pushing the air down 4 or 5 feet into the pond they lose most of their volume. An ideal system for a larger fish pond is going to have  high CFM and high PSI.  How much should the price of the system matter? Aeration systems are not really like cars – the difference between one model and another is rarely larger than a few tens or at most hundreds of dollars. Of course, bigger and more powerful models are more expensive, but their usage is normally limited to larger ponds. You want something that provides great value for its price. All our products accomplish that. Typically, the larger the pond size the larger the system and the cost are related to the size and number of components. For example are largest system has 6 diffusers and 800' or airline, therefore the price will be more then a smaller system with just one diffuser and 100' or airline. Should I pick a specific manufacturer? The aeration systems provided by Living Water Aeration are all made by established manufacturers and come with a warranty of at least one year. So regardless of which of our products you chose you can rest assured that you’ve made a good choice. Should I install the water system myself? Our systems are easy to install. Just follow the steps in the manual. If you have one or more large ponds with a strange shape and a great depth it’s a good idea to ask us before buying which model is the right one for you, and how you should install it. Check out contact section for more information on how you can reach us.