In the last week or so I’ve been going over some optional ways in which an aeration system can be installed in a large pond.
By now you probably know of all the benefits of having an aerator in your pond. The devices do so much for a pond it’s almost unthinkable not to have one running most or all of the time. Dissolved oxygen is critical to the health of fish and certain species like trout or catfish seem to be more vulnerable when things drop on the oxygen meter. If last year was any lesson for most of us, it’s that you can’t be too careful when things get hot and stagnant. And you can lose a lot of big fish when things go wrong.
Along with this, a stagnant pond seems to have a lot more chronic problems with algae and just overall decay. They can get stinky and messy and just be an eyesore after awhile. A pond aerator may not ward all of the aging off that happens to a pond but it sure can slow things down a lot. If good aerobic bacteria is stimulated enough, it can truly keep a pond cleaner, and that’s a good thing were algae reduction is concerned.
One of the real challenges with a large pond aerator though is in terms of it’s cost. It’s just not easy to cover a big piece of water adequately. Fortunately though, we are always looking for ways to make this effort more affordable and one way to do that is to look for alternatives when it comes to layouts and airline options.
Let me explain this in more detail and I think you’ll see why this optional layout might be a good idea for some large pond owners.