During the summer months, when water is warm, oxygen can be consumed faster than it can be replenished. Ponds and lakes can become "stratified", with warmer oxygen-rich water laying on top of the cool, oxygen-depleted water that is found at the bottom of a water body.
Such conditions inhibit the function of beneficial bacteria and their breakdown of organics waste. Accumulation of organic sediment adds excessive nutrients that promote pondweed and algae growth. This thermal stratification also makes conditions favorable for the production of noxious ammonia and hydrogen sulfide gases, giving some water bodies a not so pleasant odor. Diffused Aeration Systems create a vertical current in the water by using the rising force of millions of small bubbles to entrain the water column, "turning the water body over" and allowing oxygen to be absorbed at the surface.
By moving the lower oxygen depleted water from the bottom to the surface, the thermal stratification will be eliminated. Oxygen levels throughout the water column will increase as will the function of beneficial bacteria. Swings in oxygen levels will be stabilized, preventing fish kills and creating a healthier environment for fish.
From the backyard farm ponds to large inland lake projects, The Pond Shop has the technical knowledge and expertise to help you. Contact us today and we will assist you with any aeration system needs.