Aquatic Management Plus
Pond & Lake Aeration Systems- Installation & Maintenance Contractors
Serving Palatka, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Gainesville & Daytona Beach, Florida (FL) Surrounding Areas
Pond & Lake Aeration
Pond aeration is a key component to a healthy pond. These systems can prevent stagnation, reduce muck, and improve the overall ecosystem. Additionally, a property aerated pond can help to reduce algae production and prevent winter fish kills. Proper design, however, is essential as an undersized system or poor equipment can lead to issues including phosphorus resuspension, an increase in algae production, and even fish kills. It is therefore important to understand your pond’s dissolved oxygen levels and muck accumulation before adding pond aeration.
What Can We Do?
Aquatic Management Plus LLC strives to provide Gainesville, Daytona, St. Augustine, Florida area pond owners with custom aeration systems specific for their pond. Our services include an assessment of dissolved oxygen and muck accumulations to determine your pond aeration needs. In addition to designing and installing new aeration systems, we can also service or upgrade any existing system you may have. Contact us to learn more!
Pond Aeration Overview
The main goals of pond aeration are to increase dissolve oxygen content in the water and reduce stagnation. There are three main ways to achieve this:
Bottom Diffused Pond Aeration
These systems use a compressor housed in a cabinet on shore, to pump air to diffusers at the bottom of the pond. The diffusers create a boiling effect that causes the bottom water to push toward the surface. The greatest oxygen transfer occurs when that water contacts the surface. A properly sized system should be able to turn the volume of the pond multiple times per day. Bottom diffused pond aeration is the most efficient means of enhancing water quality in ponds over 7 feet deep. Now available in solar!
Oxygenation Saturation Technology
This exciting new technology is a state-of-the-art aeration system, available commercially for the first time this year. OST dissolves oxygen directly into the water which eliminates bubbles, turbulence, nutrient and sediment resuspension, and undesirable mixing. These systems can maintain dissolved oxygen levels as high as 20 ppm directly over and into the sediments. These levels of oxygen provide exceptional water quality, not achievable with any other system on the market. OST systems are suitable for ponds over 1 acre in size with a 10′ max depth. If trout are desired, a minimum of 15′ of depth is recommended.
These units pump water into the air by way of a submerged pump attached to a float that is placed in the pond. While they are aesthetically pleasing, pond fountains are mainly surface aerators that cannot pull water from deeper sections of the pond. They are, however, ideal oxygenation options for shallow ponds (<7′ deep). But not all fountains are created equal! Highly patterned units will have a reduced flow which limits surface mixing. There are specific brands and units that offer more robust surface mixing capabilities. Please see our Pond Fountains page for more information, or contact us to request a quote.