How to Choose a Pond Aerator

Whether they are naturally occurring or man-made, backyard ponds can provide an ecosystem for beneficial plants and animals while offering human inhabitants in the area a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. No matter the size of the pond, though, the importance of pond aeration should not be underestimated. If they’re not properly aerated, small ponds are not capable of supporting marine life and maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Diffused Aeration Systems

The most popular and effective type of aeration device for ponds that are at least six feet deep is known as a diffused aeration system. These systems are both cost-efficient and effective means of aerating large ponds. They run on electricity and aerate the pond from the bottom up.

Deluxe Aeration Systems

Deluxe aeration systems use diffused aeration, but unlike the basic systems, they come with cooling fans and customized cabinets. They are easier to set up since they already have electrical outlets mounted, and have air compressors already installed for easy set-up. All that needs to be done to set this kind of system up is to connect the tubing, plug it in, and let it run.

Garden Aeration Systems

Very small ponds such as koi ponds or ornamental fish ponds have special needs when it comes to aeration. Property owners with small garden ponds should look into aeration systems specifically designed to meet their needs.

Surface Aeration Systems

Ponds that are less than five feet deep require a different kind of aeration product. Surface aeration systems move water around quickly on the surface of the pond to add oxygen to the water.

Shallow Aeration Systems

Shallow pond aerators are more energy-efficient than most of the alternatives for ponds that are less than seven feet deep. They feature weighted tubing for easy installation and operate with little to no noise.

Windmill and Solar Aeration Systems

Property owners in remote areas often find that they have trouble securing a steady source of electricity for their aerators. They have two practical options: a windmill aeration kit, or a solar aeration kit. While these kits may require a slightly higher initial investment, they pay for themselves quickly via the money property owners can save on monthly electric bills.