Video: Pond Aeration & Maintenance on “In Ohio Country Today”

Video: Pond Aeration & Maintenance on “In Ohio Country Today”

Becker Windmills was featured on “In Ohio Country Today“, the award winning TV show by Wilson 1 Communications and Dan Wilson as co-host/Producer. We go in-depth about pond maintenance and pond aeration and we thought we would share it with you. See transcription below video.   Transcript Andy Moser: My name is Andy Moser I’m part of the sales staff here at Becker Windmills. There are a lot of different benefits to an aeration system. It doesn’t do only one thing. It does aerated water obviously. What we’re trying to do is we’re trying to we’re trying to circulate the water in the pond. For instance, if you put a bottom diffuser in your pond, which is the typical installation that we do for either windmill or electric, what we’re doing is we’re pumping air, atmospheric air, to a bottle diffuser and those bubbles with go towards the surface. Now, there is some actual diffusion of the oxygen into the water at that point. But what really is going on is you’re actually pulling and pushing cold water that’s trapped at the bottom of your of your pond to the surface. As it’s getting pushed towards the surface it’s being aerated but,also what’s happening is tiny phytoplankton algae, through photosynthesis, is adding additional oxygen to the water that was trapped at the bottom of the pond that was oxygen-deficient. So, you’re moving that cold oxygen-depleted water to the surface where it would be oxygenated. There’s more than one benefit to an aeration system into your pond. But the biggest thing is that, and anybody knows, anybody has ever swam in...
How to control mosquitos & midge flies in your pond

How to control mosquitos & midge flies in your pond

Stagnant water offers a better breeding ground for common pond pests like mosquitos and midge flies. Not only are they super annoying when trying to enjoy your pond recreationally but mosquitos can spread diseases like encephalitis, West Nile virus, malaria and yellow fever. Did you know that mosquitos can also carry heartworms that can be fatal to your dog? Midge flies can create allergic and respiratory reactions as well as cause hemorrhagic disease within deer. These insects’ larvae levels escalate in the summer at the bottom of ponds, lakes and canals. Mosquito and midge fly larvae do better near the bottom sediment of a pond where there are nutrients/rich organic matter and a low oxygen level. Here there are very few predators or anything to inhibit their growth. During their emergence cycle, it is possible for tens of thousands of adult midge flies to come out of a pond every single night for a few weeks. That is a very annoying and possibly dangerous prospect. Here’s how to help prevent these pests from breeding in your pond. You could add a bottom diffusing aeration system, powered by a windmill or electricity, that creates millions of oxygen bubbles. This will create a flowing system that eliminates the cold, favorable conditions for insect larvae at the bottom of the pond. Uniform oxygen and thermal levels will make it hard for the pest population to survive. Your pond will be cleaner and healthier and you’ll be able to enjoy it...
Pond aeration and the prevention of fish kills

Pond aeration and the prevention of fish kills

Pond owners would be wise to remember one key word in order to maintain a clear, muck-free pond: prevention. Whether maintaining a large farm pond or a small garden pond, owners must stay a step ahead of several potentially disastrous problems. To name a few: • Prevention of low oxygen • Prevention of ice • Prevention of fish kills I’m sure we grabbed your attention there with “fish kills,” and well, that’s for good reason. It’s an expensive fix, and it’s not at all pretty. So, let’s talk about what causes it, and what you can do to avoid it. How Fish Kills Happen Fish kills occur in the summer months when oxygen levels can become depleted. As the sun beats down on the water, a layer of separation in ponds is created between the oxygen-rich surface water and the colder, oxygen-needy water on the bottom. This is called the thermocline. If a summer thunderstorm hits, all of the water is mixed together, and there is no longer enough oxygen for the fish. They are suffocated. Oxygen depletion happens in the winter months too, as fish must rely on what O2 is left after the water freezes over. Fish Kill Solutions Thankfully, there’s a preventative (there’s that word again) measure pond owners can take to help stop fish kills: aeration. In the summer months, you’ll need to get rid of the thermocline. To do this, employ bottom aeration. This process not only helps oxygenate the pond but continually mixes the entire body of water, making it more uniform in temperature. A major storm event will no longer be a...
Pond stratification, or how a sick pond can become healthy

Pond stratification, or how a sick pond can become healthy

Without proper aeration, pond water can become stratified, creating a “sick”, unhealthy pond. Think of a pond in layers. Warm water is less dense, therefore it will sit on top of colder, denser, deeper water. This stratification of water into layers is more common and pronounced in the summer when surface temperatures are greater. The warm, top layer is called the epilimnion. Then there’s the middle layer called the metalimnion. This is also referred to as a “thermocline“. The thermocline is the transition layer between the warmer surface layer and the colder deep water layer. The cold, bottom layer is the hypolimnion. As summer wears on, oxygen in the lower hypolimnion layer is depleted by organisms there. As oxygen is depleted, fish and other aerobic organisms move to the other layers, go dormant or die off. Introducing aeration to a pond changes everything. A bottom aeration system creates a vertical current. Bottom aeration uses the rising force of millions of small bubbles to turn the pond water over. This allows all levels of the pond to carry dissolved oxygen.   The water on the bottom level moves up throughout the pond. This eliminates the thermal stratification or separation of water layers. Oxygen levels increase throughout the pond which expands the living space and promotes the natural breakdown of organic material at the bottom of the pond. We can consult with you on proper aeration and other solutions for your pond. Contact us today with any questions you have! Call us (888-905-3595) or email...