Pond & Lake Q & A
Q: I know I need an aeration system, but I don’t have power next to my pond. Is a windmill or solar aeration system my only option?
- Jacob of Georgia
A: The short answer is no. There is a common misunderstanding that our (electric) Airmax® Aeration System require power at the pond or lake’s edge. In reality, however, the Airmax® Aeration System can be installed several thousand feet from the edge of a pond or lake. Your Airmax® power unit or cabinet may be placed at the nearest or most convenient power source such as your home, barn or other out building. All that is needed with this type of installation is a shallow trench 6-12 inches deep to place the Airmax® Direct Burial Airline in. The Direct Burial Airline will then transfer the air to the pond or lake’s edge where it can be connected to Airmax® EasySet™ Self-Weighted Airline and continue on to the diffuser.
Alternative aeration systems such as windmills and solar seem like a natural fit for installations where power is not easily accessible, although it is important to understand that you may not receive the same benefits from these types of aeration devices. Windmills only work when there is steady wind (5 mph or more) and solar systems have to run on an on/off cycle. Under optimal light conditions a solar aeration system can run continuously for 15-20 hours before shutting down to allow the batteries to charge. Another disadvantage of alternative aeration devices is their cost. This is especially true of the solar models. With the purchase price being so high the energy consumption of an Airmax® Aeration System being so low it is nearly impossible to recuperate any cost savings due to electrical consumption. A typical Airmax® Aeration System designed to aerate up to one surface acre will cost less than $18 per month, running 24 hours per day.
To receive the benefits of aeration, your system should run 24 hours per day! The goal of aeration is circulation and the introduction of oxygen to the bottom of your pond or lake. A properly sized aeration system will use the bubbles created by the diffuser to force the cooler water from the bottom of your pond to the surface. The water at the surface is warmer and less dense or lighter. The cooler or heavier water will be pushed up by the diffuser then forced outward where it will naturally sink due to its heavier density. Aeration devices that are under powered, have poorly designed delivery devices or not operated continuously generally will not provide the true benefits of aeration. Do your research and spend your money wisely!
- Clean & Clear Water Column
- Elimination of Thermal Stratification
- Reduced Sediment
- Stronger and More Productive
- Elimination of Fish Kills and