Article about Small Ponds and PumpsWater features are really nice in yards. Ponds bring frogs and birds and of course you can always stock with fish. Be careful, though, fish poop causes algae growth and dirty water! So you do not want to overstock. And remember that fish reproduce. You might want to give some babies to friends. Also, if you are going to have fish, make sure your pond is deep enough that birds won’t enter the pond and eat them. Figure 30 inches depth or more. I have decided to put together a videos list of basic things to know about fountain pumps for your small backyard pond or fountain. If you have fish, you should circulate the entire pond volume once every two hours or more often if you can. This will keep water clearer. To measure pond volume if you pond is rectangular: Length x width x average depth x 7.5 = approximate gallons in your pond. To measure pond volume if your pond is oval, circular, or irregular, you can easily find gallons or liters calculators online. (These are free.) You can see the following videos (and more) at the Fountain Mountain you tube channel! A sampling is below: How to Choose Fountain Pump Size How to Clean Impeller How to Read a Fountain Pump Label How to Build a Slate Tabletop Fountain
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Fish StoriesTell us your pond fish stories. What luck have you had? How big is your pond and how many fish do you have in it? What kind of fish? This forum is meant for you to share advice and to others and even to brag.
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Solar AerationI am starting a forum here for people to add information, whatever they might have, about solar aeration. Who has tried it? What has been your success? Do you use batteries to store energy? In general, aeration is needed at night after sunset when the sun is not out and photosynthesis doesn't occur. What have your experiences been? A lot of people call me and I have nothing to say.
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Stratification and Pond AerationPond Aeration Fights Stratification (Layering) of Ponds Pond Aeration is needed for fish health. If fish don’t get enough oxygen, they will die. But even if you don’t have fish, without aeration, ponds create stratified layers, and the bottom layer is depleted of oxygen. In addition, ponds can become shallower over time from a buildup of muck from a lack of oxygen. Plant materials need oxygen to steadily decompose and if new plant life grows at a rate faster than old plants decompose due to a lack of oxygen, that’s bad! Without pond aeration, muck accumulates at the bottom of the pond. Gas bubbles arise from the muck. Think Creature from the Black Lagoon eeriness. Think rotten egg smell. Surface Pond Aeration The most common type of aeration and the most obvious is surface aeration. Surface aeration is also the pretty kind, that is, the use of fountains. Typically a propeller is found underneath the fountainhead and this prop agitates the water, decreasing stratification. In addition, the water is forced into the air so that the pond’s water is always being recirculated. Think Bellagio. Only you probably won’t have air compressors propelling the water farther and higher than your pump can shoot it on its own motor alone. Nor ten thousands of lights. Still, surface aeration can give you a nice display but at the same time get lots of aeration done to enhance pond health. Bottom Aeration For very deep ponds (over 8’), bottom aeration is recommended. This is especially true if you have fish. Typically an air compressor is located at the shore and a hose carries the air to a diffuser unit at the bottom of the pond. It is very similar to the air bubbles rising from the bottom of an aquarium. Currently, there are many fairly quiet air compressors available for sale, and they need to be housed to protect from the elements anyway, thus quieting them more. Combining the Two Kinds of Pond Aeration If you have a deep pond but still want to see a fountain, you can combine the two types of aerators. The fountain would not need to aerate as much and could focus on beauty. This focus allows for a greater range of price as well as dramatic viewpoint. Fountain Type Aeration Pond aeration using fountains combines beauty with aeration. Surface Aerators or Agitators These units are workhorses. They are not for beauty. Nope. Get that idea out of your head. There will be surface splashing for venting bad gases and allowing oxygen absorption from the air, but these are not fountains. But they are highly efficient from an electrical-use standpoint. A lot of aeration bang for the buck. Again, though, for deep ponds, you still need bottom aeration. Water Circulators/Mixers This is something Kasco often recommends as a very under-utilized but super-efficient way to keep water flowing. A motor is mounted horizontally to create directional flow and mixing. You can position them to point in any direction and angle them. Think dock-mounted, for instance. You create a current that can then circle in even a large pond. In milder climates can prevent fish kills. Prevents stagnation as the water is moving. Can also be mounted at deep levels to mix deep water. Windmills Wind powered units will either drive a small compressor that pushes air to a diffuser membrane or will be connected to some type of paddle that enters the water and moves as the wind blows. Please, help me with this one. Anyone with experience with these please post helpful information. Solar Aerators By far the most common question we get. Can I use solar? Yes. There recently are solar units on the market. The con is they are expensive. Please, anyone with experience with these please post!
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My business gets a lot of calls about things we cannot answer. Even when I call manufacturers they are often puzzled by questions outside of their area. Some people know a lot more about fish, some know a lot more about algae, some bottom aeration, and so forth. I have started this forum so that we can all answer each other’s questions in one spot.
So don’t hesitate to post a question or make a reply. First, of course, you’ll need to register an account.
And if you have a pond or fountain to showcase, please post pictures!
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