Aeration, or the process of re-introducing oxygen to a body of water to improve the overall water quality, is important both to maintaining the visual qualities of a body of water and also to keeping the wildlife in the area healthy. If oxygen levels are not high enough in a lake or pond, strange smells can develop, unsightly algae and growths can appear, and sometimes, fish populations can decrease due to buildup of muck. Consider these benefits of lake aeration.
Healthier Fish Populations
When fish and wildlife have built up a population in a lake, aeration can assist greatly. This process is typically considered more effective for warm water fish, as dissolved oxygen levels are already naturally higher in cold water. With more oxygen flowing through the water, fish populations can continue to thrive. Similarly, aeration can assist in eliminating a common issue called stratification in which lakes separate into two distinct levels of colder water and warmer water. Fish that are more comfortable in warm water will then be less likely to swim down to the bottom of a body of water for plants and food.
Stay Free of Algae
In addition to algae being a visual distraction to a lake or pond’s natural beauty, it can also indicate poorer water quality. Algae needs sunlight and oxygen in order to grow across the top of a body of water, and aeration keeps algae spores moving. When these spores are mixed more fluidly into the water, they will not have the access they need to grow and multiply. Additionally, aeration can break down unwanted bacteria. In conjunction with one another, decreasing these two factors will drive away mosquito populations, creating a more pleasant space all around. Aeration can take many forms but a very common answer to some of these issues can typically be seen in the shape of a fountain or water fixture. Keep the ecosystem in the body of water not just surviving but thriving through aeration.