Pond Aeration Gets Rid of Sludge

Using Oxygen to Eliminate Pond Sludge

Pond owners use pond aeration equipment to keep fish healthy and alive and also to prevent algae and weeds from emerging in their ponds. The aeration provides additional levels of oxygen in the water and burns off excess nutrients and organic debris that otherwise stagnates a pond and acts as a facilitator for algae and weeds to grow.

Another major benefit to bottom up aeration – which means the air diffusers that produce the oxygen in the water are placed at the deeper areas of the pond is the reduction of sludge or sediment at the bottom of the pond. As organic debris sinks to the bottom of a pond it requires oxygen to decompose. If there is a lack of oxygen in the water then the matter that is at the bottom cannot decompose so it remains and builds up over time.

As Koenders Windmill Aeration Customer, El Magee of Salem, North Carolina explains. Before she installed a windmill aeration system in her pond she had about 3 Ft of sludge in the bottom of her pond. Within one year of installing her aeration system the pond sludge reduced by about 80 %. They now can walk in the pond without sinking into this gooey muck.

Most pond owners do not realize that over time if their pond is aerated it will reduce this sediment that is at the bottom. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on removing the sludge from your pond – perhaps its time to look at installing an aeration system. Make sure it is a bottom up aeration system and not one that is called surface aeration such as a fountain.

Windmill aeration systems such as Koenders or Superior Windmill seem to be leading the alternative energy solutions in this area. There are also electric aeration systems on the market but just make sure they do not consume too much energy. Electric aeration systems can be expensive to run and to maintain.