July 12, 2013 – Many pond owners are looking for ways to keep an area of their pond open during the winter months. The following are the two main purposes of doing so;
To keep ponds healthy and clean – it is recommended that pond areas be kept open during the winter months so that the pond can vent off gases that could otherwise be toxic to the aquatic life. A non-frozen surface area also provides needed sunlight to the aquatic vegetation that produce oxygen for the water.
Many duck hunters try to keep areas of their ponds open so that they can attract ducks to their ponds. Fishing becomes more convenient when you have an open area already on the pond instead of always having to drill a hole into the ice. Elk and deer hunters are always looking for ways to attract animals to their property and pond watering holes seems to work well.
There are many ways to keep an area of your pond open. One way is to chop holes in your pond ice on a frequent basis during the winter months. Another way is to circulate the water with a water circulation system. The best and most cost effective way is to aerate your pond. Pond aeration systems have been on the market for decades but its only in the last several years that pond owners have started to realize this other benefit of aeration aside from providing oxygen to the pond water in order to keep it healthy and clean.
What bottom up aeration systems do is generate oxygen bubbles up from the bottom of the pond to the surface. This is warmer air that bubbles away at the surface and can keep areas up to 20 ft in diameter open during the winter months.
Windmill aeration systems are a well know method of pond aeration and they work well 365 days a year in the very hot summers right through the extremely cold winters. For a price of less than $2,000 US – and barely any maintenance and no cost of operation – you can’t go wrong.