Solar Aeration

Mick RibaultBlog

Solar aeration systems are pretty common, and you may be thinking that a solar aerator would be a great addition to your lake or pond. It would be a good way to prevent stagnation and stratification. The solar powered aeration systems push compressed air through the layers of water and make it much healthier for wildlife to live in. It sounds so eco-friendly, too. You will have many solar aerators to pick from, though, and it might be hard to decide which type and size you want.

Solar aerators can come in a variety of styles. Some float the aerators on the pond and some sink them under the water. Some turn a paddle wheel and some send up streams of bubbles from a diffuser. If you have a small pond, a floating aerator may be very charming. It won’t work for a pond prone to lose water rapidly, though. A diffuser on the bottom would work better for those conditions.

The most important condition to consider when choosing an aerator is size. There is a big market full of solar aerators geared towards little koi ponds in backyards. Those won’t work for your lake. You need one that is powerful enough for your pond. In order to figure out how big an aerator you will need, measure the water’s surface area and convert it to acreage. You will need 1 unit of horsepower for each acre of water surface. You might have to get multiple solar aerators in order to get your lake properly circulated.

Once you have figured out the general type of aerator you want, you should contact us and let us help you find what you need. We have years of experience getting ponds and lakes just right, and we will be happy to help you improve yours with a solar aeration system.

 

Below is an example of a Keeton Solar Aeration Unit OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthat was installed at St. James Plantation. Once installed the cost of running these systems is virtually free!