Having a water feature on your property can be a beautiful addition to the aesthetic of your home. It's relaxing to sit by a pond or lake. Plus, such features can add substantial resale value. Adding such accessories as lighting and spray elements to the mix can enhance the drama and presentation. Such items as fountains and aerations offer a number of practical benefits as well.
Maintain Water Body Health
Installing aeration of some kind in your water feature can vastly improve the overall health of the aquatic environment. It adds necessary oxygen to the water, serving to reduce bottom sediments. A buildup of these sediments releases harmful metals and gases into the water. Without adequate oxygen levels, the organic matter in your pond takes much longer to break down, leading to even more sediment. Eventually, dredging will be necessary to remove troublesome debris.
Create a Healthy Environment
The added oxygen supply that aeration adds is also beneficial to the aquatic life in your lake or pond. A process known as thermal stratification occurs in water bodies when oxygen is depleted. This stratification results in distinct layering of water caused by variations in water density. Stratification can actually cause fish kills.
Keep Excessive Algae at Bay
The aeration of your lake leads to the conversion of phosphorous to form that are inhospitable to algae. When they lose their food source, their population will lessen. In addition, the force produced by a fountain or aeration system disperses algae spores throughout your water body, often pushing them to the bottom levels where they cannot receive the sun they need to grow and multiply.
Lessens Unpleasant Odors
Relaxing next to a lake that smells bad is no one's idea of a good time. Aeration can effectively keep foul odors at bay. The oxygen produced by aeration can drastically reduce the production of the hydrogen sulfide gas that produces these noxious fumes.
Stabilizes Water Clarity
Nothing's worse than cloudy, murky water. Not only is it uninviting and unappealing, dark water can have a negative impact on the environment of your water body. As already noted, adding aeration to your water body keeps algae blooms from overtaking your lake and reduces sediment. The result is clear, sparkling water you can enjoy all season long.
As you can see, adding a fountain or aeration system to your lake or pond can make a tremendous difference. Doing so can greatly improve the health of your water feature and any aquatic life within it. It can lower the maintenance required to upkeep your water feature, as well as beautify it by keeping the water clean and odor-free. A professional lake and pond management company can help you find the best accessories for your property to get you started on the right foot.
At Crosscreek Environmental, we believe in providing a comprehensive, environmentally friendly approach in creating solutions to maintain the beauty and health of Florida's ponds, lakes, wetlands, and shorelines. We use the B.E.S.T.™ geo-tube solution and are one of the best geo-tube solution providers in the state of Florida.