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How to install your air pump correctly

The benefits of an air pump for your pond are regularly discussed. An air pump introduces oxygen to your pond keeping it both aerated and circulating water. However although your air pump introduces air into your pond you must be aware to NEVER install an air pump BELOW water level! Water and electricity do not mix well!

Always consult the manufacturer’s installation guide when putting in your air pump. This will ensure maximum efficiency. It is also recommended to insulate your air pump. This will mean that in the colder months it does not add too cold air into your pond water. This will also help protect your air pump. Although necessary air pumps are not always designed with beauty in mind so you may also want to consider ‘hiding’ it in the landscape.

Reducing temperature fluctuation

Wow winter just arrived this week in my part of the world. However that is not to say that we wont see temperatures back up in the 60s and even 70s next week. It is the fluctuation in temperature at this time of year that can cause problems in your pond.

If you have a very deep pond the temperature fluctuations will not be as dramatic. However in a shallow pond it can be substantial and this can stress your pond life. Stressed fish often  get sick or even in worse case scenarios die. What a pond owner therefore wants to do is try to stabilize the temperature of their pond so it doesn’t fluctuate as much and doesn’t have vast variations in temperature through the pond.

An air pump can help with water circulation that will ensure that your pond water temperature is more consistent throughout the pond. Also as long as the pump is insulated it will pump air into the pond that is not too cold. It will also keep a hole in the ice to ensure that gases that are detrimental to your fish can escape.

Do you have a Pond or a Lake?

Do you have a pond or a lake? It’s actually not as easily or definitively answered as you might think. Although it is generally understood that a pond is smaller than a lake there is no specific calculation to tell you which you have in your yard.

A definition for a pond could be ‘bodies of water where light penetrates to the bottom of the waterbody’. It could also be ‘bodies of water shallow enough for rooted water plants to grow throughout’. Another could be ‘bodies of water which lack wave action on the shoreline.’ However not everyone agree with this.

I think whatever you have in your yard, pond or lake, it will have similar characteristics. You will want to ensure that it remains healthy and vibrant. That will necessitate sufficient aeration and a good balance of nutrients so you may want to invest in an air pump and pond additives.

Your pond in Winter

In winter your pond will get colder and ice may form on the surface. This will sometimes be for an extended period of time depending where you live.

Your pond life has evolved to live in this winter environment. However that is not to say that a pond owner can’t help it through this time of year, especially if the winter is extremely long or harsh. Some animals such as frogs and turtles retreat to the bottom of your pond in winter. These animals hibernate in the sludge until spring comes and everything warms up. If your pond surface completely freezes light can still get through so plants can still photosynthesize. However if snow falls onto the ice and is left to blanket the pond your aquatic life will no longer have the light it needs to produce oxygen and then your pond life will die, if left to long. It is recommended to keep at least 30% of your pond’s surface snow free. Of course be safe when doing snow removal.

Another way to help your pond in the winter is to keep a hole in the ice to allow unwanted gases to escape and oxygen to enter your pond. You can do this by adding an air pump.

Consider the long-term affects when keeping your pond clean

If you want your pond to stay clear of algae there are some good preventative measures to take. These include removing sediment from the bottom of your pond which is nutrient rich and can encourage algae growth. You can also reduce the amount of sludge build up at the bottom of your pond by cutting back foliage around your pond. Adding an air pump will you also increase oxygen to your pond which encourages beneficial bacteria that keep ponds cleaner. A stagnant pond without water movement is much more susceptible to algae growth.

However you may also need to get rid of existing algae. When you do this you must also make sure that you are not removing all the beneficial bacteria with it. These bacteria help to naturally keep your pond clean and without them the likelihood of algae growth reoccurring is high. Some additives will clear your pond of algae in the short term but in the long-term they will make your pond much more susceptible to reoccurring algae growth. For example the addition of copper sulphate does clear algae from your pond but will also kill the good bacteria which can take a long time to reestablish itself. To keep your pond balanced and healthy use an additive such as Microbe-Lift PL which considers the long-term repercussions to your pond and also install an air pump which keeps your pond aerated and less susceptible to algae growth.

The Depth of your Pond Matters

Did you know that if your pond is deeper than 6 ft you many not be getting enough aeration at the lower depth. This can cause problems such as excessive algae growth, nasty smells and excessive pond sludge. Your fish may all be gasping for air at the surface because they do not have sufficient oxygen.

Oxygen is essential at lower depth. It ensures that beneficial bacteria can work effectively to maintain the balance in your pond. Oxygen also enables bottom dwelling animals to thrive. These animals which include snails and worms help keep your pond healthy.

An air pump can remedy this problem by introducing oxygen at these lower depths to ensure that your entire pond is sufficiently aerated.

Blue Diamond Air Pumps in Stock

Fish Pond Products has the entire Blue Diamond ET air pump range in stock available for purchase. We have the ET40, ET60, EY80, ET100, ET120, ET150 and ET200. We also have the corresponding rebuild kits available.

The Blue Diamond ET air pumps have green drive technology which means that their energy efficient motors have low power consumption.

These pumps have a specially formulated diaphragm material for extended life on your pump. They are also easy to service with a competitively priced rebuild kit. Because they have no wearing parts there is therefore no reduction in performance.

Blue Diamond pumps are robust and have compact construction. They are also weatherproof.

The pumps are suited to intermittent or continuous duty applications

If you require an air pump for your pond go to our shop for more information.

It’s Halloween in your Pond!

Halloween is here and hopefully your pond life is settling down this fall and winter. However you still need to ensure that you have sufficient aeration and circulation in your pond. Although there is less activity in an around your pond it still is ‘alive’ during the colder months. Your pond will still require oxygen to ensure it remains healthy.

A smell of rotting vegetation, decomposing sludge and of stagnant water may be atmospheric for Halloween but is not desirable for the rest of the year. An air pump will ensure that your pond is aerated and has circulation. The air pump will help keep your pond healthy through the coming colder months.

How to reduce algae growth in your pond

If you have algae in your pond it is probably not because you have put it there. A thick layer of string algae is not attractive and can certainly be detrimental to your pond life.

If you have algae in your pond it is probably because you have an excess of algal nutrients, including carbon dioxide in the water. Ponds without active aeration or gas exchange provide ideal growing conditions for this undesirable growth.

Persistent algae growth is often a symptom of an unbalanced pond ecosystem. You need beneficial bacteria in your pond to ensure that you maintain the correct level of nutrients in your pond. Without this balance you encourage its growth.

Pond Additives are specifically formulated to keep you pond healthy and maintain the balance in your pond. They can also remove unsightly and bad smelling sludge from your pond.

It is possible that your pond also has badly circulating or stagnant water. If you do not have sufficient aeration in your pond you can encourage the growth of algae. An air pump can dramatically increase circulation and aeration in your pond to help increase the dissolved oxygen in your pond and make conditions less favorable for pond life that prefers higher concentrations of carbon dioxide, stagnant or poorly circulated water.