When to run aerators?

Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Sep 25, 2018
Messages
38
Reaction score
42
Location
Fort Worth / Dallas
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
United States
I keep a pair of large aerators going full blast...inside my filter housing at the bottom. It is an upflow design filter and I find the added agitation of the bubbles moving up helps keep the water moving that direction as well, and seems to help eliminate dead zones in the bottom of the filter and eliminate (to some degree) the muck that collects there. Everything runs 24/7/365...
 
Joined
Nov 13, 2017
Messages
182
Reaction score
163
Hardiness Zone
7a/7b depending on the map
Country
United States
I leave everything running, 24/7 365. Only shut down when I need to repair something.
 
Joined
Aug 15, 2019
Messages
30
Reaction score
8
Country
United States
I turn off my aerator in Fall as it is so cold now at night. I do leave my falls and my spinning ball pump running and they are both attached to filters. Oh also let the edge filter pot keep going also. Water always clears up in the pond when it gets cold. So clear I can see to the bottom. Not that way in Summer.
 
Joined
Aug 15, 2019
Messages
30
Reaction score
8
Country
United States
I keep a pair of large aerators going full blast...inside my filter housing at the bottom. It is an upflow design filter and I find the added agitation of the bubbles moving up helps keep the water moving that direction as well, and seems to help eliminate dead zones in the bottom of the filter and eliminate (to some degree) the muck that collects there. Everything runs 24/7/365...
I have a 3000 gallon pond and live in A desert Arizona climate.
What brand of aerators are best? When you say large pair, what size do you mean? Do I need two? We have very mild Winters. Is the assembly easy? Or just a plug-in like a breather?
Also, if my pump went out, will these aerators keep the fish alive for several days or so?
Great thanks for
advice.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Sep 25, 2018
Messages
38
Reaction score
42
Location
Fort Worth / Dallas
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
United States
I have a 3000 gallon pond and live in A desert Arizona climate.
What brand of aerators are best? When you say large pair, what size do you mean? Do I need two? We have very mild Winters. Is the assembly easy? Or just a plug-in like a breather?
Also, if my pump went out, will these aerators keep the fish alive for several days or so?
Great thanks for
advice.
These are regular stone aerators running off a large aquarium air pump.
 
Joined
Oct 28, 2013
Messages
8,560
Reaction score
9,239
Location
Northern IL
@Belindab77 there are as many types and brands of aerators as there are ponds I have found. They are all basically just an air pump with hosing that attaches to an air stone or diffuser of some type. It can be as simple plug them in and drop the stone in the pond. If you're trying to hide your airlines, you may need to do a bit of digging or hiding, depending on your situation. How many stones you use is dependent both on the air pump (how powerful is it and how many ports does it have) and the size of your pond. You could have multiple air pumps I suppose but it's simpler to have one pump with multiple ports. When we were shopping for a new aerator we looked for one that could stay outdoors - some pumps are meant to be housed inside or at least under some kind of cover. Ours can stay out in all kinds of weather.

In your climate I would run the aerator all year round. Will it keep your fish alive if the pump goes out? It will help, but again a lot depends on the type of fish, how many, how big, how hot it gets and for how long you are without a pump. Remember your pump is doing more than just circulating water - it's also filtering. So your fish may have enough oxygen in the pond but can still be harmed by poor water quality that can happen quickly if your filtration is not functioning.
 

j.w

I Love my Goldies
Joined
Feb 1, 2010
Messages
26,408
Reaction score
15,892
Location
Arlington, Washington
Hardiness Zone
USDA 8a
Country
United States
I have this diffuser and it makes tons of bubbles: https://webbsonline.com/Item/Matala-Air-Diffusers-99998
I prolly overdid it on aeration but the fish don't seem to mind. I see them swimming through all the bubbles often.
Have it at one end of my pond so if the fish want a calm place they have the whole other 3/4 of the pond.

IMG_9273.JPG


IMG_8708.JPG
 
Last edited:
Joined
Aug 15, 2019
Messages
30
Reaction score
8
Country
United States
@Belindab77 there are as many types and brands of aerators as there are ponds I have found. They are all basically just an air pump with hosing that attaches to an air stone or diffuser of some type. It can be as simple plug them in and drop the stone in the pond. If you're trying to hide your airlines, you may need to do a bit of digging or hiding, depending on your situation. How many stones you use is dependent both on the air pump (how powerful is it and how many ports does it have) and the size of your pond. You could have multiple air pumps I suppose but it's simpler to have one pump with multiple ports. When we were shopping for a new aerator we looked for one that could stay outdoors - some pumps are meant to be housed inside or at least under some kind of cover. Ours can stay out in all kinds of weather.

In your climate I would run the aerator all year round. Will it keep your fish alive if the pump goes out? It will help, but again a lot depends on the type of fish, how many, how big, how hot it gets and for how long you are without a pump. Remember your pump is doing more than just circulating water - it's also filtering. So your fish may have enough oxygen in the pond but can still be harmed by poor water quality that can happen quickly if your filtration is not functioning.
Lisa.... thanks for all the info. I looked online and there are different types of aerators Etc. I feel more informed now. Appreciate it. Belinda
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Aug 15, 2019
Messages
30
Reaction score
8
Country
United States
Ad

Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top