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There are 3 main types of pond or lake aeration. We have a brief description of each aeration system below. We’ll discuss basic pros and cons of each type. It's not a one size fits all. Some applications may benefit the most from having a combined use of aeration equipment.

The benefits are dramatic and makes managing your pond a lot easier. Ultimately that’s what a pond owner wants.

Aerating & Decorative Fountains

These units are a submersible pump that projects water into the air to create an aesthetically pleasing display. Caution: Know that there are differences between decorative and aerating fountains. Our decorative fountains have aeration capabilities’ while other fountains on the market make claims that they have aeration when they are merely decorative. Don't spend the money on equipment if it's not going giving the true benefit of aeration in your pond. When looking at Kasco Marine fountains equipment, rest assure these models are known as Aerating/Decorative Fountains.

Pros

  • Great for Surface agitation that provides aeration with a nice spray display
  • Great for aerating shallow ponds
  • Optional LED lights that makes for a beautiful night time. Display
  • Makes a waterfall sound and is used as to screen out background noise

Cons

  • Not as effective for aerating past 8ft of depth
  • More decorative pond fountain patterns require larger Horse power to adjust for smaller pump chambers
  • Uses a little more energy than diffused aeration systems
  • Needs to be pulled at least once a year to clean muck build up. No Fountain is maintenance free!

Diffused Aeration

This type of system is referred to as a bubbler system, Lake bed aeration, and or bottom aerators. The air compressor is situated on shore and pumps air through the hose to the diffuser located near the bottom of the pond. The result is tens of thousands of tiny bubbles rushing out of the diffuser and rising to the pond surface, creating circulation and providing aeration.

Pros

  • Very versatile – it’s customizable and is used in many scenarios
  • Uses efficient compressors that work well in deep or shallow applications
  • In deep water it can aerate much larger surface areas than most Fountains and Pond Surface Aerators
  • Keeps a more natural look to the ponds surface

Cons

  • Shallower pond applications will require more diffusers
  • Compressors require some maintenance
  • Doesn’t create a fountain display 

Pond Surface Aerators

Are very similar to the floating fountains except for the aesthetically pleasing fountain display. Its biggest advantages is the high oxygen transfer rates. This is the way to go when you need a lot of aeration and surface agitation. That’s where the term high oxygen transfer aerator comes from. This most popular when aeration is the most important and we have shallow depths.

Pros

  • Great for Surface agitation and high oxygen transfer rates
  • Great for aerating shallow ponds
  • Makes a waterfall sound and is used as to screen out background noise

Cons

  • Not as effective for aerating past 8ft of depth
  • No fountain pattern
  • Uses a more energy than air compressor diffused aeration systems
  • Needs to be pulled at least once a year to clean muck build up