Aeration is the limiting factor for the natural ecosystem in any water body. Aeration is quantified as dissolved oxygen or DO, and is the percentage of tiny bubbles that are entrained in the water column. This necessary oxygen saturation increases a water body's inherent ability to sustain aquatic life.
All life hinges on oxygen, so from the tiny organisms that serve as nutrients for small fish and aquatic plants; to worms, frogs, salamanders and water foul; to their predators as well as to the people and pets that play in that water body, oxygen provides life, vitality and the ability to grow.
|Without it, the water and the organisms in it cannot withstand the environmental stressors that threaten them. Things like surplus runoff water, overuse of fertilizers, acid rain, organics such as bird feces, grass clippings and the glut of leaves that blow in, as well as high mid-day temperatures and beating sunshine all threaten the ecological balance.|
|With it, aeration stimulates the good bacteria in the pond to degrade organics and filter the pond water. These good bacteria eat the nutrients that would normally feed algae, so algal blooms are slowed. Aeration also minimizes the amount of decaying solids that fall to the bottom of the pond and become sludge and muck.|
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