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Breaking Through the Thermocline to Prevent Fish Kills

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 18, 2018

Submersed Aeration

Written by Industry Expert Cory Smith, Aquatic Specialist & Regional Leader

The long, warm days of summer provide the perfect backdrop for swimming, boating and fishing, but the last thing you want to encounter at your lake or pond is a summer fish kill. Fish kills are often a natural occurrence that can happen any time of year. However, they are especially common in the summer. As the weather changes, the surface and bottom of the waterbody form distinct layers containing different dissolved oxygen levels and temperatures.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Aeration

Solar Aeration System: Aerate Your Pond Without Electricity

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 07, 2018

Solar Aeration

Written by Industry Expert Hunter Poland, Environmental Scientist

It’s not hard to identify a stagnant lake or pond. Typically, a waterbody lacking proper water circulation is characterized by foul odors, cloudy or scummy water, nuisance aquatic weeds and algae, and, in many cases, a plethora of mosquitoes. Fortunately, it is possible to reverse the problems that can result from stagnant water by installing a lake or pond aeration system. Traditional electric aeration systems can be effective when a power source is available near the pond, but in many situations, electric service is unavailable. Or, you may simply be interested in a more ecologically-friendly aeration solution. If so, a solar pond aerator may be a great option to improve circulation in your waterbody.

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Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aeration

Eco-friendly Solutions for Maintaining a Beautiful, Balanced Waterbody

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 29, 2018

Aeration

Written by Industry Expert Erin Stewart, Aquatic Biologist & Regional Leader 

When it comes to the management of a lake or pond, many people look for natural and environmentally friendly options. There are, in fact, many eco-friendly solutions that can be used to help improve aquatic environments. And these strategies are often employed as part of a proactive lake and pond management program.

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aeration

SOLitude Named World’s Largest Distributor of AquaMaster Fountains

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 06, 2018

Floating Fountains

SOLitude Lake Management is now recognized as the world’s largest distributor of AquaMaster fountains and aeration systems by AquaMaster, the leading brand and largest manufacturer of lake and pond aeration equipment. The designation was made in January, following several years of SOLitude’s consistent placement as one of AquaMaster’s top three distributors.

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Topics: SOLitude News, Aeration

Use Aeration to Protect Your Fish This Winter

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 01, 2018

Frozen Pond

Written by Industry Expert Joe Holz, International Sales Manager at Kasco Marine

As we continue through the cold, winter months, protecting your fish should be on your top priority list. Many pond owners understand the need to have good oxygen levels to maintain a healthy, thriving fish population, however, most only think about oxygen levels during warm, summer months. Winter oxygen levels in areas that ice over can be just as, or even more, critical than during warmer times of the year. Low oxygen levels and the buildup of harmful gases over the winter can create dangerous conditions for fish in your pond.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Aeration

The Nuts and Bolts—and Bubbles—of Lake and Pond Aeration

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 26, 2017

AS SEEN IN CAI ROCKY MOUNTAIN: Written by Industry Expert Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant

CAI Rocky MountainThere are few events that can occur in a community pond that cause the amount of anxiety and uproar among the residents as a fish kill. Sure, we get plenty of calls about lake and pond algae blooms and clogged fountains and excessive trash, but nothing creates the level of panic that ensues when there are dead fish floating on the surface of the water. Many residents become concerned that there may have been a toxic spill or illegal dumping incident, or they think that the landscaping company must have used something on the surrounding property that killed the fish. In reality though, most fish kills occur not because of a poisonous substance, but because of low dissolved oxygen conditions in the water.

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Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Aeration

The Importance of Properly-Sized Lake and Pond Aeration

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 07, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Kyle Finerfrock, Environmental Scientist

AerationOne of the great tools in a lake or pond manager’s tool box is the use of floating and subsurface aeration systems in a waterbody. Aeration is the mixing of water in a lake or pond to increase exposure to the atmosphere and decrease harmful gases like hydrogen sulfide within the aquatic ecosystem. A healthy waterbody that is well aerated will have suitable oxygen levels from the bottom to the surface.

Now, you may be wondering: why is it important to increase the oxygen levels in my pond? The benefits of an oxygenated lake or pond are tremendous. Oxygenation can help limit nuisance vegetation and algae by facilitating the conversion of pond nutrients to forms that do not sustain algae growth. Improved oxygenation and water circulation can also help reduce the accumulation of sediment at the bottom of the waterbody, which is one of the most common signs of an aging pond. Organisms that thrive in low or zero oxygen (anoxic) conditions promote poor waterbody health. A lake or pond that has no aeration will likely have anoxic conditions at depths greater than 8 feet deep in the summer months. In this zone, anaerobic bacteria can produce ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, which can be toxic to other organisms and produce foul odors. Anoxic conditions can also change the chemistry of a lake or pond. For example, pond nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus promote nuisance algae growth and can become excessive when low oxygen conditions exist in the aquatic environment

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Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Aeration

The Importance of Lake and Pond Aeration Systems

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 18, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Greg Blackham, Aquatic Specialist

Floating FountainChoosing the correct aeration delivery system for your lake or pond is one of the most important decisions you will make for the long-term health and balance of your waterbody. Regardless of how big or small your waterbody is, the goal of an aeration system is to evenly spread an adequate amount of dissolved oxygen throughout the entire water column. Lakes and ponds naturally receive dissolved oxygen from several sources, most notably plant respiration and atmospheric surface mixing. This input of oxygen should be equal to or greater than the demand of the aquatic ecosystem. The entire ecosystem of the water needs that dissolved oxygen, whether at the very bottom of the food chain for microbial decomposition, or at the top for largemouth bass and other predator fish. In most cases, it is discovered that the oxygen supply is lacking due to pond nutrient pollution or other stresses caused by people and land development.

To determine what type of oxygen delivery method or aeration system is appropriate, the waterbody needs to be looked at from several angles. Many online resources recommend aeration systems based on only one or two aspects of the waterbody. To find the best aeration solution, several factors should be considered: 1) overall acreage of the lake or pond, 2) average water depth, 3) maximum water depth, 4) shape of the waterbody, 5) proximity to electricity, 6) desired aesthetics, 7) noise tolerance, 8) water quality. The more information we have, the better we can determine how to spread the dissolved oxygen throughout the entire lake or pond.

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Topics: Aeration, Aquatics in Brief Newsletters

No Electricity? Try Wind or Solar Aeration

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 18, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Brent Weber, Environmental Scientist and Territory Leader

Solar Lake and Pond AerationLake and pond aeration systems are used to circulate the water and add dissolved oxygen. The benefits of aeration systems are many; aeration helps enhance fish habitats, improve water quality, regulate temperature in advance of spring and fall turnover, reduce algae, remove harmful nutrients, breakdown adverse bacteria, prevent mosquito infestations and remove foul odors from a waterbody. Most of the time, however, a lake or pond does not have access to the proper electrical source to power an installed system. This is when a solar aeration system or a windmill aerator can serve as a valuable cornerstone to a lake or pond management strategy.

When it comes to power availability, we as lake managers run into this hurdle quite often. We may be called to a private residence, a golf course or a community that has a lake or pond off the beaten path. And depending on the health of the waterbody, an aeration system is usually an excellent first step in developing a sustainable lake management program. The hurdle of power availability can be easily jumped by utilizing the various types of solar and wind-powered aeration systems on the market today.

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Topics: Aeration

SOLitude Lake Management Named World’s Second Largest Distributor of AquaMaster Fountains

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 20, 2017

SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, is pleased to announce that the company was ranked as the second largest distributer of AquaMaster Fountains and Aerators in the world. Prior to the recent achievement, SOLitude was consistently named as one of AquaMaster’s top three distributors for several years. Many of SOLitude’s team members were also recently recognized for capturing aesthetic excellence in the field through AquaMaster’s annual calendar contest.

SOLitude continually strives to promote beautiful and balanced aquatic ecosystems. As a full-service provider of lake and pond management solutions, the company offers installation, service and repair of all of the high-quality fountains and aerators that it sells. SOLitude partners with AquaMaster, the industry leader in floating lake and pond fountain design and manufacturing, to develop customized aeration solutions for clients throughout the country. Additionally, SOLitude and AquaMaster work together to ensure that the SOLitude team receives regular certifications and training on the latest technology advancements in lake and pond aeration.

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Topics: SOLitude News, Aeration

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