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    How to Get Rid of Aquatic Midge Flies in Freshwater Ponds

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 16, 2020

    Midge Flies

    Written by: David Cottrell, District Manager and Botanist

    I recently met with a client who recounted a story of a lakefront cookout that was plagued by thousands of swarming insects. The culprits were midge flies and they created a terrible nuisance as neighbors tried to enjoy a beautiful evening together in Northeast Florida. The midges covered all surfaces, including—to the horror of the hosts—the freshly melted cheese adorning their juicy grilled burgers… pizza anyone? The client has a lot of fun with this story now, but the sad reality was that the beautiful setting which attracted them to their fantastic neighborhood was ruined during midge season. Unfortunately, in some parts of the country like Florida, midge fly infestations can last for the majority of the year!

    There are two common groups of midges that cause headaches for many waterfront residents. One is often referred to as the bloodworm midge and the other as the phantom or ghost midge. Both groups get their name from their appearance in the larval stage of their lifecycle. While it’s reassuring to know that midges do not bite or spread disease like mosquitoes, they can have a significant impact on the enjoyment of outdoor spaces; they create a mess to clean up, mar painted surfaces, and may even cause problems for asthma sufferers.

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    Topics: Aquatic Products, Aeration, Mosquito and Pest Control

    Case Study: Nanobubbles Transform a Golf Course Lake in FL

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 15, 2019

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    Nanobubbles are an exciting new technology that is helping restore water quality in some of the most problematic lakes and ponds. One such lake that greatly benefitted from the infusion of these tiny bubbles is located in a large development district in Bonita Springs, FL. This 1.3-acre lake was persistently plagued by multiple species of algae—including filamentous green algae and potentially toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). The pond is located adjacent to a golf course and has multiple homes around its perimeter, making water quality restoration a priority. Historically, the 8 ft deep lake underwent extensive algaecide treatments with little long-term success.

    Due to difficulties faced in conventional control management, the lake was deemed a candidate for control using new nanobubble technology. Nanobubble technology is designed to exceed the oxygenation capabilities of traditional aeration systems. Nanobubbles produced by on-shore generators are ultra-fine—about 400 times smaller in diameter than human hair and 1 million times smaller than ordinary bubbles. As a result of their microscopic size, nanobubbles have no natural buoyancy and remain within the water column for extended periods of time, allowing them to provide an incredible amount of oxygenation to a waterbody.

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    Topics: Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Aeration

    A Technological Break-Through in Sustainable Lake Management

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 21, 2019

    Nanobubbles - SOLitude

    Written by Industry Expert Bo Burns, Biologist & Market Development Manager

    Algae: it comes in many forms and colors. It’s slimy, stinky and can ruin the beauty and function of your golf course lakes and irrigation systems. It’s also one of the oldest known organisms on this planet, which might explain its knack for survival, even under the toughest conditions. Over time, golf courses and property management companies have learned to pick sides when it comes to the safe eradication of stubborn and harmful algal blooms—some in favor of natural management techniques; others in support of applying EPA-registered algaecides to ensure the job gets done. But this year, a new game changing technology will make the management of stubborn algae blooms a no-brainer with more long-lasting results that are beneficial for the environment.

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    Topics: Water Quality/Nutrient Remediation, Aquatic Weeds and Algae, Aeration

    Use Aeration to Prevent Winter Fish Kills

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 29, 2018

    winter lake

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

    Winter fish kills are a serious threat to your fish population if you live in the north. If large amounts of snow and ice form on your pond or lake, it can block out sunlight from penetrating into the water. Without sunlight, plants die, thus ceasing to give off oxygen they would produce during photosynthesis. The dead plant material also provides added nourishment for bacteria which also use oxygen. As the winter progresses, the available oxygen in the pond can be used up to a point where fish can suffer.

    In the winter, the metabolism of fish will slow down. They move less, eat less, grow less, and use less oxygen. The same goes for bacteria in the pond, the oxygen consumption is lower. However, oxygen levels can drop low enough to cause major problems in a pond if the winter is severe enough. In many cases, the larger trophy fish of a given species will consume more oxygen. Therefore, during low oxygen times, your biggest fish can die.

    Luckily, winterkill can be prevented.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Aeration

    Winter Fountain Maintenance: Time for an Oil & Seals Change?

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Oct 09, 2018

    Warwickresort.winterpond.newportnewsVA_DaveR_1.18.15_eYour floating fountain helps to maintain the balance of your pond or lake with constant aeration while providing a pleasing view throughout summer months. As we head into winter, now is the best time to consider scheduling critical maintenance and “TLC” for your fountain, such as an oil and seals maintenance service.

    This important fountain maintenance task will ensure that your seals are working as designed, preventing any water from leaking into the unit, and that that your pond fountain is running with clean oil. The oil and seals service includes performing an internal inspection of the power unit (motor and related parts), making any necessary adjustments, replacing any worn parts, and changing the oil, rotary shaft seal, and all related parts. Changing the oil in your fountain works much like changing the oil in your car: the cleaner the oil, the smoother it runs.

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    Topics: Aeration, Seasonal Pond Tips

    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

    family fishing

    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 freshwater environments. These strategies are often employed as part of a proactive lake and pond management program.

    The most effective and sustainable management strategies should be chosen based on the specific conditions of the waterbody. A comprehensive water quality analysis is typically the first step in identifying possible causes of problems in our water resources. Water quality analyses often show that nutrient imbalances are causing undesirable conditions. By carefully managing nutrient levels, your freshwater management professional can help create a balanced ecosystem that aligns with your goals for the property. Often goals are set around a reduction in nuisance algae, aquatic weeds or foul odors. Common tools in the management process include the use of beneficial bacteria, nutrient remediation products, vegetative buffers, erosion control, and aeration.

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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