Poor Aeration Maintenance Limits Peak Performance
Biologists believe aeration improves pond environments dramatically. It helps keep water moving and its quality predictable. Aeration reduces sludge and nutrients that feed annoying algae. There are fewer incidents of undesirable odors. Aeration allows fish to thrive in optimal environments, experience improved growth rates, and vigor. But, compressors must be serviced to sustain a valuable lifeline to the fishery and water quality.
Continuous operation 24-hours daily, year-round, causes wear and tear on vital parts. See the owner’s manual for approved procedures to replace air filters and install compressor rebuild kits once or twice annually. Enhance compressor ventilation by keeping cabinet air inlets and outlets free of debris and weed growth. Most failed equipment can be repaired at substantially lower costs than replacement with new units.
Decreased bubble action on the pond surface is a clear signal of poor maintenance. Keep a log of general cabinet cleaning, filter replacement, and regularly flex air stations to remove sediment from diffuser screens.
Inconsistent maintenance eventually will result in significant compressor damage. Note a broken fan blade and other frayed parts in the adjacent photo. Warranties can be voided if systems are not maintained according to guidelines in the owner’s manual.