Designing Pond Aeration Systems
Aeration System Design Questions
Is your pond round or square, shallow or deep or some combination of all? Several factors determine the optimal 'system' for a given body of water. Read on to learn how aeration is specified, look at comparisons of similarly sized lakes and ponds that recieved different systems, or jump in and let us start designing the perfect system to restore your lake or pond.
Tell us the location and a few things about your lake and we will send you a scaled aerial map - the first step to accurately determining how much aeration you need.
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Water DepthWhether man-made or natural, there is never a single depth to a body of water. Some are relatively shallow throughout while others have areas that are quite deep. Vertex will look at the range of depths in order to create the right column of water for the best turnover rate.
ShapeIs it sort of round or square, or does it have 'fingers' sticking out all over? The overall shape is often what determines the number of AirStations that are needed to ensure the entire pond or lake is getting the full effect of oxygenation.
AcreageFrom less than 1 acre to over 91 million acres, the range in sizes of lakes on the planet is huge. Correctly sizing an aeration system will take into account the total size of your pond or lake.
Power sourceWhy does this matter? Aeration systems are run by electric compressors pumping air through the hose and diffusers. Two issues will be addressed in designing a your system:
- Running the system: standard systems require power to be close to the water's edge. Vertex has a Remote Valve Box option that is more cost effective than moving electricity.
- Noise: any compressor/cabinet will make some noise. Typically, aeration cabinets are similar to home AC units in the amount of noise generated. If the cabinet must be placed where even this level of noise is too much, Vertex has a Sound Kit option to reduce the sound even more.
The best aeration system configuration to achieve consistent oxygen levels throughout the entire body of your pond, lake, canal, marina or reservoir is based on looking at all of these variables together. The biologists at Vertex have years of training and experience specifying aeration systems for all types and sizes of ponds, lakes, marinas, canals and reservoirs.
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Vertex Diffuser Models classified by water depth and lifting rate GPM (gallons per minute)Air Flow = 1.0 CFM (cubic feet per minute) per disk
Lifting rate data represents total water flow as recorded in both independent testing and real world data collected by Vertex from installed pond aeration systems. Lifting rate varies significantly by air flow, water depth and other factors. XL8 data extrapolated from XL5 data.
Specified systems for comparable small ponds
|Vertex Air 3 XL2SW System||Vertex Air 1+ XL2 VBS System|
Specified systems for comparable medium ponds
|Vertex Air 5 XL2SW VBS Systems||Vertex High Flow 3 XL5 VBS System|
Specified systems for comparable lakes
|Vertex High Flow 4 XL5 System||Vertex Custom High Flow 3 XL5/2 XL2 System|
Specified systems for very large lakes and reservoirs
|2 Vertex Large Lake 8 XL5 VBS Systems||6 Vertex High Flow 6 XL5 Systems|