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Fishy Jeff
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Aeration
« on: October 20, 2011, 06:05:48 AM »

Are there any guidelines on how much aeration per fish to use?

I've been using a fountain in my pond on a timer, set for off and on throughout the day and particularly late night/ early morning when oxygen levels (I have plants) are lowest. That turned problematic when a very windy night blew out a couple hundred gallons!

I have a low occupancy unfiltered pond (with a lot of surface area) of about 600 gallons with 6 fish (medium to small size). Water temps are now in the 50's and 60's. I'm thinking of a Tetra 60 or 100 with a micro bubbler.  Or do I not  need to worry? There is not much debris in the pond, so I think little anaerobic activity beyond fish waste.

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Nossie
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Re: Aeration
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 10:13:59 AM »

Maybe you could buy a pond filter? That should provide enough surface agitation for the fish to get enough air Smiley
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Aeration
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2011, 07:41:49 PM »

Nossie (or someone) - is it true that too much aeration is a bad thing? I read something somewhere...bubbles under the skin? or something of the sort....I like long airstones against the back wall plus super strong filters so my tank is full of teensy bubbles. Too much?
Jeff- sorry to hijack. Do you have pics of your pond? Thats my ultimate dream...
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Nossie
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Re: Aeration
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2011, 02:39:23 PM »

I've read about it too in one of my favorite books (Manual on Fish Health by Chris Andrews), but it seems that only some types of fish could get it that aren't really used to oxygen-rich environments...? At least that's how I understood it! Goldfish really aren't susceptible to this since they are considered to be oxygen hogs Tongue
Air stones aren't really needed though since most filters will keep the water surface rippling nicely providing enough oxygen on its own Smiley

I mostly have mine just because my snails and pleco seem to really enjoy laying on it... xD
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