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#514095 - 11/17/19 09:02 AM Water Temp is 59, keep aerateing?
LaBassmaster Offline

Registered: 10/16/19
Posts: 25
Loc: Louisiana, USA
I've read lots about aeration and I have seen both ways, some of you aerate all year and most don't. My pond is 1 acre, with depths of 12' deep, some humps and some shallows. My water temps are 59 across the surface of the pond, need a temp gage with a probe I can drop down to test the temp. Thank you guys for the insights!

#514105 - 11/17/19 06:37 PM Re: Water Temp is 59, keep aerateing? [Re: LaBassmaster]
Quarter Acre Offline

Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1626
Loc: West Central Missouri
I tend to start dropping aeration off once daytime air temps drop below water temps 18 inches below the surface.

My thought is...once you start cooling the pond water off on the fall/winter...stop and let it cool off naturally. I like to shut it off slowly over the course of a weeks or two.
Fish on!,

#514109 - 11/17/19 10:28 PM Re: Water Temp is 59, keep aerateing? [Re: LaBassmaster]
LaBassmaster Offline

Registered: 10/16/19
Posts: 25
Loc: Louisiana, USA
Thank you Quarter Acre!

#514110 - 11/17/19 10:35 PM Re: Water Temp is 59, keep aerateing? [Re: LaBassmaster]
highflyer Offline

Registered: 07/09/11
Posts: 1928
Loc: East Texas
What is your bio loading? Temp is not the only reason to turn off aeration.

Granted, 60 degree water can hold a lot more O2 than 95 degree water, but know your water and what is in it before changing things. I agree with having the change happen over time. Experts Like Bill, Bob, and Eric will be able to tell you the proper way and time, if you give them the information about your water and what is in it.

The one thing is the one thing
A dry fly catches no fish
Try not to be THAT 10%

#514129 - 11/18/19 07:19 PM Re: Water Temp is 59, keep aerateing? [Re: LaBassmaster]
LaBassmaster Offline

Registered: 10/16/19
Posts: 25
Loc: Louisiana, USA
I have only tested the water with the 16 in 1 test strips, a PH Meter and a Total Water Quality meter. I am waiting on my soil samples results and I am bringing in a water sample for analyst, just haven't got it turned in yet. I will post the labs when I get them. Thank you for your help! I didn't know a pond was so demanding to get fish to bite consistently.

#514139 - 11/19/19 08:52 AM Re: Water Temp is 59, keep aerateing? [Re: LaBassmaster]
snrub Offline

Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 5538
Loc: SE Kansas
As my surface temperatures dropped down to around 60 I changed my aeration to mid-day only for several weeks then shut it off. Once the air temperature got down to around freezing at night I did not want to be additionally cooling the water, so just ran it during the day (after the water got cool enough to not worry about low DO).

I'm not saying that is the right way to do it. Just the way I did it. If we get a real warm spell I may turn it back on for a few hours a day but warmth has seemed to escape us this fall.

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