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Depending on the type of water system you use: raceways, ponds, cages, pens, tanks, canals, marinas or, if you are hunting, your needs can change as to what products will serve you best. Plus, we are happy to show you 3rd party testing by GSEE on our products to show you the math of how well our products work. Just give us a try; we want to make sure you receive assistance for your specific circumstances.
When both beauty and aeration are necessity check out our F500F and F1000F aerating fountains. Both units are third party tested and follow the cornerstone trend of all of our equipment, which is dedication to energy efficiency. These reliable fountains pump over 100 GPM’s and throw the classic “Circular V” pattern that stands out beautifully at night with any of our lighting kits. At The Power House, Inc. we are dedicated to keeping our product line one that is ever-evolving to satisfy the needs of ponds of all shapes and sizes and to keep our valued customers fulfilled and constantly coming back for something new.
During the summer, aquatic vegetation produces large amounts of oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Daytime dissolved oxygen levels can be well above saturation, even in warm water which tends to hold less oxygen as water temperatures rise. The flip side to the problem is the other end of the spectrum – winter. A fish kill experienced as cold temperatures cause ponds and lakes to freeze over. Low dissolved oxygen levels result from a combination of factors. The air/water interface is capped by the formation of ice, limiting the exchange of oxygen at the surface. This icy cover also reduces or completely eliminates sunlight from reaching any aquatic plant life that would otherwise produce oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. With no light available, aquatic plant life will begin to respire (consume oxygen) along with fish and other aquatic life and further increase the oxygen demand. The bacterial decomposition of organic material and bottom sludge also depletes oxygen levels. Ponds and lakes with an abundance of excess nutrients and organic sludge build up (eutrophic) are most susceptible to fish kill. These water bodies have a much higher latent oxygen demand so oxygen levels can drop very quickly if something goes wrong. Shallow ponds and lakes also tend to have more trouble with fish kill. These water bodies hold less water, so there is not much volume for oxygen storage.
Here are some common clues that something might not be right with your waters:
• Low Clarity
• Unpleasant Odor
• Fish Dying
• Fish Gulping Air at Surface
Note: Cloudy, calm summer days can actually trigger a fish kill. Less oxygen is produced during the day due to less light available for photosynthesis and little or no wave action. With less oxygen dissolved in the water heading into night, there may not be enough oxygen available to sustain aquatic life until morning.
Our oldest and still the strongest product: the Ice Eater. While the Ice Eater has been used to prevent fish kills (see aquaculture), attracts waterfowl (see duck hunting), and many other things, the Ice Eater prevents ice from forming around boats, marinas, docks, and piers as well as effectively melting existing ice by breaking the surface with a continuous current of warmer bottom water. Ice Eater’s propeller draws up warmer subsurface water and deflects it to the surface creating a constant circulation of warmer water that prevents ice formation. Ice Eater will melt existing ice. Unlike other de-icing units, Ice Eater requires no additional hardware in order to obtain the desired de-icing pattern.
Ice Eater is shipped complete with suspension lines or, for the .75-hp & 1-hp models, the dock mount is available for purchase. Our products are designed to be taken out of the box, hung in place and plugged in. Ice Eater may be hung from a pier or boat. Two to three feet is the average operating depth. Our venturi design shroud is unique to our product. Based on the concept of using a short pipe with flared ends and a smaller middle section, a large amount of water is taken in through the bottom, forced through a narrower middle which allows for bigger thrust out of the flared top.
The Ice Eater was designed with several key factors in mind:
1. Preventing winter fish kills
In the same way humans need oxygen to survive, so do fish. When a pond or lake freezes over, the fish start suffocating since no new air can get into the water. Photosynthesis is cut short during the winter if a layer of ice is present. Not only can you lose stocked fish by letting the waters freeze over, but come spring you will have created an abundance of fish carcasses to cleanup once everything thaws, along with an undesirable odor.
2. Attract waterfowl
No matter if you are an avid bird watcher or enjoy the hunt, waterfowl can be wonderful to enjoy during the winter months when you have unfrozen waters for them to play in. Ducks and geese utilize this open water for feeding, nesting, and protection during migration. Fowl are even attracted to bobbing decoys in the water.
3. Prevent damage to docks, boat launches, and boats
When water freezes into ice, it expands. The solid pressure of ice can do harmful damage to pilings causing them to lift or tilt. Serious damage can happen to boats themselves when they are docked for the winter.
4. Water quality improvement
The foundation to any healthy aquatic environment is oxygen that can be supplied by surface aeration systems. Our equipment propels the stagnant, stale water into the air to create big air bubble thus circulating the oxygen back into the water. Movement mixes the different temperature within the water which allows the overall temperature of the water to stabilize.
Duck Hunters can have a tough time depending on how fast or slow the fall changes over to winter weather. The slower the change the longer the season, but if cold weather strikes fast it can cut short the hunt. That’s where Ice Eaters & Mallard View Outdoors comes in – we have combined resources to find a way to keep your blinds open longer. Birds will keep migrating when there is no open water to be found. To remedy this problem Ice Eaters can be placed in the waters, prior to the hunt, to keep open sections of water. The more open water you can create, the better the chance that the flock will congregate to your blind. Shallow water and energy source might feel like a problem, but Mallard View offers both generators and stands to keep the Ice Eater out of the muck and running at full speed. The movement in the water doesn’t seem to bother the ducks – in fact, most hunters find that the ducks are attracted to the movement and the decoys are more lifelike since they move with the water.
The Power House, Inc. has several options for you when aerating these waterways. Our aerators can do several positive things for your waterways, by increasing oxygen levels in your waters. This increase in oxygen eliminates foul odors and allows healthy plant life to start growing in the water again. The movement of water created by an aerator can create current, which will push the dead debris out. Our aerators are designed to adjust so you can get the prefect angle for the type of water flow you need and the direction you want the current to go. Flow and oxygenation encourage the decomposition of many non-organic compounds from boats In the case of brackish water, water that is a bit too salty to be considered fresh water but not salty enough to be actual salt water, the consistent churning of water can help balance the salinity swings. Freshwater is less dense than saltwater, encouraging anoxia since saltwater has a lower level of DO. Mixing the waters using an aerator can buffer the salt level changes that can result in a fish kill. Marina and canal systems are particularly vulnerable to oxygenation problems due to their reduced flow, increased depth, and isolation from the main water body. These systems can be fresh, marine, brackish, or have variable salinity. Since these water bodies are often heavily traveled by boats, pollution adds to the challenges of keeping these areas healthy and aesthetically pleasing. Aeration reduces the variability experienced in these systems while improving water quality through oxygenation.
Hunters Keep Out! Ice Eater’s are used at the Lee Richardson Zoo to protect the various species of water fowl. Our units are used to keep waters open in the winter time so the birds can avoid predators and have a place to stay.
During the summer, the Ice Eaters keep the water flowing to hold back odors and provide clean, clear water for various species to inhabit.
These are just 2 uses for the versatile Ice Eater, built by The Power House, Inc.