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5 Key Reasons to Use a Lake or Pond Aeration System

Keeping your pond or lake healthy is the first step in protecting the longevity of your water feature. A body of water that enjoys proper lake and pond management can look forward to supporting a wide range of plant, insect, and animal life. One of the best ways to set your pond or lake up for a bright future is to supply it with appropriate aeration systems.


The Right System


Aeration systems installation in Florida isn’t as simple as plugging in a fountain and hoping for the best. You need the guidance of a professional to choose the right equipment to maintain the correct balance within the system. There are several reasons to consider contacting Lake Doctors in the Florida Panhandle:


1 – Reduce and eliminate water quality issues that lead to pond algae blooms. Aeration can also improve clarity and reduce foul odors.


2 – Pond aerators and fountains are visually pleasing and can create interesting patterns.


3 – Mosquitoes love shallow, stagnant water, but aeration discourages their habits by providing continuous circulation.


4 – Aeration increases the oxygenation of the water, which encourages a healthier habitat for fish, insects, birds, and plants.


5 – Beneficial aerobic bacteria thrive on diffused oxygen; they break down organic matter and consume excess nutrients, which reduces organic sediment.


If you start with the right equipment and a company that knows how to keep your pond or lake healthy, you can look forward to years of beautiful water features.


The Myth of the Cottonmouth Chase

lake and pond managementAt The Lake Doctors, we strive to serve our clients by offering custom aquatic solutions that fit your needs and budget. Our specialists have learned a lot over the years about our ecosystems and the animals that are found within these systems. We feel it is our duty as a company to offer our expertise and advice regarding your lakes and ponds.

Cottonmouths snakes, also known as water moccasins (Agkistrodon piscivorus), are notoriously mistaken by humans to be extremely vicious. The myth is when people come between the water and a cottonmouth; the snake may become startled and seem as though it is chasing the individual. The much-uncoordinated cottonmouth, once in motion, will move spastically to escape human contact and return to water because it perceives us to be a threatening predator. However, more often they will sit in their classic mouth agape pose, showing off their white mouth in a defensive posture.

We find ourselves in the presence of snakes more often than not in our line of work. Although they are not everyone’s favorite critter, they are a very important part of the ecological puzzle that makes up our waterways. Remember to respect their presence and check your local wildlife laws before handling any snake species. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our lake and pond management services.

Water Snakes (Nerodia) vs. Cottonmouths/Water Moccasins (Agkistrodon Piscivorus)

lake and pond managementlake and pond managementAt The Lake Doctors, we feel it is important to inform our clients about certain water snakes (Nerodia), a family of snakes that often get a bad reputation from a case of mistaken identity. Nerodia water snakes are often blamed for being a dangerous predator from the misunderstood species that gives them that persona, cottonmouths/water moccasins (Agkistrodon piscivorous).

Water snakes are commonly mistaken because they share the same habitats and do their best to imitate the cottonmouth. The difficulty in telling these two snakes apart is that both species of snakes come in a wide variety of colors ranging from dark browns, blacks, tans, and a wide variety of patterns. The water snake does its best to flatten out its head to look more threatening, so the head shape is also not a viable method of identification. When in doubt it’s always safer to leave them be instead of doing a closer inspection. Common water snakes are the Florida banded water snake which is non-venomous and the cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin, which is extremely venomous.

Identifying Snakes – The Good and The Bad

Our lake and pond management company strive to stress the importance of being aware of snakes. It is important to leave them alone to enhance your safety while out on the water. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our aquatic management services.

NaturaLake Research & Case History Rewards Program: Fort Myers 2017 Case Study Part 1

lake and pond managementLake Doctors, your trusted source for lake and pond management services, is honored to announce our participation in the Second Annual Research & Case History Rewards Program for 2017. We are very proud of our team members, Matt Lewis and Mike Smith, for taking home first and third place for using NaturaLake products at our Fort Meyers and Navarre accounts in the Florida Panhandle. Below we showcase our Fort Myers 2017 Case Study, conducted by Matt Lewis.

Our 2017 Fort Myers, Florida Case Study takes place at Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club which has two man-made lakes. Matt’s objective was to create a custom lake management plan that would ultimately enhance homeowner property values while improving the lake’s overall health and aesthetic.

The design and implementation process included the following:

  • Removing Filamentous Algae, Coconuts, and Other Harmful Debris
  • Installing an Aeration System That Enhanced Overall Dissolved Oxygen Levels Throughout the Lake
  • Conducting a Six-Month Bacteria and Enzyme Application
  • Applying Aquafix Products Every Two-Weeks; We Used Aquafix M-D Pellet, Pondzilla, and Summer-Slam
  • Collecting Water Samples and Testing for Accurate Results

If you are interested in learning more about our 2017 Fort Myers case study, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Our Customers

lake and pond managementWhen it comes to the success of our company, we fully understand we wouldn’t be anywhere without the support of our customers. At The Lake Doctors, we strive to provide superior lake and pond management services to best serve our clients and their properties. Our water treatments help residential and commercial clients receive the most out of their waterways. Take a look below to learn more about some of the customers that we serve.

  • Homeowner’s Association (HOA)

Ensure your residential waterway is aesthetically pleasing and functional with help from our lake management. We will provide services that will keep your lakes clean and healthy.

  • Golf Courses

Keep your golf courses looking great when you trust in our aquatic management solutions. We design unique solutions that are best for your course that focuses on enhancing the overall beauty of your ponds that will overall complement your greens. We provide services that eliminate any invasive species, such as algae, that commonly negatively impact lakes and ponds. We always utilize environmentally friendly techniques to ensure your course is safe.

  • Private Pond Owners

Whether you desire fish stocking or the eliminating of algae, our water management company can provide a wide range of services to ensure your lakes are healthy and clean.

If you are interested in learning more about our services, contact our company today at 1 (800) 666-5253.

Lake and Pond Management to Keep Your Water Healthy

lake and pond managementIf your business has a lake or pond on its grounds, chances are you understand how important it is to maintain the appearance of the lake or pond in order to keep your customers returning. Whether you have a small decorative pond or a lake that your visitors often use for recreation, keeping a large body of water clean and healthy can be difficult to handle in addition to all your other tasks. By leaving your lake and pond management to a professional, you can spend more time running your business without having to worry about what’s growing in your pond.

Regular Lake and Pond Management and Cleaning

Depending on the size of your body of water and where it’s located, there are a number of tasks that should be completed on a regular basis to keep your water clean, free of bad odors, and acceptable to your customers or guests. Our professional lake and pond management company will perform a number of tasks throughout the year to ensure your pond is healthy and free of odors, mosquitoes, and weeds. Work with our qualified company that will perform tasks such as:

  • Water Inspections and Treatments
  • Fish Stocking for Insect and Weed Control
  • Protecting Surrounding Ecosystem
  • Invasive Species Management and Prevention
  • Algae and Weed Control
  • Aeration and Fountain Management

Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our services or to schedule your next appointment.

Benefits to Fish Stocking

lake and pond managementAt Lake Doctors, we utilize the practice of fish stocking for many aquatic reasons while we perform our lake and pond management services. Fish stocking is the raising of fish in a controlled area, such as an incubator, to release them into waterways, such as lakes and ponds, to help populate the existing body of water. Below we list the many benefits to fish stocking.

  • Environmentally Balanced

Ensuring your body of water contains a diverse population of fish is an integral part of creating an environmentally balanced lake and pond. It is important to consider what fish are native to your area and will provide appropriate benefits to your lakes. Our comprehensive aquatic services can help identify your specific needs.

  • Help Maintain Weed Problems

Lakes that suffer from problematic weeds can benefit significantly from an integrated aquatic management program that combines herbicide application and fish stocking to help eliminate harmful weeds. Stocking your lakes and ponds with Triploid Grass Carp is a great way to naturally remove specific weed problems.

  • Recreational Use

For the fisherman in all of us, stocking your bodies of water with fish is a great way to ensure you catch something! The Sunshine Bass is a great fish to have in your lakes for a large catch that is sure to impress your friends.

Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our lake and pond management services and our fish stocking options.

Armored Catfish

Biologist Geoff Camp with an armored catfish at a lake in Cape Coral, Florida.The Loricariids, also known as “armored catfish,” are a popular aquarium fish that use their suckered mouths to clean algae and detritus build up from the tanks. This cleaning behavior, which is helpful in tanks, is devastating to aquatic plant life since their activities erode local shorelines up to ten feet.

These prehistoric looking catfish have thick, boney plates and are also referred to as Plecostomus or Plecos. Depending on the species, they can grow to lengths up to 24 inches and can weigh up to three pounds. They are native to tropical South America and Central America and were introduced to Florida in the 1950s for use in aquariums.

In the wild, armored catfish will create long burrows along a shoreline, and the female will deposit her eggs. The burrows can collapse from the weight of a human, making them a nuisance and a hazard that can cause injury and increase the likelihood of erosion along canal and shorelines.

Armored catfish have been added to the growing list of non-native fish in local waters, and they are likely not going anywhere due to their adverse impact on the balance within the environment. Contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253 to learn more about our lake and pond management services.

Biologist Geoff Camp with an armored catfish at a lake in Cape Coral, Florida.

Stay Informed on The Lake Doctor’s Blog

lake and pond managementWe are committed to helping our clients by offering comprehensive lake and pond management through a plethora of aquatic services. Check below to learn more in-depth about a few of the services that we offer.

  • Annual Management Program

Through our annual program, our knowledgeable staff will visit your lake and ponds to conduct a thorough aquatic survey that determines any potential risks and issues. We identify types of weeds, water clarity, water species, and other informative details that can affect your water source.

  • Weed Control and Algae Treatment

Through our weed control and algae treatment, we can help bring life back to your ponds and lakes. When algae and weeds become uncontrollable, they can consume oxygen levels found in the water, causing harm to fish and other wildlife.

  • Lake Fountains & Aeration Systems

We offer several different brands of lake fountains and aeration systems, while providing seamless installations for an added convenience to our customers. Our aeration systems help ponds and lakes have healthy levels of oxygen for wildlife.

We offer many more services than what is listed above. If you are interested in learning more about the aquatic services that we provide to help your ponds and lakes thrive, contact us today at 1 (800) 666-5253.