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Our natural alternative to an air pump: oxygen plants

Buying an air pump? Don't!

Do you really need an air pump for a clear pond? Although an air pump increases oxygen levels and keeps the water clear, you can achieve the same effect with oxygen plants in your pond.

What does an air pump do?

An air pump provides more oxygen to your pond water, which is important for the health of fish and other aquatic animals. It also helps keep the water moving and breaks down waste products. This reduces the chance of algae growth. Still, such a pump must be on continuously, which can lead to high energy bills.

Plants can do this too!

As an alternative to an air pump, you can choose oxygen plants. These plants provide the water with oxygen and absorb nutrients, giving algae less chance to grow and keeping the water clear. With a good layout of your pond with enough oxygen plants and regular addition of beneficial pond bacteria such as Bacta Clear, you can naturally provide clear and healthy water without much maintenance.

Simon van der Velde

My vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. You don't need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, you know the water is of good quality.

Simon van der VeldePond specialist and aquatic plant breeder

Air pump vs oxygen plants

A pond designed with oxygen plants has many advantages over a pond designed with mechanical equipment such as an air pump. For example, a natural pond keeps itself in balance, making it virtually maintenance-free, you also promote biodiversity with a naturally designed pond.

Air Pump

Oxygen Plants

❌ Regularly ✅ Minimum
✅ Long-term
❌ No ✅ Yes
❌ Minimum ✅ Promotes the
❌ Higher (energy consumption) ✅ Low to no cost
✅ Efficient ✅ Efficient
❌ No ✅ Natural control
❌ Energy consumption ✅ Environmentally friendly
✅ Yes ❌ No

Oxygen plant packages for a clear pond

For a pond from 100 to 20,000 gallons of water

Click on the image for an explanation of how to calculate the number of gallons of water in your pond.

Calculating content of your pond

Oxygen Plants Pond Package - S

- For 100 - 500 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 87.00.Current price is: 69.59.

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Oxygen Plants Pond Package - M

- For 750 - 1,500 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 162.00.Current price is: 129.59.

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Oxygen Plants Pond Package - L

- For 2,000 - 3,000 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 292.00.Current price is: 233.59.

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Oxygen Plants Pond Package - XL

- For 4,000 - 6,000 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 550.00.Current price is: 440.59.

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Oxygen Plants Pond Package - XXL

- For 12,500 - 15,000 L
- Oxygen Plants
- Placement: -1 to -80 cm

Original price was: 1,330.00.Current price is: 1,064.59.

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Pond specialist & aquatic plant breeder

Tip from Simon: More plants in your pond is always better.

Too few plants increases the risk of algae and plant death. If necessary, choose additional plants you like in addition to the package.

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Where to place air pump?

It is advisable to place the air pump in a place that is free of dust and direct sunlight. This is because dust can cause damage to the membranes of the air pump. Also, make sure that the place where you place the air pump is well ventilated so that the pump can draw air effortlessly. A well-ventilated, shaded and dust-free spot is ideal for the life and efficiency of your air pump.

What is the best air pump?

Oxygen plants are a natural and sustainable way to add oxygen to pond water. They do this through photosynthesis, absorbing carbon dioxide from the air and releasing oxygen. These aquatic plants have the ability to release oxygen to the water during the day, while consuming oxygen at night. This cycle creates a natural balance in pond water. Moreover, different types of aquatic plants also have a cleansing and filtering effect on the pond water by absorbing excess nutrients, which can prevent filamentous and floating algae if the pond is set up correctly. While an air pump can be a quick way to add oxygen to the water, it also has drawbacks. For example, it can disrupt the natural cycle of the pond by constantly releasing oxygen to the water. In addition, the air bubbles produced by the air pump can interfere with water circulation, slowing down the decomposition of organic material. In addition, in some cases, an air pump can also contribute to the spread of pathogens in pond water. In short, aquatic plants: "Oxygen plants, marsh plants and water lilies" are the best air pump you can invest in to naturally and sustainably add oxygen to pond water and increase biodiversity.



Disadvantages of an air pump in the pond

An air pump is seen by many people as a quick and convenient tool to keep the pond water balanced, but what many people don't realize is that an air pump is not the best option for a healthy and clear pond. Aquatic plants are a better and more natural alternative that involves less cost and maintenance and looks nicer. The three main disadvantages of air pumps:

  1. Disruption of the natural cycle: Constantly adding oxygen to the water can disrupt the natural cycle of the pond. This can lead to an imbalance in the ecosystem and excessive algae growth.
  2. Slow down the decomposition of organic material: The air bubbles produced by the air pump can disrupt water circulation, thus slowing down the decomposition of organic material. This can lead to an accumulation of dirt and waste products in the pond.
  3. Spread of germs: In some cases, an air pump can contribute to the spread of pathogens in pond water. This can be especially a problem in ponds with a high number of fish, where the fish live in close proximity to each other and diseases can quickly develop and spread.

Advantages of a pond without a mechanical air pump

Besides the fact that the pond has a much more natural look without an air pump, you save electricity costs and you have no noise produced by the pump. Also, a pond without a pump is more favorable for the growth of aquatic plants because there is less flow in the water. The natural cycle of the pond can be better maintained without a mechanical air pump but with plants. Aquatic plants and other aquatic organisms such as freshwater mussels in the pond provide natural oxygenation and help break down organic matter and nutrients in the water. This leads to a natural balance in the pond.

How do you naturally aerate a pond?

It is quite possible to create a natural pond without a pump or pond filters. This, by setting up the pond with the right amount and combination of aquatic plants, pond substrate and pond bacteria so that the pond is balanced. Pond plants help absorb nutrients from the water, release oxygen to the water, prevent algae formation and provide shelter for various aquatic animals. Animals in and around the pond help keep the ecosystem in balance and with restoring biodiversity. Do you find it difficult to decorate your pond? Then read our pond planting plan and choose a ready-made: Smartly put together pond plant package.

What kind of air pump do I need?

It is important to emphasize that an air pump is often not essential for a balanced pond. If your pond is set up correctly with the right mix of oxygen plants, other plant species, pond substrate and beneficial bacteria, the water will remain clear and balanced in a completely natural way. These elements not only contribute to a healthy pond environment, but they also increase water oxygen levels, promote biodiversity and naturally combat algae. In addition, introducing fish also fits perfectly within the concept of an all-natural pond. Together, this makes for a beautiful, vibrant pond that contributes to the overall ecosystem of your garden. For those striving for such a natural balance, we recommend following our step-by-step plan.

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I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
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I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.