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Improve Your Kitchen to Help Sell Your Home


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Improve Your Kitchen to Help Sell Your Home

My husband and I recently put our home onto the market, because we were expecting a baby and need to upgrade to something larger. When offers rolled in that were really low, we decided to ask our realtor why people thought the house was worth so much less than it was. He was honest and told us that he had heard our kitchen was a bit of an eyesore. He was right, but I had actually put off renovations because I knew we were looking to sell the home soon. We took the gamble and renovated our kitchen. It paid off! We received an offer that was near our asking price, and it made the kitchen renovations well worth it! I created this blog to help others struggling to sell their homes realize that a few small improvements can help you finally sell your home!

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What Kind Of Aeration Pump Do You Need For A Catfish Pond?

A catfish pond can be a simple and efficient way to raise your own food and recycle scraps, but even these hardy fish need a hospitable environment to grow and multiply. Besides food availability, temperature and water acidity, you will also need to monitor oxygen levels in your pond to ensure your fish can move freely and reach their maximum potential size. Many small ponds are able to regulate their own oxygen levels naturally, but if your pond does not get much exposure to wind or is otherwise too anaerobic, you may need to install an aerator pump to ensure a steady gas transfer between the air and water. 

Assessing Your Pond's Oxygen Needs

Many pond owners first learn about their oxygen shortage when fish begin dying, often after long cloudy periods or storms. Without access to sunlight, the algae that would normally produce oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis are unable to generate enough to supply the pond, effectively strangling fish in the process. You may also notice that your fish are never reaching large sizes or an optimal population density, all indicators of an oxygen shortage. You can collect a sample of your water and have it tested at your local co-op extension to confirm your hypothesis and begin understanding the precise extent of the problem. 

Choosing the Right Type of Aerator

Besides choosing the size of your pump and the mechanical method by which it will aerate your pond, you must also account for how it will be powered. Electric or gasoline-powered pumps may be adequate for very small- or very large-scale operations, but windmill-powered pumps are typically the most sustainable and affordable option. Paddlewheel aerators, which churn the water similar to a watermill, are a popular choice, because they are relatively simple mechanically and do not require extensive renovations or piping to install. Artificial ponds may also employ bubble diffusers running underneath their lining.  

Maintaining Your Pump

Once your pump is in place, you should periodically test your pond's water to make sure the oxygen levels are resting at an ideal level. You will also need to clean and maintain your pump regularly to avoid any costly pump repairs, and fix any issues before they become hazardous to your fish. Whenever you suspect your pump is not behaving as intended, call a pump repair specialist to examine it and offer a professional opinion. Although it may require a little extra care and attention, your pump should greatly improve conditions in your pond, leading to a higher yield and lower mortality rate among your catfish as a result.