How the Aire-O2® Series II Aspi­ra­tor Aerator Competes

We know you have several options to consider for your aeration needs. We make it easy to see how the Aire-O2 Series II Aspirator Aerator competes in the marketplace. Compare the benefits below or check out our YouTube videos: Part I and Part II.

Pad­dle­wheel Aerators

Sub­mersible Aerators

Aspi­ra­tor Aerators


Pad­dle­wheel Aerators

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AIRE-O2® Series II Aspi­ra­tor Aerator

paddlewheel aerator above

paddlewheel aerator below

  • Cir­cu­lates oxy­gen rich sur­face water by destrat­i­fy­ing pond water col­umn. This ensures uni­form pond tem­per­a­ture and oxy­gen lev­els through­out the pond
  • Water lubri­cated bear­ing requires no addi­tional lubri­ca­tion or maintenance
  • One mov­ing part; only 10 parts in total
  • No gear­box; thus no lubri­ca­tion or fre­quent fail­ures
  • Light­weight; can be moved from pond to pond by only one person
  • Aer­a­tion is done below sur­face; does not cause changes in tem­per­a­ture or salinity
  • High tech com­po­si­tion mate­ri­als with cor­ro­sion free ele­ments. Mate­ri­als for Series II aer­a­tor used in aero­space and auto­mo­tive industry
  • Able to adjust angle for shal­low or deep ponds
  • Viewed by indus­try as a farm investment
  • Oper­ates consistently with fluc­tu­at­ing water levels
  • Pre­ci­sion engi­neered to stay afloat in all weather conditions
  • Strong cus­tomer ser­vice and field ser­vice departments
  • Qual­ity craftsmanship; Made in the USA
  • Stan­dard 1 year war­ranty

Pad­dle­ Wheel Aerator

paddlewheel over

Paddlewheel under

  • Heavy splash­ing on the top layer of the pond leads to unequal tem­per­a­ture and DO in pond bot­tom (see pho­tos above)
  • Unable to completely mix deeper ponds
  • Many mov­ing parts and ques­tion­able work­man­ship leads to high main­te­nance and repair costs
  • Many mov­ing parts; in some cases, more than 30 parts total
  • Gear­box design requires con­stant lubri­ca­tion and fre­quent replacement
  • Bulky and heavy, may take up to four peo­ple to move from pond
  • Heavy splash­ing leads to higher salin­ity lev­els due to increased evap­o­ra­tion rates
  • Many parts are made of gal­va­nized steel, alu­minum and low grade stain­less steel — all of which cor­rode quickly in pond environment
  • Viewed by indus­try as pond consumable
  • Must be lev­eled peri­od­i­cally or amper­age draw increases
  • Prone to tipping over on windy days
  • War­ranties are sus­pect; lit­tle cus­tomer service

Sub­mersible Aerators

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AIRE-O2® Series II Aspi­ra­tor Aerator

aspirator aerator above

aspirator aerator below

  • EPA defined ‘fine bub­bles’ allow for max­i­mum oxy­gen dis­per­sion and oxy­gen trans­fer through­out pond
  • Sur­face mounted motor ensures no con­tact with cor­ro­sive water in pond
  • Able to mix fine bub­bles deep below the sur­face through­out the entire pond in one unit
  • Avail­able in mul­ti­ple sizes (2 – 7.5hp)
  • High tech pro­peller design ensures smooth operation
  • Actual oper­at­ing power is 90–95% of motor name plate; thus giv­ing the farmer what they are pay­ing for and need for their application
  • Superior com­po­si­tion mate­ri­als with cor­ro­sion free ele­ments. Mate­ri­als for Series II aer­a­tor used in aero­space and auto­mo­tive industry
  • No effi­ciency loss due to sim­ple direct drive hol­low shaft aspi­ra­tor design
  • Able to mix all sizes and depths of ponds due to mul­ti­ple angle design and large scope of equip­ment (2–7.5hp)
  • One year war­ranty on equipment
  • Numer­ous inde­pen­dent tests world­wide; proven and trusted for the indus­try for more than 40 years!

Aspi­ra­tor Aerators

Submersible Aerator

Submersible Aerator

  • Aer­a­tor emits large bub­bles which float imme­di­ately to the sur­face, resulting in low oxygen transfer (see pho­tos above)
  • Sub­mersible motors susceptible to fail­ure and leak­age, espe­cially if cycled off and on daily
  • Due to sub­mersible design, addi­tional sta­tion­ary mix­ers are often nec­es­sary for assis­tance in mixing
  • Largest sized aer­a­tor is 2.2hp
  • Heavy cav­i­ta­tion can occur on pro­peller dur­ing operation
  • Made of cheap plas­tics very sus­cep­ti­ble to break­age and short lifetimes
  • Tremen­dous loss of effi­ciency due to power wasted from suck­ing air above water’s sur­face down to the sub­mersible motor
  • Unable to mix deep waters as the deeper you lower the motor, the less effi­cient the aer­a­tor per­forms. Also, large bub­bles imme­di­ately escape to water surface
  • Lack of inde­pen­dent test­ing; rel­a­tively short history

Aspi­ra­tor Aerators

Com­pare the ben­e­fits between Series II and other aspi­ra­tor aerators

AIRE-O2® Series II Aspi­ra­tor Aerator

series II aspirator above

series II aspirator below

  • Spe­cially Designed Pro­peller For Aeration
  • EPA defined ‘fine bub­bles’ allow for max­i­mum oxy­gen dis­per­sion and oxy­gen trans­fer through­out the entire pond
  • Experts in aspi­ra­tor aer­a­tors to the aqua­cul­ture indus­try; we only work with the best!
  • Engi­neered Pro­peller Means Smooth Oper­a­tion and Low Maintenance
  • Due to Design, Much Higher Oxy­gen Trans­fer and Mixing
  • 378 m3 test pool facil­i­ties and R&D Center
  • Numer­ous inde­pen­dent tests world­wide; proven and trusted to the indus­try for over 35 years!
  • Pio­neers of the Aspi­ra­tor Tech­nol­ogy with more than 40 years of experience!

Aerator

Aquaculture Competition

Aquaculture Competition

  • Use cheap off the shelf marine or boat propeller
  • Aer­a­tor emits large bub­bles which rise imme­di­ately to the sur­face (see photo above)
  • Com­pa­nies ped­dle many dif­fer­ent types of aer­a­tors to the indus­try; not focused on sell­ing quality
  • Pro­pellers cause cav­i­ta­tion, vor­tex­ing and vibra­tion lead­ing to shorter aer­a­tor lifespan
  • Very poor oxy­gen trans­fer and mixing
  • Ques­tion­able test­ing facil­i­ties and prod­uct expertise
  • Lack of inde­pen­dent test­ing; rel­a­tively short history
  • Made by a com­pany which is not an aer­a­tion expert