Filter Start & Beneficial Bacteria

Filter Start & Beneficial Bacteria

One of the most valuable additions to your filtration system is the addition of beneficial nitrifying bacteria to help good bacteria colonise your filtration media allowing the efficient processing of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

There are many makes and variations of filter start available but we believe at Utopia Koi we have a select range available that is second to none.

We recommend the regular use of beneficial filter bacteria. At Utopia Koi we add beneficial filter bacteria weekly to all of our ponds and if any water parameter spikes are noted such as when new fish are added or feeding regimes are changed.

We believe strongly in good water husbandry techniques and adding a range of water treatments is fundamental to achieving water that looks alive with an iridescent sparkle and parameter readings just as you’d like them.

Look after your water and your fish will look after themselves!

  • Evolution Aqua Pure + Filter Start Gel

    £14.95£29.95

    PURE+ Filter Start Gel is a live, concentrated bacteria culture for use in new pond filters.

    The gel based solution will stick to the filter media, allowing the nitrifying bacteria it contains to rapidly colonise your filter. Once the filter media has been coated with the PURE+ Filter Start Gel, the beneficial bacteria within the gel will speed up the maturation of your filter media, while helping to convert ammonia and nitrite, resulting in less stressed fish.

    One of our favourite products because its made right here in the UK and the cultures of beneficial bacteria are live and kicking!

    Pure + Filter Gel is perfect for brand new filter media or at the start of a new season after the winter months.

    Technical Summary:

    • Live highly concentrated beneficial bacteria gel
    • Made in the UK
    • Easy to use with all filter media types

    Available in 2 sizes:

    1 Litre which treats ponds up to 10,000 litres (2200 UK Gallons)
    2.5 Litre which treats ponds up to 25,000 litres (5500 UK Gallons)

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  • Evolution Aqua Pure Pond

    £7.95£24.95

    PURE is Evolution Aqua’s Award Winning range of bacterial products for ponds, freshwater aquariums and marine aquariums.

    PURE products contain incredibly high concentrations of friendly bacteria and enzymes. These are contained within a unique delivery system that when added to your pond or aquarium will help to clean up organic waste and break down ammonia and nitrite.

    The result is crystal clear and healthy water that sparkles.

    Pure Pond is the ideal all season long filter maintenance adaptive for all types of pond helping maintain water clarity and ammonia and nitrite levels under control.

    Technical Summary:

    • Made In the UK
    • Bacteria and enzymes delivered in gel-like balls
    • Maintains crystal clear and healthy water
    • Breaks down ammonia and nitrite
    • Cleans up organic waste
    • Reduces filter maintenance and cleaning
    • Suitable for use in all types of ponds
    • Add to filter for best results

    Available in 3 sizes:

    500ml which treats ponds up to 10,000 Litres (2200 UK gallons)
    1 Litre which treats ponds up to 20,000 litres (4400 UK Gallons)
    2 Litre which treats ponds up to 40,000 litres (8800 UK Gallons)

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  • Evolution Aqua Pure Pond Bomb

    £12.49£129.95

    Pond Bombs are an intensive, fast acting pond treatment. Do you need help achieving crystal clear, healthy water? If yes, Evolution Aqua’s PURE Pond Bomb is the product for you.

    At Utopia Koi we use Evolution Aqua Pond Bombs extensively and love them! Whats not to love with a name like “Pond Bomb”! An epic name for a superb product.

    What is the PURE Pond Bomb?

    PURE Pond Bomb is a fast acting, concentrated version of the Award Winning PURE Pond. PURE Pond Bomb is ideal for use in Koi ponds, ornamental ponds, or indeed any aqua-scape feature which do not have conventional filtration, to achieve crystal clear, healthy water.

    Inside the PURE Pond Bomb there is a unique combination of friendly bacteria and enzymes, which get to work as soon as the ball hits the water to clean up organic waste and break down the ammonia and nitrite to leave your pond crystal clear and healthy.

    The cleaver part about the gel is that if the good bacteria and enzymes aren’t needed the gel doesn’t just break down releasing the filter boost it stays intact for a period of time until the good bacteria and enzymes are needed creating an on demand filtration boost!

    How to use the PURE Pond Bomb?

    PURE Pond Bomb can also be used when starting up a new filter, as the high concentration of bacteria will help to remove the harmful ammonia and nitrite, allowing the filter media to mature. Just drop the PURE Pond Bomb into the biological stage of your filter.

    Bead filter or pressure filter? No problem, simply unscrew the lid and tip the pond bomb inside the filter and screw the lid back on.

    If it’s easier you can even throw the pond bomb straight into the pond. the Pond Bomb will dissolve when needed and begin to release the beneficial bacteria and enzymes in to the water.

    PURE Pond Bomb are a fast acting boost of bacterial activity for use when you have introduced new fish or had issues with you filter and your ammonia and nitrite levels need to be corrected quickly.

    Technical Summary:

    • Made in the UK
    • Ultra easy to use
    • Very fast acting
    • Unique combination of friendly bacteria and enzymes
    • Clears organic waste
    • Removes harmful ammonia and nitrite
    • Leaves ponds clear and healthy

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  • Koi bac Amtreat

    £51.95

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    Koi Bac Amtreat is instantly active, industrial strength nitrifying bacteria to provide a rapid solution to the problem of ammonia in koi ponds.

    Koi bac Amtreat contains a highly concentrated culture of Nitrosomonas bacteria, designed to provide instant nitrification. Ideal for new filter systems, when adding new fish, and in quarrantine systems.

    Koi bac Amtreat is also a great emergency treatment for reducing ammonia spikes in established ponds.

    500 ml treats 1000 gallons (4,500 litres)

    Amtreat is a bespoke product brewed especially for each order to ensure maximum potency.

    Please allow around 1 week from order to delivery of this product. 

    Available in:
    1 x 500ml Koi bac Amtreat

    £51.95

  • Koi bac Nitreat

    £51.95

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    Koi Bac Nitreat instantly active, industrial strength nitrifying bacteria to provide a rapid solution to the problem of nitrite in koi ponds.

    Koi bac Nitreat contains a highly concentrated culture of Nitrobacter, designed to provide instant nitrification.

    Ideal for new filter systems, when adding new fish and in quarrantine systems.

    Koi bac Nitreat is also a great emergency treatment for reducing nitrite spikes in established ponds.

    500 ml treats 1000 gallons (4,500 litres)

    Nitreat is a bespoke product brewed especially for each order to ensure maximum potency.

    Please allow around 1 week from order to delivery of this product. 

    Available in:
    1 x 500ml Koi bac Nitreat

    £51.95

  • Microbe Lift Clean & Clear

    £12.95£59.95

    BREAK DOWN HARMFUL SUBSTANCES AND CUT POND CARE IN HALF!

    In total, Microbe-Lift Clean & Clear contains more than 30 different bacterial cultures that were specifically chosen to break down certain nutrient sources that deteriorate the quality of water and reduce the effectiveness of the filter.

    This not only includes ammonia and nitrite but also:

    • Oils
    • Fats
    • Proteins
    • Nitrate
    • Dead plant debris
    • Dead algae
    • Bird droppings
    • Fish waste
    • Uneaten food
    • Bottom sludge, etc.

    Why should I add bacteria to my pond ? (It’s already full of them, right?)
    Yes, it’s true that over time all ponds contain bacteria that can convert most harmful substances into less harmful substances. When it comes to ponds, though, people mostly only pay attention to two substances:

    Ammonia & Nitrite
    This is understandable, because these two substances are always produced and are extremely harmful for our fish. With a properly functioning filter, however, ammonia and nitrite levels are kept under control.

    Unfortunately, most bacterial products are assessed and tested based on this situation. In the past, comparative studies were occasionally conducted to determine which brand of bacteria could most quickly break down ammonia and nitrite, while this actually is not the biggest problem.

    Dosage Rates
    A recommended dose 500ml for ponds up to 20,000 Litres can be use with maintenance does of 200ml per 20,000 litres.

    Realistically it is very hard to overdose your pond with beneficial bacteria however there is a point of diminishing return.

    At Utopia Koi we recommend a maintenance does is used with every filter clean or periodically weekly or bi-weekly in order to help maintain a thriving eco system within your pond.

    Microbe-Lift is grown in the bottle in which it is sold. The reason for this is that the organisms grow synergistically. It is actually an ‘ecosystem in a bottle’. They are grown together because they must work together in the pond. This production method is unique in the world and cannot be copied.

    Microbe-Lift bacteria uses sunlight as its energy source
    This is very useful when bringing the ecology of the pond in balance. These bacteria can use sunlight as an energy source for natural biological processes that keep your pond clean and clear.

    The photosynthetic bacteria are also the cause of the characteristic purple, red colour (and the smell!). In the beginning of the culturing process, the liquid is still clear. The purple, red colour develops after a few days of exposure to sunlight. The photosynthetic bacteria consume the nutrients and produce hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg smell), which puts them to sleep. This gives the bottles a shelf life of 3 to 5 years!

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  • Microbe-Lift Super Start

    £12.95£59.95

    Super start is a very potent, high strength bacteria formula specifically designed for quickly starting up new filtration systems

    Microbe-Lift Super Start quickly helps your filtration system establish the creation of a biofilm and a functioning nitrogen cycle keeping your ponds eco system health.

    Dosage Rates
    A recommended dose 500ml for ponds up to 20,000 Litres can be use with maintenance does of 200ml per 20,000 litres.

    Realistically it is very hard to overdose your pond with beneficial bacteria however there is a point of diminishing return.

    At Utopia Koi we recommend a maintenance does is used with every filter clean or periodically weekly or bi-weekly in order to help maintain a thriving eco system within your pond.

    Microbe-Lift is grown in the bottle in which it is sold. The reason for this is that the organisms grow synergistically. It is actually an ‘ecosystem in a bottle’. They are grown together because they must work together in the pond. This production method is unique in the world and cannot be copied.

    Microbe-Lift bacteria uses sunlight as its energy source
    This is very useful when bringing the ecology of the pond in balance. These bacteria can use sunlight as an energy source for natural biological processes that keep your pond clean and clear.

    The photosynthetic bacteria are also the cause of the characteristic purple, red colour (and the smell!). In the beginning of the culturing process, the liquid is still clear. The purple, red colour develops after a few days of exposure to sunlight. The photosynthetic bacteria consume the nutrients and produce hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg smell), which puts them to sleep. This gives the bottles a shelf life of 3 to 5 years!

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  • Microbe-Lift Filter Gel

    £14.95£19.95

    Microbe-Lift gel is a revolutionary product allowing the beneficial bacteria and enzymes to be put exactly where you want them and the gel makes sure they stay put!

    The specially formulated gel quickly attaches its self to filter media where it is quickly absorbed by the filter media and when left for a period of up to 1 hour becomes set ensuring that when the water begins to pass through the filtration media the gel is more able to remain in place.

    Microbe-Lift Gel is an ideal product for filtration matting or shower media such as bakki house media.

    Simply cover the desired filtration media and leave to be absorbed and set.

    Microbe-Lift is grown in the bottle in which it is sold. The reason for this is that the organisms grow synergistically. It is actually an ‘ecosystem in a bottle’. They are grown together because they must work together in the pond. This production method is unique in the world and cannot be copied.

    Microbe-Lift bacteria uses sunlight as its energy source
    This is very useful when bringing the ecology of the pond in balance. These bacteria can use sunlight as an energy source for natural biological processes that keep your pond clean and clear.

    The photosynthetic bacteria are also the cause of the characteristic purple, red colour (and the smell!). In the beginning of the culturing process, the liquid is still clear. The purple, red colour develops after a few days of exposure to sunlight. The photosynthetic bacteria consume the nutrients and produce hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg smell), which puts them to sleep. This gives the bottles a shelf life of 3 to 5 years.

    Technical Summary:

    • Up to 80% reduction in filter start-up time compared with other filter start products
    • Increases the speed at which bacteria attach themselves to the filter material
    • Easy to put onto various filter media without making a mess
    • High levels of bacteria and enzymes
    • Maintains crystal clear and healthy water
    • Breaks down ammonia and nitrite
    • Cleans up organic waste
    • Reduces filter maintenance and cleaning
    • Suitable for use in all types of ponds

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  • Microbe-Lift Thera P

    £19.95£59.95

    Provides a natural ecosystem, for better overall fish health and improved water quality.

    The bacteria in Thera P provides the assistance needed to break down the decaying organic matter and cycle certain elements such as carbon and nitrogen, which may build up in your pond.

    Thera P has been been specially designed to prompt a health eco system in your pond and stimulate the immune system of your fish through the use of probiotics giving better immunity against bacteria and parasites.

    Microbe-Lift Thera P has a hydrogen sulphide odour, which will dissipate quickly.

    Microbe-Lift Thera P can be used with other bacterial products however when using multiple bacterial products, reduce the dosage rate of the 2nd product by 50%.

    • Chemical free
    • Increases resistance to pathogens and parasites
    • Establishes and maintains symbiotic microbial populations
    • Biologically supports a healthy pond eco-system
    • Stimulates fish’s immune system
    • Promotes fish growth
    • Improves dissolved oxygen levels
    • Aids respiration and gas exchange
    • Oxidises both ammonia and nitrites. Also reduces nitrates
    • Beneficial when overpopulation exists
    • Reduces environmental stress
    • Digests fish waste
    • Seeds and helps maintain biological filters
    • Eliminates noxious odours

    When salt is added to your pond or aquarium allow the water to circulate for 24 hours, then check and adjust the density. Add the bacteria after the water has circulated for the 24-hour period.

    Since each bottle of Microbe-Lift is grown individually, colour variations may exist from bottle to bottle. These variations in colour are not indicative of variations in product quality. Any floating particles present are suspended biofilm which slough off the sides of the bottle. Dimpling or expansion of the container is caused by pressure differences resulting from temperature variations due to the fact that the bottle is sealed.

    This product is NOT a chemical. It is harmless to humans, animals, fish and plants. Since we cannot control the pre-existing dynamics of individual ponds, the above information and instructions are subject too many variables. Many situations may be unique in nature.

    Recommended Dosage

    1 litre treats 2200 litres of pond water for 11 months
    4 litres treats 20000 litres of pond water for 21 months

    Please note that because Thera P is a naturally occurring beneficial therapeutic bacterial water treatment realistically it can not be overdosed.

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  • Kusuri Filter Starter Boost

    £14.95£19.95

    Kusuri Filter Starter Boost Pink is a powerful easy to make “home culture”, which grows live nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria from freeze dried granules, into billions of beneficial bacteria, ready to convert ammonia to nitrite to the less toxic nitrate.

    For those of you that like a more involved beneficial bacteria experience.

    Directions for Brewing

    • Use 100ml of liquid and approximately 1g of freeze dried bacteria per 1000 gallons of pond water (attached to the side of bottle).
    • Shake well before use and pour the recommended amount of pink liquid to suit the gallonage of your pond.
    • Add the correct amount of freeze dried bacteria.
    • Top up bucket with pond water, aerate and keep in the dark at approximately 20°C for 5 days. When brewed allow the liquid to equalise to your pond temperature before adding to your filter.

    Recommended Dosage
    100ml per 1000 litres (220 UK gallons) of pond water

    For best results use on a regular basis with an interval between treatments of between 7 to 14 days.

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  • Kusuri Klear

    £10.95

    Kusuri Klear is a highly concentrated liquid containing selected communities of nitrifying and denitrifying beneficial bacteria.

    Kusuri Klear eliminates toxic levels of Ammonia, Nitrite, reduces Nitrate, soluble Phosphates, improves water clarity and assists in the reduction of algae if used regularly.

    This product is highly recommended when introducing new fish to boost your bio mass, keeping ammonia and nitrite at bay.

    Koi turn off their immune system at the first signs of ammonia or nitrite spikes maki g them more susceptible to ailments or parasitic or bacterial infestation.

    Why not treat your Koi to Kusuri Klear and help keep them in pristine condition!

    Directions for use

    • Shake bottle before use. Pour over filter media or directly into the pond.
    • For continued use to supplement biological filter activity, use 50ml per 4,546 litres (1,000
      gallons) of pond water weekly.
    • To improve water clarity in conjunction with the reduction of the Nitrates, soluble Phosphates, and algae use 400ml of Kusuri Klear, weekly, for ponds up to 9,092 litres (2,000 gallons), adding a further 25ml per 4,546 litres (1,000 gallons) of pond water.
    • This products works more efficiently above 15°C.

    Recommended Dosage
    Use 100ml for every 1,000 litres (220 gallons) of pond water. This product cannot be overdosed.

    £10.95

  • Kusuri Pro – 100

    £17.95

    Kusuri Pro 100 is probably one of the strongest proactive bacterial treatments available for hobbyists.

    A number of dangerous pathogenic strains of bacteria, like Aeromonas, Pseudomonas and E.coli, can cause catastrophic fish losses in ponds through infections of wounds and ulcers.

    Pro -100 is an effective preventative water treatment that does not involve antibiotics, disinfectants or any other type of chemical products.

    Pro-100 is not a direct cure for wounds and ulcers but will assist in the natural therapeutic recovery from disease and infection.

    Pro-100 will reduce free-living pathogenic bacteria. It cannot directly reduce bacteria that have already penetrated skin tissue.

    So this is too good to be true I hear you saying! How does it work?
    The multiplying colonies of beneficial bacteria out compete harmful strains of pathogens, by consuming the nutrients that the pathogens require to survive and develop. Effectively, Pro -100 reduces the numbers of pathogens by occupying their living space and starving them out of the food chain and replaces the harmful bacteria with beneficial bacteria.

    Recommended Dosage
    Use 5ml per 1000L of pond water to be treated (220 gallons).

    Add this dose daily for one week. Then reduce to 10ml per 4550L (1000 gallons) every 5 days thereafter.

    Below 15°C double the dose to 20ml per treatment every five days.

    £17.95

  • Kusuri Sludge Buster

    £10.95

    Kusuri Sludge buster has been especially formulated to help keep the bottom of your pond or aqua scape and all the associated pipe work clear of sludge and performing blockage free.

    Kusuri Sludge buster contains selected bacteria to efficiently bio-degrade sludge and detritus in ponds, pipework, filters, areas hard to clean such as folds in pond liners and improves pump flow rate.

    Regular use prevents accumulation of organic sediments, is ideal as a spring and autumn treatment, reduces biological oxygen demand (B.O.D), increasing oxygen availability to fish and the biological filter.

    Kusuri Sludge buster is best applied weekly or at least once a month. Ideal for use in ponds with no bottom drain system where the build up of waste can cause poor water quality and clarity.

    Another brew it yourself product for the more adventurous among you!

    • Use Pre-activator 12 grams to 500ml of Kusuri Sludge buster.
    • Add 12 litres of pond water, and heat with an aquarium heater to 25°C. Add an air stone and leave for seven days in the dark. Allow to cool and add to your filters.
    • This procedure will activate the Sludge buster to make it very powerful and more effective.
    • Shake container before use, dilute as required into a bucket of pond water, and disperse around the pond.

    For best results use above 15°C (59°F) as bacteria split multiply and divide more efficiently the warmer the water temperature.

    Recommended Dosage
    Use 100ml per 1000 litres (220 gallons) of pond water.

    Treatment with sludge buster can be carried out as frequently as desired however a minimum requirement of at least per month is required to see the see the beneficial effects and ideally treatment should be added one per week.

    £10.95

  • Active Bio Mix

    £18.95£114.95

    Active Mix Bio is a combination of substances including photosynthetic and lactic acid bacteria, yeasts and trace elements. This combination has a positive impact on the natural balance and biological life resulting in a perfect equilibrium.

    It strongly promotes the biological conversion of ammonia and nitrites into nitrates. The fact that this mix is already in an activated state means it has a direct and rapid effect on your pond.

    Active Mix Bio. Biological harmony in your pond!

    The science part that explains how it all works to keep your pond filtration and fish in tip top health.

    Photosynthetic bacteria:
    Produce substances that promote the growth of micro-organisms, especially heterotrophic bacteria. During conversion they produce valuable substances from organic waste and harmful matter in the water.

    Photosynthetic bacteria also compete with algae for nutrients and sunlight. In the case of algae, light is absorbed by chlorophyll, just like with regular plants. However, with photosynthetic bacteria, photosynthesis takes place directly in the cell. Consequently, this provides the additional benefit of reducing algae growth.

    Lactic acid bacteria:
    Suppress pathogenic germs and other harmful micro-organisms and promote a rapid degradation of organic material (waste substances).

    Other additives in the Active Mix Bio (e.g. yeasts and trace elements) suppress harmful fungi and produce bioactive compounds.

    The effect of Active Mix Bio Biological processes occur everywhere, breaking down waste products and turning them into useful substances. The degradation and composition can take place in different ways depending on circumstances. The most important thing is to prevent degradation processes such as rotting.

    In the world of micro-organisms, various groups exist and these can either be useful or harmful. It is important that the useful ones maintain the upper hand if we are to prevent the rotting processes occurring.

    By adding Active Mix Bio, the useful bacteria receive a powerful boost at the expense of harmful micro-organisms. Active Bio Mix supports the nitrifying effects of the biological filter as well as the degradation of organic materials. Active Mix Bio is manufactured under GMP regulations and is free from harmful micro-organisms.

    Active Mix Bio is sold in a handy 2 litre bag-in-a-box with tap. This allows the right amount to be measured out without waste. Oxygen is also prevented from coming into contact with the remaining activated bacteria, maximising its shelf life, even after opening.

    Recommended Dosage
    100 ml per m3 of pond water (220 Uk Gallons or 1000L) per month during the warmer months or if the pond is heated above a minimum water temperature of 10°C.

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Use our simple Pond Liner Calculator to estimate the liner and/or underlay size required for your pond.

The result allows for an overlay either side of 30cms. You may wnat to increase or decrease this value depending on your pnd installation.

If you're not sure on what size you need then contact us and we can help.

Measurements are entered in meters. As an example if your pond is 254cm deep at its deepest enter 2.54.

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Measure the length of your pond, the width of your pond and the depth of your pond in meters and enter the measurements into the Utopia Koi easy to use pond volume calculator. This will give the volume in litres.

If you're not sure on what size you need then contact us and we can help.

Measurements are to be entered in meters, for example: 543cm would be entered as 5.43.

The water volume of your pond will be:

Volume in Litres:

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Measure the diameter of your pond (the distance across the pond at its centre) then divide the diameter in two to get the radius of your pond.

Now measure the depth of your pond and enter the measurements into the Utopia Koi easy to use circular pond volume calculator.

If you're not sure on what size you need then contact us and we can help.

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