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:
- 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.
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!