Your pond location effects its needs

Microbe-Lift SA (Sludge Away)

Fish Pond Products has Microbe-Lift SA in stock and available for purchase. Microbe-Lift Sludge Away Speeds Up the Removal of Sludge & Muck Naturally

Use MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away any time there is excessive non-cellulosic organic build-up in the bottom of the pond, especially for rock bottom ponds

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away is especially helpful for ponds that have a rock or gravel bottom and where vacuuming is impractical

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away has been shown to breakdown up to 3 inches of sludge in as little as 3 weeks. Use Microbe-Lift SA with Microbe-Lift / PL.

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away is formulated specifically for the removal of organic bottom solids that are slow to degrade

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away works faster at warm water temperatures, however, it may be used effectively at any temperature year-round

Years in development, MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away speeds the biological removal of slow-to-degrade organic waste matter from aquatic pond bottoms that may become toxic to fish and plant life. As organic solids accumulate on the pond bottom, they begin to break down releasing toxic gasses to the surrounding environment. These gaseous by-products endanger fish, marine life and plants. MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away removes bottom organic sludge and muck-reducing or eliminating the potential harmful gaseous compounds-and helps clarify your pond water at the same time

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away may slightly discolor pond water for a short while. Rocks along the edge may darken but will return to their natural color

  • Provides “rapid and natural sludge and muck removal”
  • 80% faster than competitive products
  • Binds phosphate
  • Organic and microbial based
  • Safe for fish, plants, pets and the environment
  • Helps improve pond clarity
  • 100% active ingredients
  • Disperses quickly

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away will accelerate the solubilization and biological digestion of organic solids in your pond. As a result of this increased oxygen demand, the Oxygen Uptake Rate (OUR) in your pond will increase in the process, along with your aquatic life’s need for oxygen

When using MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away make sure that your pond is adequately oxygenated (>4.0 mg/L dissolved oxygen)

Microbe-Lift/ PL

Fish Pond Products is now a provider of Microbe-Lift products including Microbe-Lift/ PL. This is the most requested beneficial bacteria by brand name because of its proven superior performance. Microbe-Lift has unmatched technology, reliability and performance. So as a result of this you can achieve:

  • Assured Water Quality (Clean, Clear and Non-Toxic)
  • Ammonia Control (Stable Nitrification)
  • Stable pH Control to eliminate Pond Crash
  • Reduction in Nitrate (A Green Water Causing Nutrient)

Microbe-Lift/ PL and Microbe-Lift Nite-Out II provide the only natural pond treatment program to cycle and balance your pond fast. They use safe, microbial, non-chemical biological processes. Therefore these naturally control and eliminate waste organic matter, enhance water quality and reduce and control toxic ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

Use MICROBE-LIFT/ PL anytime your pond water is not as clear as you’d like and the temperature is over 45 Fahrenheit (8 Celsius).  If you have sediment buildup on the bottom of your pond or your pond is not cycling use MICROBE-LIFT/ PL .

MICROBE-LIFT/ PL balances your pond’s ecosystem by establishing all natural biological processes. Consequently it will keep water clear and clean, reduce or eliminate organic sludge buildup and seed your filter.

MICROBE-LIFT/ PL:

  • Is safe if pets drink out of a pond with PL.
  • Does the work of 3-4 competitive products
  • Creates a cleaner environment for your pond, promoting faster fish growth
  • Is specially Formulated for Decorative Fish Ponds, Lagoons & Smaller Water Features
  • Reduces ammonia nitrogen levels
  • Dissolves away organic sludge
  • Seeds and maintains biological filters
  • Significantly reduces noxious odors caused by dead algae, fish fecal matter and urine
  • Reduces hydrogen sulfide, which creates strong, offensive odors
  • Reduces biological oxygen demand (B.O.D.)
  • Breaks down dead algae
  • Reduces buildup of bird droppings, fish feed and dead leaves
  • Improves dissolved oxygen levels
  • Contains photosynthetic bacteria which reduces cloudy water by promoting flocculation and settling of organic and inorganic particles
  • Effective over a wide range of pH conditions
  • Can be used at 45 oF

Microbe-Lift Nite-Out II

Specially Formulated For Rapid Ammonia & Nitrite Reduction

When ammonia levels in your pond exceed 0.8 mg/L and the temperature is over 50 Fahrenheit (10 Celsius). MICROBE-LIFT/Nite-Out II is especially useful when starting up a pond and when nitrite buildup is observed.

MICROBE-LIFT/Nite-Out II quickly establishes the necessary populations required to efficiently cycle nitrogen compounds in the pond, i.e. oxidize ammonia to nitrite, and nitrite to nitrate.

MICROBE-LIFT/Nite-Out II acts within a day or two to lower ammonia nitrogen and nitrate nitrogen levels naturally. In the long run better than non-biological ammonia removal products that have finite capacity and have to be replaced regularly.

MICROBE-LIFT/Nite-Out II is designed specifically for pond waters that contain marine life. Its highly-specialized microbial consortium of nitrifying cultures are specially formulated to eliminate ammonia via a natural biological process termed nitrification.  The cultures contained in MICROBE-LIFT/Nite-Out II will establish, promote or stabilize and maintain nitrification in pond waters, eliminating the toxic effect of ammonia.

MICROBE-LIFT/Nite-Out II liquid nitrifying bacteria contains select strains of Nitrosomonas, Nitrospira and Nitrobacter.  Nitrosomonas convert ammonia to nitrite and Nitrobacter and Nitrospira convert nitrite to nitrate.

MICROBE-LIFT/Nite-Out II comprises select microorganisms that are autotrophic-able to use carbon dioxide as the sole source of carbon. They are also relatively slow growing, requiring specific conditions for optimum growth with typical cell division rates from 8 to 16 hours. Their performance and rate of growth are impacted by the environmental parameters required for nitrification. They are also highly oxygen-sensitive, requiring high dissolved oxygen levels (greater than 2 mg/L) to achieve maximum growth rates. Nitrite is produced by beneficial bacteria in the pond and the oxidation of harmful waste ammonia excreted by fish. Even though nitrite is not as toxic as ammonia, it is still very damaging to the health of fish.

How to reduce algae growth in your pond

If you have algae in your pond it is probably not because you have put it there. A thick layer of string algae is not attractive and can certainly be detrimental to your pond life.

If you have algae in your pond it is probably because you have an excess of algal nutrients, including carbon dioxide in the water. Ponds without active aeration or gas exchange provide ideal growing conditions for this undesirable growth.

Persistent algae growth is often a symptom of an unbalanced pond ecosystem. You need beneficial bacteria in your pond to ensure that you maintain the correct level of nutrients in your pond. Without this balance you encourage its growth.

Pond Additives are specifically formulated to keep you pond healthy and maintain the balance in your pond. They can also remove unsightly and bad smelling sludge from your pond.

It is possible that your pond also has badly circulating or stagnant water. If you do not have sufficient aeration in your pond you can encourage the growth of algae. An air pump can dramatically increase circulation and aeration in your pond to help increase the dissolved oxygen in your pond and make conditions less favorable for pond life that prefers higher concentrations of carbon dioxide, stagnant or poorly circulated water.

 

Microbe-Lift SA (Sludge-Away)

Speeds Up the Removal of Sludge & Muck Naturally

Use MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away any time there is excessive non-cellulosic organic build-up in the bottom of the pond, especially for rock bottom ponds

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away is especially helpful for ponds that have a rock or gravel bottom and where vacuuming is impractical

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away has been shown to breakdown up to 3 inches of sludge in as little as 3 weeks. Should be used with Microbe-Lift / PL

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away is formulated specifically for the removal of organic bottom solids that are slow to degrade

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away works faster at warm water temperatures, however, it may be used effectively at any temperature year-round

Years in development, MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away speeds the biological removal of slow-to-degrade organic waste matter from aquatic pond bottoms that may become toxic to fish and plant life. As organic solids accumulate on the pond bottom, they begin to break down releasing toxic gasses to the surrounding environment. These gaseous by-products endanger fish, marine life and plants. MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away removes bottom organic sludge and muck-reducing or eliminating the potential harmful gaseous compounds-and helps clarify your pond water at the same time

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away may slightly discolor pond water for a short while. Rocks along the edge may darken but will return to their natural color

  • Provides “rapid and natural sludge and muck removal”
  • 80% faster than competitive products
  • Binds phosphate
  • Organic and microbial based
  • Safe for fish, plants, pets and the environment
  • Helps improve pond clarity
  • 100% active ingredients
  • Disperses quickly

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away will accelerate the solubilization and biological digestion of organic solids in your pond. As a result of this increased oxygen demand, the Oxygen Uptake Rate (OUR) in your pond will increase in the process, along with your aquatic life’s need for oxygen

When using MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away make sure that your pond is adequately oxygenated (>4.0 mg/L dissolved oxygen)

Reasons Aeration in your pond is necessary

Aeration infuses oxygen into the pond. Adding pond water aeration is beneficial for your fish who need oxygen to survive. It also improves the overall health of your pond’s ecosystem.

  • Aeration reduces pond sludge. Through time nutrients accumulate at the bottom of your pond and become muck. It is this sludge at the bottom of your pond that can give ponds a bad smell. Aeration increases the dissolved oxygen and circulates water. This pond water aeration encourages the colonization of beneficial aerobic bacteria that consume the nutrients to reduce existing sludge build-up. It also prevents sludge from accumulating in the future. If you do not have sufficient oxygen in your pond you will not have beneficial bacteria in your pond. Beneficial bacteria produce harmless gas when breaking down the sludge and other matter at the bottom of your pond. You will have anaerobic bacteria which produce carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide when they break down all of the sludge at the bottom of your pond. This is what causes the nasty smell. Clearly when you have plenty of aeration you will have aerobic bacteria which are beneficial to your pond
  • Aeration improves water clarity. When nutrients accumulate at the bottom of your pond and result in sludge they also cause your pond to become cloudy. By reducing the nutrients with aeration and therefore sludge you will improve water clarity.
  • Aeration will reduce the quantity of algae and weeds. There will be less nutrients in your pond because you have increased circulation. You will also have increased oxygen and therefore there are less nutrients to feed algae and weed growth.
  • Aeration boosts dissolved oxygen levels. Fish and bacteria in your pond need oxygen. Aeration encourages contact between the water and the environment, which will increase the dissolved oxygen level in your pond.
  • Aeration prevents large temperature and oxygen level differences in your pond.  A thermocline (sometimes metalimnion in lakes) is a thin but distinct layer in a large body of fluid (e.g. water, such as an ocean or lake, or air, such as an atmosphere) in which temperature changes more rapidly with depth than it does in the layers above or below. In your pond this means that the bottom of your pond is colder than the top and so the bottom of your pond has less oxygen than the surface. In a well aerated pond the water movement means that the cooler less aerated water will be forced to the surface to warm up and gain more oxygen and the warmer oxygen rich water will go to the bottom of the pond. This means that the temperature and oxygen levels are more consistent at all levels in your pond.
  • Aeration prevents your pond freezing over. If your pond freezes over the gases produced when bacteria breakdown organic matter at the bottom of your pond can not escape. This will therefore mean the oxygen levels in your pond will deplete and can result in fish suffocating. If you aerate your pond you can keep a hole in the ice which lets the unwanted gases escape and allows oxygen into the water.

Microbe-Lift/ PL Pond Additive

Fish Pond Products is now a provider of the Microbe-Lift products including Microbe-Lift/ PL the most requested beneficial bacteria by brand name because of its proven superior performance. Microbe-Lift has unmatched technology, reliability and performance. With four easy steps you can achieve:

  • Assured Water Quality (Clean, Clear and Non-Toxic)
  • Ammonia Control (Stable Nitrification)
  • Stable pH Control to eliminate Pond Crash
  • Reduction in Nitrate (A Green Water Causing Nutrient)

Microbe-Lift/ PL and Microbe-Lift Nite-Out II provides the only natural pond treatment program to cycle and balance your pond fast using safe, microbial, non-chemical biological process which naturally; controls and eliminates waste organic matter, enhances water quality and reduces and controls toxic ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

Use MICROBE-LIFT/ PL anytime your pond water is not as clear as you’d like, the temperature is over 45 Fahrenheit (8 Celsius), there is sediment buildup on the bottom of your pond or your pond is not cycling.

MICROBE-LIFT/ PL balances your pond’s ecosystem by establishing all natural biological processes required to: keep water clear and clean; reduce or eliminate organic sludge buildup; and seed your filter.

MICROBE-LIFT/ PL does the work of 3-4 competitive products.

MICROBE-LIFT/ PL is safe if pets drink out of a pond with PL.

MICROBE-LIFT/ PL is specially Formulated for Decorative Fish Ponds, Lagoons & Smaller Water Features

  • Creates a cleaner environment for your pond, promoting faster fish growth
  • Reduces ammonia nitrogen levels
  • Dissolves away organic sludge
  • Seeds and maintains biological filters
  • Significantly reduces noxious odors caused by dead algae, fish fecal matter and urine
  • Reduces hydrogen sulfide, which creates strong, offensive odors
  • Reduces biological oxygen demand (B.O.D.)
  • Reduces buildup of bird droppings, fish feed and dead leaves
  • Breaks down dead algae
  • Improves dissolved oxygen levels
  • Contains photosynthetic bacteria which reduces cloudy water by promoting flocculation and settling of organic and inorganic particles
  • Effective over a wide range of pH conditions
  • Can be used at 45 oF

 

Oxygen Levels in your pond

There are many factors that will effect the oxygen level in your pond but the main ones are:

Temperature: Warm water has a lower ability to hold onto oxygen than colder water

Animals: The more pond life you have in your pond the higher the amount of oxygen that is required and used up

Water Clarity: Pond plants need light to generate oxygen. The clearer the water the more effective your plants will be

To improve water clarity you may want to consider a pond additive. An air pump will assist in increasing oxygenation in your pond.

 

 

 

Pond Sludge

It’s Fall and the leaves are all turning beautiful shades of Gold, Orange and Red and while they are gorgeous in the trees they are not as attractive when turning into sludge at the bottom of your Pond. Beneficial natural bacteria breakdown this sludge but at lower temperatures they cease to work. Microbe-Lift Sludge Away works faster in warm water temperatures but can still be used effectively year round to reduce the sludge at the bottom of your pond to keep it healthy and attractive through the colder months. To purchase Mircobe-Lift S/A please see our store.