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Are Products With Beneficial Bacteria The Same As Products With Enzymes? | Ponds & Lakes Q&A


Are Products With Beneficial Bacteria The Same As Products With Enzymes?

Are Products With Beneficial Bacteria The Same As Products With Enzymes?

Jeff - Carol Stream, IL

Natural bacteria and enzymes each play a very different role in your pond or lake. Understanding how each item affects your pond will help make selecting the right products easier.

Natural bacteria, like those in PondClear™ and MuckAway™, are microscopic organisms that decompose organic material such as dead algae/weeds, leaves and pond muck. Don’t let the word bacteria scare you, especially when it comes to these natural bacteria additives for ponds. They are completely natural and 100% safe. These aerobic bacteria (bacteria that require oxygen) are preferred for pond applications because they decompose organic material and pond muck at a faster rate than anaerobic bacteria, which do not require oxygen to survive.

Enzymes, on the other hand, are catalysts that aid natural bacteria by speeding up the digestion of dead material. They help ponds by lowering the activation energy needed for natural bacteria to digest dead materials. PondLogic® PondClear™ and MuckAway™ are unique in the fact that they possess the ability to produce their own enzymes unlike other bacteria additives on the market. There is no need to add additional enzymes.

Our recommendation; don’t be fooled by products that focus just on enzymes. Aerobic natural bacteria must already be present in the pond for enzymes to be productive. Instead, stick with PondLogic® aerobic natural bacteria products that produce their own enzymes as this will save you time & money as well as give you the results you want…clear water.

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2 Responses

  1. Don’t the UV lights kill the beneficial bacteria?

    • First, it is important to say that people should only use UV clarifiers in water gardens and fish ponds. This article is written under Ponds & Lakes where you wouldn’t find a UV clarifier. For those of you water gardeners that found your way to this article however, UV light won’t harm the beneficial bacteria in your pond. The suspended algae that’s in the pond will flow past your UV light and the concentration of the light affects the algae blooms themselves. Beneficial bacteria usually lives in your filter media and on hard surfaces in the pond.

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