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Aquaculture Products

BFL Pond Clean I

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Applications: Ponds / Lakes

The problem of excessive algal growth and, in particular, algal blooms cause major difficulties in the aquatic ecosystem. In ponds and lakes the problems include:

  • Poor water quality Elimination of aquatic life
  • Smells from decaying algae
  • Unsightly algae on the surface
  • Increased turbidity
  • Stagnation

    In general the cause of the problem is the influx of organic material and soluble nutrients - principally phosphorus - from human activities. This imbalance in the natural system gives rise to the excessive growth of algae. The traditional approach has been to use chemicals that are toxic to the algae.

    Since the cause of the problem is an imbalance of nutrients the natural solution is to provide effective competition for these nutrients. This can be achieved by the use of natural microbes that grow at a faster rate than the algae and thus naturally remove the food source for algal blooms.

    BioFuture harnesses the power of environmental biotechnology to solve the problem by degrading organic material and utilising nutrients in a highly efficient way. BFL Pond Clean I uses only harmless, natural micro-organisms to deal with the problem by degrading organic matter to CO2 and H2O and removing inorganic nutrients especially ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and phosphate in a highly effective and environmentally acceptable way.

    What is BFL Pond Clean I?

    BFL Pond Clean I contains a carefully selected blend of natural micro-organisms that have the ability to efficiently degrade organic matter and consume excess nutrients which give rise to algal blooms. The micro-organisms can outcompete the algae for the available nutrients. This helps to improve water quality by raising the dissolved oxygen level which is essential for aquatic life. This method of biological control helps to re-establish a natural ecological balance in the system and allow plants and aquatic animals to re-colonise the ecosystem. Some of the strains in the product are facultative so that they can function under conditions where oxygen is limiting. BFL Pond Clean I is primarily used to treat the water column.

    Directions for use

    BFL Pond Clean I is provided on a cereal support and should be rehydrated before use. This is achieved by adding the required quantity of product to 10 times its volume of lukewarm water. The contents should be stirred and allowed to stand for 1 hour before addition to the body of water.

    The rate of product addition is determined by many factors including temperature, depth, degree of stagnation, presence of organic matter, heavy silting and level of inorganic nutrients. It is therefore very difficult to provide general guidelines for dosing. Since each application is different and has different characteristics it is important to assess the site before deciding on a dosing programme. The BioFuture Technical Department provides assistance in assessing the site and devising a treatment programme.

    >p>In cases where algal growth is already excessive it may be necessary to use a pre-treatment to disrupt the dominance established by the algae before starting a BFL Pond Clean dosing programme.

    The Pond Clean dosing programme will also include the use of the BioFuture product BFL Pond Clean II. For further information on Pond Clean II and the dosing programme please consult the technical data sheet or contact the BioFuture Technical Department.

    Product safety

    The micro-organisms in BFL Pond Clean I have all been isolated from natural environments. They have not been genetically modified in any way. These microbial strains have been classified as being harmless to humans, animals and plants. The product is subjected to independent testing to ensure that it is free of Salmonella and other contaminants.

    For further information on dosing programmes and product application contact:

    Technical Department, BioFuture Ltd., 62C Heather Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Foxrock, Dublin 18, Ireland. Phone: +353-1-2149749 Fax: +353-1-2149767 E-mail: info@biofuture.ie