Barley-Based Natural Enzyme

Mother Nature's Pond Clarifier is a natural, barley-based enzyme designed for use in fish ponds, lakes and lagoons where organic odors and organic accumulations are a problem. Since it takes barley straw 4 to 6 weeks to become active, we recommend using Mother Nature's Pond Clarifier with the straw to clear your pond of present clarity problems. It contains naturally occurring bacteria, which have been selected and produced for their ability to degrade organic matter and reduce ammonia accumulations through a natural oxidative process. Mother Nature's Pond Clarifier digests these organics naturally and safely. When added to the pond, it creates a biological chain reaction by producing greater and greater quantities of natural bacteria and enzymes.

Mother Natures Pond Clarifier works in fresh or salt water. It is safe and beneficial for fish and plants. Mixing the enzyme in warm water to let it reactivate for a couple of hours before pouring it into the pond will speed up the process.

Use ¼ cup (1 oz) per 1,000 gallons of water. With very cloudy or green water, the dosage may be safely doubled or tripled for better quicker results. Once the pond is clear, the amount of enzyme required may be reduced to half the recommended amount. (Smaller ponds, 50 to 100 gallons, will require twice the amount recommended on the initial treatment.)

You may add ¼ cup of baking soda per 1000 gallons of water on the initial application along with the enzyme as a buffer. Baking soda also helps stabilize ph and can be applied to the pond on a regular basis.

The enzyme should be re-activated much like yeast is re-activated before making bread. The proper amount of culture should be placed in a container with some warm water,* stirred occasionally and allowed to grow and reproduce for about two hours before application. This process will dramatically increase the number of viable microorganisms present before they are applied to the pond.

*It is essential to use only water, which does not contain chlorine or other chemicals for this.

Enzymes out-compete algae for food. It deprives algae of its food source so it can't reproduce and survive, and the water becomes clear. The algae then starve, die and are in turn consumed by the same beneficial microorganisms. The result is that the water becomes clear and healthier for fish. Any filter will operate more efficiently and waste products are eliminated.

Mother Nature's Pond Clarifier has a shelf life of 2 to 4 years. It should be kept in a cool place (refrigeration will prolong its potency).

The optimum ph for organic biodegradation is between 6.5 and 8.5. Extremely acidic conditions (approaching ph 5) can prove fatal for the system.

Adequate oxygen levels are very important…critical in fact for the health of the nitrifying colony as well as for the fish. Without a continual flow of oxygen saturated water over them, the colony will begin to deteriorate within a few hours. As this happens, ammonia and nitrite levels begin to climb. With enough oxygen, ponds will become cleaner and healthier for fish much more rapidly.

Warm water has less ability to retain oxygen than cold water. If there are a lot of submerged plants or algae present, they will produce oxygen when the sun is out, but the process reverses at night and they will actually consume it. Oxygen can be added to a system by using a fountain or waterfall. Air can be pumped directly to the bottom of the water with an air pump. It is essential to keep any aeration systems operating at night, as this is when the problems of oxygen depletion are most likely to occur.


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