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Filamentous algae can spread within days and cause severe damage.



Napier Wild Life Reserve

Napier City Council

The density of Algae had reached a point that large swans were only able to make their way through it by flapping and crawling over the top. The algae had grown in the deeper zones in massive column type structures that were over 1.8 meters tall

Napier City Council had exhausted all avenues to help fix the situation but seemed resigned to the fact that mechanical extraction was the only feasible way to keep the algae back.
The council was approached by the Parklink Bioremediation consultants and the suggestion of using a biological process to clean up the water way was put to them. After a thorough investigation of all factors, surroundings and water qualities a plan was put together to start a treatment process that was to run for a minimum of 2-3 years. The council accepted the proposal and work began at the end of June 2002.


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Pondzilla Pro

Pondzilla Pro

The perfect solution for filamentous algae

PondZilla Pro is a natural catalyst that accelerates chemical treatments by improving penetration.  When mixed with an algaecide or herbicide it speeds the breakdown of dead algae and aquatic plants while stimulating naturally occurring bacteria to fixate nutrients liberated during this process. This complex blend of enzymes, cultures, fungi, and stimulants dissolves the dead algae and aquatic plants on a cellular level, reducing their contribution of nutrients. By accelerating chemical reactions, PondZilla Pro improves copper algaecide performance. This is especially critical in hard water applications when copper solubility and performance is reduced. PondZilla Pro alone does not kill anything.

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The science behind it

The cells of algae and aquatic plants can be thought of as a series of well-engineered structures. These structures are made of complex proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and minerals. Chlorophyll is stored within the chloroplasts in the cell, and chlorophyll is how a plant gets it energy to grow from sunlight. This intricate framework allows algae and aquatic plants to grow and thrive while aiding in resistance to chemical treatments.

Improving the performance of contact algaecides and aquatic herbicides

Contact algaecides (copper products, peroxides, and diquat) must contact the cell wall and enter the cell to be effective.  Lack of penetration and intercellular movement of these chemistries reduces their effectiveness.  PondZilla Pro degrades dead plant cell walls and weakens cellular integrity when used with an algaecide formulation.  Killing all susceptible cells reduces the risk of algae developing any resistance to

Improving the performance of systemic herbicides

Systemic herbicides (i.e. glyphosate, imazapyr, or triclopyr) travel through the cell disrupting processes such as amino acid synthesis, cell division, and photosynthesis. Systemic herbicides tend to work slower, but they do translocate into multiple parts of the plant (1). However, herbicide resistance has been studied in detail (2) and can reduce overall treatment performance and consistency.  For this reason, we focus on a complete degradation of the dead plant structure and aquatic herbicide dispersion to all susceptible cells.

When combined with systemic herbicides, PondZilla Pro speeds movement into the cells by breaking down the cellular framework of dead cells, promoting rapid nutrient recovery, and decomposing dead plant material from the inside out. PondZilla Pro works synergistically with systemic herbicides and ensures thorough and complete degradation of dead aquatic plants.

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NOTE: PondZilla Pro DOES NOT kill aquatic plants or algae.

Specifications

Common Uses

  • Lakes and ponds
  • Aquaculture
  • Hatcheries
  • Water features
  • Golf courses
  • Retention ponds
  • Decorative Ponds
  • And more!

Benefits

  • Used as an adjuvant
  • Speeds chemical reactions
  • Cleans up dead plant matter
  • Rainfast via improved absorption
  • Less chemical use
  • Safe for environment and applicator

Available sizes

  • 9.4-litre jug
  • 208-litre drum
  • 1040-litre tote
IngredientsBiostimulants, select cultures, and other proprietary ingredients
DescriptionBlack liquid
OdorFermentation odor
pH4.8 – 6.0
Stability – Activity lossAt 24°C for 12 months*: 10% or less; At 38°C for 6 months*: 10% or less; *When stored as directed in a sealed container out of direct sunlight.
Storage and HandlingStore in a cool, dry space between 10 - 27°C.

Dosage

When mixed with algaecide or herbicide:

*Best when mixed with AquaSticker for planktonic algae and aquatic plants.
**Do not mix directly with peroxide based algaecides.

Surface AcresFilamentous AlgaePlanktonic Algae*Aquatic Plants*
1/40.47 – 2.8 litres0.47 – 0.95 litres0.47 – 1.9 litres
1/20.95 – 5.7 litres0.95 – 1.9 litres0.95 – 3.8 litres
11.9 – 11.3 litres1.9 – 3.8 litres1.9 – 7.6 litres
59.5 – 57 litres9.5 – 19 litres9.5 – 38 litres
1019 – 114 litres19 – 38 litres19 – 76 litres
100189 – 1135 litres76 – 379 litres189 – 757 litres

Applications

Commonly treated algae and plants:

Filamentous Algae

  • Pithophora
  • Cladophora
  • Spirogyra
  • Hydrodictyon

 

Planktonic Algae

  • Aphanizomenon
  • Chlamydomonas

 

Aquatic Plants

  • Hydrilla
  • Hygrophila
  • Torpedograss
  • Alligator weed
  • Duckweed
  • Salvinia
  • Other plants

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AquaSticker

AquaSticker

AquaSticker is a biological sticking agent that disrupts the protective microbiota of algae and aquatic plants.

AquaSticker is a biological sticking agent that disrupts the protective microbiota of algae and aquatic plants. This product is the result of extensive research in the Naturalake Biosciences’ laboratory.  It is the latest innovation in aquatic bio-catalyst technologies.  AquaSticker stimulates competitive bacterial growth and encourages algae and aquatic plants to naturally uptake chemicals.

This versatile technology boosts herbicide and algaecide performance in a variety of applications.  It excels in hard water treatments and can be applied as a tablet or liquid as needed.  AquaSticker blends well with most chemistries and biologicals including PondZilla and Water Column Clarifier.

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The Science Behind It

Algae and aquatic plants host distinct microbial communities on their surface called the microbiota.  This diverse community of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, archaea, and viruses) can be both mutualistic and pathogenic.  The microbiota plays a key role in protecting algae and aquatic plants from environmental impacts, pathogens, and chemical attacks.  It also is important in fixating nutrients for growth.  The community can adapt or shift according to the conditions to promote the health and survival of its host.

Improving performance of algaecide / herbicides

The effectiveness of a chemical treatment can be limited by the ability the microbiota to protect its host.  Shifting metabolic activities or reactions and producing thick biofilms are examples of how the microbiota defends algae and aquatic plants from copper, diquat, endothall, and other chemistries.

When blended in with algaecides and herbicides, AquaSticker temporarily disrupts the protective microbiota by fostering competitive microbial growth on algae and aquatic plants.  Upsetting the natural balance of this community temporarily enhances chemical uptake by the host.  AquaSticker also improves contact time with targeted algae and aquatic plants by slowing dissipation in the water column and increasing adhesion.

Improving performance of probiotics

AquaSticker’s unique traits and essential components allow it to combine well and improve the performance of our probiotics and biocatalysts (Water Column Clarifier and PondZilla Pro).  When blended together, AquaSticker and Water Column Clarifier will improve formation of microfloc which clarifies the water.  When mixed with PondZilla Pro, AquaSticker improves the biological reaction at the surface of the algae or plant.

 

An Example of Lyngbya‘s Protective Microbiota

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This graph represents the microbiota surrounding a sample of Lyngbya tested in the lab.

Specifications

Common Uses

  • Lakes and ponds
  • Aquaculture
  • Hatcheries
  • Water features
  • Golf courses
  • Retention ponds
  • Decorative Ponds
  • And more!

Benefits

  • Increases chemical uptake
  • Speeds chemical reactions
  • Boosts probiotic performance
  • Improves adhesion and contact
  • Less chemical use
  • Safe for environment and applicator
  • Works especially well with copper sulfate

Available sizes

  • 13.6 kg bucket, = 30 x 450g water-soluble packet
IngredientsBio-vitamins, probiotics, and micronutrients
DescriptionLight tan powder
OdorEarthy odor
pH7.0 – 7.5
Stability – Activity lossAt 24°C for 12 months*: 10% or less; At 38°C for 6 months*: 10% or less; *When stored as directed in a sealed container out of direct sunlight.
Storage and HandlingStore in a cool, dry space between 10 - 27°C. Keep out of direct sunlight and do not store with strong oxidizing agents.

Dosage

When mixed with algaecide or herbicide:

*Fully dissolve AquaSticker in chemical solution and spray evenly over target.
**Do not mix directly with peroxide-based algaecides.

Surface AcresCyanobacteriaPlanktonic AlgaeAquatic Plants
1/40.45 – 2.3 kg340 – 570 g110 – 570 g
1/21.1 – 4.5 kg230 – 680 g0.23 – 1.1 kg
12.3 – 9 kg0.45 – 1.4 kg0.45 – 2.3 kg
511.3 - 45 kg2.3 – 6.8 kg2.3 – 11.3 kg
1022.5 – 90 kg4.5 – 13.6 kg4.5 – 22.7 kg
100225 – 900 kg45 – 136 kg45 – 227 kg

AquaSticker

MuckBiotics

MuckBiotics

Advance Sludge Removing Probiotic

MuckBiotics are a next generation probiotic tablet for restoration and maintenance of impaired water resources. This advanced probiotic combines scientific research with novel bioengineering, resulting in a product that treats the entire water body by starting at the bottom. MuckBiotics tablets saturate the sediment layer with rare earth stimulants and a broad spectrum of natural bacterial cultures. This establishes a healthy microbiota at the water-to-sediment interface that accelerates the digestion of organic matter.

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The Science Behind It

Backed by years of intensive study. MuckBiotics have been proven to reduce organic matter and key nutrients in muck through a study using a lab setup that more closely mimics real life water bodies than any previous study. Read the full study or learn more about the details below.

Laboratory Evaluationin Freshwater Replica Tanks

  • Complete metagenomic DNA analysis of sediment microbiota using the Illumina NovaSeq6000
  • Sediment volume and quantitative analysis of control and test tanks
  • Full sediment nutrient and water quality assessment
  • Testing tanks designed to mimic real water conditions, such as natural water movement and clay/sand layer

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Specifications

Common Uses

  • Lakes and ponds
  • Aquaculture
  • Shorelines
  • Golf courses
  • Retention ponds
  • Decorative Ponds
  • And more!

Benefits

  • Removes buildup of organic matter.
  • Improves water quality and clarity
  • Restores balance to water bodies
  • Reduces internal nutrient load

Available sizes

  • 13.6 Kgs
IngredientsBio-vitamins, probiotics, and select bacterial cultures
DescriptionDry brown tablet
OdorEarthy odor
Stability – Activity loss<1% Loss in 6 months when stored as directed: at 24°C in a sealed container with low humidity.
Storage and HandlingStore in a cool, dry space between 10 - 27°C.

Dosage

Once per month or as needed.

*Do not mix directly with algaecides or herbicides.
**If used in conjunction with algaecide or herbicide, apply after chemical treatment for best results.

Surface AcresTargeted Muck ReductionMuck Maintenance & PreventionDegradation of Floating Debris
1/42.3 – 5.7 kg1.1 – 2.8 kg0.57 – 1.7 kg
1/24.5 – 11.3 kg2.3 – 5.7 kg1.1 – 3.4 kg
19 – 23 kg4.5 – 11.3 kg2.3 – 6.8 kg
545 – 113 kg9 – 57 kg9 – 34 kg
1091 – 227 kg45 – 113 kg23 – 68 kg
100907 – 2270 kg454 – 1130 kg227 – 680 kg

Include in Treatment Programs for

  • Filamentous Algae
  • Planktonic Algae
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Muck & Sludge
  • Water Clarity
  • Nutrient Reduction

 

  • Aquatic Plants
  • Submerged Plants
  • Unique Issues

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