Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will Biodigesters harm my grass if
the treated water is used for irrigation?
Unlike chemical algaecides, Biodigesters' specialized
bacteria and enzymes won’t harm grass
areas. Biodigesters actually benefits your grass
by increasing the beneficial soil bacteria population.
2. What causes algae blooms and how do Biodigesters
are mainly caused by excess nutrients in the water.
Most ponds and lakes become overloaded with nutrients
such as nitrogen, phosphorus and organic carbon.
These excess nutrients overcome the pond’s ability
to naturally clean itself up. This upset of nature's
balance creates an environment for algae growth.
Biodigesters' microorganisms use these excess nutrients
(nitrogen & phosphorous) in their cell mass
and out compete the algae for the available nutrient
3. What effect do Biodigesters have on Phosphorus?
or more properly put, excess phosphorus has been identified
as the single most important factor in the rapid growth
of algae and aquatic weeds. Microorganisms,
or bacteria are very simple organisms, which have
two basic functions: to metabolize (eat) and
to reproduce. Bacteria require phosphorus for
their necessary life functions. Biodigesters
use the phosphorus in their cell mass making it unavailable
as a nutrient for algae or aquatic weeds. The
bacteria utilize phosphorus as a nutrient building
block and the enzymes act as a biological catalyst.
Phosphorus is a key component in the make-up of DNA
and RNA blocks of life, which are necessary for bacterial
4. How do Biodigesters deal with Nitrogen?
nitrogen exists in gaseous form and makes up roughly
80% of the earth’s atmosphere. In the water,
nitrogen is found in several forms: ammonia,
nitrites, and nitrates. The Biodigesters formula
will break the complex forms of nitrogen down into
molecular nitrogen, which is a gaseous form.
This nitrogen will be degassed through the water,
escaping to the surface and leaving the aquatic environment.
5. How do the Biodigesters deal with Carbon?
microorganisms digest carbon through the process of
breaking down organic matter. The carbon is
absorbed through the bacteria’s cell membrane where
it combines with oxygen and is released as CO2.
Biodigesters enzymes break down the complex carbon
bonds making these materials easier to digest for
the bacteria. This break down of organics leads
to a reduction in total suspended solids and bottom
6. How do Biodigesters remove odors?
pond odors are caused by hydrogen sulfide-producing
bacteria (rotten egg smell), sulfur and ammonia.
Biodigesters contain bacteria, selected for their
ability to out-compete the bacteria which produce
hydrogen sulfide. This eliminates odors caused
by the hydrogen sulfide.
7. Will Biodigesters help remove pond bottom
bacteria/enzyme formulation is designed to supply
bacteria and enzymes, which work on nutrient sources
throughout the complete water column and the pond
bottom solids. Our product includes strains
of non-hydrogen sulfide producing bacteria specifically
targeted for bottom solid digestion.
8. What do Biodigesters do to improve water
product can make dramatic improvements in clarity.
When clarity is affected by floating organic matter,
Biodigesters will be highly effective in a matter
of 1 to 2 weeks. The bacteria’s breakdown of
carbon leads to a reduction in total suspended solids,
which is evidenced by improved clarity.
9. Are there ponds or lakes where the product
should not be used?
pond or lake which loses 45% or more of its liquid
volume in any given day should not be considered for
Biodigesters due to the high turnover rate.
10. Will Biodigesters clear my pond of existing
are best used as a preventative product, before the
problems occur. Biodigesters can be effective
once the pond has experienced an algae bloom, however,
it can take several weeks before significant impact
11. What about aeration?
and all other bacterial products, for that matter,
depend upon adequate amounts of dissolved oxygen in
the water. Biodigesters decomposition rates
are 5-6 times faster in the presence of oxygen.
This means that water with aeration will experience
a higher and faster success rate.
12. Are Biodigesters safe to use?
bacteria/enzyme strains are indigenous, non-pathogenic,
naturally occurring bacteria. They are completely
safe and FDA GRAS listed as safe for humans, animals
and plant life.
13. Do Biodigesters require EPA registration?
our product contains only naturally occurring, non-pathogenic,
indigenous microorganisms, free of salmonella &
pathogens. It is not regulated by the EPA.
14. Are there permits or applicators licenses required?
because bacterial treatment is not a regulated by FIFRA.
What is the shelf life of Biodigesters?
shelf life is two years. When the seal on the
jar is opened, it must be re-closed and stored in
an area of low humidity, out of direct sunlight.