Commonly Asked Questions
- Will Biodigesters harm my grass if the treated water is used for irrigation?
No. Unlike chemical algaecides Biodigesters specialized bacteria and enzyme won’t harm grass areas. Biodigesters actually benefits your grass by increasing the beneficial soil bacteria population.
- What causes algae blooms and how do Biodigesters help?
Algae are mainly caused by excess nutrients in the water. Most ponds and lakes become overloaded with nutrients; nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic compounds. These excess nutrients overcome the pond’s ability to naturally clean itself up. This upset of natures balance creates an environment for algae growth. Biodigester microorganisms metabolize these excess nutrients and basically out compete the algae for the available nutrient food source.
- What effect do Biodigesters have on Phosphorus?
Phosphorous, 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 reproduce. Bacteria require phosphorus for their necessary life. The BD-C 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 (the “building blocks of life”), which are necessary for bacterial cell replication.
- How does Biodigesters deal with Nitrogen?
Molecular 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. Through a process known as nitrification and de-nitrification, the Biodigester 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.
- How do the Biodigesters deal with Carbon?
The 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 “O” 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 solids.
- How do Biodigesters remove odors?
Most pond odors are caused by gen sulfide (rotten egg smell), sulfur, and ammonia. Biodigester bacteria are selected for their ability to out compete the bacteria which produce gen sulfide thereby eliminating odors.
- Will Biodigesters help remove pond bottom sludge?
Biodigesters bacteria/enzyme formulation is designed to supply bacteria and enzymes which work on nutrient sources throughout the complete water column, including the pond bottom. Our product includes two strains of non-gen sulfide producing bacteria specifically targeted for bottom solid digestion.
- What do Biodigesters do to improve water clarity?
Our 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 break down of carbon leads to a reduction in total suspended solids, which is evidenced by improved clarity.
- Are there ponds or lakes where the product should not be used?
Any pond or lake which loses 45% or more of it’s liquid volume in any given day should not be considered for Biodigesters due to the high turnover rate.
- Will Biodigesters clear my pond of existing algae?
Biodigesters are best used as a preventative, ongoing management tool. It is best to use our 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 is noticed.
- What about aeration?
Biodigesters 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.
- Are Biodigesters safe to use?
Biodigesters 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.
- Do Biodigesters require EPA registration?
No, because our product contains only naturally occurring, non-pathogenic, indigenous microorganisms.
- What is the shelf life of Biodigesters?
The shelf life is two years in dry form and one year in liquid form. When the seal on the container is opened, it must be re-closed and stored in an area of low humidity, out of direct sunlight.
What To Expect After Application
2 to 4 days there will be a reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus levels.
3 to 4 days there will be a reduction in odors.
Two weeks there should be a visible improvement in clarity and water quality.
For the best performance of Biodigesters, drain and clean ponds, fountains, stock water tanks, and aquaria prior to treating. This makes it easier and faster for the microorganisms to establish control of your system.
Packaging is in 8 oz. Jars, 1-pound Jars and 20 lb. kegs. (Liquid by quote only)