The goal of this article is to explain how you can speed up the nitrification cycle. This article is the last one on our series about the nitrification cycle. At the end of the page you will find the links to the previous articles.
You are a candidate for Bio-Seed Gold or Turbostart if:
- Your pond was just installed and the fish are on the way
- Your pond is being re-opened in the spring and you don’t want the hassle of waiting for the cycle to balance out.
- You have fish in holding tanks and the pond is being scrubbed and scoured clean.
- You have fish in quarantine and need a cycled tank and it needs Nitrifiers to maintain nitrogen reduction.
- You got “stupid” with a formaldehyde based medication and “annihilated” your bacteria count in the pond.
- You rinsed all filtration media with chlorinated water which just killed your beneficial bacteria.
Nitrifying bacteria do have needs…
Salt should be below .3% Salt impedes their seeding.
Alkalinity needs to be over 80 ppm. Nitrifiers do need phosphates to survive. A buffer with is good if you need to boost the alkalinity.
Most of the time the phosphates are provided by the food we feed the fish.
Even if you don’t have fish, use a Dechlorinator. Your beneficial bacteria will love you for it. Chlorine will kill the Nitrifiers;
Adding Carbon will help in fast colonization of these Nitrifiers.
Disable UV lights.
Nitrifiers are strictly aerobic autotrophs which utilize inorganic (without carbon) compounds as their primary energy source (specifically ammonia and nitrite). Nitrosomonas (ammonia-oxidizers) and Nitrobacter (nitrite-oxidizers) are the most well known.
These Products must be used at temperatures above 50 degrees.
Remember, Dry formulas can NOT contain Nitrifiers; since true Nitrifiers are not spore forming, they cannot be dried into powdered products. Any microbiologist will confirm this fact. Nitrifiers cannot survive the drying or freeze-drying process; Nitrifying bacteria (Nitrosomonas, Nitrobacter,) can not be dry powder; it must be liquid only.
The Two TOP Products that we offer are Bio-Seed Gold and TurboStart.
These products are expensive, but you won’t regret it! What else can speed up the cycle so fast? With our short season, I rather spend more time enjoying my ponds than waiting 6+ weeks for an ecosystem to balance.
1st Product. “instant” colonization
TurboStart can be applied to “new” systems and existing systems. No other product I have tested could do this. The TurboStart is fifteen times more concentrated, which presents the disadvantage that they couldn’t put much else in the bottle other than Nitrifiers – in other words, not enough food for them to live on without suspending their metabolism by refrigeration. This product has to be shipped super fast, like UPS RED or FedEx Next Morning, and it cannot freeze or get anywhere near “hot”.
It gives nitrification an even larger boost by introducing over thirty million live nitrifying bacteria per ounce, rapidly accelerating the nitrification process. Ammonia and nitrite are quickly reduced to safe levels. Both ammonia and nitrite are reduced by over 90% in less than 5 days. Fish stress (induced by high levels of ammonia and nitrite) is also reduced and moralities normally associated with “New Tank Syndrome” are eliminated.
Many products that don’t effect ammonia or nitrite claim to contain Nitrifiers, these products actually contain species of heterotrophic Bacillus and Pseudomonas bacteria – NOT Nitrifiers. Every bottle of TurboStart is dated to ensure the freshest and highest quality product. A nitrifying bacteria is alive and must be refridgerated!
2nd Product is Bio-Seed Gold. This reduces the ammonia cycle time to 1 week (Regular Bio-Seed cycle time is approximately 2 weeks.). BIO-SEED nitrosomona/nitrobacter formula is state-of-the-science technology at work. Our formula “eats” ammonia and nitrates, and cuts the ammonia cycle time by 2/3. This product contains live non-pathogenic, non-toxic bacteria in a freshwater preservative formula. The preservative allows several months of shelf life for this very fragile bacteria. Nitrifying bacteria should state Nitrosomonas/Nitrobacter Bacteria on the bottle. Nitrifying bacteria can not be dry powder; it must be liquid only. You can not mix this Bacterium in the same bottle as Sludge Eating Bacteria. If ammonia spikes which it will if you have a heavy fish load. Add Ammonia Remover/Detoxifier. This does not remove ammonia only converts it to non-toxic ammonia because the Nitrifiers need this nitrogen to live! Within 5 days the cycle is balanced!!!
KC Nitrifier. Pretty simple, does exactly as above, but the cycle takes a 2-3 weeks for the system to balance. KC Nitrifier now comes in a 8oz. bottle that treats up to a 8,000 gallon system. The nitrifying microorganism bacterial count of KC Nitrifier is 1.8 billion/ml. KC Nitrifier should be used to start new bio-filters, boost the performance of existing bio-filters and to get bio-filters back to top efficiency after winter weather has taken its toll.
While under refrigeration, the product can last . 6 months refrigerated. 1/3 bottle per 1000 gallon- 8000 gallon pond every day for 3 days. Shipping is ups ground and if ordered Monday you will have it in 2-3 days.! No cold shipping is required. I use this at our next maintenance visit, 3-4 weeks after the cleaning or spring opening of your pond. I consider it a supporting Nitrifier. **USE IT IN CONJUCTION WITH YOUR NITRIFYING BACTERIA “GOOD BACTERIA” THAT YOU ADD REGULARLY TO YOUR POND THROUGH OUT THE SEASON TO MAINTAIN THE “CYCLE”.
Can be stored for 2 years but if opened the oxygen brings them to life and there is a shelf life of 2-3 months
Now that we have “Jump started the System” established the Cycle and everything is in equilibrium. We can now continue on with the supportive “Beneficial Bacteria” on a monthly basis. You have read all this stuff previously, but a quick run down wont hurt.
1.Only use Microbe-Lifts Spring/Summer or Clear Pond Fall & Winter Formula to aid in sludge/debris digestion in temps below 50 degrees. These are excellent as they help accelerate the decomposition of leaves, scum, sediment, and other organic matter that may have accumulated during the fall and winter months. If we are opening the pond, not fully cleaning it and the temps are below 50 degrees, this product offers the best start for your pond.
2.After you have cleaned the pond, you can either proceed with the TurboStart or Bio-Seed Gold avenue. (My Fav’s) If you passed on the TurboStart and Bioseed and want to play with the “cycles” trickery that’s fine, sometimes its not all that bad. If you have a heavy fish load definitely do not pass those 2 products up. But enough said.
3.Which ever avenue you do, It’s the goal to establish a clear, healthy, balance, “living” ecosystem. The first application to the pond to establish and sustain “beneficial bacteria” and maintain the “cycle” we need to add what are called “dormant” cultures of Beneficial bacteria. These are activated when opened and oxygen wakes them up. They take a little bit longer to get established, but they are cost effective, and are necessary to add to the pond.
The first product is Bacta-Pur Klear, Nutripak, & Sludgebuster. A 3 part dream team! I apply it preferably in the evening when algae are least active. Water Temperatures must be above 50 degrees.
- Klear accelerates the startup and subsequent stabilization of nitrification
- Klear offers 2 bacterial strains involved in nitrification. Nitrosomonas convert ammonia to nitrite and Nitrobacter convert nitrite to nitrate.
- Klear is a community of beneficial microorganisms out completes algae for nutrients in the water.
- It is a probiotic that outnumbers the pathogens and thus limits their growth
- Nutripak assures the presence of essential minerals and trace elements which may be lacking in your water for the Klear to work.
- Sludgebusters are micro-organisms that break down suspended solids in the water, as well as the sludge and silt on the bottom of the pond. Sludgebuster biodegrades organic waste sludge, fish wastes and reduces odor production methane, hydrogen sulfide, etc. They absorb these nutrients that otherwise would prompt algae growt.
Bacta-Pur Products can be stored for 2 years room temperature, but if opened the oxygen brings them to life and there is a shelf life of 2-3 months Or there is the Microbe-Lift Pl Bacteria that also provides “beneficial bacteria” and
- Reduces Ammonia and Nitrogen Levels
- Reduces noxious odors from fish waste, algae, leaves etc.
- Promotes fish growth
- Helps break down existing algae and reduces new algae blooms
- Improves dissolved oxygen levels.
Here’s our recommendation to establish and maintain the “Cycle”.
Get the TurboStart or the Bio-Seed Gold right after temps of water are stable at 50-55 degrees. Flood the pond with these little guys whether it’s a new pond, a just cleaned pond or just starting one up for the season. Then continue with the maintenance dosage of Nitrifiers: KC Nitrifier used in conjunction with Bacta-Pur 3 part, or the Microbe-Lift Pl. Then in the fall when temp of the pond are dropping, start on the Sludge eating bacteria to maintain superb water quality for the fall and winter months. Microbe-Lifts Autumn Prep or Clear Pond Fall Winter Formula.
KEEPING THE POND IN CHECK TEST REGULARLY!
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