S.A.T for Ponds
I. How Does SAT for Ponds Work?
String algae are the mats of long filaments and scum that float on the pond surface. These mats often break apart quite easily, which means that they may sometimes be difficult to remove with a net.
String algae generally consume the same type of nutrients that the planktonic (pea soup algae) algae consume. String algae thrive in the presence of nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P). Some types of string algae also thrive on decaying organic matter.
The outer coating of string algae is generally made of starches and other carbohydrates. This means that they are susceptible to digestion by natural pond bacteria known as bacillus.
SAT is super enriched with bacillus bacteria. SAT contains the following:
- Bacillus amyloliquefaciens. Degrades starches and carbohydrates.
- Bacillus subtilis. Degrades starches, proteins, and fats.
- Bacillus licheniformis. Converts nitrate to nitrogen gas.
- Cellulomonas biazotea. Digests cellulose
Each of these bacteria is recognized as safe, non-toxic, non-pathogenic bacteria. Each of these bacteria will regularly be found in any pond. However, they will not normally be present in numbers sufficient to reduce the levels of string algae. These bacteria work together to consume nutrients that are needed by string algae to live, plus they attack the starchy, carbohydrate coating of string algae. This breaks string algae down, and minimizes or eliminates string algae problems. String algae generally disappear within 2 to 3 weeks of using SAT. Regular monthly use provides excellent string algae control.
II. Why is SAT Better than Competing Products
Competing products are generally in a freeze-dried form. Freeze drying actually kills or inactivates many of the desirable bacteria. In fact, 50% or more of desirable bacteria are rendered inactive by the freeze-drying process. Plus, when using a freeze-dried product, you must dissolve the powder in warm water and attempt to reactivate the product before use.
In contrast, TLC provides a liquid formulation. Virtually 100% of the bacteria in the liquid-based SAT remain viable and active for one full year after purchase. SAT does not require a separate reactivation stage, so using it saves time and energy.
TLC uses the strictest quality tests on every batch to ensure that the TLC SA has the highest potency available for the money.
III. How Safe is SAT
The four bacteria included in SAT are recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) as Biosafety Level 1 bacteria. CDC and ATCC give the following definition of Biosafety Level 1 bacteria:
“ATCC cultures and related products are classified by biosafety level (BSL) in an effort to provide guidance to the user on potential risk. The classification is based on assessment of the potential risk using U.S. Public Health Service guidelines, with assistance provided by ATCC scientific advisory committees. Those items in BSL-1 have no known potential to cause disease in humans or animals.”
IV. Dosage Instructions
The dosage of SAT is based on the volume of water in pond. Here is the dose rated you need:
Dosage Instructions (Always Shake Well Before Use)
Existing Problem. Use 25mls for every 500 litres (1/2 Cubic metre)of pond volume. Dose weekly until the problem is solved. Dilute recommended dose into a gallon of pond water, then distribute to pond surface. Add more product to those areas with the more severe problems.
25 mls for every 500 litres, dosed monthly, or as needed.
For best results, mix the required dose of SAT into a bucket of pond water, shake or mix well, then distribute the mixture around the pond. Put most of the product in the areas where you have a problem. Put greater amounts of the product where the problems are worst.
||S.A.T for Ponds is available in:
4L bottles for large ponds and lakes
1L bottles for medium sized ponds.
375ml bottles for small ponds, eg fish ponds
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