UltraClear Filter Start
In order to protect your aquatic environment, a balanced biomass is required. Starting a biofilter often takes weeks before a proper biomass is established. Use of UltraClear® Filter Start provides all of the bacteria needed to keep your pond healthy.
- Use after upsets such as accidental overfeeding, medication, extreme temperatures or chemical shock.
- Rapidly starts biofilters with flow rates up to 6 gpm.
Dosage: Four ounces for biofilters with flow rates up to 6 gpm. Repeat dose every 2 days until biofilter is fully established. See product label for more details.
How Does it Work?
UltraClear Filter Start is a super-concentrated mixture of natural garden bacteria that work together to consume all typical pond wastes. The main bacteria groups contained in this product and their functions are as follows:
Nitrifying bacteria oxidize toxic ammonia and nitrite to relatively non-toxic nitrate.
Denitrifying bacteria convert nitrate to completely harmless nitrogen gas.
Sludge digesting bacteria consume fecal matter, dead algae, leaves, clippings and other solids which otherwise tend to build up in your pond.
Once the product is dosed, it becomes part of the biofilter. The bacteria grow in the biofilter, and consume waste as pond water passes through. The best feature of this product is that the biofilter begins to work at peak efficiency within just a few days of product application, rather than the weeks it often takes without product use.
Why is UltraClear Filter Start Better than Competing Products
UltraClear Filter Start is the most concentrated product available, and contains all of the garden bacteria needed to digest pond wastes. Plus, it is supplied in fast-acting, liquid form. Our unique process gives the product a shelf life of one full year after the pond owner buys the product. Once opened, the product is still good for an additional six months.
This combination of high potency, fast-acting liquid form, and long shelf life means that the product is ready to perform when you need it.
How Safe is UltraClear Filter Start
The bacterial species included in UltraClear Filter Start 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.'
Use UltraClear Filter Start whenever starting a new biofilter, at the start of pond season, or after a known or suspected upset such as accidental overfeeding, medication, extreme temperatures or chemical shock.
Use 2 ounces per dose for biofilters that flow up to 3 gallons per minute (gpm). Use 4 ounces for biofilters that flow from 3 to 6 gpm. Dose near intake to biofilter to ensure best results.
You cannot harm your pond or your biofilter by overdosing. But remember that all biological solutions take some time to show results. Generally, one dose will get the biofilter starter. We recommend applying a second dose one week after the initial dose is applied, but the second dose will not always be needed. After the start up period, reapply once a month, or as needed