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Aqua-One FAQs

How does it work?

The microbes in Aqua-One utilize nitrogen and phosphorous as a food source. They also consume sludge or bio-mass from the pond. The result is clean, healthy water that is easier to maintain.

What are algae and why do ponds have it?

Algae describes a wide range of aquatic plant species that can be microscopic in nature, (phytoplankton, green scum), or plant-like, (filamentous algae). Algae are ever-present in water though not always visible. When provided with the necessary nutrients, the algae will bloom into a visible plant.

Will this product treat the aquatic weeds?

No, aquatic weeds that are rooted in the bottom derive their food source differently than algae. Likewise, Aqua-One is safe for intentionally potted and rooted plants within a pond.

Is Aqua-One a chemical?

No, our formulation consists of water, nutrient and ABS’ proprietary blend of microbes.

Is Aqua-One an algaecide or herbicide?

Neither, our formulation consists of water, small amounts of nutrient and ABS’ proprietary blend of microbes. Aqua-One out-competes algae for nutrients in the water. It does not kill algae. By consuming the excess nutrient source the algae simply starve and die.

How is Aqua-One different from an herbicide?

An herbicide is a chemical that is controlled in its application due to the hazardous nature or longer-term impact of the product. Herbicides are utilized systemically to destroy plants, not algae. It does nothing to eliminate the problem of the nutrient loading in the ponds. In fact, without the addition of Aqua-One, the use of an herbicide alone can contribute to algae problems by overloading the aquatic environment with nutrients resulting from the decay of the plants killed by the herbicide.

Are these microbes pathogenic or genetically engineered?

No, all of ABS microbes are safe, naturally occurring strains that are uniquely suited for their environment and application.

Is Aqua-One hazardous?

No. It is perfectly safe for fish, pets, wildlife and pond people. It is classified as a bio-level1 microbial product. You shouldn’t drink it, but if Fido prefers your pond over his water dish, it’s not a problem.

Is it safe for fish, grass and wildlife?

Yes, all the microbes used in Aqua-One are non-pathogenic and are already present in the soil and water. It is completely harmless to fish, turf grasses, wildlife and people. Matter-of-fact, because the microbes digest organics and increase the dissolved oxygen levels, Aqua-One is actually beneficial to fish. You cannot over apply Aqua-One. If there is an insufficient supply of nutrients, some of the microbes will simply die off.

Can I irrigate my turf with the treated water?

Yes, you can irrigate your turf with Aqua-One. Aqua-One will not harm your turf.

Are there any special shipping or handling requirements?

The product should be kept at near room temperature to help preserve the shelf life. It should not be allowed to freeze. Aqua-One is non-hazardous and ships like any other non-hazardous liquid.

Why should I continue with maintenance doses when my water looks great?

Because we said so. Also, because the nutrient loading in a pond is very dynamic. There are many sources of nutrient that can cause problems such as fish waste, plant and lawn fertilizer, leaf litter, grass clippings, excess fish food, even the fish themselves give off ammonia. The bacteria are constantly consuming this stuff but when the levels drop, the bacteria will die off and need to be replaced.

Why is Aqua-One liquid instead of dry?

When a microbial product is dried, there is an average of 40% loss of viability. Simply put, a lot of bacteria die in the process. We believe it’s worth the added weight to get a strong, complex product that actually works, don’t you? Wetter is better.

Why do you put a “best of used by” date on every bottle?

The microbes in Aqua-One are living organisms and therefore won’t live forever. We know that when stored properly, Aqua-One will be good for two years from the time we brew it- we want to make sure you always have an effective, live product!

Does the level of dissolved oxygen in the water affect Aqua-One?

All of our microbes are facultative, which means they can live with or without oxygen, but they prefer an oxygenated environment. They work and reproduce faster that way.

Does it work in large ponds and lakes?

Yes, but we strongly suggest sub-surface diffuser aeration. This will accelerate the cleanup of the water and the breakdown of sludge.

How is your product different from other vendors who have offered similar products?

First, Aqua-One is a liquid microbial which makes it more robust. Most competing products are “dry” formulations that lose up to 40% of their microbial population when reconstituted with water and take longer to start working. Secondly, Aqua-One contains a broad blend of microbes, which makes it highly effective for reducing not only green algae, but also blue-green algae, filamentous (string) algae while reducing sludge build-up from decaying organic material.

Some companies say their product will treat much more water than Aqua-One, why?

Good question. We have never found anything as strong as Aqua-One, so we are a little suspicious of these astronomical application rates. OK, that’s the nice answer. The truth is that we think they are nonsense. We are truthful and realistic about our shelf life and our application rates. Some people use even less than our label dosage and get great results but we’ll stick with the 6 oz per 1,000 gallons for now, thank you.

The label says to turn off my UV light when I add my Aqua-One, why?

Ultra Violet lights are classified as either sterilizers or clarifiers based on the wattage of the lamp and the rate of water flow through them. A sterilizer has a high enough UV radiation to kill bacteria, including the good ones like in Aqua-One. A clarifier kills phytoplankton (green water) with repeated exposures to the lower levels of UV radiation. A clarifier is not usually strong enough to kill bacteria. If you have a sterilizer, turn it off for 24 hours when you add Aqua-One.

Will Aqua-One help with sludge?

Yes, it will help reduce sludge and any biomass on the bottom of the pond. The process is much slower than the algae treatment because it occurs in an anaerobic environment.

What is the application rate?

Six ounces per 1,000 gallons of pond water should be added on a weekly basis. You cannot over treat with Aqua-One.

How long will it take before the results are apparent?

Because Aqua-One is not a chemical, it normally takes 2 – 3 weeks for a noticeable improvement in water clarity. If the water is extremely turbid, it can take as long as 5 weeks to achieve satisfactory results. If the water temperature is below 50°F, the biological activity of the microbes slows considerably. However, they will remain active as long as the water isn’t frozen. Additional product may occasionally be required for certain weather conditions such as heavy rains washing excess nutrients into the pond or prolonged drought and high temperatures that are also conducive to increased algae growth. Remember, you cannot over treat with Aqua-One.

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