Bioaugmentation and Water Treatments
Our goal at Canadianpond.ca is to improve water quality as naturally as possible. Our expertise lies in changing water parameters through bioaugmentation and water treatments. Using this technology we have treated a range of water including ponds, lakes, wastewater, aquaculture and industrial effluent. Our experience and knowledge in the fields of science, ecology and natural processes allows us to look for underlying causes and long term solutions. We offer a variety of bioaugmentation and water treatments solutions for almost all water quality needs.
So what is bioaugmentation?
Bioaugmentation is the practice of adding cultured beneficial microorganisms to an existing microbial community. This reduces nutrients and breaks down unwanted compounds with the goal of increasing water quality. These specially grown microorganisms will produce enzymes capable of biodegrading or transforming excess nutrients, fats, oil, grease or hydrocarbon based contaminants.
How does this help with water quality in the average lake or pond?
In general, algae blooms occur when nutrient levels become too high in the water. The reduction of algae blooms is the main reason why pond owners or lake associations will contact us. Our bioaugmentation treatments help to reduce nitrogen and organic matter in the water leading to clearer water with less muck at the bottom of your pond.
How does this help with water quality in aquaculture or industrial processes?
Enzymes released by the microbes in our products break down various compounds which may contaminate the environment. One specific application is in grease traps where grease and other compounds build up and produce odours. The microbes efficiently biodegrade these compounds so that the level of grease is reduced and odours are stopped. Another application is the reduction of ammonia in aquaculture. Ammonia levels produced from fish may be hazardous to the fish and to the environment. We provide a solution whereby microbes facilitate the nitriciation and denitrification processes to eliminate ammonia.
How do I ensure that bioaugmentation occurs as efficiently as possible?
Water is affected by an array of pollutants that need comprehensive treatments. A combination of natural and beneficial pond microbes is the best way to treat water most efficiently. Combined with good aeration system (Oxygen), bioaugmentation becomes very efficient and a cost effective biological solution to prevent or treat water quality problems.
What products do you offer?
Canadianpond.ca has a full line of natural beneficial bacteria known as Bacterius offering different products for very specific applications.
All Bacterius™ products are non-toxic and safe for the environment. Please refer to each product page for complete information including technical sheets and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS):
- Bacterius C – Carbon Organic Matter and Waste Controller (organic matter and muck treatment)
- Bacterius N – Nitrogen Controller (water nitrification)
- Bacterius EQUINOX – Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria Treatment
- Bacterius PS – Spring and pre-summer natural beneficial bacteria and cold water conditioner
- Bacterius PW – Fall and pre-winter natural beneficial bacteria and cold water conditioner
- Bacterius POND – Nitrification and control of organic sediment
- Bacterius MUCK – Concentrated bacterial pellets for treating shoreline muck and sediment rich areas
- Bacterius 5B – High concentration bacteria with barley straw for sediment reduction and water clarity
- Bacterius 1B – Natural bacteria with barley straw, same formulation as 5B but less concentrated
- Bacterius No. 2 – Natural beneficial bacteria for septic systems and tanks
- Bacterius Sept – Natural beneficial bacteria for septic tanks and chemical toilets
- Bacterius Trap – Removes FOG (fats, oils and grease), food waste, sugar, starch, protein and other wastes
- Bacterius WTF – Wastewater Treatment Formula
Canadianpond.ca has been in this business for over a decade and we hear many wonderful success stories about how our products have improved situations involving polluted water:
- We have industrial clients who regularly order beneficial bacteria products to remove organic nutrients from their waste water. These are municipalities, compost and waste managers, meat processing plants, mining companies, to name a few.
- One cottage owner was no longer able to dock his boat in front of the cottage because organic sediment was drifting and accumulating every year along his shoreline. He started using natural bacteria and aeration with Bubble Tubing and gained 8 feet of water in 4 years of diligent treatment! This is a classic example of the process known as bio-dredging.
- A local client moved to a country property with an aged farm pond that had been neglected for over 25 years. Within 2 years of water treatments that included lake bottom aeration, Bacterius PS to open the pond, Bacterius C and N in the summer to treat deep sediment, algae and cloudy water, and Bacterius PW to prepare the pond for winter, he has eliminated the persistent algae and odour problem and he can now allow his dogs and himself to swim in the pond without any worries!
In addition to bioaugmentation we carry a select line of water treatments that can be used in conjunction with beneficial bacteria and aeration or on their own.
Algaecides for tough algae problems
Sometimes blue green algae, string algae and cyanobacteria problems are very severe, persistent and require a more aggressive water treatments. We carry two types of algaecide, Polydex and Polypro. Algaecides are used when quick results are desired or when aeration and bioaugmentation cannot solve algae problems. We generally advise clients not rely solely on algaecide because this is only a short term solution. Aeration, bioaugmentation and controlling pollutants is the preferred long term solution and should be the first line of defense. Over dosage of an algaecide can harm plants and animals in a pond, so it is with caution that we use algaecides. Our staff can help with careful dosing calculation and consultation. For industrial applications most approval documentation is available with Polydex, however both product formulations are very similar.
Campgrounds with swimming ponds must conform to safety standards for water quality. We have been convincing campground owner/operators to switch from using bleach to kill coliforms, to a combination of algaecides, aeration and beneficial bacteria to reach conformity safely, while keeping the pond environment natural, healthy and safe for their swimmers!
Concentrated pond and lake dyes for blocking UV light to control submersed aquatic weed growth
The control of the proliferation of invasive and often non-indigenous aquatic plants can be costly for industry and a nuisance for recreational water users. The combination of aeration and beneficial bacteria treatments can remove deep, nutrient rich sediment and removes habitat for aquatic weeds. We also offer blue and black concentrated liquid pond dyes that block UV rays from penetrating deep into the water column. Bacterius pond and lake dye are added to closed systems, effectively preventing or weakening growth of some aquatic weeds. Some clients use the dyes simply to colour the pond water. We have found a combination of Marine and Midnight creates a sharp, reflective-light quality that enhances the look of ponds and lakes. Our concentrated lake and pond dye is environmentally friendly, and non-toxic.
Shallow ponds and dugouts are particularly susceptible to rampant aquatic weed growth. Bacterius Marine and Midnight are both popular with clients who use the concentrated pond dyes to block UV light that supports growth of Eurasian water milfoil (myriophyllum spicatum) and other invasive aquatic weeds.
Green or Brown Murky Waters Clarifyers
There are lakes and ponds where soluble phosphorous is so prevalent that the water consistently appears green or brown, and phytoplankton blooms are very persistent. PhosClear is a formulation of buffered aluminium sulphate (alum) that precipitate the phosphorous out of the water column, where it will settle the sediments, essentially starving the pond of nutrients.
ClayAway is product that will help settle clay or silt that blocks the light through the water column, preventing life from getting established in newly dug ponds.
Want to know more about water treatments?
If you want to find out more about our products and their applications, we invite you to visit our “Learn” section where you can read our articles for in more depth facts, tips and tricks about water treatments. Be sure to visit often as new articles will be posted on a regular basis! Enjoy your reading!